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1:00 PM ET, March 20, 2017


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New York Times:
Comey confirms F.B.I. investigation into Russian election interference  —  The F.B.I. is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government — and whether there was any coordination, Mr. Comey said.
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
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 …
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
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
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:
Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class That Women ‘Manipulate’ Maternity Leave  —  A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School last year …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Supreme Court refuses to dismiss Menendez corruption charges
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and Associated Press
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
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%.
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 …
Jerome Corsi / Infowars:
NSA DOCUMENTS PROVE SURVEILLANCE OF DONALD TRUMP & HIS FAMILY  —  Bombshell discovery shows targets of NSA's “Project Dragnet”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency …
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
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.
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 …
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: 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
Timothy Snyder / New York Daily News:
We lost a war: Russia's interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
No Crackdown on Illegal Employers
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds
The Hill:
Republicans take heat on Trump's tax returns
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Here's what Trump supporters mean when they talk about the ‘deep state’