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7:40 AM ET, March 24, 2017

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New York Times:
A Brave Front, but Regrets?  On Health Bill, Trump Has a Few  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A postponed health-care vote, a big GOP embarrassment and no good options ahead  —  Thursday was supposed to be a glorious anniversary for President Trump and the Republicans.  Seven years after former president Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans were poised …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
The White House may have skirted federal law to try and save its failing health care bill  —  Several official Twitter accounts lobbied Congress in support of the AHCA bill.  —  On Thursday morning, as the Trump administration frantically tried to save its deeply unpopular Affordable Care …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on  —  President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation's health-care system on the House floor Friday …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump demands Friday vote on health care plan  —  President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told GOP lawmakers.  If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney warned.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Trump threatens to leave ObamaCare in place if repeal bill fails  —  President Trump warned House Republicans on Thursday that he will leave ObamaCare in place unless they approve legislation to repeal and replace it.  —  Trump officials meeting with the House GOP conference …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Republican health-care proposal is breathtakingly unpopular
Axios:
The state of Trumpcare: Failure is an option
Discussion: Vox
Axios:
The new reality on Trump and the Freedom Caucus
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Here's why House conservatives think only partial repeal of Obamacare regulations will punish the sick
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
No Deal on Health Care Bill After Conservative Meeting With Trump
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House gets out ahead of health care blame game: 'We can't make people vote'
Discussion: Axios
Fox News:
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says  —  Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself …
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Intel chair Devin Nunes unsure if Trump associates were directly surveilled  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not know “for sure” whether President Donald Trump or members of his transition team were even on the phone calls or other communications …
CNN:
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion  —  Schiff: New Trump-Russia collusion evidence  —  Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Wire
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Bob Woodward: Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Balloon Juice
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know
CNN:
Nunes apologizes to House Intel Committee, member says
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Intelligence Chair Nunes apologizes for disclosing surveillance information to the White House
Heritage Action for America:
“NO” ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT (H.R. 1628)  —  At some point, the House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which would partially repeal and replace various components of Obamacare.  The proposed legislation repeals a number of Obamacare provisions …
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Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed:
A Former Student Says UC Berkeley's Star Philosophy Professor Groped Her And Watched Porn At Work  —  A lawsuit alleges UC Berkeley professor John R. Searle sexually harassed, assaulted, and retaliated against a former student and employee — and that the university did nothing to stop him.
WikiLeaks:
Dark Matter  —  Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB).
New York Times:
Toll of London Attack Is Global for an Assailant Born in Britain  —  LONDON — The roster of the dead and wounded spanned the globe: a veteran Scotland Yard constable, a Mormon couple from Utah, South Korean tourists, French high schoolers and Romanian lovers.
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are going to filibuster Gorsuch.  It's the right thing to do.  —  After days spent in fruitless attempts to get concrete answers out of Neil Gorsuch on just about anything, some Democrats in the Senate have decided they've had enough: … That last part is questionable …
Discussion: Salon, RT, Occupy Democrats and Towleroad
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Eli Stokols / Politico:
RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt  —  As the general election was taking shape last summer, the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired Central Intelligence Agency officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy.
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
In Wake of Rockville Rape, School Superintendent Accuses Parents of Racism  —  In the wake of an alleged brutal rape at Rockville High School in Maryland by two illegal aliens last week, Montgomery County Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith is accusing parents of racism and xenophobia.
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Apologizes After Joke About Losing His Mammograms In GOP Bill  —  As the House struggles to agree on a path forward on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders may cave to a demand from hardline conservatives to scrap Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits rule …
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Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an ‘employee’
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Matthew Wisner / Fox Business:
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Variety:
Jay Z, Weinstein Company to Make Trayvon Martin Film and Documentary Series (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: EW.com and The Guardian
Washington Post:
Gunman in Ukraine kills Putin foe in attack denounced as ‘state terrorism’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Guardian
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Veronikis / PennLive:
Mother brutally assaulted daughter for reciting Bible verses incorrectly: Police
Discussion: Raw Story
Sadie Stein / New York Times:
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter
Peter Waldman / Bloomberg:
Inside Alabama's Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs
Rick Perry / Houston Chronicle:
Did A&M shun due process in the name of ‘diversity’?