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11:10 PM ET, March 21, 2017


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Leah McElrath / Shareblue:
Republicans find themselves damned by 2016 attacks on Hillary Clinton  —  Donald Trump and the GOP repeatedly declared that Hillary Clinton should not be president because of an FBI investigation into her email practices.  Now that James Comey has revealed an investigation exists …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How the White House Got James Comey Wrong  —  Early on Monday morning, a couple of hours before the start of the first House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's involvement in the Presidential election, one of Donald Trump's closest White House advisers made a startling …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Russians Did Not ‘Hack The Election.’ Repeat.  The Russians Did Not ‘Hack The Election’  —  After FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an investigation into potential ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, conspiracy theorists rejoiced.  Yet it's almost certain they won't get what they desire.
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Nixon counsel during Watergate: Trump WH ‘in cover-up mode’  —  The former White House counsel to President Nixon who was charged for helping cover up the Watergate scandal says he thinks President Trump's White House is “in cover-up mode.”  —  “In fact [the White House] is in cover-up mode …
Lawrence Richard / SARAH PALIN:
CONTROVERSY: Check Which Major Foundation FBI Director Has Connections To..  —  During his congressional hearing yesterday, Director James Comey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not face any heat from regarding a review which was released of his “professional history and relationships.”
Discussion: Raw Story, Sarah Palin and AOL
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Palin: Comey is ‘tainted’
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump offered a closing argument on Tuesday to on-the-fence lawmakers, warning House Republicans that they risked losing re-election next year if they failed to get behind legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Axios and Occupy Democrats
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Republican Opposition To Health Care Bill Cracks Open Door To Negotiations  —  And there's a long list of members who appear opposed to the bill.  —  WASHINGTON Faced with the increasingly clear reality that House conservatives will vote down the Republican health care bill …
Discussion: Vox
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Thinks Passing a Terrible Health-Care Bill Makes Sense
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Spicer: Trump ‘had some fun’ with Mark Meadows comment
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Top House Dem: Backers of GOP's health plan putting their seats at risk
Discussion: RedState
The Huffington Post:
Trump Fails To Close Deal On Health Care Repeal
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”  —  The judge's infamous dissent reveals he may not have the temperament to serve on the Supreme Court.  —  I have tried to be balanced in reviewing Judge Neil Gorsuch's record.  In a post right after his nomination, I called his decision criticizing …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Schumer calls for delaying Gorsuch vote because of Trump-Russia probe  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a delay of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation Tuesday given the ongoing FBI investigation into potential collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
Paul Callan / CNN:
Judge Gorsuch and the frozen truck driver
Discussion: Raw Story and
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Gorsuch: No, I Didn't Suggest Women ‘Manipulate’ Maternity Leave
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
Devices Banned on Planes From 10 Countries Over ISIS Fears
Department of Homeland Security:
Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports …
New York Times:
Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is a man seriously susceptible to snagging himself in the nettles of obsession.  In the last three weeks, no compulsion has so consumed his psyche, and his Twitter account, as the deeply held …
Discussion: Axios
Hadas Gold / Politico:
IJR suspends three over Obama conspiracy post
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Wall Street Journal:
A President's Credibility  —  Trump's falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad.  —  If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?  Would the rest of the world?
Discussion: Mediaite
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
How Sean Spicer lost his credibility  —  Sean Spicer's credibility problem  —  The White House press secretary has always been a spin artist.  —  Spinning is not lying, Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers once said, but rather “marshaling the facts in service of an argument.”
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Trump's first pick for labor secretary is out as fast food CEO  —  Andrew Puzder in 60 seconds  —  President Trump's first pick to lead the Labor Department was forced to bail last month.  Now he's lost his old job, too.  —  CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food chains …
Blair Miller /
Former Colorado GOP chairman Steven Curtis charged with voter fraud  —  WELD COUNTY, Colo. - The former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party is charged with forgery and voter fraud for allegedly forging his wife's mail-in ballot from last year's election, according to court records and sources.
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Russian mafia boss still at large after FBI wiretap at Trump Tower  —  There, indeed, was an FBI wiretap involving Russians at Trump Tower.  —  But it was not placed at the behest of Barack Obama and the target was not the Trump campaign of 2016.  For two years ending in 2013 …
The Guardian:
Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam  —  Deutsche Bank among western institutions that processed billions of dollars in cash of ‘criminal origin’ through Latvia  —  The German bank that loaned $300m (£260m) to Donald Trump played a prominent role …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gorsuch refuses Whitehouse's request to ask shadowy backers to reveal themselves  —  Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday pointedly refused Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse  —  's (D-R.I.) request that he publicly ask conservative donors funding …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Common Dreams and RedState
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner's White House Role Complicates Skyscraper Deal  —  Adviser's father talks to other investors for Manhattan building as China buyer teeters  —  More than two years ago, Charles Kushner had a vision to convert his family's trophy Manhattan office and retail skyscraper …
Discussion: CNBC and Mashable
Robert Jimison / CNN:
US infant mortality rates down 15%  —  (CNN)Infant mortality rates have reached new lows, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.  —  From 2005 to 2014, the infant mortality rate in the US dropped 15%, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births to 5.82.
Discussion: Refinery29, New York Magazine and AOL
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Will Bredderman / Observer:
GOP Congressman Warns Trump's Refusal to Retract Obama Wiretap Claim Could Endanger the Country
Discussion: The Atlantic
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers is a Fraud
Cortney O'Brien /
De Blasio: We Are Preparing NYC Schools to Resist ICE Agents
Discussion: The College Fix
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
5 takeaways from Trump's visit to Louisville
Discussion: Politicus USA
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD says Latinos are reporting fewer sexual assaults amid a climate of fear in immigrant communities
Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's penchant for vengeance casts shadow on health care vote
Seth A. Richardson / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Sharron Angle announces bid for Congress
Discussion: Daily Kos, Joe.My.God. and Towleroad
Fox News:
Chicago girl apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live, police say
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Fewer Americans Would Be Insured With G.O.P. Plan Than With Simple Repeal
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Trump didn't lie, Jeffrey Lord says on CNN. He just speaks a different language — ‘Americanese.’