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5:45 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 …
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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 …
CNN:
White House staff shake-up comes in wake of health care debacle  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday shook up his senior West Wing staff, days after his administration faced its first major legislative setback in failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Discussion: Daily Wire
CNN:
White House invites Congress investigation leaders to view documents  —  Schiff on Russia investigation (full interview)  —  (CNN)The White House said Thursday it was inviting the top-ranking lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees to view materials it said had been uncovered …
Associated Press:
Discussion: Politico
Conor Friedersdorf / Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Do you live in Devin Nunes' district? Pick up the phone and call his office immediately
Associated Press:
White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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.
Discussion: Political Wire, TheBlaze, The Week and Axios
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Axios:
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
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
‘We Must Fight Them’: Trump Goes After Conservatives of Freedom Caucus
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump says ‘We must fight’ hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
Pence breaks tie in Senate vote targeting Planned Parenthood funding  —  With a rare tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Thursday sent a bill to President Donald Trump's desk giving states permission to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
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Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos
Discussion: SARAH PALIN and Mediaite
Nicole Gaudiano / USA Today:
With Vice President Pence breaking tie, Senate moves against Planned Parenthood
Discussion: RedState and SARAH PALIN
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A Liberal Fantasy Ripped from a Hollywood Script
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Nuke 'Em 'Til They Glow  —  The Democrats must learn through pain, specifically the agony of watching Neil Gorsuch take the seat that they stompy-feet insist belongs to Merrick Garland.  For too long, they've packed the bench with liberal partisans committed to exercising raw power as an end-run around democracy and the Constitution.
Bloomberg:
McCain Seeks Last-Ditch Deal to Avoid ‘Nuclear’ Fight on Gorsuch
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 …
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Christopher R. Barron / The Hill:
Forget the bathroom war — anti-gay Islamic extremists are real threat
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
North Carolina Strikes a Deal to Repeal Restrictive Bathroom Law
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
‘Follow the trail of dead Russians’ if you want to crack 2016 election interference: Senate intel witness  —  Terrorism and espionage expert Clint Watts told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that if they want to understand Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, then they need to “follow the trail of dead Russians.”
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CNBC:
Putin says claims that Russia interfered in US elections are ‘lies’
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Rubio: Russia's election hacking went beyond just Clinton and Trump - to me
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.
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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.
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New York Times:
Trump Said to Ease Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians
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 …
Henry Aaron / New York Daily News:
Want to fix Obamacare?  Here's how  —  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” according to the old saying.  When the American Health Care Act failed last Friday, the going got pretty tough for the Trump administration.  Rather than showing grit, however, President Trump pouted.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Bannon May Have Violated Ethics Pledge by Communicating With Breitbart  —  Top Trump advisor Steve Bannon may have violated a White House ethics agreement by communicating with employees of his former media company, the vociferously pro-Trump outlet Breitbart News.
Discussion: CREW and Common Dreams
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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.
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 …
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 and NBC News
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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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP rep: Trump ‘not off to a great start’ on Benghazi documents
Discussion: RedState
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Dara Lind / Vox:
Trump just lost his best chance to avoid a Supreme Court battle over the travel ban
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Assange's safe haven at risk
Discussion: Infowars
Elena Schneider / Politico:
GOP scrambles to head off special election disaster
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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