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10:25 AM ET, March 20, 2017


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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:
Trump says Dems ‘made up’ allegations of Russia interference  —  President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russia during the presidential election, and said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks and maybe even Hillary Clinton instead.
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Secret Service removes agent who didn't want to take ‘a bullet’ for Trump  —  The Secret Service will permanently remove a top special agent from her position after an investigation into her Facebook comments that she would rather not defend President Trump or take “a bullet” for him …
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.
Trump voters in South Georgia come to terms with GOP health plan  —  ATLANTA-NEWS By Craig Schneider and Misty Williams - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  Kenneth Peek had a rough year.  The South Georgia farm where he and his wife grow corn, wheat and soybeans faced a drought and lost money in 2016.
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 …
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 …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin To Boycott U.N. Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Here are 23 ways Trump should follow up his wiretap claims
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
No Crackdown on Illegal Employers
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
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds
 Earlier Items: 
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’
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