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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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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.
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.
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 …
Jay Yarow / CNBC:
Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow  —  On her Tuesday show, Rachel Maddow teased a scoop: She had Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns.  It was the first time his federal returns would be released.  —  Small digression: MSNBC's Maddow didn't have them.
Associated Press:
TRUMP EARNED $153M AND PAID $36.5M IN TAXES IN 2005
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
WH releases Trump tax info ahead of MSNBC report
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Big Trump tax returns “Scoop” flopped, bigly.  —  Rachel Maddow …
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: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters wary of GOP health care bill  —  Nearly half of voters support the new Republican health care bill but the elements they like best are holdovers from the Affordable Care Act, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  The new survey — conducted in the days following release …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Senators Say House Health Bill Won't Pass Without Changes
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump loyalists sound alarm over ‘RyanCare,’ endangering health bill
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: WH plan for ‘third prong’ health legislation won't work in Senate
Fox News:
Eric Bolling: RyanCare is still ObamaCare. Here are five ways to start over
Discussion: CNBC and Politico
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 …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump rejects push to oust NSC aide
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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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.
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.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sen. Whitehouse: Comey may confirm FBI Russia investigation on Wednesday
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
O'Malley tests 2020 waters with Iowa poll  —  Donald Trump is only in his second month in the White House, but already one Democrat is polling his party's Iowa caucus-goers ahead of a possible 2020 run for the presidency.  —  The leadership PAC of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley commissioned …
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Daily Caller and The Week
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Kevin Ambrose / Washington Post:
We checked on the cherry blossoms yesterday during the storm.  It doesn't look good.  —  To track the blossom bloom, every week I'll post a photo of the cherry tree (above) at the Tidal Basin as we transition from winter to spring.  This is the fourth week of such posts.
Discussion: DCist
Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV Senate bill eliminates mine safety enforcement … State safety inspectors wouldn't inspect West Virginia's coal mines anymore.  They would conduct “compliance visits and education.”  —  Violations of health and safety standards wouldn't produce state citations and fines, either.
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Snow forces two congressmen on a bipartisan road trip from Texas to D.C. — singing along the way  —  The Democrat from El Paso and the Republican from San Antonio began their 1,600-mile road trip to Washington before dawn Tuesday.  —  By lunch they had stopped at SXSW in Austin …
Discussion: Mashable
 
 
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John Simons / Wall Street Journal:
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CNN:
Justice to announce charges in Yahoo account hack
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump picks another Goldman banker for senior post, in sharp break from campaign bashing
Discussion: Political Wire
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Prerequisite for Key White House Posts: Loyalty, Not Experience
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
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