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11:45 PM ET, March 30, 2017

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Wall Street Journal:
Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity  —  Former national security adviser tells FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees he's willing to be interviewed in exchange for deal, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser …
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New York Times:
2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Trump …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Devin Nunes and the Tragedy of the Russia Inquiry  —  Last week, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, announced dozens of intelligence reports that inappropriately included details on President Donald Trump's transition.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman  —  At least three senior White House officials including the top lawyer for the National Security Council were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman …
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House shuffles West Wing staff after health bill collapse  —  Less than a week after suffering a stinging defeat on health care legislation, President Donald Trump shook up his West Wing staff on Thursday, dispatching one of his top aides to shore up an outside political group …
Alex Whiting / Just Security:
Flynn's Public Offer to Testify for Immunity Suggests He May Have Nothing to Say  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn told the FBI and Congress that he is willing to testify in exchange for immunity.  But it's not a serious offer …
Discussion: USA Today, CNBC and The Week
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
WSJ: Flynn Says He's Willing To Testify In Exchange For Immunity Deal  —  President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday told the FBI and members of Congress that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Adam Entous / Washington Post:   Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity
Conor Friedersdorf / Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Do you live in Devin Nunes' district? Pick up the phone and call his office immediately
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Devin Nunes's wiretapping claims came from his former lawyer and a 30-year-old Trump aide
CNN:
White House staff shake-up comes in wake of health care debacle
Discussion: Daily Wire
Associated Press:
Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   White House invites Congress investigation leaders to view documents
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
This Is Almost Certainly James Comey's Twitter Account  —  Digital security and its discontents—from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks—is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI.  So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Empty Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was just plain embarrassing, and not only for the nominee.  But let's begin with him, skipping over his Republican enablers, who had nothing to do but lob softball questions and praise his answers.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Bloomberg:
McCain Seeks Last-Ditch Deal to Avoid ‘Nuclear’ Fight on Gorsuch  —  Republican senator says odds ‘overwhelmingly against’ a deal  —  GOP needs eight Democrats to advance Supreme Court nomination  —  Senator John McCain said Thursday he is talking to Democrats in hopes of reaching a …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
First two Democrats back Trump's Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Week
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:   Nuke 'Em 'Til They Glow
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: Democrats Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp Will Vote For Gorsuch
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, IJR and SARAH PALIN
Oliver Willis / Shareblue:
Intel hearing bombshell: Cyber expert says “Commander-in-Chief used Russian ‘active measures’...against his opponents”  —  Cyber expert Clint Watts, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Cyber expert drops Senate intel bombshell: Russia targets Trump with fake news because he'll repeat it  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A cybersecurity expert testified that Russian “bots” pushed their disinformation campaigns during times when President Donald Trump was likely …
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:   Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
‘Follow the trail of dead Russians’ if you want to crack 2016 election interference: Senate intel witness
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  At Thursday …
Discussion: CBS News
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes a private elevator to his palatial office on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where sightings of him are rare on the floors below.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Gutteridge / Daily Express:
EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit  —  EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump's supportive comments about Brexit.
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Emma Dumain / Post and Courier:
South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford: Trump threatened to back primary challenger against me … WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of crumbling negotiations over the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump said last week he wanted to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in 2018.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
‘We Must Fight Them’: Trump Goes After Conservatives of Freedom Caucus  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump declared war on the conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, suggesting Republicans should “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections if they do not back his agenda.
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Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos  —  On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced charges against David Daleiden, right, and Sandra Merritt over their roles in surreptitiously recorded videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Time for some fame theory: Meet the eccentric liberal analyst whose unhinged tweetstorms have made him Twitter-famous  —  Eric Garland went to sleep on December 10 with 5,000 Twitter followers.  When he woke up the next day he had 30,000.  —  “It was pretty awesome,” Garland told Business Insider in an interview.
Raleigh News & Observer:
HB2 repeal compromise clears Senate, heads to House  —  RALEIGH  —  The state Senate on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals House Bill 2 but restricts future anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties.  —  Opposition and support for the bill did not fall along party lines in the 32-16 vote.
Daphne Duret / Palm Beach Post:
Husband having sex with wife in fatal DUI crash gets 5 years prison  —  Calling it one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she's ever come across, a Palm Beach County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Loxahatchee husband and father to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove drunk.
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
2 journalists sue Trump over ‘kill list’  —  Two journalists who believe they are on the so-called “kill list” of individuals targeted by the U.S. for deadly drone strikes are suing President Donald Trump and other top administration officials.  —  Former Al Jazeera Islamabad bureau chief Ahmad Zaidan …
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump?  How about a corn boycott  —  In Iowa, the top corn-producing state, which exported 75% of its grain to Mexico last year, the Latin nation's threat to boycott such imports is cause for consternation.  (Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images)
Axios:
Trump to start his nationalist trade push  —  On Thursday evening, the President's top trade officials previewed two executive actions that are coming Friday and intended to signal to foreign countries that Trump intends to follow through on his nationalist campaign rhetoric :
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up  —  The lobby at the pain-management clinic had become crowded with patients, so relatives had gone outside to their trucks to wait, and here, too, sat Desmond Spencer, smoking a 9 a.m. cigarette and watching the door.
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
SpaceX Makes History  —  SpaceX just checked off another item on its bucket list on Thursday night.  At just after 6:20 PM ET, the private spaceflight company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that had previously flown before, a first for any rocket in the history of spaceflight.
Discussion: The Verge
New York Times:
Uber Executive Invokes Fifth Amendment, Seeking to Avoid Potential Charges  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An Uber executive accused of stealing driverless car technology from his former employers at Google is exercising his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, according to his lawyers.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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