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1:50 AM ET, March 29, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia  —  The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Rep. Devin Nunes / National Review:
Devin Nunes Should Step Down as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee  —  Nunes's unforced errors have undermined public faith.  —  Let's begin with two assertions, both of which should be inarguable.  First, no one in Washington is entitled to any position of power or responsibility.
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and NewsHounds blog
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Could Be Facing an Ethics Probe for Spilling Secrets  —  The controversy surrounding House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes may just be getting started.  Nunes could soon be staring down the barrel of a House Ethics Committee investigation, lawyers familiar with the House's rules tell The Daily Beast.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How the White House and Republicans Blew Up the House Russia Investigation  —  The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year's election.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself  —  Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) on Tuesday told The Hill that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) should “absolutely” recuse himself from his panel's investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's election.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Dem: White House in ‘fantasy land’ on Yates testimony … A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday he was unconvinced by the White House's insistence that it wants former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Now we know why Trump panicked about Russia probe
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Embattled DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major overhaul of the party's organization, which has been stung by recent crises — and the DNC has requested resignation letters from all current staffers.
Matt Vespa /
Cleaning House: DNC Chair Perez Orders All Staffers To Resign
Discussion: Geller Report and SARAH PALIN
The White House:
S.J.Res. 34 - Disapproving the Federal Communications Commission's Rule on Privacy of Customers of Broadband Services  —  The Administration strongly supports House passage of S.J.Res. 34, which would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's final rule titled “Protecting the Privacy …
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
Here's the Data Republicans Just Allowed ISPs to Sell Without Your Consent  —  Financial and medical information.  Social Security numbers.  Web browsing history.  Mobile app usage.  Even the content of your emails and online chats.  —  These are among the types of private consumer information …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:   Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history
Media Matters for America:
Bill O'Reilly: I “Didn't Hear A Word” Rep. Maxine Waters Said Because Of Her “James Brown Wig”  —  BILL O'REILLY: I didn't hear a word [Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)] said.  I was looking at the James Brown wig.  If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig.  —  STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): It's the same one.
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters  —  To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
April Ryan on Sean Spicer's insulting behavior: 'I'll be back'  —  Thanks to the dysfunction stemming from his boss, White House press secretary Sean Spicer is getting heavy exposure to the public via televised daily sessions in the briefing room.  And the more we see of him, the nastier he appears.
Discussion: Vox, The Gateway Pundit, Hot Air and IJR
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Clinton defends April Ryan, Rep. Maxine Waters in speech
Glenn Garner / Out Magazine:
BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census … The Trump Administration recently submitted a list of data categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS).  Although the Supreme Court, in 2013, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act …
NBC News:
Manafort-Linked Accounts on Cyprus Raised Red Flag  —  LIMASSOL, Cyprus — A bank in Cyprus investigated accounts associated with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for possible money-laundering, two banking sources with direct knowledge of his businesses here told NBC News.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Border wall funding likely to be put on hold  —  President Trump's funding request for a border wall will likely be put on hold, Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday.  —  Sen. Roy Blunt  —  (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced at a leadership press conference …
Leah Barkoukis /
GOP Senator: Funding For Border Wall Will Likely Have to Wait
Discussion: SARAH PALIN
New York Times:
Affordable Care Act Repeal Is Back on the Agenda, Republicans Say  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with House leaders declaring …
The Guardian:
EU leads attacks on Trump's rollback of Obama climate policy  —  Europe poised to take baton from US as leader in global efforts to fight climate change, with America's commitment to Paris accords at risk  —  The European Union has led criticism of Donald Trump's effort to unravel Barack Obama's measures …
Discussion: Common Dreams, AOL and The Hill
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Leaked DHS Document Is Another Democratic Party Scandal  —  At, Michael Patrick Leahy has what strikes me as an explosive story: “Mystery Surrounds Leaked Leaked Draft DHS Document at Center of Controversial Travel Ban Decisions by Two Federal Judges.”  Actually, though, it doesn't seem to be much of a mystery.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Josh Begley / The Intercept:
After 12 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes  —  Five years ago, I made a simple iPhone app.  It would send you a push notification every time a U.S. drone strike was reported in the news.  —  Apple rejected the app three times, calling it “excessively objectionable or crude content.”
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year  —  Spiders are quite literally all around us.  A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump breaks the silent treatment with Schumer: ‘Hello, Chuck’  —  As President Donald Trump welcomed more than half the Senate to the White House on Tuesday night in one of his first big splashes on the Washington social scene, he gave a shout to a recognizable Democratic face in the crowd.
Discussion: Axios
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Republicans vote to block resolutions on Trump's tax returns  —  The House and its tax-writing committee voted on Tuesday to block Democratic resolutions demanding President Trump's tax returns.  —  The votes were latest of many Democratic attempts to get Congress to request Trump's tax returns.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
This $56,199-Per-Year Campus Offers ‘Self-Identified White Students’ A Safe Space To Feel Guilty  —  Loyola University Chicago offers a campus club “for self-identified White students” to admit their own racist feelings and to complain about the racism they perceive around themselves.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump Claims U.S. Constitution Bars ‘Apprentice’ Star's Defamation Suit While in Office  —  The president believes the Supremacy Clause bars state lawsuits against a sitting president and looks to tackle an issue “not decided” by the Supreme Court in Bill Clinton v. Paula Jones.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Gorsuch needs a straight flush to beat filibuster  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday left Judge Neil Gorsuch with two roads to the Supreme Court: winning over all of the party's remaining swing votes, or relying on the so-called nuclear option.  —  The five Democratic senators up for reelection next year …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Karen Pence is the vice president's ‘prayer warrior,’ gut check and shield  —  During the first of Vice President Pence's two unsuccessful races for Congress, he rode a single-speed bicycle more than 250 miles around his district, much of it accompanied by his wife, Karen, along for the journey.
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Tesla ‘autopilot’ car hits Phoenix police motorcycle  —  A Phoenix police motorcycle was struck by a Tesla Model X reportedly operating on autopilot last week, police said.  —  The incident happened a few days before an accident involving an automated Uber vehicle in Tempe.
Discussion: BGR and The Daily Caller
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Staring Into Brexit's Abyss
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
White House staff will skip Correspondents' Dinner in ‘solidarity’ with President Trump
John Crudele / New York Post:
The New York Times' ongoing dishonesty only helps Trump
Discussion: AOL
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Schock staffer was FBI informant, court filings reveal
Discussion: Politico
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Exclusive: As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Trump in meeting with Chicago FOP boss: 'What's going on in Chicago?'
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Signal
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Ryan: Don't tie Planned Parenthood to government funding fight
Discussion: Politico and Mashable
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
De Blasio: NYC Will Be at Risk of Terror If Sessions Cuts Law Enforcement Funding to Sanctuary Cities
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top House Republicans favor funding key ObamaCare payments
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
David Roberts / Vox:
Trump's executive order is a gift to coal executives. It won't do anything for coal miners.
Discussion: Motherboard and Bloomberg
Meredith Newman /
Naval Academy grads ask alumni group to rescind honor for former Sen. Jim Webb
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn't the Driver of Clinton's Defeat
William Nardi / The College Fix:
Christian student suspended after challenging Muslim prof's claim that Jesus wasn't crucified