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4:05 PM ET, March 15, 2017

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Willa Paskin / Slate:
Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump's Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle  —  At 7:36 pm Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns.  Tonight, 9pm ET.  MSNBC.  (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing.
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David Cay Johnston / DCReport:
DCREPORT EXCLUSIVE: Trump Earned $153 Million In 2005; He Paid $36.6 Million In Taxes
Jay Yarow / CNBC:
Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
This 2005 Donald Trump tax return is a total nothingburger
New York Times:
Trump Wrote Off $100 Million in Losses in 2005, Leaked Forms Show
The Daily Beast:
Report: Trump's 2005 Taxes Revealed
BuzzFeed:
An elaborate hoax based on forged documents escalates the phenomenon of “fake news” and reveals an audience on the left that seems willing to believe virtually any claim that could damage Trump.  —  In the third week of  —  January, an Israeli named Yoni Ariel flew from Tel Aviv …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: FBI will ‘screw up big time’ by ignoring Trump wiretap questions … (R-S.C.) is firing a warning shot at the FBI following his request that the agency hand over any evidence relating to wire taps of President Trump.  —  “They're about to screw up big time if they keep running to the …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: I'll move to subpoena wiretap info if Comey doesn't respond today
Discussion: Raw Story
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Comey will testify publicly on Russia investigation next week
Discussion: Fox News
Reuters:
Skeptical lawmakers pressure Comey on Trump wiretap claim
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump's White House  —  A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies — inside their own government.  —  In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Only 24% of Voters Support GOP Health Care Plan  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that there is very little support for the American Health Care Act.  Only 24% of voters support it, to 49% who are opposed.  Even among Republican voters only 37% are in favor of the proposal to 22% who are against it …
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Political Wire
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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: ACA, Replacement Plans, Women's Health  —  Ashley Kirzinger, Liz Hamel, Elise Sugarman, Bryan Wu, and Mollyann Brodie  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll examines the public's early attitudes towards the House Republican plan to replace …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Poll: Trump Approval, Voter Optimism on the Rise
Discussion: National Review and The Federalist
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Justice Department charges Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion  —  The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal …
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
BUSTED: Trump campaign chair caught in a motel room with an underage boy  —  Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey is under investigation by the Moore, OK police after he was caught in a Super 8 Motel room with a minor boy.  —  “On March 9 ... officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted …
Discussion: Towleroad
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Nolan Clay / Daily Oklahoman:   Oklahoma state senator under investigation by Moore police
Abby Broyles / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma Senator under investigation for incident at motel with teen boy
Discussion: The Root
John Wagner / Washington Post:
The cost of failure on health care?  It may be the rest of Trump's agenda.  —  In the roiling debate over the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, there's a lot more at stake for President Trump than whether the bill can be saved: Its fate could also determine how much else he can get done …
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Reagan Democrats give Trump a long leash - but deeply distrust GOP
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon in College: Grateful Dead Fan, ‘Jerry Brown Liberal,’ ‘Ladies Man’  —  The Stephen K. Bannon the world knows today is a hard-right nationalist and a former ringleader of far-right, race-baiting media.  He's President Donald Trump's anti-immigration and incredibly powerful right-hand man …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive, officials say  —  The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country ahead …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Lessons of Obamacare  —  What Republicans should have learned, but haven't.  —  On January 6, President Barack Obama sat down with us for one of his final interviews before leaving the White House.  The subject was the Affordable Care Act — the legislation that has come to carry his name and define his legacy.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Axios and Eschaton
Jacob Bunge / Wall Street Journal:
Startup to Serve Up Chicken Strips Cultivated From Cells in Lab  —  ‘Clean meat’ developers say it avoids towering costs of feeding, caring for livestock; Tyson takes note  —  Bay Area startup Memphis Meats says it has developed the world's first chicken strip grown from self-reproducing cells.
Mother Jones:
Businesswoman Who Bought Trump Penthouse Is Connected to Chinese Intelligence Front Group  —  When a Chinese American businesswoman who sells access to powerful people recently purchased a $15.8 million penthouse in a building owned by President Donald Trump, the deal raised a key question.
Discussion: Shakesville, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
What We Can All Learn from Maddow's Trump Taxes Broadcast  —  If it was indeed a White House distraction, it's up to us not to be distracted.  —  Those of us who are fans of Kindly Doc Maddow and her electric teevee show occasionally are driven to distraction by what we can only term her opening monologue.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Republicans May Be Ready To Redefine Success On Obamacare  —  Call it a win if they manage to pass their repeal-and-replace bill in the House.  —  WASHINGTON With the GOP bill facing opposition from House conservatives, and a dismal Congressional Budget Office score stirring opposition …
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Donald Trump: ‘Failing’ Snoop Dogg Would be in Jail if he Shot Obama in Rap Video  —  President Donald Trump argued that there was a cultural double standard, after rapper Snoop Dogg released a video of him pulling a gun on a man in clown makeup who looked like Donald Trump.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton fuels speculation of political run  —  When rumors started swirling after the election that Chelsea Clinton was considering her own foray into politics, it was met with eye rolls even from staunch supporters of the family.  —  “Think we can let the dust settle a bit …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Congress leads Trump down wrong path  —  What is the most popular thing Donald Trump has done as president?  It actually came before entering the White House when, last December, President-elect Trump announced he had persuaded the Carrier Corporation to keep in Indiana hundreds of jobs that had been slated to move to Mexico.
New York Times:
Into the Void, With Steve King  —  Many Americans have been marveling at the bald racism of Steve King, Republican member of Congress from Iowa's Fourth District, who said this over the weekend on Twitter:  —  “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny.
cms.gov:
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES 2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FINAL ENROLLMENT REPORT: NOVEMBER 1, 2016 - JANUARY 31, 2017 … HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES 2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD  —  Final enrollment report: November 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017  —  This report summarizes enrollment activity …
Discussion: ACASignups.net, Politico and Axios
 
 
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump's Bitter Scent
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
Mother and son are becoming father and daughter
TMZ.com:
Hillary Clinton — ‘Thinking’ About NYC Mayoral Run
Discussion: twitchy.com
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Survey reveals the one thing Trump's supporters can't forgive him for
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and TalkLeft
Jeff Jacoby / BostonGlobe.com:
Why are climate-change models so flawed? Because climate science is so incomplete
Defense News:
Sources: Mattis, Ricardel clashed over Pentagon appointees
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Judicial Watch Sues For Info on Bill Clinton's Plane Meeting With Loretta Lynch
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Trump to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California
Discussion: Mother Jones
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Plea deal reached for man who fired shots inside DC pizzeria
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and DCist
John Pacenti / mypalmbeachpost:
Yachts of Trump financial backer, Russian oligarch seen close together
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Everything You Think You Know About the Death of Mike Brown Is Wrong, and the Man Who Killed Him Admits It
Discussion: Washington Post
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
ICE agents make arrests at courthouses, sparking backlash from prosecutors and attorneys
mypalmbeachpost:
Official: Tax Mar-a-Lago owner to help pay for cost of Trump visits
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Ambrose / Washington Post:
We checked on the cherry blossoms yesterday during the storm. It doesn't look good.
Discussion: DCist