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8:35 AM ET, March 27, 2017


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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas  —  President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Picking themselves up after the bruising collapse of their health care plan, President Trump and Republicans in Congress will start this week on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more arduous …
Discussion: The Hill
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Internal White House battles spill into Treasury
Discussion: Towleroad
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Bannon Pushed Trump to Use Health Care Vote to Write Up “Enemies List”  —  Following the embarrassing collapse of Trumpcare, everyone is asking the same question, What went wrong?  And while there are several different angles to answer the question, there seems to be one constant …
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Stop Blaming.  Start Governing.  —  Who's to blame for the failure of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare?  Who cares?  What matters now is that Democrats stop gloating, Republicans stop sulking, and each party come to the table to improve a health-care system that both parties agree needs work.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats, Buoyed by G.O.P. Health Defeat, See No Need to Offer Hand
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
GOP controls federal government but struggles to govern
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Priebus on ObamaCare overhaul: It's time for GOP to ‘start governing’
New York Times:
Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians  —  Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Chairman and partisan: The dual roles of Devin Nunes raise questions about House investigation  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was on his way to an event in Washington late Tuesday when the evening's plans abruptly changed.  After taking a brief phone call, Rep. Devin Nunes …
Discussion: NBC News
Juan Williams / The Hill:
If Obama had acted like Trump...
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The Weekly Standard's Arsenal to Fight Falsehoods: ‘Facts, Logic and Reason’  —  When Breitbart News ran a blaring headline last week suggesting that new evidence “vindicates” President Trump's still-baseless claims that former President Barack Obama put him and his team under surveillance ...
Cyra Master / The Hill:
Report: Ryan pleaded on one knee for ObamaCare repeal vote  —  The Washington Post detailed the House GOP's fight over the ObamaCare repeal and replacement plan this week, rounding up the dramatic details of leadership's fight to win support for the measure.  —  At one point, the paper said, House Speaker Paul Ryan
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump administration weighs deeper involvement in Yemen war  —  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked the White House to lift Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military support for Persian Gulf states engaged in a protracted civil war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to senior Trump administration officials.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property  —  For the eighth weekend in a row, President Trump has visited a property that bears his name.  He has done so on 21 of the 66 days he has been in office, meaning that for the equivalent of three full weeks …
Discussion: WiredPen and
New York Times:   Trump Puts a Presidential-Size Spotlight on His Brand
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Shake up causes drama at Glenn Beck's TheBlaze  —  MORE FROM: … Tomi Lahren won't be appearing on Glenn Beck's multiplatform network, TheBlaze, anymore.  —  Sources say Lahren — who was suspended last week after flip-flopping on abortion and declaring herself pro-choice — has been banned permanently.
Susan Wright / RedState:
Tomi Lahren Is OUT At The Blaze
Elaina Plott / Washingtonian:
Mary Katharine Ham Is Not Here to Entertain You  —  The right-wing pundit doesn't much care about shock value or tossing red meat to the base—yet somehow she's more popular than ever.  How she managed to scale the ranks of Washington media while grieving the death of her liberal-activist husband.
Marc Bennetts / Politico:
Massive opposition protests challenge Putin  —  Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, arrested during Sunday's large demonstration, seeks to tap into frustration with corruption.  —  MOSCOW — Russian police detained Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic who wants to take on Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Politico
David Filipov / Washington Post:
Russian police arrest anti-corruption leader Navalny, hundreds more in nationwide rallies
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Magazine
The Guardian:   Opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained amid protests across Russia
Mike Cernovich / Mike Cernovich Presents Danger & Play:
60 Minutes Preview, Mike Cernovich Calls Out Scott Pelley During Heated Interview  —  During a contentious debate on the nature of truth and what is “fake news,” Mike Cernovich told Scott Pelley what story 60 Minutes would publish before the episode had aired.  Find an excerpt of this interview below:
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Reince Priebus Defends Paul Ryan Amid Failure  —  White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has publicly defended his years-long friend House Speaker Paul Ryan amid Ryan's failure on healthcare.  —  “No he doesn't,” Priebus said when asked on Fox News Sunday if President Donald Trump wants Ryan to resign.
Fox News:   Judge Jeanine Pirro: Paul Ryan must go. Now
Kelly Mclaughlin / Daily Mail:
Get ready for Calexit!  Now Nigel Farage and the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ set their sights on splitting California in two  — The appear to be pitting the eastern, more rural side of California against the western ‘coastal elite’ liberals in Los Angeles and San Francisco
Rebecca Flood / The Independent:
Donald Trump printed out made-up £300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel  —  President estimated Germany's underspend on alliance over the past 12 years, then added interest  —  Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump's attempts to extricate £300bn from Germany …
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Thomas Groome / New York Times:
To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
The Art of the Possible in an Age of Recrimination
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Scott Pelley is pulling no punches on the nightly news — and people are taking notice
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
Discussion: Instapundit
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Icahn Raises Ethics Flags With Dual Roles as Investor and Trump Adviser
 Earlier Items: 
Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Business Insider:
There's a reason why it's ‘been decades since significant tax reform has passed’
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House blame game intensifies as Trump agenda stalls
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Watkins / CNN:
John Kasich says he's not running for office again
Discussion: Political Wire
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
The far right turned this Muslim woman into a ‘monster’ online. That's despicable.
Discussion: ABC
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Graham: Left is ‘going insane’ after Trump's win
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why Trump's approval ratings don't matter

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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

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