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9:00 AM ET, March 31, 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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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.
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 …
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: Infowars, Balloon Juice, CNBC and The Week
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, ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pelosi on Nunes: 'I've never seen behavior this bizarre' … House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday called Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's (R-Calif.) behavior on the panel's ongoing Russia investigation “bizarre.”  —  The comments follow revelations that Nunes met …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Things Go From Bad to Worse for Devin Nunes and Team Trump
Associated Press:
Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity
Discussion: The Week
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House shuffles West Wing staff after health bill collapse
Conor Friedersdorf / Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Do you live in Devin Nunes' district? Pick up the phone and call his office immediately
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall  —  In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor.  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a “governing party” because it could not …
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats in Trump territory in no mood to deal  —  The 12 Democrats who represent House districts won by Donald Trump were supposed to be easy marks for the deal-making new president.  —  Instead, they're giving him the stiff-arm.  —  “I do come from a district that did flip to Trump …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The House Un-Freedom Caucus  —  After the health-care failure, it's time for Republican voters and donors to rethink their political support.  —  On the night of Nov. 8, 2016, after it was clear that Donald Trump had upset Hillary Clinton, there was broad agreement that one word described the American electorate's purpose: change.
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story and 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
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:   Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  At Thursday …
Discussion: CBS News
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Prince of Oversight  —  When Donald Trump's now-notorious Access Hollywood tape first leaked in October last year, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz reacted to the news the way he usually does—he got himself in front of a camera, and fast.  —  Within hours after the story broke …
Discussion: The Week
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP rep: Trump ‘not off to a great start’ on Benghazi documents
Discussion: RedState
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 and SCOTUSblog
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
First two Democrats back Trump's Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senate Lets States Defund Clinics That Perform Abortions  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, aided by Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing Georgia colleague who gingerly made his way to the Capitol with the aid of a wheelchair and a walker, voted Thursday to undo an Obama administration …
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Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Privacy payback: Protesters want to publish browsing histories of Republicans who voted to strip privacy rights  —  Crowdsourcing efforts have cropped up to purchase lawmakers' browsing history if President Trump signs the bill  —  Angry internet users have targeted Republican lawmakers …
Daniel Gross / Slate:
There's No Such Thing as a Job Americans Won't Do  —  “These jobs, Americans don't want,” Gene Myers, the CEO of Thrive Home Builders, told CNBC real estate reporter Diana Olick earlier this week, in a well-done piece on a labor shortage that is contributing to a construction and housing shortfall in Denver.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Forbes
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
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria  —  The head of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (Win McNamee / Getty Images)  —  Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Mistakes, He's Made a Few Too Many  —  Crisis will inevitably strike, so America needs stability and strength.  Will Trump be ready?  —  Near the end of the campaign I wrote a column called “Imagine a Sane Donald Trump,” lamenting that I believed he was crazy, and too bad.
 
 
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