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6:05 PM ET, March 15, 2017


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Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?  —  By CNN staff; Illustration by Joyce Tseng  —  This list will be updated as new lawmakers indicate whether they will vote for the bill  —  (CNN)The House Republican bill to repeal Obamacare hangs in a delicate balance …
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Paul Ryan refuses to say if health bill would pass House if vote was Wednesday
Discussion: CNNMoney
Wall Street Journal:
The Health Bill's Fiscal Bonus
Discussion: Business Insider and Hot Air
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Obamacare repeal bill faces tough committee vote Thursday
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and TheBlaze
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 …
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.
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
David Cay Johnston / DCReport:
DCREPORT EXCLUSIVE: Trump Earned $153 Million In 2005; He Paid $36.6 Million In Taxes
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 …
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  —  More Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president and of the direction the country is headed, according to Morning Consult/POLITICO surveys conducted over the past six weeks.  —  The most recent poll, conducted March 9-13 …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
McCain: Rand Paul ‘Is Now Working for Vladimir Putin’  —  Sen. John McCain on Wednesday directly accused fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin.  While speaking from the Senate floor in support of a bill advancing Montenegro's bid to join NATO …
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
John McCain accuses Rand Paul of ‘working for Vladimir Putin’
Discussion: RedState and Business Insider
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Grassley accuses law enforcement officials of withholding information in Trump-Russia probe  —  Sen. Charles Grassley on Wednesday accused federal law enforcement officials of lying to lawmakers about their willingness to share information with them as part of congressional oversight.
Brian Naylor / NPR:
House Intelligence Chair Says He Doesn't Believe Trump Tower Was Wiretapped
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 …
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
Abby Broyles / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma Senator under investigation for incident at motel with teen boy
Discussion: The Root
Nolan Clay / Daily Oklahoman:
Oklahoma state senator under investigation by Moore police
Discussion: Towleroad
New York Times:
Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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 …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Reagan Democrats give Trump a long leash - but deeply distrust GOP
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump's Bitter Scent
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Survey reveals the one thing Trump's supporters can't forgive him for  —  Donald Trump set off a firestorm last month when he was observed putting ketchup on a $54 dry-aged steak, cooked well done.  Food critics howled ("insert a moment of silence for the cow, the condiment and what most chefs …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and TalkLeft
Jazmin Rosa / New York Post:
Man beaten to pulp after offering to pay for attackers' meal  —  A good Samaritan who offered to lend two men short on cash a couple bucks to cover their meal at a Brooklyn eatery ended up beaten and robbed for trying to help, cops say.  —  The victim was savagely beaten by four men inside …
Discussion: Gothamist
Emily Jashinsky / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Massie's theory: Voters who voted for libertarians and then Trump were always just seeking the ‘craziest son of a bitch in the race’  —  In an interview with the Washington Examiner two months into President Trump's administration, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) reflected on the president's ascent …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
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 …
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Soon It Will Be Even Easier to Shoot Someone to Death in Florida and Claim Self-Defense  —  Florida lawmakers are on the cusp of expanding the state's controversial Stand Your Ground gun law in a radical new way.  Stand Your Ground allows people to use deadly force rather than retreat …
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and The FADER
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Yoga Pants, Cozy Clothes May Be Key Source of Sea Pollution
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
What We Can All Learn from Maddow's Trump Taxes Broadcast
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Defense News:
Sources: Mattis, Ricardel clashed over Pentagon appointees
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jacob Bunge / Wall Street Journal:
Startup to Serve Up Chicken Strips Cultivated From Cells in Lab
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
Discussion: Hot Air