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6:55 PM ET, March 22, 2017

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Austin Wright / Politico:
Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted  —  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump's transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November's presidential election.
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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 …
Bloomberg:
Nunes Says Trump Team Conversations Caught in Surveillance  —  Republican says 'I'm actually alarmed' conversations picked up  —  Disclosure may bolster Trump's claim he was under surveillance  —  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community …
Discussion: Politico and Vox Popoli
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Nunes ‘Unmasking’ Report Vindicates Trump Claims on Surveillance
Discussion: CNN, Geller Report and RedState
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Surveillance was collected about Trump transition team
Fox News:
Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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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Rep. Daniel Donovan / Staten Island Advance:
Why I will vote ‘no’ on the American Health Care Act  —  Rep. Daniel Donovan will vote “no” on the current Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  (Staten Island Advance/Rachel Shapiro)  —  Since my first day serving in Congress I made a commitment to weigh the impact …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Biden warns against GOP health bill: ObamaCare is ‘peace of mind’
Discussion: RedState
Jim Newell / Slate:
There's a secret, cynical reason Paul Ryan can't give conservatives what they want on the American Health Care Act.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Joviality at Neil Gorsuch's Hearing Masks Drama Behind the Scenes
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.
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Washington Post:
Attacker kills 3, injures 20 in vehicle and knife assault near British Parliament, according to officials
The Guardian:
Houses of Parliament attack: four dead including police officer
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Conservatives claim votes to stop GOP Obamacare repeal  —  House conservatives say they have the votes to bring down a Republican plan to replace Obamacare, threatening a core piece of President Donald Trump's agenda and sparking a frantic, 11th-hour pressure campaign by the president and House GOP leaders.
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists they'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement
Discussion: RedState
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   White House moves to tweak health care bill to win over conservatives
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington  —  One of the most important things we learned Monday from the House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian influence of the 2016 elections was that the hackers may have wanted to get caught.  FBI director James Comey said Russia's cyber intruders were …
Discussion: Power Line
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Wall Street Journal:
A President's Credibility  —  Trump's falsehoods are eroding …
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 …
Washington Post:
Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show  —  The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting …
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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.
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Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Alexander Acosta, Labor Nominee, Dismisses Concerns Over Political Pressure
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 …
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
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
White Pride and Prejudice
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Guardian
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
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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama team lines up behind Perriello  —  Seeking to drape himself in the mantle of Barack Obama in his Virginia gubernatorial race, former Rep. Tom Perriello on Wednesday began circulating a letter showing support from more than two dozen members of the former president's staff, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO.
Sage Lazzaro / Observer:
Exclusive: Trump Sics Lawyers on Teen for Making Silly Site Where Kittens Punch Him  —  Lucy is a 17-year-old from San Francisco who spends her spare time reading at coffee shops, splurging on guac at Chipotle and practicing her tech skills.  The high schooler dreams of working …
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 …
 
 
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P.R. Lockhart / Mother Jones:
Congressional Black Caucus Shows Trump Its Policy Vision for Black America
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: ‘It is cancer’
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Justin Holcomb / Townhall.com:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Winter / Bloomberg:
How Scott Adams Got Hypnotized by Trump
Discussion: The Concourse
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud. Now he's charged with voter fraud.
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'
Erin McPike / IJR:
Trump's Diplomat