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11:50 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 …
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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?
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.
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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: STAT and Vox
Erin McPike / IJR:
Trump's Diplomat  —  “I didn't want this job.  I didn't seek this job.”
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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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 …
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan's Leadership Is Tested by GOP's Civil War on Health Bill
Discussion: Breitbart, Infowars and Raw Story
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 …
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New York Times:
Why People Continue to Believe Objectively False Things
Discussion: The National Interest
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, Political Wire and AOL
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 …
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
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
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Gorsuch hearings Day 3: Feinstein presses judge on abortion, physician-assisted suicide  —  Judge Neil Gorsuch and Sen. Dianne Feinstein engaged in an emotional exchange to start the third day of his Supreme Court nomination hearings, with Feinstein saying she worried Gorsuch's conservative leanings would set back women's rights.
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Jed Handelsman Shugerman / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tim Sculthorpe / Daily Mail:
HOW PARLIAMENT HAS BEEFED UP SECURITY TO PROTECT AGAINST A TERROR ATTACK  —  Extra Metropolitan Police firearms officers are regularly put on detail around the grounds of the Houses of Parliament in the aftermath of terror attacks.  —  Following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris two years ago …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
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.
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.
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Louie Gohmert, an outspoken House Republican from Texas, is calling for a congressional investigation of John Podesta's role with Rusnano, a state-run company founded by Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.
Financial Times:
European markets join selling as Trump trade falters  —  Uncertainty over US healthcare overhaul fuels concerns about pro-business agenda  —  Read next … Stock markets suffered their worst falls since the election of Donald Trump as Wall Street worries about the prospects …
Discussion: New York Times
Chris Jacobs / Chris Jacobs on Healthcare:
The “Technical” Amendment That Could Affect Millions of Veterans' Health Coverage  —  As the House of Representatives steamrolls toward a vote tomorrow on Republicans' “repeal-and-replace” legislation, lawmakers weighing their vote may wish to consider a few key questions—such as:
Discussion: Axios and The Federalist
 
 
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Trump, Cruz joke about sending lawmakers into space
Discussion: IJR, RT and Infowars
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
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P.R. Lockhart / Mother Jones:
Black Congressional Leaders Will Confront Trump Over Key Policy Priorities
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Alan K. Simpson / New York Times:
How a Trump Turnabout on Gay Rights Hurts Republicans
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Jess Bidgood / New York Times:
Philadelphia Prosecutor Indicted on Corruption Charges
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Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Warren to Speak at Emily's List Gala as She Considers Campaigns
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Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Chuck Barris, Producer and Personality of ‘Gong Show’ Fame, Dies at 87
Discussion: Althouse
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
U.S. Airstrike in Syria Is Said to Kill Dozens of Civilians
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama's Climate Change Legacy
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Brody / CBN.com:
Brody File: Exclusive: President Trump Will Be Commencement Speaker at Liberty University
Discussion: Politico
FIRE:
In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army says general's drunken escapades shouldn't affect his secret clearance
New York Times:
Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Axios