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11:05 AM ET, March 22, 2017

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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 …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Manafort worked to ‘benefit Putin government’: report
Discussion: ABC News, RedState and 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?
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Trump, GOP struggle to find healthcare votes  —  House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ­ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan.  —  With only a day before a scheduled vote on the House floor, the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan
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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.
Axios:
Why deductibles would rise under the GOP health care plan  —  Health care is complicated, as the president has discovered.  But here is one thing that is not so complicated: if people have modest means and limited tax credits, and coverage is expensive, they will mostly buy health plans with lower premiums — and high deductibles.
Discussion: Business Insider and Balloon Juice
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
What Hardcore Conservatives Really Want for Health Care  —  To its critics, Republicans' Obamacare replacement bill is not just a bad idea, it seems to reveal a dearth of ideas.  The impression among some liberals (and even conservatives) is that, given seven years to come up with an alternative …
Discussion: New York Times
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care
Discussion: Vox and STAT
Erin McPike / IJR:
Trump's Diplomat  —  “I didn't want this job.  I didn't seek this job.”
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer  —  A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded on Wednesday just after it was launched, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region.
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CNN:
Failed North Korean missile exploded ‘within seconds,’ US says
Discussion: NPR and IJR
Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
SEOUL BELIEVES N KOREA'S LATEST MISSILE TEST ENDS IN FAILURE
Discussion: Infowars
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
'I'll Criticize Judges,' Trump Says, Hours After a Scolding for Doing Just That  —  WASHINGTON — Not even a public scolding from Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could get President Trump to stop bashing federal judges.  —  Hours after Mr. Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court declared during Senate …
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:   Ryan's Leadership Is Tested by GOP's Civil War on Health Bill
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Approval wanes for GOP health bill  —  Support for the GOP proposal to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is fading, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted just before an expected House vote on the legislation.  —  Voters are divided on the measure …
Discussion: AOL and The Daily Caller
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Jon Reid / Morning Consult:
Voters Want GOP to Hit Brakes on Health Care Overhaul as Support Dips
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Blair Miller / TheDenverChannel.com:
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: Politicus USA and Political Wire
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: By 2 to 1 margin, registered voters reject Comey  —  FBI Director James Comey is unpopular across the political spectrum, according to a new poll that finds voters have a negative opinion of Comey by a more than two-to-one margin.  —  According to data from a Harvard-Harris Poll survey …
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case  —  There was once a time — before the investigations, before the sexual abuse conviction — when rich and famous men loved to hang around with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire money manager who loved to party.
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: Balloon Juice and Axios
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
An asylum seeker who forced a 10-year-old to watch pornographic films before raping her is now pleading with the Swedish government not to deport him back to Iraq.  —  The 45-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker known only as Ahmed was put on trial for raping the 10-year-old girl in an asylum camp in Tjörn …
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
U.S. Airstrike in Syria Is Said to Kill Dozens of Civilians  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 30 civilians have been killed in an airstrike by the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in a rural area of Raqqa Province in northern Syria, according to residents, activists and Syrian state television.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Warren to Speak at Emily's List Gala as She Considers Campaigns  —  The Massachusetts senator is seen as potential Trump opponent  —  Poll shows plurality of voters opposed to her re-election  —  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will raise her profile as a leader among President …
 
 
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