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5:40 PM ET, March 6, 2017


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The White House:
Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States  —  PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America …
ACLU Comment on Trump's New Muslim Ban  —  NEW YORK — The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order.  —  Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, had this reaction:  —  “The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas  —  President Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's New Order Bans Immigrants From 6 Muslim Nations, Except Iraq
President Donald Trump signs new travel ban, exempts Iraq
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Trump's new Muslim ban doesn't fix the biggest legal problem with the policy
Discussion: The Nation and Washington Post
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed  —  That supposed FBI investigation of collusion with the Russians?  Never mind . . .  They're in retreat now.  You may have missed it amid President Trump's startling Saturday tweet storm …
Towergate: Trump's great gamble  —  I have learned that some — though definitely not all — members of President Trump's inner circle share his belief that the Obama administration tapped his Trump Tower phones in October.  And a White House official told me President Trump not only doesn't regret …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Birth of a conspiracy theory: How Trump's wiretap claim got started
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Trump's Wiretap Claims: What We Know and What We Don't
Reuters:   Why Trump might suspect Obama bugged Trump Tower
Christopher Jacobs / The Federalist:
Why House Republicans Are Rewriting Their Obamacare ‘Replacement’  —  On Friday, Politico reported that Republicans were considering ways to amend their Obamacare “replacement” legislation, by placing income limits on the bill's new refundable tax credit for health insurance.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   GOP is considering a health-care approach it's long been against
Paul Demko / Politico:
GOP leaders offer Obamacare concession to win over far-right
Discussion: Axios and
David Marchese / Vulture:
In Conversation: David Letterman … Since retiring after 33 years on the late night television, David Letterman has kept a low public profile — aided by the growth of a truly impressive beard.  But that doesn't mean he hasn't been as fixated on politics as the rest of us.
Daniel Nussbaum / Breitbart:
David Letterman: Trump ‘Insulting to America, Insulting to Human Rights’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
At the root of Trump's new fury: Total contempt for American democracy  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  President Trump is now wallowing in fury, we are told, because he can't make the Russia story disappear; he can't stem the leaks to the media; and he can't seem to realize his promises.
Daily Mail:
Donald's eruption in the Oval Office: Video emerges of Trump's ‘furious argument’ with top adviser Steven Bannon as Ivanka and Jared look on, hours before President made phone tapping claims  — Just days after the row, Bannon was pictured on Sunday boarding Air Force One via a separate entrance …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Carson refers to slaves as ‘immigrants’ in talk to HUD employees  —  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson referred to slaves as “immigrants” dreaming of a better life in a talk with department employees, according to Monday reports.  —  “That's what America is about.
Jessica Estepa / USA Today:
Ben Carson just referred to slaves as ‘immigrants’
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal U.S. Groups  —  Post-election crime wave by attackers demanding bitcoins  —  Center for American Progress said to be among victims  —  Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks …
Grabien News RSS:
Mika Tearfully Tells Viewers of Trump: ‘If People out There Feel Nervous, We Do Too’  —  ‘This is not funny, this is really bad’  —  President Trump's wiretap tweets struck an emotional chord with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinksi.  The morning anchor fought back tears as she told viewers that …
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Chris Wallace vs. Dem Sen. Coons: McCarthyism to Accuse Trump Of Russian Collusion, Where Is Evidence?  —  FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace tells Democratic Senator Chris Coons that continued talk of collusion between Trump and Russia has a whiff of McCarthyism.
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Democratic senator says they could shut down the government if Republicans stonewall on Russia investigation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Worst Deal  —  The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.  —  Heydar Aliyev Prospekti, a broad avenue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, connects the airport to the city.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Pause This Presidency!  —  The American people must immediately demand a cessation of all consequential actions by this “president” until we can be assured that Russian efforts to hack our election, in a way that was clearly meant to help him and damage his opponent, did not also include collusion …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Party Not Ready to Govern
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government's position on whether public schools …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The sorry state of political discourse right now, in five Bernie Sanders tweets  —  Let's start with the tweets, which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (and/or his staff) fired off late Monday morning: … Do me a quick favor.  Hit pause on your temptation to either cheer or jeer what Sanders …
Fox News:
Greg Gutfeld: Remembering Andrew Breitbart — Random thoughts on the fifth anniversary of his death  —  By now everyone knows  But how well do they know the guy who started it all?  —  Andrew Breitbart died five years ago last week, so I'm thinking it might pay to remind people …
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
Want a promotion?  Have daily orgasms!  —  By , MIA DE GRAAF FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  —  You may think the key to a promotion is working late, schmoozing with the boss, or wearing the right thing.  —  But a new study suggests something more personal could be the secret.
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Reporters weirdly silent on Pelosi's attack on the press  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's, D-Calif., attack on the press this weekend has provoked little outrage from reporters, which is curious considering the industry's near-obsession with anti-media messages coming from the White House.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes  —  The White House, concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grassley probes FBI's ties to British spy who investigated Trump  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley  —  (R-Iowa) has opened an inquiry into allegations the FBI worked with the British spy who authored a controversial opposition research dossier on President Trump during the 2016 election.
Discussion: RedState
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
The Arizona lawman challenging President Trump's border wall
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Justin Bachman / Bloomberg:
TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs
Discussion: TheBlaze
The Daily Beast:
David Duke's Twitter Account Restored, Including Tweet Threatening Synagogues
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
‘Unprecedented effort’ by ‘white supremacists’ to recruit and target college students, group claims
Discussion: The Root
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Trump University Lawsuits May Not Be Closed After All
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachel Roberts / The Independent:
Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances
Discussion: Progress Pond
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Former Trump adviser says Senate Intelligence Committee asked him to preserve information about his Russia ties
Discussion: RedState and NYR Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Exhaustion of American Liberalism
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Following Sessions' Mar-a-Lago appearance, new ethics questions arise
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Kamila Hinkson / CBC News:
Canadian woman en route to Vermont spa denied entry to U.S., told she needs immigrant visa
Discussion: Washington Post