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11:30 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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Mike Allen / Axios:
1 big thing: Trump, baffled and brooding  —  Trump, during an opioid and drug abuse listening session Wednesday n the Cabinet Room with Chris Christie, Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos / AP's Evan Vucci  —  President Trump brought his chaos …
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 …
The Guardian:
Michael Flynn: new evidence spy chiefs had concerns about Russian ties
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity
Associated Press:
Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution
Discussion: Politico
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Barton Gellman / The Century Foundation:
Is the Trump White House Spying on the FBI?  —  Today's news about Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his two White House sources has serious implications for all three of them.  The implications may be more serious for the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia.
Discussion: emptywheel and The Week
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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.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal  —  For a week, Washington has stared slack-jawed at the antics of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Flopsweat), the clown prince of the Trump-Russia intelligence and influence scandal.  —  To the bemusement of his colleagues on both side of the aisle …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Things Go From Bad to Worse for Devin Nunes and Team Trump
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Pelosi on Nunes: 'I've never seen behavior this bizarre'
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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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.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   The House Un-Freedom Caucus
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.
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Diplomats instructed to ‘avoid eye contact’ with Tillerson: report  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has remained relatively removed from President Trump's administration and his own department, a new report by The Washington Post says, adding that many diplomats have yet to meet him and some have been told to avoid eye contact.
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: New York Magazine and The Week
Shannon Dooling / WBUR:
ICE Arrests Green Card Applicants In Lawrence, Signaling Shift In Priorities  —  Federal immigration officers arrested five people in Lawrence on Wednesday when they showed up for scheduled appointments at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.
Jason Easley / Politicus USA:
Rachel Maddow Explains How Mike Pence Is Going To Go Down With Trump For Russia Scandal  —  Rachel Maddow pointed out the obvious.  None of the excuses that Vice President Mike Pence is giving for his lack of knowledge about the Russia scandal make sense.  As the head of Trump's transition …
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:
American Jobs Are Headed to Mexico Once Again  —  Twitter blasts can't reverse the pull of global competition  —  ‘It still makes sense to go forward with their business plans’  —  After Donald Trump's election, the flow of manufacturers setting up shop south of the border dwindled to a trickle.
Discussion: New York Times
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The First Horseman of the Privacy Apocalypse Has Already Arrived: Verizon Announces Plans to Install Spyware on All Its Android Phones  —  Within days of Congress repealing online privacy protections, Verizon has announced new plans to install software on customers' devices to track what apps customers have downloaded.
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and Boing Boing
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 …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Can Steve King be defeated?  History says probably not  —  For all the indignation ignited by his latest controversial statements, U.S. Rep. Steve King remains virtually unbeatable in his ardently conservative northwest Iowa congressional district.  —  That's the consensus of Iowa Republicans inside …
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 …
USA Today:
Penn State trustee says he is ‘running out of sympathy’ for ‘so-called’ victims  —  Penn State trustee Albert L. Lord said he is “running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of former Nittany Lions assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an email sent to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Discussion: Mediaite and Boing Boing
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 …
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Russia-US relations ‘maybe even worse’ than Cold War: Kremlin spokesman  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin's right-hand man said in an interview today on ABC's “Good Morning America” that current relations between Russia and the United States are “maybe even worse” than the Cold War.
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 …
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Oliver Willis / Shareblue:
Intel hearing bombshell: Cyber expert says “Commander-in-Chief used Russian ‘active measures’...against his opponents”
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says  —  More than 550,000 people have signed up for a federal program that promises to repay their remaining student loans after they work 10 years in a public service job.  —  But now, some of those workers …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
 
 
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Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Partisans in ‘safest’ counties for their party more willing to discuss political differences
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Dave Collins / Associated Press:
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Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
How the Trump Administration Responds to Democrats' Demands for Information: It Doesn't.
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy
Pam Key / Breitbart:
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Axios:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and SCOTUSblog
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