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FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: ‘THE DEPARTMENT HAS NO INFORMATION THAT SUPPORTS THOSE TWEETS’ The FBI director directly refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that Trump Tower had been wiretapped by President Barack Obama during testimony to the House Intelligence committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here’s a full transcript of Comey’s testimony. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also claimed Monday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is the target of a U.S. probe into Russian interference in the election, had a “limited role” in the campaign. And Howard Fineman dissects what this all means for the presidency. [HuffPost]
IVANKA TRUMP HEADS TO THE WEST WING The first daughter has reportedly been given an office in the West Wing and government-issued phone, and she is obtaining a security clearance. She has placed her company under the management of a trust, and will not collect a salary under this new position in the White House. [HuffPost]
LAPTOPS, OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES LARGER THAN A CELLPHONE BANNED IN CABIN FOR SOME U.S. FLIGHTS From Middle Eastern and North African countries. [HuffPost]
VOTE ON HEALTH CARE BILL STILL TAKING PLACE THURSDAY Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stressed that the bill has been improved with new tax credits for older Americans and a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor. Yet Freedom Caucus members faced down GOP leadership Monday, saying that the bill did not have enough votes to pass. [HuffPost]
U.N. INSPECTOR: NORTH KOREA IS IN NEW NUCLEAR PHASE “All of the indications point to the fact that North Korea is making progress, as they declared.” [HuffPost]
BREXIT ‘DIVORCE’ DATE SET For eight days from now, March 29. [HuffPost]
THIS POLITICAL OPPONENT OF VLADIMIR PUTIN WAS DOUSED IN A GREEN LIQUID And is rocking the Elphaba crossed with a superhero look. [NYT]
TOMI LAHREN’S SHOW HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FROM THEBLAZE For a week following her pro-abortion rights remarks. [HuffPost]
THE RANCHERS’ ‘HURRICANE KATRINA’ “Ranching families across this countryside are now facing an existential threat to a way of life that has sustained them since homesteading days: years of cleanup and crippling losses after wind-driven wildfires across Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle killed seven people and devoured homes, miles of fences and as much as 80 percent of some families’ cattle herds.” [NYT]
SAD NEWS, ‘ROGUE ONE’ FANS An original script had these two characters making it out alive. [Mashable]
IF YOU’RE LIKE THE REST OF US Who fear the limited storage pop-up on your iPhones, here are some key tips to save you some space that go beyond deleting photos. [WSJ | Paywall]
JANE AUSTEN IS APPARENTLY A SO-CALLED ‘ALT-RIGHT’ ICON Yeah, we’re scratching our heads about this one right there with you. [HuffPost]
IS THIS APPLE’S ‘NEXT BIG THING?’ “CEO Tim Cook is betting on augmented reality, a cousin of VR that he believes will keep his company on top and may even supplant the iPhone.” [Bloomberg]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ All is right in the world: Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been recovered.
~ Your favorite geeks aren’t going anywhere soon ― “The Big Bang Theory” has been renewed for two more seasons.
~ Contrasting the differences of Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe’s careers post-”Harry Potter.”
~ In a plotline that seems ripped from “Nashville,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are releasing a joint album.
~ Add this to the perks of being the kid of an A-List actor: You can have aghost hunting reality show with your dad.
~ What actually happens when you stare at the sun.
~ If anyone wants to send us a crate of the new Yuengling “Harry Potter” ice cream flavor, Butterbeer, we’d be much obliged.
~ Vanity Fair asks if it’s time to embrace the remake.
~ The number of billionaires dropped in 2016.
~ This interactive map breaks down the history of lynching in America.
~ Pope Francis spoke out about the importance of exorcists.
~ And the internet can’t get enough of this Meryl Streep meme.