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9:35 AM ET, March 22, 2017


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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
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Republican Opposition To Health Care Bill Cracks Open Door To Negotiations
Discussion: Daily Kos, Vox and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Towleroad
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”  —  The judge's infamous dissent reveals he may not have the temperament to serve on the Supreme Court.  —  I have tried to be balanced in reviewing Judge Neil Gorsuch's record.  In a post right after his nomination, I called his decision criticizing …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump puts the pressure on his party
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and USA Today
Paul Callan / CNN:
Judge Gorsuch and the frozen truck driver
Discussion: Raw Story and
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 …
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.
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
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:   Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'
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
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
Rob Low / FOX31 Denver:
Former Colorado GOP chairman charged with voter fraud, forgery
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How the White House Got James Comey Wrong
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
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 …
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy  —  North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army says general's drunken escapades shouldn't affect his secret clearance  —  WASHINGTON — The Army is recommending that Brig. Gen. Ron Lewis keep his security clearance despite issuing him a scathing reprimand that questioned flaws in his character, his abuse of alcohol and the …
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama's Climate Change Legacy
Discussion: Mother Jones
Pat Saperstein / Variety:
Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host, Dies at 87
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
Payless Is Said to Be Filing for Bankruptcy as Soon as Next Week
Dean Beeby / CBC News:
Cut out the cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canadian diplomats told
 Earlier Items: 
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
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
5 takeaways from Trump's visit to Louisville
Discussion: Politicus USA
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Trump's first pick for labor secretary is out as fast food CEO
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Nixon counsel during Watergate: Trump WH ‘in cover-up mode’
UK flight ban on electronic devices announced