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6:00 PM ET, March 26, 2017

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The Times & The Sunday Times:
Germany slams ‘intimidating’ £300bn White House bill  —  Donald Trump handed the German chancellor Angela Merkel a bill — thought to be for more than £300bn — for money her country “owed” Nato for defending it when they met last weekend, German government sources have revealed.
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Rebecca Flood / The Independent:
Donald Trump printed out made-up £300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Obamacare repeal  —  Speaker Paul Ryan and House leaders had been toiling behind closed doors for weeks assembling their Obamacare repeal bill as suspicion on the far-right simmered to a boil.  —  So on March 7, just hours after Ryan unveiled …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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Fox News:
Judge Jeanine Pirro: Paul Ryan must go.  Now  —  Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House.  —  The reason?  He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill.  The one trumpeted to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  The one that he had seven years to work on.
Fox News:
Priebus on ObamaCare overhaul: It's time for GOP to ‘start governing’
Fox News:
Priebus on future of Trump's agenda; Rep. Jordan details conservative opposition to GOP leadership …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump shifts blame to conservatives on health care bill failure
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.
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The Daily Beast:
Report: Tomi Lahren ‘Banned Permanently’ From TheBlaze
Discussion: AOL
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other  —  The first cocktail party at Barack Obama's new office last month was certainly more casual than any he had hosted in recent years.  The wine bore a random assortment of labels, as if assembled potluck-style.
Discussion: Axios
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Passing Tax Reform Will Be As Difficult As Repealing Obamacare  —  As you switch your attention from this past week's spectacularly-failed effort by House Republicans and the Trump administration to repeal and replace Obamacare to the GOP's next big legislative priority of corporate tax reform …
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Andrea Ruth / RedState:   Lo & Behold: A Replica of the Successful 2015 Obamacare Repeal Is Languishing in Committee
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Trump vs. Congress: Now What?  —  After the president suffered his first defeat on Capitol Hill, can the White House still make good on its legislative promises?  —  On Monday, Jan. 9, less than two weeks before President Trump's inauguration, the House speaker, Paul Ryan …
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
President travels again for meetings at Trump golf club in Va.  —  President Trump held a series of short meetings Sunday morning at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.  —  A reporter traveling with the president said Trump had three meetings and was heading back to the White House after a quick visit.
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property
Discussion: twitchy.com and ThinkProgress
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Republicans govern if they can't keep a promise they've made for 7 years?  —  WASHINGTON  —  Republicans exulted in November when they won the White House and both congressional chambers, promising aggressive moves on health care, taxes and immigration.
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Graham: Left is ‘going insane’ after Trump's win  —  Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) in an interview Sunday morning slammed Democrats for opposing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, saying the “left is going insane after Trump won the election.”  —  “This has nothing to do with Neil …
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why Trump's approval ratings don't matter  —  MORE FROM: … YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump's Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal.
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
Two girls barred from United flight for wearing leggings  —  A United Airlines gate agent barred two girls from boarding a flight Sunday morning because the girls were wearing leggings.  —  Another girl who was wearing gray leggings had to change before she was allowed to board the flight from Denver to Minneapolis, a witness said.
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
President Trump And America's National Nervous Breakdown  —  There's an old Sprite commercial, from the 1990s, in which it's a hot summer day on a city basketball court.  Someone cracks open a Sprite, then jumps and cannonballs into the blacktop.  It's OK, though, because the asphalt has become a swimming pool.
WLWT Digital / WLWT-TV:
Police: At least 15 shot, 1 fatally, at Cincinnati nightclub  —  News conference expected at 11 a.m.  —  CINCINNATI —  A shooting that left one person dead and at least 14 others wounded stemmed from a conflict earlier in the day, Cincinnati police said.
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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:
The Guardian:
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained amid protests across Russia  —  Crowds gather in major cities to protest against corruption in largest anti-government demonstrations for five years … Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner …
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
The far right turned this Muslim woman into a ‘monster’ online.  That's despicable.  —  In the hours after Wednesday's attack on Parliament, a picture began to circulate on social media.  It was shot just after terrorist Khalid Masood ran an SUV through a crowd on Westminster Bridge, killing four.
Discussion: ABC and IJR
 
 
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
John Kasich says he's not running for office again
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Maher on London attack: You never hear ‘Merry Christmas’ before bomb goes off
Discussion: RedState
Charles Murray / American Enterprise Institute:
Charles Murray's SPLC page as edited by Charles Murray
Discussion: Power Line
Axios:
Trump rewrites his playbook
Discussion: Politico
Neil Vigdor / Connecticut Post:
A Kennedy for Connecticut governor?
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jillian Kay Melchior / Heat Street:
Judge OK's Petition for America's First ‘Genderless’ Person
Discussion: Althouse
Alexandra Caldas / Uticaod:
Colgate visit: Biden speaks of past, present, future
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Need to reach Trump? Call Rhona.
Discussion: The Guardian
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Donald, This I Will Tell You  —  We've known each other a long time …