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9:35 AM ET, March 21, 2017


 Top Items: 
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
All the President's Lies  —  The ninth week of Donald Trump's presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar.  —  The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn't use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday.  Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all.
Washington Post:
President Trump faces his hardest truth: He was wrong  —  On the 60th day of his presidency came the hardest truth for Donald Trump.  —  He was wrong.  —  James B. Comey Jr. — the FBI director whom Trump celebrated on the campaign trail as a gutsy and honorable “Crooked Hillary” …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
How the FBI tailing Trump could dog his presidency  —  From Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, history suggests that it is never a good thing for a president to have the FBI, with its nearly infinite resources and sweeping investigative powers, on his tail.  —  FBI Director James Comey's promise …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Comey drops a bombshell
Discussion: Politico
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Washington's Split-Screen Reality
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The new Republican health care bill doesn't fix the old bill's problems  —  Work requirements for Medicaid, bigger tax cuts for the rich, but nothing for the uninsured.  —  There are three problems you could have imagined the manager's amendment to the American Health Care Act trying to fix:
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP leaders unveil changes to healthcare bill  —  House Republican leaders on Monday night released a set of changes to their ObamaCare replacement bill, as they seek to win more votes for the legislation.  —  The changes include two measures that conservative Republican Study Committee members won …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Republican leaders are adding a $75 billion magic asterisk to their Obamacare repeal plan  —  It will help older people in some totally unspecified way.  Allegedly.  —  In an effort to blunt the American Health Care Act's disastrous effect on older Americans, House Republican leaders …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Conservative chair: ObamaCare talks ‘over’ but bill won't pass
Discussion: Vox
The Huffington Post:
GOP Health Care Bill Offers Upstate New York A Sweetheart Deal
Discussion: Vox
Conservatives on health care bill: Negotiations are over
Discussion: The Resurgent and Axios
New York Times:
House Republicans Turn to Upstate New York to Lure Votes for Health Bill
Discussion: NBC News
Freedom Caucus chair pessimistic about health bill
Discussion: Political Wire, NPR and Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Health-Care Plan Has Disappeared Again
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Republicans change health care bill in search for votes
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, is being kept off the air indefinitely.  (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Report: Fox News Pulls Judge Andrew Napolitano Following Trump Wiretap Comments (UPDATED)
Discussion: Deadline
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
Discussion: Infowars and Business Insider
Media Matters for America:
The Bigotry And Idiocy Of Donald Trump's Favorite News Show
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began 3 months before election
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands  —  Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington saying she would play no formal role in her father's administration, is now officially setting up shop in the White House.  —  The powerful first daughter has secured her own office …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Carter-era ethics rulings loom over Trump kids  —  President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka is getting a West Wing office and a security clearance - both key trappings of an official White House job.  —  But she's moving in without being sworn into a formal role, despite Justice Department legal opinions …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries  —  Passengers on foreign airlines headed to the United States from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone under a new flight restriction enacted …
Lori Aratani / Washington Post:   U.S. unveils new restrictions on travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries
Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources  —  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren  —  Conservative media company The Blaze has suspended political commentator Tomi Lahren, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Caller.  —  Lahren's show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC's sources.
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Discussion: Daily Kos
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
New documents show Trump aide hid payments from Ukraine party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
A Putin Opponent Is Doused in Green. He Makes It Work.
Discussion: Mashable and ABC News
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Georgia nonprofit says it unwittingly gave $25,000 to white nationalist Richard Spencer
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump drops 208 spots on Forbes list of billionaires
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and CNBC
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.
Discussion: Mashable