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2:50 PM ET, March 30, 2017


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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNBC
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Centrist group in House ‘will never’ meet with Freedom Caucus  —  The centrist Tuesday Group affirmed at a meeting Wednesday that it will not meet with the conservative House Freedom Caucus to negotiate changes to an ObamaCare replacement bill, according to Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.).
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Axios
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump says ‘We must fight’ hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
‘We Must Fight Them’: Trump Goes After Conservatives of Freedom Caucus
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.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Lawmakers vote Thursday on deal to repeal HB2
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
North Carolina lawmakers vote to repeal law restricting bathroom use for transgender people
Associated Press:
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Senior White House aide Katie Walsh moving to pro-Trump political group  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday launched his first West Wing shake-up less than three months into his term, sending deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh to bolster the flagging outside group that was meant to support his agenda.
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 …
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for high court  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri warned Democratic donors that blocking President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could have dire consequences, according to audio obtained by The Star.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Gorsuch battle brings Senate to brink of a new low
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Nan Aron / USA Today:
Don't torpedo Senate rules for Gorsuch: Nan Aron
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.
David Ovalle / miamiherald:
Trump strategist Bannon won't be charged in Miami voter registration probe  —  White House chief strategist Steve Bannon won't face any criminal charges related to his mysterious voter registration in Miami-Dade County.  —  Prosecutors announced Thursday that they could not prove beyond …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Bannon May Have Violated Ethics Pledge by Communicating With Breitbart
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
Pence breaks tie in Senate vote on Planned Parenthood funding  —  Vice President Mike Pence and a GOP senator recovering from surgery were dramatically summoned to the Senate Thursday to advance legislation that would allow states to block federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood.
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Mike Pence Brings Congress One Step Closer to Defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: New York Times and
Nicole Gaudiano / USA Today:
With Vice President Pence breaking tie, Senate moves against Planned Parenthood
Discussion: RedState and SARAH PALIN
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.
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: NBC News and Political Wire
Elizabeth Spiers / Washington Post:
I worked for Jared Kushner.  He's the wrong businessman to reinvent government.  —  How the New York Observer could predict the fate of the Office of American Innovation.  —  On my first day of work as the editor in chief of the New York Observer, which had been acquired five years earlier …
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:
Trump Said to Ease Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians
Discussion: The Daily Signal and KTLA
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
“Irrational,” “Reckless,” “Irresponsible”: The EPA Just Accidentally Told the Truth About Trump's Climate Plan  —  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited the Environmental Protection Agency, where he signed an executive order dismantling key Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
GOP scrambles to head off special election disaster  —  Republicans are increasingly anxious that a splintered GOP field could lead to an upset Democratic victory in one of the first congressional elections of the Trump era.  —  Once an unthinkable prospect in the conservative suburban …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Dems on offense in gubernatorial races
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Trump's unpopularity is historically unique  —  President Trump is not the first president to see his approval rating drop to 35 percent, as it did in Gallup's most recent tracking poll.  —  But he is the first president on record to go that low without it owing to one of three things: war, Watergate or economic strife.
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge maintains broad block on Trump travel ban
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
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Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
Richard L. Hasen / Politico:
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A Liberal Fantasy Ripped from a Hollywood Script
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
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Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
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Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
It Took Three People Two Months to Create Hillary Clinton's Campaign Logo
Discussion: Power Line
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
Discussion: Daily Mail