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4:30 AM ET, March 15, 2017

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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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David Cay Johnston / DCReport:
DCREPORT EXCLUSIVE: Trump Earned $153 Million In 2005; He Paid $36.6 Million In Taxes  —  Ten Years After His Casino Business Failed, He Was Still Writing Off Losses  —  In 2005, Donald J. Trump married model Melanija Knavs, his third wife.  That year, the real-estate mogul …
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, Axios and CANNONFIRE
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
This 2005 Donald Trump tax return is a total nothingburger  —  MSNBC host Rachel Maddow spent hours touting a massive scoop: She — or more accurately veteran investigative reporter David Cay Johnston — had gotten her hands on President Donald Trump's 2005 federal tax return.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Big Trump tax returns “Scoop” flopped, bigly.  —  Rachel Maddow has a history of claiming big scoops which then flop.  —  There was the debunked 2012 big scoop about supposed GOP wrongdoing in Michigan.  And the 2014 big scoop that the Koch Brothers were behind Florida groups pushing drug testing …
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
WH releases Trump tax info ahead of MSNBC report  —  The White House on Tuesday night preemptively released some details of President Trump's income and taxes he paid in 2005 as MSNBC teased leaked documents ahead of an evening broadcast.  —  Trump reported $150 million in income …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Records Leaked to MSNBC, White House Confirms
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Close Trump friend says ditch Paul Ryan's plan and embrace universal health care
Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:
Trump Should Ditch Freedom Caucus, Seek Bipartisan Plan
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Roskam blinks on Ryancare
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Senators Say House Health Bill Won't Pass Without Changes
CNN:
Hill moderates take issue with GOP health care plan
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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: Washington Post, The Week and Mediaite
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Spokesman Is ‘Very Confident’ Wiretapping Evidence Will Emerge
Discussion: Political Wire
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sen. Whitehouse: Comey may confirm FBI Russia investigation on Wednesday
Discussion: New York Magazine
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’
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.
Daily Express:
Dutch election polls LIVE: Updates as Geert Wilders takes on Mark Rutte in Netherlands  —  AS Geert Wilders' election campaign enters its very final hours, here are all the latest updates, polls and breaking news from the Netherlands.  —  Up to 13 million Dutch people are getting ready …
New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch Has Web of Ties to Secretive Billionaire  —  WASHINGTON — The publicity-shy billionaire Philip F. Anschutz inherited an oil and gas firm and built it into an empire that has sprawled into telecommunications, railroads, real estate, resorts, sports teams, stadiums …
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.
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: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
WEATHER SERVICE DECIDED LAST MINUTE NOT TO CUT SNOW FORECAST  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the first snow fell, federal meteorologists realized there was a good chance the late-winter storm wasn't going to produce giant snow totals in big Northeast cities as predicted.
Michael F. Cannon / Cato Institute:
CBO: Full Repeal Would Cover More People than House GOP's ObamaCare-Lite Bill  —  A new Congressional Budget Office report projecting the effects of the House Republican leadership's American Health Care Act weakens the case for the bill's ObamaCare-lite approach, and strengthens the case for full repeal.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump picks another Goldman banker for senior post, in sharp break from campaign bashing  —  President Trump on Tuesday said he planned to nominate Goldman Sachs managing director James Donovan to serve as deputy treasury secretary, selecting his fifth Goldman veteran to a senior role in his administration.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Woodrow Cox / Washington Post:
IRS punishes Richard Spencer's white-nationalist group for failing to file returns  —  The nonprofit organization run by prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer has been stripped of its tax-exempt status after failing to file financial returns for three years.
 
 
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John Simons / Wall Street Journal:
H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Obama tried to take Andrew Jackson off the $20. Now Trump is visiting his grave.
CNN:
Justice to announce charges in Yahoo account hack
Cara McGoogan / Telegraph:
This creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture
Discussion: BGR
The Nation:
Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump
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Axios:
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Mandates Are Government Benefits in Disguise
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Schools want out of Michelle Obama's lunch rules, kids say ‘Yuck’
Chris Massie / CNN:
Steve King: Blacks and Hispanics ‘will be fighting each other’ before overtaking whites in population