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2:30 PM ET, March 31, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Alex Whiting / Just Security:
Flynn's Public Offer to Testify for Immunity Suggests He May Have Nothing to Say
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Flynn Wants Immunity. So Does That Mean President Trump is Screwed?
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats in Trump territory in no mood to deal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Gravity is Strong #3  —  Mike Flynn's offer to testify …
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.
Lorne Cook / Associated Press:   US gives NATO allies 2 months for defense spending plans
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.
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Freedom Caucus fires back at Trump: We're ‘keeping our promise’ on healthcare
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The road to single-payer health care
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Conservative Governors Still Not Ready to Accept Free Medicaid Money
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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Jason Easley / Politicus USA:   Rachel Maddow Explains How Mike Pence Is Going To Go Down With Trump For Russia Scandal
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Mike Pence's role in the Flynn's scandal ‘is flashing like a red beacon’: Maddow
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Occupy Democrats
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Richard Greenberg / NBC News:
Obama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents To Keep Them Safe
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Clinton criticizes Trump budget cuts to diplomatic programs  —  Hillary Clinton on Friday criticized President Donald Trump's proposal to slash billions of dollars from diplomacy and jabbed rhetorically at her former rival, remarking on her penchant for “talking about research, evidence and facts.”
Discussion: Politico
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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
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
 
 
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Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Unafraid Of Possible Government Shutdown
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
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Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune:
4 killed in South Shore: ‘It is not OK when we lose a child like this’
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Associated Press:
Democratic Supreme Court opposition grows; Schumer warns GOP
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Jerry Brown on running for president: 'Don't rule it out'
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Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says
USA Today:
Penn State trustee says he is ‘running out of sympathy’ for ‘so-called’ victims
Discussion: Mediaite and Boing Boing
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Mayor Backs Plan to Close Rikers and Open Jails Elsewhere
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:
American Jobs Are Headed to Mexico Once Again
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The First Horseman of the Privacy Apocalypse Has Already Arrived: Verizon Announces Plans …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Can Steve King be defeated? History says probably not
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria
Discussion: Shadowproof