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6:30 PM ET, March 31, 2017


 Top Items: 
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 …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
An Obamacare adviser walks into the Trump White House...  Multiple sources tell me that former Obama adviser Zeke Emanuel was at the White House Thursday, meeting with staff about what comes next on health care.  I'm told the meeting included a discussion of funding for reinsurance …
Discussion: The Hill and Morning Consult
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 …
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.
Austin Wright / Politico:
Schiff heads to White House to review controversial intelligence
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Wire and The Hill
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 …
Associated Press:
Democratic Supreme Court opposition grows; Schumer warns GOP  —  Senate Democratic opposition to Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed to block Judge Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster.  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: Power Line, Politico, Breitbart and ABC News
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Grassley asks State for details on Clinton's security clearance  —  (R-Iowa) is asking the State Departments for details on the security clearances of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  —  and her top aides.  —  Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter this week …
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Diplomats instructed to ‘avoid eye contact’ with Tillerson: report
Joe Concha / The Hill:
AP reporter disputes Washington Post's Tillerson eye-contact report
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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?”
Jason Easley / Politicus USA:
Rachel Maddow Explains How Mike Pence Is Going To Go Down With Trump For Russia Scandal
National Review:
Pence and Prudence  —  Traditional Christians face a double standard.
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: Instapundit
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Freedom Caucus's new health care demand: let insurers charge sick people more
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   The GOP's Favorite Health-Care Idea Is to Stick It to Mothers
Fox News:
Intelligence official who ‘unmasked’ Trump associates is ‘very high up,’ source says  —  The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal
Discussion: Just Security
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.
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 …
Michael Cabanatuan / San Francisco Chronicle:
President Jerry Brown?  'Don't rule it out'  —  Gov. Jerry Brown went to Concord on Thursday to promote a plan to fix the state's roads and highways, acknowledging that the $52 billion plan may be a “heavy lift” for some motorists but promising he's motivated only by a desire to improve transportation.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Jerry Brown on running for president: 'Don't rule it out'
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 …
Richard Greenberg / NBC News:
Obama Officials Made List of Russia Probe Documents To Keep Them Safe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Jeffrey Lord / The American Spectator:
Exclusive: Evelyn Farkas Statement for The American Spectator: Video ‘A Wild Misinterpretation’ of Her Comments  —  To American Spectator readers:  —  As it happens in the world of coincidence, Evelyn Farkas, who served President Obama as deputy assistant secretary of defense …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The latest attempt to validate Trump's wiretapping claim? An Obama official who left in 2015.
Top Venezuela official breaks with government, protests mount  —  Venezuela's powerful attorney general on Friday broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro's government after the judiciary annulled congress, a rare show of internal dissent as protests and international condemnation grew.
Discussion: Instapundit and Hot Air
Venezuela ‘coup’: Alarm grows as court takes power
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Engadget, BGR, The Verge and Deadline
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.
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New York Times:
‘Penis Seat’ Causes Double Takes on Mexico City Subway
Discussion: Althouse
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
After ‘classy’ N.C. restaurant bans kids, critics fume — and reservations surge
Discussion: Mother Jones, TheBlaze and
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
American Citizen Trapped in ICE Jail
Discussion: The Slot
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Trump Says CNN Is Fake News — But That's Where He Wants Surrogates
Discussion: Axios
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
 Earlier Items: 
Julie Watson / Associated Press:
Wildflowers, dormant for years during drought, bloom big across California
Japan's whaling fleet returns after killing 333 minke whales in Southern Ocean
Discussion: Gizmodo, NPR and New York Magazine
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Unafraid Of Possible Government Shutdown
Discussion: Political Wire
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