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12:35 PM 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Pelosi on Nunes: 'I've never seen behavior this bizarre'
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Things Go From Bad to Worse for Devin Nunes and Team Trump
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 …
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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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senate Intelligence Committee turned down Flynn's request for immunity: NBC  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has turned down former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's request for immunity.
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.
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
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Joanna L. Grossman / Vox:
Vice President Pence's “never dine alone with a woman” rule isn't honorable. It's probably illegal.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Freedom Caucus's new health care demand: let insurers charge sick people more  —  The House Freedom Caucus laid out two demands on Thursday for a health care bill its members would support: ending Obamacare's essential health benefits and its “community rating” provisions.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Axios
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   The House Un-Freedom Caucus
Adam Kinzinger / New York Times:
How the Freedom Caucus Is Undermining the G.O.P.
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.
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
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
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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker: The Bible says the unemployed ‘shall not eat’  —  One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to SNAP: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) recently quoted the New Testament to question the strength of the program's current work requirements.
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 …
 
 
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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