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11:50 PM ET, March 20, 2017

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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump began Monday as he has started so many other presidential mornings — by unleashing a blistering Twitter attack on critics who suggested his 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
FBI's Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites  —  WASHINGTON  —  Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional …
Washington Post:
President Trump faces his hardest truth: He was wrong  —  On the 60th day of his presidency came the hardest truth for Donald Trump.  —  He was wrong.  —  James B. Comey Jr. — the FBI director whom Trump celebrated on the campaign trail as a gutsy and honorable “Crooked Hillary” …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
All the President's Lies  —  The ninth week of Donald Trump's presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar.  —  The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn't use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday.  Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Stranger …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Did We Learn Today?  —  Judged by time, today's House Intelligence Committee hearing was mainly an exercise in hypotheticals and ‘no comments’.  For those who hadn't gotten the full treatment until now, it was also an exposure to what we might term James Comey's militant earnestness.
New York Times:
Comey Confirms F.B.I. Inquiry on Russia; Sees No Evidence of Wiretapping
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Politicus USA
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer digs in after FBI confirms Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp unloads on Comey
Discussion: RedState
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, is being kept off the air indefinitely.  (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off …
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims  —  Fox News has reportedly pulled Andrew Napolitano from the air indefinitely after his claims that a British intelligence agency had wiretapped Trump Tower.  —  Napolitano, a Fox News analyst, is not scheduled to appear on the network …
Media Matters for America:
The Bigotry And Idiocy Of Donald Trump's Favorite News Show  —  “For the record,” a top Fox News executive explained to the network's newsroom a decade ago, “seeing an item on a website does not mean it is right.  Nor does it mean it is ready for air on FNC.”
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
GOP leaders pile on sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal  —  House Republican leaders are making a last-ditch attempt to win enough support to pass their Obamacare repeal, revealing an expansive series of changes to the bill on Monday night designed to woo wary GOP lawmakers.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Republican leaders are adding a $75 billion magic asterisk to their Obamacare repeal plan  —  It will help older people in some totally unspecified way.  Allegedly.  —  In an effort to blunt the American Health Care Act's disastrous effect on older Americans, House Republican leaders …
Discussion: ACASignups.net
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Health-Care Plan Has Disappeared Again  —  The greatest advantage the Republican Party held, through eight years of political war over the provision of health care, was not having a plan to defend.  After November's elections handed them full control of government …
The Hill:
GOP mulls ObamaCare tweak to win NY support  —  House GOP leaders aiming to win votes from vulnerable New York Republicans are considering a change to their ObamaCare repeal legislation, several sources told The Hill.  —  The change, aimed at securing the votes of several Empire State Republicans …
Discussion: Uticaod
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Conservative chair: ObamaCare talks ‘over’ but bill won't pass
Discussion: Vox
Jacob Gardenswartz / Vox:
Every House Republican who could sink the GOP health care bill
Discussion: Politico
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren  —  Conservative media company The Blaze has suspended political commentator Tomi Lahren, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Caller.  —  Lahren's show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC's sources.
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands  —  Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington saying she would play no formal role in her father's administration, is now officially setting up shop in the White House.  —  The powerful first daughter has secured her own office …
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
Amid Charges By Former Law Student On Gender Equality, Former Clerks Defend Gorsuch  —  Editors' note 12:55 p.m. ET: Since this story was first published, we have added material from another former student and former law clerks of Gorsuch, as well as more information about Jennifer Sisk's political affiliations.
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Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Feinstein: I'm Concerned that Gorsuch Is an ‘Originalist’
Discussion: twitchy.com and MichelleMalkin.com
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Survey: Only 43 percent can name a Supreme Court justice
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Six Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
Reuters:
Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources  —  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday …
Discussion: Axios and Occupy Democrats
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.  —  Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a U.S. official.
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump drops 208 spots on Forbes list of billionaires  —  Donald Trump is $1 billion poorer since becoming president, according to Forbes's latest list of the world's billionaires.  —  The magazine's newest ranking, released Monday, estimated that Trump's net worth has fallen from $4.5 billion …
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and CNBC
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Rupert Neate Wealth / The Guardian:
Forbes billionaire list: Trump loses $1bn as elite club gets 233 new members
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and AOL
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
The Trump Voters Who Don't Deserve Democrats' Sympathy  —  Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone's pain, and hold on to their own anger.  —  On the morning after, traumatized liberals set out hunting for answers as if Election Day were 9/11 all over again.
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Conor Lynch / Salon:
The smug style in American liberalism: It's not helping, folks — but there's a better way
 
 
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Georgia nonprofit says it unwittingly gave $25,000 to white nationalist Richard Spencer
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
'He's baaaack!':  Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago are stretching Palm Beach's budget and locals' patience
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Sean Spicer to ABC's Jon Karl: ‘Calm Down’ — 'It's Not Your Press Briefing'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
TMZ.com:
Huma Abedin and Tony Goldwyn Do Disneyland Together (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO)
Discussion: Heat Street and New York Magazine
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Sarah Posner / New Republic:
How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?
 Earlier Items: 
Rolando Pujol / New York's PIX11:
EXCLUSIVE: 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
Discussion: TheStreet
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.
Discussion: Mashable
Pew Research Center:
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Epidemic of Infallibility