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1:50 PM ET, March 20, 2017


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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia  —  's former campaign manager said Monday that President Trump's campaign aides should be “prosecuted for treason” if an FBI investigation proves they coordinated with Russia in the presidential campaign.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Comey Confirms F.B.I. Probe into Trump Campaign Links to Russian Hackers, Says He Has ‘No Information’ on Trump's Wiretapping Charge  —  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.
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 …
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
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Trump tweets ahead of Comey hearing: Dems pushing ‘Russia story’  —  President Trump early Monday slammed the idea that his White House campaign colluded with Russia in a flurry of tweets sent hours before FBI Director James Comey appears before a House panel investigating Moscow's influence in November's election.
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump's tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
Amid Charges By Former Law Student On Gender Equality, Former Clerks Defend Gorsuch  —  Editors' note 12:55 p.m. ET: Since this story was first published, we have added material from another former student and former law clerks of Gorsuch, as well as more information about Jennifer Sisk's political affiliations.
The Huffington Post:
Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Blumenthal: I'll Use ‘Every Tool That We Have’ If Gorsuch Met A ‘Roe’ Litmus Test
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Frank Rich as Darth Vader  —  Here and there you can find tiny rays of light among the liberal Gotterdammerung—liberals who understand that their rage against the country isn't serving their cause.  Even Salon—Salon!!—has run a piece about “The Smug Style of Liberalism” …
Conor Lynch / Salon:
The smug style in American liberalism: It's not helping, folks — but there's a better way
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:   The Trump Voters Who Don't Deserve Democrats' Sympathy
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 …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Trump Shifting Authority Over Military Operations Back to Pentagon
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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%.
zpolitics:   Exclusive poll: Ossoff strengthens his lead, GOP candidates battle for runoff
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Supreme Court refuses to dismiss Menendez corruption charges  —  The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Bob Menendez's attempt to throw out the bribery and corruption charges against him, setting the stage for a trial for the New Jersey Democrat this fall.  —  With Monday's announcement …
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and Associated Press
Hans A. Von Spakovsky / National Review:
Why Trump's Immigration Order Is Legal and Constitutional
Discussion: Instapundit
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
5 pieces of Gorsuch's record that Democrats will attack
Discussion: ABC News
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: Hot Air and Mashable
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 …
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101  —  David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel …
Discussion: Infowars
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 …
Germany Trades Barbs With Trump on Defense After Merkel Meeting  —  Trump says Germany owes vast amounts for U.S. defense spending  —  Germany rebuffs Trump over meeting NATO funding commitments  —  Germany and U.S. traded barbs over the weekend about defense spending following an awkward …
Discussion: ABC News and Infowars
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Benjamin Haas / The Guardian:
Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
He believed in ‘Power Rangers’ when nobody else did, and it turned him into a billionaire
Jerome Corsi / Infowars:
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump Still Hasn't Done Very Much
Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
No Crackdown on Illegal Employers
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
How two old-school Washington insiders became the cool kids of Trumpism
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds
The Hill:
Republicans take heat on Trump's tax returns