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11:20 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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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.
Associated Press:
TRUMP EARNED $153M AND PAID $36.5M IN TAXES IN 2005
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Rachel Maddow Lands a Scoop, Then Makes Viewers Wait
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
WH releases Trump tax info ahead of MSNBC report
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, Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP Senators Say House Health Bill Won't Pass Without Changes  —  Concerns mounted after independent report showed millions would be uninsured  —  WASHINGTON—Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: ACA, Replacement Plans, Women's Health
Wall Street Journal:
White House May Let States Put Work Requirements on Medicaid Recipients
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
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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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Unlikely Liberal Hero Adam Schiff Is Ready to Investigate Trump
Discussion: AOL and Business Insider
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sen. Whitehouse: Comey may confirm FBI Russia investigation on Wednesday
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
Secret Service Has Its Eye on Snoop Dogg Over Video Featuring Mock Trump Shooting
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
 
 
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Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
I Feel Hitler In These Bleachers: Ashley Judd Triggered At KY Basketball Game When Man Said ‘We Like Trump’
John Pacenti / mypalmbeachpost:
Yachts of Trump financial backer, Russian oligarch seen close together
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton fuels speculation of political run
Discussion: RedState
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
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Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV Senate bill eliminates mine safety enforcement
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
John Wagner / Washington Post:
The cost of failure on health care? It may be the rest of Trump's agenda.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Daily Express:
Dutch election polls LIVE: Updates as Geert Wilders takes on Mark Rutte in Netherlands
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump picks another Goldman banker for senior post, in sharp break from campaign bashing
Discussion: Shakesville and Political Wire
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
WEATHER SERVICE DECIDED LAST MINUTE NOT TO CUT SNOW FORECAST
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Prerequisite for Key White House Posts: Loyalty, Not Experience
Discussion: Death and Taxes