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11:05 PM ET, March 14, 2017

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Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:
Trump Should Ditch Freedom Caucus, Seek Bipartisan Plan  —  Trump ran on a platform of taking on Obamacare, but he should reject the current GOP plan.  —  A A  —  President Donald Trump should be applauded for courageously tackling the “disaster” - as he calls Obamacare - in his first major legislative effort.
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump loyalists sound alarm over ‘RyanCare,’ endangering health bill  —  A simmering rebellion of conservative populists loyal to President Trump is further endangering the GOP health-care push, with a chorus of influential voices suspicious of the proposal warning the president to abandon it.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Close Trump friend says ditch Paul Ryan's plan and embrace universal health care  —  Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy calls for Medicaid for all.  —  A key Trump friend and ally is urging the president to dump Paul Ryan's Affordable Health Care Act and embrace something that sounds sort …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Roskam blinks on Ryancare
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Report: Trump's 2005 Taxes Revealed  —  Donald Trump earned more than $150 million in the year 2005—and paid just a small percentage of that in regular federal income taxes.  Daily Beast contributor David Cay Johnston has obtained what appear to be the first two pages of Trump's 2005 federal …
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Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Trump made $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in federal taxes  —  The White House said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes in 2005 — on $150 million in earnings — offering a small glimpse at the president's personal finances, which Trump has so far kept almost entirely private.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
CNN:
Hill moderates take issue with GOP health care plan  —  GOP's health care bill: Winners and losers  —  (CNN)A devastating analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare has rattled moderates Republicans in the House, who are uneasy about the prospects …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Republican governors skeptical of House GOP health care bill
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Bannon and the Making of an Economic Nationalist  —  The controversial White House counselor says his father's 2008 financial trauma helped crystallize his antiglobalist views and led to a political hardening; 'I'm going to be totally wiped out'  —  Steve Bannon has played a lead role in honing Donald Trump's message.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Alastair Gale / Wall Street Journal:
When the Children Crashed Dad's BBC Interview: The Family Speaks  —  In their first interview, Korea expert Robert Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-A describe the circumstances, chaos, and global reaction to their now-infamous home-office Skype catastrophe; ‘she was in a hippity-hoppity mood’
Chris Massie / CNN:
Steve King: Blacks and Hispanics ‘will be fighting each other’ before overtaking whites in population  —  (CNN)Iowa Rep. Steve King said Monday that blacks and Hispanics “will be fighting each other” before overtaking whites in the US population.  —  King, a Republican …
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Des Moines Register:
GOP needs to oppose King's re-election, not just King's words
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Breaking Faith  —  Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers.  The vast majority still believed in God.  But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast …
Bloomberg:
Scandal Fatigue and the Trump Ethical Swamp  —  Thanks to some fine work by two Bloomberg news reporters, David Kocieniewski and Caleb Melby, we now know that a major Chinese financial services firm may invest $4 billion in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Discussion: New York Times and ThinkProgress
Foreign Policy:
Tillerson To U.N. Rights Council: Reform or We're Leaving  —  The Trump administration puts the human rights body on notice in a letter obtained by FP.  —  The Trump administration is threatening a withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council if it does not undertake “considerable reform …
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
BOMBSHELL: Fox News Sources Say Obama Used Brits To Spy On Donald Trump  —  While the American Intelligence Community (IC) plays “not us” when it comes to claims that the Obama Administration spied on President Trump (when he was both a candidate and President-elect), Fox News has learned …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Monica Crowley Lost White House Job, Now She's Got One With Pro-Russian Oligarch  —  A would-be Trump White House appointee who withdrew in the face of plagiarism allegations is now lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch who has recently advocated greater concessions to the Russian government, according to newly filed documents.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment  —  The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case …
CNN:
Senator: Comey to say whether FBI probing Russia, Trump campaign by Wednesday  —  Senator: Comey to go public on Russia probe  —  (CNN)Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey promised to tell him Wednesday whether the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Week
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy  —  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.
Discussion: Salon and The Daily Caller
Jamie Lovegrove / Dallas Morning News:
Watch: Texas congressman tells rowdy town hall attendee to ‘shut up’  —  WASHINGTON — Facing an earful from angry constituents at a town hall this weekend, Rep. Joe Barton at one point told a loud attendee to “shut up” — setting off even more heated reactions.
New York Times:
Prerequisite for Key White House Posts: Loyalty, Not Experience  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's point man on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is a longtime Trump Organization lawyer with no government or diplomatic experience.  His liaison to African-American leaders is a former reality-TV villain …
Discussion: Death and Taxes
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
High-School Kids Slammed for Wearing USA-Themed Attire to a Basketball Game  —  The Iowa students apologized for causing offense.  —  Students at Valley High School in Iowa wore USA-themed gear during a basketball game — and fans of the opposing team, Des Moines North High School, are saying that was offensive.
Discussion: Daily Wire, Hot Air and Geller Report
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump rejects push to oust NSC aide  —  President Donald Trump has overruled a decision by his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, to sideline a key intelligence operative who fell out of favor with some at the Central Intelligence Agency, two sources told POLITICO.
The Nation:
Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump  —  And economic populism might not win them back.  —  By ,  —  and ,  —  The 2016 presidential election will go down as the election that spawned a million takes.  Much of this debate centered around whether the rise of Donald …
Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says  —  Directive to reverse Obama-era mandate for agency actions  —  Clean Power Plan, methane rules and coal halt also addressed  —  President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink …
Axios:
Exclusive: even deeper cuts being discussed for EPA  —  The Environmental Protection Agency isn't fighting the White House's initial budget that proposes to cut the agency's budget by about $2 billion — or roughly 25% — and reduce the agency's workforce by roughly 3,000 employees.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
The GOP health bill would create more insurance plans that Trump called ‘practically useless’  —  President Trump doesn't like high deductibles, and he's not alone.  High deductibles, provisions of health insurance plans that leave people on the hook for thousands of dollars of medical costs …
Reuters:
U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes  —  As the USS Carl Vinson plowed through seas off South Korea on Tuesday, rival North Korea warned the United States of “merciless” attacks if the carrier infringes on its sovereignty or dignity during U.S.-South Korean drills.
Associated Press:
US government says new travel ban ‘substantially different’  —  President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is “substantially different” from the original and a judge shouldn't apply a previous restraining order to the new version, federal lawyers said Tuesday in a court filing.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
DREAMer Should Not Be Released While Detention Challenge Proceeds, Judge Recommends
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Bob Price / Breitbart:
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Mandates Are Government Benefits in Disguise
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Eddie Buckle / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: NPR
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: RedState and The Week