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9:50 AM ET, March 20, 2017


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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump's eyes and ears  —  The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing  — Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping him during the campaign  —  (CNN)The bizarre saga of President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI director expected to undercut Trump claims of wiretapping  —  Within the first minutes of a much-anticipated House hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey is expected to officially undercut the wiretapping allegations that have been promoted by the White House for more than two weeks …
Associated Press:
Hill Russia inquiry goes _ at last _ before public hearing
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:   Russia Inquiries Overlap in a Tangle of Secrets and Sniping
Jennifer Vanlaar /
Devin Nunes' “Fox News Sunday” Interview Was Far More Nuanced Than Reported
Discussion: Scripting News and RedState
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Gorsuch Confirmation Presents Democrats With 2 Difficult Paths  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, Senate Democrats appear to have two options: Get out of the way or get run over.  —  Senate Republicans' enthusiastic backing …
The Huffington Post:
Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight  —  Heading into Neil Gorsuch's hearing, it's unclear how they plan to land blows on Donald Trump's conservative court pick.  —  WASHINGTON Democrats know they don't have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
5 pieces of Gorsuch's record that Democrats will attack
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
Senate hearings get underway on Trump Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting, citing differences over ‘beliefs and approach to leadership’  —  He is leaving after apparently deciding the current controversies are too much to handle.  —  Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year.
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
Uber president Jeff Jones quits, deepening turmoil
Discussion: naked capitalism
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Two Executives to Leave Uber, Adding to Departures
Elise Hu / NPR:
The ‘Tillerson Is Tired’ Meme And Things That Happen In A News Vacuum  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's inaugural trip to East Asia was marred by misunderstandings that arguably could have been avoided had Tillerson followed decades-old practice and spoken for himself — to the State Department press corps aboard his plane.
Simon Denyer / Washington Post:
In China debut, Tillerson appears to hand Beijing a diplomatic victory
Discussion: Just Security and Daily Kos
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House  —  Eric Schneiderman hires a public-corruption prosecutor to target the Trump administration  —  New York state's attorney general, to date one of the most vocal antagonists of President Donald Trump, is preparing to escalate …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
James Vincent / The Verge:
Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot  —  Add this one to the growing pile of evidence that the world is slowly transitioning into a sci-fi dystopia: a billionaire entrepreneur with a side-line building space rockets has been showing off piloting a 13-foot-tall robot.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
How two old-school Washington insiders became the cool kids of Trumpism  —  The day after a tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women went public in October, Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, appeared on Fox News to defend him.
The Hill:
Republicans take heat on Trump's tax returns  —  Most of the Republicans who have called for President Trump to release his tax returns have declined to join efforts to use the power of Congress to make it happen.  —  Only two Republicans who think Trump should make his finances public …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The ugly news at St. Thomas  —  St. Paul's University of St. Thomas is in the news and the news is ugly.  The linked story includes the full text of the messages/statements cited in the column below by Robert J. Delahunty, UST Le Jeune Chair and Professor of Law; Willis Krumholz, UST JD/MBA 2014 …
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Guy wearing Trump hat sues bar for refusing to serve him  —  Greg Piatek says his pro-Trump hat got him bounced from The Happiest Hour in the Village.  —  Angel Chevrestt  —  Bartenders at a West Village hot spot served up discrimination — with a liberal twist — refusing to serve …
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class Women ‘Manipulate’ Maternal Leave  —  A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School last year, the judge told his class that employers …
Discussion: Vox and New York Magazine
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump Still Hasn't Done Very Much  —  Monday marks the end of President Donald Trump's second month in office.  And once again, it was a month dominated by news coverage of President Donald Trump.  —  He plunged into a ferocious battle over Obamacare, delivered his first speech to Congress …
Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll  —  Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx …
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin To Boycott U.N. Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda  —  The Trump administration will boycott the United Nation's Human Rights Council, or UNHRC, due to its efforts to advance an anti-Israel agenda, according to senior administration officials familiar with the effort who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds  —  No industry is more identified with Southern California than entertainment.  Yet, in the past, the industry's appeal has lain in identifying with the always-changing values and mythos of American society.  But, today, that connection is being undermined …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Here are 23 ways Trump should follow up his wiretap claims
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New York Times:
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Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan stakes it all on Obamacare repeal
Wall Street Journal:
It's Good to Be a CEO, Again: Stocks Rise, and So Does Pay
Discussion: Axios
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
A Government of Laws, Not Men
Discussion: Online Library …
Andreas Rinke / Reuters:
Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. ‘vast sums’ for defense
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Here's what Trump supporters mean when they talk about the ‘deep state’
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New York Daily News:
Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tracking the special treatment media get when they play nice with the White House
Emily Q. Hazzard / ThinkProgress:
Ryan announces major changes to Trumpcare, wants vote before Congress learns its impact on Americans
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-intelligence official: Napolitano's British wiretapping claim 'didn't get it right'
Discussion: RedState