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12:50 PM ET, March 16, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor  —  President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens …
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Trump's budget calls for seismic disruption in medical and science research  —  President Trump's budget calls for a seismic disruption in government-funded medical and scientific research.  The cuts are deep and broad.  —  They also go beyond what many political observers expected.
Discussion: Vox, NPR, Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Mulvaney justifies budget: We can't ask a coal miner to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  —  As they fleshed out the budget blueprint released Thursday morning by the White House, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said officials from the administration …
Trump Budget Plan Declares War on ‘War on Poverty’ Programs
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Locke / Occupy Democrats:
Trump Just Announced Plan To End ‘Meals On Wheels’ For Seniors
Discussion: Mashable, Daily Kos and Vox
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump's ‘hard power budget’ increases defense spending, cuts to State Dept, EPA
Discussion: Forbes and The Root
New York Times:
Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department
Elaine Lies / Reuters:
Tillerson says State Department spending ‘simply not sustainable’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump to release ‘hard power budget’ with cuts to State Dept, EPA
The Forward:
EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member  —  Sebastian Gorka, President Trump's top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction …
Nivea Serrao /
Chelsea Clinton announces new picture book, She Persisted  —  Count Chelsea Clinton among the many people whom Elizabeth Warren inspired when she refused to be silenced in the Senate.  —  Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton plans new children's book: ‘She Persisted’
Discussion: Althouse and
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump to Tucker Carlson: “I know” counties that voted for me will lose under the Republican health plan  —  “A lot of things aren't consistent.”  —  Tucker Carlson's sit-down with Donald Trump Wednesday night was not exactly a hard-hitting interview, but the Fox News host did speak …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Acknowledges Repeal Bill Wouldn't Be Great For His Supporters
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
McDonald's tweets to Trump: ‘You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President’  —  McDonald's' in a tweet on its corporate account called President Trump “a disgusting excuse of a President” on Thursday morning.  —  The tweet, which was briefly pinned to the top of the account before being deleted …
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Debt ceiling returns, creating new headache for GOP  —  The legal limit on how much the United States government can borrow returns on Thursday, potentially setting up an intense political battle in Congress.  —  Lawmakers will have until sometime this autumn to raise the debt ceiling …
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Obamacare repeal bill survives narrow committee vote
Discussion: Vox
Wall Street Journal:   Three Criteria for Health Reform
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Clinton Ally Says Smoke, But No Fire: No Russia-Trump Collusion  —  Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia, cast doubt Wednesday night on allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump's Latest Travel Ban  —  A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump's ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House and signaling that Mr. Trump will have to account …
J. D. Vance / New York Times:
Why I'm Moving Home  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — In recent months, I've frequently found myself in places hit hard by manufacturing job losses, speaking to people affected in various ways.  Sometimes, the conversation turns to the conflict people feel between the love of their home and the desire to leave in search of better work.
Discussion: Althouse
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans skeptical about paying for wall as Trump releases budget  —  Republicans are showing increasing reluctance to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Trump prepares to ask Congress to include billions for one of his signature campaign promises in his first budget proposal since taking office.
600+ companies are bidding to build Trump's ‘border wall’ — including one from Mexico
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men  —  At one end of the scale, men continue to dominate.  —  In 2016, 95.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were male and so were 348 of the Forbes 400.  Of the 260 people on the Forbes list described as “self-made,” 250 were men.
Yashar Ali / Mother Jones:
Secret Service Agents Under Investigation for Taking Photos of Donald Trump's Sleeping Grandson  —  A source with knowledge of the information tells Mother Jones that two Secret Service agents who were assigned to protect Donald Trump III, President Donald Trump's grandson, took selfies with the eight year old while he was sleeping.
Discussion: IJR, RedState and Mediaite
Sam Knight / The Guardian:
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen's death  —  She is venerated around the world.  She has outlasted 12 US presidents.  She stands for stability and order.  But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end.
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them  —  Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating.  She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.
CBS News:
Pentagon warns employees: Don't stream March Madness games at work  —  The Defense Department sent a notice to its workforce on Wednesday telling employees not to stream March Madness games on Pentagon computers, warning the department's network could be overwhelmed.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Obama chief of staff: ‘The president cannot order a wiretap’ … Former President Barack Obama  —  's chief of staff on Thursday pushed back against President Trump's wiretapping allegations.  —  “The president cannot order a wiretap, president does not order a wiretap, the president did not order a wiretap,” Denis McDonough
Paul Ryan: ‘No such wiretap existed’  —  Ryan: Trump ‘bridging gaps’ in bill process  — The House Intelligence Committee has requested any evidence of a wiretap from the Justice Department  —  Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that “no such wiretap existed,” …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
No criminal charges for New York mayor de Blasio  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) won't face charges in a fundraising investigation into the mayor and his associates, prosecutors announced Thursday.  —  “After careful deliberation, given the totality of the circumstances …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rich Lowry / Politico:
How the GOP Crackup Happens  —  Less than two weeks after the unveiling of the GOP Obamacare replacement, the party is already staring into the abyss.  —  The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option.
Amanda Whiting / Washingtonian:
Trump Places Personal Call To Tomi Lahren, Thanking Her After Hannity Appearance  —  Turns out, if you want a personal phone call from the President of the United States, say something nice about him on Hannity.  That's precisely what Tomi Lahren did on February 7, when she appeared …
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
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Pinterest is now blocked in China
Discussion: Mashable, The Next Web and Axios
Sara Chodosh / Popular Science:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and AOL
Mark Finkelstein / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Paul: McCain “makes a really, really strong case for term limits”
Discussion: The Week
Brexit: Queen gives Royal Assent to Article 50 bill
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CBS Miami:
MDCPS Superintendent: ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Immigration Agents Enforce On School Grounds
Discussion: The Root
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New Chairman Begins to Remake the Democratic National Committee
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Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Justin Trudeau Brings Ivanka Trump to Broadway Show on Welcoming Outsiders
Discussion: AOL
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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on TODAY: ‘I will never support a Muslim ban’
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nervous GOP senators rooting for Ryan to fail
Tristan Hallman / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas city leaders, T-Mobile vow to find solutions as 2nd death is publicly connected to 911 ‘ghost calls’
Discussion: CBS Dallas and Engadget
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Perceptions are that Trump's policies are working
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Instapundit