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Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
U.S. WEIGHS “SATURATION STRIKE” AGAINST SYRIAN GOVERNMENT IN RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL ATTACK  —  The Pentagon has developed plans for an airstrike against Syrian government targets in response to this week's apparent chemical attack by Syrian government forces, according to two U.S. military officials.
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NBC News:
U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack  —  The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government's use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Defense Department officials are developing options for a military strike in response to the Syrian government's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians on Tuesday, officials said on Thursday.
CNN:
Trump considering options for Syria retaliation, source says  —  US intel: Syrian warplanes behind gas attack  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical attack …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
U.S. launches cruise missile strike on Syria after chemical weapons attack  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria early Friday local time in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday, according to the Pentagon.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back  —  Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the president's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” during a time of high tension between the two top aides …
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Washington Post:
Bannon wants a war on Washington.  Now he's part of one inside the White House.  —  Stephen K. Bannon — the combative architect of the nationalistic strategy that delivered President Trump to the White House — now finds himself losing ground in an internecine battle within the West Wing …
Discussion: Lawfare
Axios:
Bannon to associates: “I love a gunfight”  —  After a series of high-level White House leaks portraying Steve Bannon as fed up with his job and ready to quit, Trump's chief strategist has told associates the stories are “100 percent nonsense” and he's playing for keeps.
CNN:
Inside the White House, paranoia and unrest among top staff
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
Ari Berman / The Nation:
The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy  —  Going nuclear to confirm Neil Gorsuch is the latest example of how Republicans are thwarting the will of the people.  —  By ,  —  Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation on March 21, 2017.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
David Ingram / Reuters:
Twitter refuses U.S. order to disclose user behind anti-Trump account  —  Twitter Inc on Thursday refused to reveal the user behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies and said it was challenging the demand for records by the U.S. government in court, according to a lawsuit.
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Kartikay Mehrotra / Bloomberg:
Trump Bid to Unmask @Alt Critic User Met by Twitter Lawsuit
Discussion: The Week
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Twitter Sues Feds Over Attempt To Reveal Identity Behind @ALT_USCIS Account
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The U.S. Government Is Trying to Unmask an Anonymous Anti-Trump Twitter Account
Discussion: Refinery29, Liberal Values and Gizmodo
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Clinton: ‘Misogyny played a role’ in 2016 … Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  said on Thursday that misogyny “played a role” her 2016 defeat.  —  “Certainly, misogyny played a role,” Clinton said at the Women of the World Summit in New York.  “I mean, that just has to be admitted.
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Yahoo:   Misogyny ‘played role’ in election loss: Clinton
Barbara Goldberg / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton calls for U.S. to bomb Syrian air fields
Discussion: Mediaite
Niamh McIntyre / The Independent:
Donald Trump's travel expenses in 10 weeks cost US taxpayers as much as Barack Obama spent in two years  —  US President has spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago since taking office 10 weeks ago  —  Donald Trump's trips to his luxury Florida resort have already cost the US taxpayer at least $24 million …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka's secret Planned Parenthood outreach  —  In the weeks following her father's inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the president of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion.  —  The first daughter requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards …
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Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Steps Aside; Ethics Committee Investigating for Spilling Secrets  —  Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday he is stepping aside as chairman of the House intelligence committee because he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly disclosing intelligence without proper authorization.
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NEWS.com.au:
North Korea vows ‘most ruthless blow’ on United States after Donald Trump pledges to build up defences against Pyongyang  —  NORTH Korea is ready to deliver the “most ruthless blow” if provoked by the United States, its ambassador to Moscow said overnight, after US President Donald Trump pledged …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Preet Bharara Links Firing to Trump Team's ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’  —  Nearly a month after he was fired by the Trump administration, Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, remains mystified by the circumstances of his ouster, saying he had never been told …
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
New York Times:
Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms  —  When Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Senator Mitt Romney?  —  Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign to convince 83-year-old incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch not to seek reelection next year—and now, they may have found a successor.  Mitt Romney, the one-time presidential nominee …
Michael Kazin / New York Times:
Should America Have Entered World War I?  —  One hundred years ago today, Congress voted to enter what was then the largest and bloodiest war in history.  Four days earlier, President Woodrow Wilson had sought to unite a sharply divided populace with a stirring claim that the nation …
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Arthur Herman / National Review:
How 'Mr. Wilson's War' Shaped the World Order
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
‘War on Cops’ author Heather Mac Donald shouted down at UCLA by hysterical Black Lives Matter protest  —  Protester: ‘You have no right to speak!’  —  A speech by Heather Mac Donald at UCLA on Wednesday frequently descended into chaos as Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage …
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
 
 
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