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1:45 PM ET, March 23, 2017

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TIME:
Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods  —  President Trump spoke with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22 for a cover story about the way he has handled truth and falsehood in his career.  —  This is a transcript of the exchange, with some minor edits.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Defense of His Lies: 'I'm President and You're Not'  —  It is remarkable — and perhaps praiseworthy — that Donald Trump gave a long and detailed interview on the subject of his being a pathological liar.  The interview, with Time's Michael Scherer, covers a wide range of Trump's lies …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Can President Trump Handle the Truth?  —  Generations of American children have learned the apocryphal tale of young George Washington, bravely admitting to his father that he chopped down the cherry tree.  The story sprang from a culture that wanted even its fables to serve the ideal of truth.
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNBC and Mediaite
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
9 bonkers things Donald Trump said in his new exclusive interview with Time  —  “I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not.”  —  In an exclusive interview with Time's Michael Scherer, published Thursday, President Donald Trump basically gives three types of explanations …
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour  —  Republicans are considering changes that could doom the bill in the Senate and save face in the House.  —  WASHINGTON Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Obamacare repeal in jeopardy as Trump offers 11th-hour concessions  —  The Republican plan to replace Obamacare — backed vehemently by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan — continued to bleed support from moderate House members Thursday morning just hours before an expected vote.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
What the GOP's plan to kill essential health benefits means
Discussion: Daily Wire
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy
Discussion: Daily Kos and NPR
NBC News:   Four Reasons the Health Care Bill Might Pass — and 7 Reasons It Might Not
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination  —  As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he would oppose Gorsuch …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through  —  A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
The Washington Times http / Washington Times:
Schumer says Dems will filibuster Gorsuch
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer a no on Gorsuch, will urge Dems to oppose
Discussion: Politico
Jay Caruso / RedState:
Democrats Choose Stupidity: They Will Filibuster Neil Gorsuch Nomination
CNN:
US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
'There's a Smell of Treason in the Air'  —  The greatest political scandal in American history was not Aaron Burr's shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn't even Watergate.  Rather it may have been Richard Nixon's secret efforts in 1968 to sabotage a U.S. diplomatic effort to end the Vietnam War.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tweets NBC, ABC broadcast ‘biased and fake’ Russia stories
Discussion: The Hill and Occupy Democrats
Jerusalem Post:
‘Dual US-Israeli citizen behind most JCC bomb threat calls’  —  Israeli authorities have arrested an 19-year-old suspect on suspicion of instigating a series of threats to Jewish communities in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand over the past six months.
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Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Jewish Israeli-American man arrested in connection to bomb threats against Jewish centers
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS New York
Rick Perry / Houston Chronicle:
Did A&M shun due process in the name of ‘diversity’?  —  As Texas' first Aggie governor and as someone who was twice elected Yell Leader of Texas A&M University, I am deeply troubled by the recent conduct of A&M's administration and Student Government Association (SGA) during the Aggie student-body president elections for 2017-2018.
Discussion: Towleroad and Raw Story
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The Texas Tribune:
Former Gov. Perry questions legitimacy of Texas A&M student body election
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
Houston Chronicle:   Rick Perry blasts election of Texas A&M's first gay SGA president
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Rick Perry Calls Texas A&M Student Election a ‘Mockery’
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
CNN:
Nunes apologizes to House Intel Committee, member says  — “Basically what he has done is he has scuttled and put a cloud over his own investigation,” Cummings said  —  (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes apologized to committee members Thursday, a Democrat on the panel told reporters …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Nunes apologizes for going directly to White House with monitoring claims
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
The Guardian:
London attack: police confirm seven people arrested - live  —  Seven arrested in six counter-terrorism raids in London, Birmingham and elsewhere following Wednesday's terrorist attack on London … French authorities have launched an inquiry into the London attack after it became clear three …
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Criticizes London Mayor After Deadly Attack
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Centrists balk at GOP ObamaCare bill  —  GOP centrists in the House are fleeing from their party's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, complicating White House efforts to win passage in a vote scheduled for Thursday.  —  Centrist defections in the last 24 hours include Rep. Charlie Dent …
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Asbury Park Press
Brookings Institution:
Senior Scholar - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs  —  In “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st Century,” Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non …
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Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds
Discussion: The Atlantic and emptywheel
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Rotten Tomatoes is ‘the destruction of our business,’ says director  —  Director and producing mogul Brett Ratner says film critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is a destructive force in Hollywood.  —  Speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival last weekend, the Rush Hour director wanted …
Discussion: IndieWire
 
 
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Barbara Brosher / indianapublicmedia.org:
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Axios:
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