What The Fuck Just Happened Today?

Today's essential newsletter. Logging the daily shock and awe in national politics. Read in moderation.
by @matt_kiser

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1/ Comey says the Justice Department has no information supporting Trump's tweets alleging Obama ordered a wiretap in the run-up to the election. “I have no information that supports those tweets," Comey says. (Washington Post)

2/ Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion. The director of the FBI says the probe is part of a larger investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, but sees “no information” to support wiretapping claim. (Politico)

3/ Trump slams Comey hearing as "fake news" four hours before Comey confirmed the existence of a probe on "the Russian story." Trump preemptively tried to swat down lingering allegations that his campaign engaged in improper activities with the Russian government during the 2016 election. (Salon)

James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017

4/ Gorsuch begins his confirmation hearings. While Judge Neil Gorsuch faces broad support among Republicans, but Democrats are angry that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to block a hearing in 2016 for Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. (Washington Post)

CALL YOUR SENATOR

Gorsuch is an avowed originalist and an enemy of women’s healthcare, LGBTQ rights, and access to justice. Here's everything you need to know to call your senator. (5 Calls)

5/ White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears. The unusual shadow government of political appointees is tasked with monitoring the secretaries' loyalty to Trump. (Washington Post)

6/ New York attorney general steps up scrutiny of the White House as it hires a public-corruption prosecutor to target the Trump administration. (Wall Street Journal)

7/ At least 10 GOP lawmakers have said that Trump should release his tax returns. They've all declined, however, to join efforts to use the power of Congress to make it happen. (The Hill)

8/ Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. "vast sums" for defense. "There is no debt account at NATO," the German Defense Minister said, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend 2% of their economic output on defense to NATO. (Reuters)

9/ Latest North Korean rocket test shows "meaningful progress" in its effort to build a more powerful rocket and missile. The test indicates that the North has developed a more sophisticated engine. (New York Times)

10/ Biden to rally with House Democrats to save Obamacare a day before House Republicans vote to dismantle the health law. Republican leaders have scheduled a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill for Thursday, the actual anniversary of the signing of the law. (Politico)

poll/ Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported. 40% of respondents said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe." (Reuters)

poll/ Trump approval rating sinks to 37%, lower than any other commander-in-chief at this point in his first term since Gallup started tracking the issue in 1945. (ABC News)