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11:55 AM ET, March 20, 2017


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Martin Matishak / Politico:
Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion  —  FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday the FBI is investigating Russia's meddling in the presidential election, including possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.  —  He also shot down President Donald Trump's explosive claim …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
New York Times:
Comey Confirms F.B.I. Investigation of Russian Election Interference, Links to Trump Campaign  —  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, publicly confirmed an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and whether associates of the president were in contact with Moscow.
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 …
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
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump's tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama
New York Times:   Russia Inquiries Overlap in a Tangle of Secrets and Sniping
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Blumenthal: I'll Use ‘Every Tool That We Have’ If Gorsuch Met A ‘Roe’ Litmus Test  —  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Sunday that he would filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and “use every tool that we have” if Gorsuch fails to disavow litmus tests on abortion and guns, among other things.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Hans A. Von Spakovsky / National Review:
Why Trump's Immigration Order Is Legal and Constitutional
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Tom Michael / The Sun:
KIM BOMB UN Kim Jong-Un vows to reduce the US ‘to ashes’ with nuke strikes if Donald Trump fires ‘even a single bullet’ at North Korea  —  The rogue state threatened to use its ‘invincible Hwasong rockets’ to rain down nuclear destruction on its enemies  —  KIM Jong-un has threatened to reduce the US …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson's Hope for a Media-Free Bubble May Burst
Discussion: Washington Post, Reuters and NPR
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea's Test of Rocket Engine Shows ‘Meaningful Progress,’ South Says
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mashable
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change  —  President Donald Trump's outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration's efforts to roll back regulation to combat it have stirred a sleepy faction in U.S. politics: the Republican environmental movement.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Ossoff Expands His Lead in Georgia Special Election  —  With just less than 30 days until the special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a new Clout Research poll finds that Jon Ossoff (D) is greatly solidifying his base of support and now leads the special election field with 41%.
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Timothy Snyder / New York Daily News:
We lost a war: Russia's interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong
Discussion: RedState and Power Line
Robert Booth / The Guardian:
Stephen Hawking: I fear I may not be welcome in Donald Trump's US
Discussion: Washington Post, Political Wire and AOL
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin To Boycott U.N. Council Over Anti-Israel Agenda
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump Still Hasn't Done Very Much
Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
New York Times:
No Crackdown on Illegal Employers
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tracking the special treatment media get when they play nice with the White House
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Trump approval rating sinks to new low