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7:20 PM ET, March 31, 2017

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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 Lid and The Gateway Pundit
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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.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal
Discussion: Just Security
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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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
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Ahead of release of financial disclosures, Trump administration brags about how many wealthy people it has  —  Starting Friday evening, the White House will begin to release financial disclosure forms filed by about 180 members of the Trump administration who are either commissioned officers or paid more than $161,755.
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall
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 …
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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, Breitbart, Politico 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
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Diplomats instructed to ‘avoid eye contact’ with Tillerson: report
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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National Review:
Pence and Prudence  —  Traditional Christians face a double standard.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com
Jason Easley / Politicus USA:
Rachel Maddow Explains How Mike Pence Is Going To Go Down With Trump For Russia Scandal
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
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Five questions investigators want to ask Michael Flynn
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
You're the puppet: Spicer revives Trump's unhinged attacks on Clinton as Russia scandal grows
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Favorite Health-Care Idea Is to Stick It to Mothers  —  The single most unifying idea to change Obamacare among conservatives is to eliminate the law's “essential health benefits.”  These burdensome mandates of which treatments insurance has to cover make Obamacare too expensive, conservatives say.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The road to single-payer health care
Discussion: Instapundit
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Freedom Caucus's new health care demand: let insurers charge sick people more
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The latest attempt to validate Trump's wiretapping claim? An Obama official who left in 2015.
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
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Jerry Brown on running for president: 'Don't rule it out'
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 …
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 …
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
After ‘classy’ N.C. restaurant bans kids, critics fume — and reservations surge  —  The final straw was a little girl using an iPad with the volume on high, a device her parents refused to turn down despite repeated requests from the staff at Caruso's, an upscale Italian restaurant in Mooresville, N.C.
Discussion: Mother Jones, TheBlaze and FOX6Now.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans' views of blacks' intelligence, work ethic lag behind Democrats at a record clip  —  Over the last two decades, there has never been a bigger divide between white Republicans and Democrats when it comes to views of the intelligence and work ethic of African Americans, according to the new General Social Survey.
Reuters:
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
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BBC:
Venezuela ‘coup’: Alarm grows as court takes power
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Joe Biden indirectly knocks Clinton's failed campaign
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Ruth Sherlock / Telegraph:
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New York Times:
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
American Citizen Trapped in ICE Jail
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Latest WikiLeaks release shows how the CIA uses computer code to hide the origins of its hacking …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julie Watson / Associated Press:
Wildflowers, dormant for years during drought, bloom big across California
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
Richard Greenberg / NBC News:
Obama Officials Made List of Secret Russia Probe Documents To Protect Them
Shannon Dooling / WBUR:
ICE Arrests Green Card Applicants In Lawrence, Signaling Shift In Priorities
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Mistakes, He's Made a Few Too Many