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5:15 PM ET, March 31, 2017

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NBC News:
Michael Flynn's Immunity Request Rejected By Senate Intelligence Committee  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee turned down the request by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's lawyer for a grant of immunity in exchange for his testimony, two congressional sources told NBC News.
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The Guardian:
Michael Flynn: new evidence spy chiefs had concerns about Russian ties  —  US and UK officials were troubled by Moscow contacts and encounter with woman linked to Russian spy agency records  —  US intelligence officials had serious concerns about Michael Flynn's appointment …
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal
Discussion: Just Security
Austin Wright / Politico:
Schiff heads to White House to review controversial intelligence
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Senate intel panel declines Flynn immunity offer ‘at this time’: report
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 …
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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 …
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.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:   AP reporter disputes Washington Post's Tillerson eye-contact report
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Avert your eyes: AP reporter says sensational WaPo claim on Tillerson “not true”
Discussion: Politico and SARAH PALIN
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:   US gives NATO allies 2 months for defense spending plans
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy
Joanna L. Grossman / Vox:
Vice President Pence's “never dine alone with a woman” rule isn't honorable.  It's probably illegal.  —  An employment lawyer weighs in.  —  “I don't work with women.  If they're attractive, I'm too tempted.  And if they're not attractive, what's the point?”
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Senator Claire McCaskill:
Gorsuch: Good for Corporations, Bad for Working People  —  This is a really difficult decision for me.  I am not comfortable with either choice.  While I have come to the conclusion that I can't support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court—and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
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Associated Press:
Democratic Supreme Court opposition grows; Schumer warns GOP
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
1 in 3 voters give President Trump a grade F  —  WASHINGTON  —  After more than two months in office, America's new president, Republican Donald Trump, got a grade of F from 1 in 3 voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.  —  By contrast, the same number graded predecessor Democrat …
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker: The Bible says ‘if a man will not work, he shall not eat’  —  One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) recently quoted the New Testament to question the strength of current work requirements.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The road to single-payer health care  —  Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead.  It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Instapundit
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Freedom Caucus's new health care demand: let insurers charge sick people more
Richard Greenberg / NBC News:
Obama Officials Made List of Secret Russia Probe Documents To Protect Them … LATEST POSTS FROM INTEL DESK  —  Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created …
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Richard Greenberg / NBC News:
Obama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents To Keep Them Safe
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and rubber hose
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
D.C. is among the first in nation to require child-care workers to get college degrees  —  Debbie James-Dean graduated from high school in 1979 and has spent much of her career working in child care.  She was anxious when her director at Kids Are Us Learning Center in Southeast Washington told her she needed to go back to school.
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.
Bloomberg:
Verizon Said to Plan Online TV Package for Summer Launch  —  Phone giant is obtaining online rights to television networks  —  Service follows similar offerings from Dish, AT&T's DirecTV  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has been securing streaming rights from television network owners …
Breitbart:
New App Alerts Illegal Immigrants to ICE Raids  —  A new app hopes to combat raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.  —  The app, named Notifica, was designed as tool that illegal immigrants can use to alert others if they are caught during ICE raids, according to Fox News Tech.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and KTLA
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement  —  A federal judge has approved a $25 million settlement President Donald Trump agreed to late last year in a bid to head off a civil fraud trial over his Trump University real estate seminar program.  —  U.S. District Court Judge …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Jerry Brown on running for president: 'Don't rule it out'  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown isn't ruling out out running for president in 2020.  —  Brown opened up about his possible future in elected office during a Thursday press conference about his plan to fix California's infrastructure, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives?  —  Millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2000, were supposed to be the generation that forged what has been called “a new national consensus” in favor of gender equality.  Indeed, in February the prominent Columbia professor …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Trump Says CNN Is Fake News — But That's Where He Wants Surrogates  —  In tweets and tirades, President Donald Trump has made clear his opinion of CNN: “fake news.”  But privately — to surrogates that boost his message across television networks — the president has an additional position: Get yourself some CNN airtime.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The latest attempt to validate Trump's wiretapping claim? An Obama official who left in 2015.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Sources: White House Leaks at Center of Discussions for Katie Walsh Replacement
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Gateway Pundit
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans' views of blacks' intelligence, work ethic lag behind Democrats at a record clip
Daily Mail:
Latest WikiLeaks release shows how the CIA uses computer code to hide the origins of its hacking …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matt Friedman / Politico:
New Jersey Democrats snipe over de Blasio ties
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julie Watson / Associated Press:
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 Earlier Items: 
ABC:
Japan's whaling fleet returns after killing 333 minke whales in Southern Ocean
Discussion: NPR, Gizmodo and New York Magazine
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Unafraid Of Possible Government Shutdown
Discussion: Political Wire
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby's
Discussion: USA Today and Common Dreams
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCaskill to Sanders backers: ‘I need you, I want you’
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
USA Today:
Penn State trustee says he is ‘running out of sympathy’ for ‘so-called’ victims
Discussion: Mediaite and Boing Boing
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:
American Jobs Are Headed to Mexico Once Again