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9:00 AM ET, March 22, 2017


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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?
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Towleroad
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.
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:   Ryan's Leadership Is Tested by GOP's Civil War on Health Bill
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Republican Opposition To Health Care Bill Cracks Open Door To Negotiations
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
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 …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump puts the pressure on his party  —  THE BIG STORY: This is set up for something big - bigger even than the actual stakes.  The Trump White House team has put everything it has into making the health care vote in the House a defining moment, for President Trump and the GOP …
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and NBC News
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
'I'll Criticize Judges,' Trump Says, Hours After a Scolding for Doing Just That
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Rob Low / FOX31 Denver:
Former Colorado GOP chairman charged with voter fraud, forgery
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Didn't Sign Trump's Ethics Pledge  —  The White House's former top national security official did not sign an ethics pledge ostensibly required of all Trump administration appointees barring them from ethically questionable lobbying activities, The Daily Beast has learned.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
David Brody /
Brody File: Exclusive: President Trump Will Be Commencement Speaker at Liberty University  —  The Brody File has learned that President Donald Trump will deliver the upcoming commencement address at Liberty University on Saturday, May 13th.  The influential college bills itself as the “largest Christian university in the world.”
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:   Nixon counsel during Watergate: Trump WH ‘in cover-up mode’
Susan E. Rice / Washington Post:
Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe  —  Susan E. Rice was national security adviser from 2013 to 2017 and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.  —  Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as …
Discussion: Politico, CNBC, CNN, Power Line and Instapundit
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Eyeing Trump's Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say ‘No, Thanks’  —  Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky was unrestrained in his praise for President Trump: Opening for him at a rally on Monday, Mr. Bevin, a conservative Republican, echoed Mr. Trump's “America First” slogan and only gently noted the nagging divisions in their party.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Thinks Passing a Terrible Health-Care Bill Makes Sense  —  Almost every great vote-wrangling drama in Congress, especially on a high-profile issue in the first year or two of a new presidency, is eventually reduced to a simple test of strength.  Like a bad war, the original objective falls …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
House Obamacare repeal DOA in the Senate  —  Forget the House GOP's troubles passing a health care bill.  The party's bigger problem looms in the Senate.  —  Mitch McConnell is being tasked with fixing what GOP senators and House members say is a flawed Obamacare repeal proposal …
Washington Post:
New poll: only 3% of Trump voters regret their vote  —  Within weeks of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, social media posts expressing voters' second thoughts began trending.  While some Donald Trump voters felt he was backtracking on initial hard-line positions …
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'  —  Man who attended 45 rallies now opposes Trump  — GOP health care bill would end the requirement that addiction, mental health treatment be covered under Medicaid  —  (CNN)Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business …
Will Bredderman / Observer:
GOP Congressman Warns Trump's Refusal to Retract Obama Wiretap Claim Could Endanger the Country  —  GOP Congressman Peter King of Long Island called upon President Donald Trump to rescind his recent social media assertions that former President Barack Obama bugged his phone lines during …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers is a Fraud  —  For almost four years, a cottage industry of media conspiracists has devoted itself to accusing Edward Snowden of being a spy for either Russia and/or China at the time he took and then leaked documents from the National Security Agency.
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 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Democrats gripped by special election performance anxiety  —  Money is flooding into Democrat Jon Ossoff's campaign.  The national party has started running focus groups on his behalf.  Thousands of volunteers have flocked to his team to help him win his April special election for a vacant Atlanta-area congressional seat.
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army says general's drunken escapades shouldn't affect his secret clearance  —  WASHINGTON — The Army is recommending that Brig. Gen. Ron Lewis keep his security clearance despite issuing him a scathing reprimand that questioned flaws in his character, his abuse of alcohol and the …
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case
In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Payless Is Said to Be Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week
Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Last Tradition
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
The endangered listing for the rusty patched bumblebee is finally given wings
Discussion: RT
Exclusive: Iran steps up support for Houthis in Yemen's war - sources
Discussion: Washington Post
Dean Beeby / CBC News:
Cut out the cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canadian diplomats told
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Jimison / CNN:
US infant mortality rates down 15%
Discussion: AOL, Refinery29 and New York Magazine
The Guardian:
Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's penchant for vengeance casts shadow on health care vote
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Seth A. Richardson / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Sharron Angle announces bid for Congress
Discussion: Daily Kos, Joe.My.God. and Towleroad
UK flight ban on electronic devices announced