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4:50 PM 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 …
Austin Wright / Politico:
Nunes: Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration  —  Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under U.S. government surveillance following November's presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday.
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
House Intel chairman: Trump's personal communications may have been collected  — Its chairman said Wednesday Trump's communication might have been part of ‘incidental collection’  —  (CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's personal communications …
Nunes Says Trump Team Conversations Caught in Surveillance
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Fox News:
UK Parliament terror attack: 4 people killed, including cop and alleged assailant; 20 injured  —  DEVELOPING - Four people, including a London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant, were killed after a terror attack that saw more than 20 people injured outside the Parliament building on Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Attacker kills 3, injures 20 in vehicle and knife assault near British Parliament, according to officials
The Guardian:
Parliament attack: man shot after police officer stabbed at House of Commons - live updates
The Guardian:
Houses of Parliament attack: four dead including police officer
NBC News:
London Terrorist Attack: 4 Dead in Incident Near UK Parliament
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong  —  Awkward.  —  About 40 minutes after Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eight of the justices he hopes to join said a major disability decision Gorsuch wrote in 2008 was wrong.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Joviality at Neil Gorsuch's Hearing Masks Drama Behind the Scenes
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Democrats sharpen attacks on Gorsuch after Supreme Court rebuff
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Republicans lied about healthcare for years, and they're about to get the punishment they deserve  —  It's hard to decide which would be the more politically damaging outcome for Republican politicians: passing the American Health Care Act, and therefore owning the premium increases …
Discussion: Vox and No More Mister Nice Blog
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill  —  (R-Pa.) says he will now vote for the House's ObamaCare replacement bill after getting a commitment for a vote on legislation ensuring that tax credits do not go to illegal immigrants.  —  Met w Trump/Ryan & got guarantee that House will vote …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists they'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement
Discussion: RedState
Shawn Cohen / New York Post:
White supremacist accused of murder says he came to NYC to kill blacks
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Gothamist
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud.  Now he's charged with voter fraud.  —  The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud.
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?
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Tweeting Toward Oblivion  —  Donald Trump faces a stark choice.  He can tweet, or he can govern.  —  He can indulge his persecution complex, firing off missives that compare Barack Obama to Joseph McCarthy and American intelligence officers to Nazis, or he can recognize it as a gateway to disgrace and irrelevance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
White Pride and Prejudice
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
New York Times:
Why People Continue to Believe Objectively False Things
Discussion: The Resurgent
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care  —  When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults.  Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.
Discussion: Vox and STAT
Erin McPike / IJR:
Trump's Diplomat  —  “I didn't want this job.  I didn't seek this job.”
Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post:
Trump's Team Said It Didn't Ask For Military Vehicles At Inauguration.  Emails Show It Did.  —  “Such support would be out of guidelines,” one Pentagon official wrote.  —  WASHINGTON The month after Donald Trump won the presidential election, his staff asked the Pentagon to send photographs …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell's Trumpcare Plan Is to Lose Fast  —  Trumpcare may or may not grind out enough votes to pass the House.  In the Senate, it's hopelessly short of the 50 votes it needs.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has laid out a wildly aggressive time frame, under which his chamber …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton to get lifetime achievement award  —  Chelsea Clinton will be honored with a Variety's lifetime achievement award next month, the magazine announced Tuesday.  —  The 37-year-old former first daughter, a vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, is rumored to be eyeing a run …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Hill Republicans say they're growing frustrated with Mattis  —  Defense Secretary James Mattis' unconventional choices for top Pentagon posts and his reluctance to aggressively push for dramatic increases in the defense budget have rankled Republicans on Capitol Hill who say he's burning …
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New Survey Conducted In Cuba Explores Cubans' Opinions on Their Economy, Diplomatic Relations …
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: ‘It is cancer’
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Justin Holcomb /
Turkish President: Europeans Will Not Walk Safely Unless Demands Are Met
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Caroline Winter / Bloomberg:
How Scott Adams Got Hypnotized by Trump
Discussion: The Concourse
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Eyeing Trump's Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say ‘No, Thanks’
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
New poll: only 3% of Trump voters regret their vote