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9:50 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 …
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?
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 …
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.
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
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:   Ryan's Leadership Is Tested by GOP's Civil War on Health Bill
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.
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, NBC News and USA Today
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”
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: Balloon Juice
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
What Hardcore Conservatives Really Want for Health Care
Discussion: New York Times
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Pat Saperstein / Variety:
Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host, Dies at 87  —  Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed.  He was 87.  —  His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” …
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Chuck Barris, Eclectic Entertainer of ‘Gong Show’ Fame, Dies at 87
Discussion: Althouse
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Mississippi passes ban on sanctuary cities  —  The Mississippi state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that would prohibit counties, cities and colleges from acting as sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  —  No Mississippi cities currently act as sanctuary cities.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama's Climate Change Legacy  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is poised in the coming days to announce his plans to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller but significant policies aimed at curbing global warming.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘big, beautiful wall’ will require him to take big swaths of other people's land
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Brody /
Brody File: Exclusive: President Trump Will Be Commencement Speaker at Liberty University
Discussion: Politico
In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army says general's drunken escapades shouldn't affect his secret clearance
Payless Is Said to Be Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Beeby / CBC News:
Cut out the cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canadian diplomats told
Will Bredderman / Observer:
GOP Congressman Warns Trump's Refusal to Retract Obama Wiretap Claim Could Endanger the Country
Discussion: The Atlantic
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers is a Fraud
Cortney O'Brien /
De Blasio: We Are Preparing NYC Schools to Resist ICE Agents
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Trump's first pick for labor secretary is out as fast food CEO
UK flight ban on electronic devices announced
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How the White House Got James Comey Wrong