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10:15 AM ET, March 30, 2017


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FBI Director James Comey tried to reveal Russian tampering months before election  —  U.S. JAMES COMEY FBI RUSSIA 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION  —  FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia's campaign to influence …
Putin says claims that Russia interfered in US elections are ‘lies’  —  Accusations that Russia interfered in last year's U.S. elections are “lies” used for “domestic American politics,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.  —  “We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate …
CBS News:
Paul Ryan on Russia probe, health care bill “growing pain”  —  Despite mounting calls for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, House Speaker Paul Ryan has thus far stood by the chairman.
Donald Trump / ABC News:
How the House, Senate Russia probes are headed down different paths  —  It appears to be a tale of two Russian investigations.  —  There is the probe in the House Intelligence Committee that has been publicly marred by controversy over the actions of the chairman, Devin Nunes, R-Calif. …
Discussion: Politico
Nunes, Comey clash on whether FBI chief invited to House Russia investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Devin Nunes Is Dangerous
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trump's Inauguration  —  The inauguration of Donald Trump was a surreal experience for pretty much everyone who witnessed it, whether or not they were at the event and regardless of who they supported in the election.
Paul Wood / BBC:
Trump Russia dossier key claim ‘verified’  —  The BBC has learned that US officials “verified” a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy.  —  So far, no single piece of evidence has been made public proving …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Who is ‘Source D’?  The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier's most salacious claim.  —  In June, a Belarusan American businessman who goes by the name Sergei Millian shared some tantalizing claims about Donald Trump.  —  Trump had a long-standing relationship with Russian officials …
Discussion: Naked Politics
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Crisis of Trumpism  —  Trumpism is in crisis.  —  This isn't a function of poll numbers, or the Russia controversy, or any other melodrama of the past three months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to understand President Donald Trump's populism …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
House GOP health care peacemaking deteriorates  —  There was an effort yesterday to get House GOP conservatives — the House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee — to meet with GOP moderates — the Tuesday Group — to talk about a path forward after last week's failed health care effort.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Lawmakers vote Thursday on deal to repeal HB2  —  RALEIGH  —  North Carolina lawmakers could repeal House Bill 2 on Thursday under a deal struck late Wednesday night by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders.  —  Senate leader Phil Berger announced the deal shortly …
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
North Carolina Strikes a Deal to Repeal Restrictive Bathroom Law  —  ATLANTA — North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature and its Democratic governor announced late Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to repeal the controversial state law that curbs legal protections for lesbian …
Sharon Bernstein / Reuters:
North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal transgender bathroom law
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Nan Aron / USA Today:
Don't torpedo Senate rules for Gorsuch: Nan Aron  —  If a nominee for a lifetime job on our highest court can't get 60 votes, don't go ‘nuclear.’ Change the nominee.  —  For four days this month, court-watchers were glued to C-SPAN or the web for the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Gorsuch battle brings Senate to brink of a new low
NBC News:
Poll: Republicans, Dems Agree — Their Parties Are Deeply Divided
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Is Obamacare a Lifesaver?  —  Now that the Republican Party has beclowned itself on health care, now that Obamacare repeal lies in rubble, now that every G.O.P. policy person who ever championed a replacement plan is out wandering in sackcloth and ashes, wailing, “The liberals were right about my party …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bloomberg
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Can the White House drive the tax reform train? History says no
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Signals It Would Seek Mostly Modest Changes to Nafta  —  One change would be in government-procurement section of deal that could open up door for ‘Buy American’ policies  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is signaling to Congress it would seek mostly modest changes …
Discussion: Reuters and Axios
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee  —  Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.  —  Ms. Trump already has an office in the West Wing …
New York Times:
U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States launched more airstrikes in Yemen this month than during all of last year.  In Syria, it has airlifted local forces to front-line positions and has been accused of killing civilians in airstrikes.
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson to Lift Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sale to Bahrain
Discussion: Just Security and RT
Carol Morello / Washington Post:   State Department drops human rights as condition for fighter jet sale to Bahrain
Decision Desk HQ:
Creating a National Precinct Map … In January 2011, I sent an email to the Washington State Democratic Party asking about precinct results from the 2008 presidential caucus race.  State party chairman Jaxon Ravens replied simply with the question, “Why would you want them?”
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Johnson / Hollywood Reporter:
How Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Divided a Santa Monica Synagogue  —  Members of the progressive temple, where Miller learned Hebrew, and L.A.'s Jewish community struggle to come to grips with a native son who forcefully champions the Muslim ban and the wall on the Mexican border.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
House votes to restrict EPA's use of science  —  The House voted Wednesday to restrict the kind of scientific studies and data that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can use to justify new regulations.  —  The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, passed 228-194.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Dustin Hoffman and son invested $3 million in now-bankrupt real estate venture of Paul Manafort's son-in-law  —  Businessman Jeffrey Yohai, left, and actor Jacob Hoffman, center, at nightspot Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 20, 2015.  Hoffman and his father, “The Graduate” …
Katie Pavlich /
Fingerprints of Refugee Admitted To U.S. Were Found In An Iraq Bunker Used To Hold Hostages In Terrible Conditions  —  Two Iraqi men in the United States as refugees, brothers Yousif Al Mashhandani and Adil Hasan, were arrested and charged Monday with immigration fraud after federal authorities found …
Discussion: Instapundit
Eric Wolff / Politico:
Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’  —  A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
It Took Three People Two Months to Create Hillary Clinton's Campaign Logo  —  Hillary Clinton's infamous campaign logo was created by a three-person team of designers who were invited to work on the “secret” design project four months before the official campaign launch in April 2015 …
Tom James / Reuters:
Seattle sues Trump administration over threat to ‘sanctuary’ cities  —  The city of Seattle sued U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday over its executive order seeking to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” arguing it amounted to unconstitutional federal coercion.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
70 days in, Donald Trump's presidency is flailing  —  Trump's campaign rewarded him for breaking the rules.  His presidency has punished him for it.  —  During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump broke every rule of politics — and he won anyway.  —  He dominated the Republican primary by running against the Republican Party.
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Houston Chronicle:
Beto O'Rourke to challenge Ted Cruz in Texas' 2018 Senate race
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
China Confirms Details of Trump-Xi Meeting at Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Is the Ivy League's Admission Bias a ‘Trade Secret’?
Discussion: Power Line
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump's border wall. Then the death threats began
Discussion: Breitbart
Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Apple, Wal-Mart Stick With Climate Pledges Despite Trump's Pivot
Discussion: The Week
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
An undocumented immigrant hanged himself after 3 months in an ICE detention center
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Kushner Cos. Ends Talks With Chinese Firm for Skyscraper Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Federal judge indefinitely extends restraining order against Trump travel ban
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Deputy Executive Director Of Port Authority Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House signals it can live without border wall funds
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Hill Republicans trying to avert a shutdown need Democrats — and Trump
Lucas Nolan / Breitbart:
NBC Attacks Trump for Switching to iPhone for Security Reasons
Discussion: SARAH PALIN
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them
Discussion: Daily Kos