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Republican Party, Neil Gorsuch, Martin McGuinness: Your Tuesday Briefing

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MAR 21, (DNA) – Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: F.B.I. confirms inquiry into Trump aides’ Russia ties.

The director, James Comey, told the House Intelligence Committee that his agency was investigating whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

Of the president’s claim on Twitter that he had been wiretapped by his predecessor, Mr. Comey said, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

The White House dismissed most of the testimony, saying that there had been no coordination with Moscow and that there was nothing to investigate. We look at where things stand after the hearing.

G.O.P. responds by changing the subject.

Republicans shrugged off the implications of a criminal investigation and focused instead on what Mr. Trump said on Twitter was the “real story”: the need for the government to stop national security leaks.

The obsessiveness with which the president has pushed back against the allegations is making an uncertain situation worse, our writers say.

U.S. limits electronic devices on flights.

Passengers on foreign airlines headed to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight predominantly Muslim countries have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone.

The Trump administration restriction took effect today.

Gorsuch tries to stay above the fray.

On the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Judge Neil Gorsuch presented himself on Monday as a creature of consensus, insisting that he favored no party above the law.

More formal, rigorous questioning from senators is scheduled today. Here’s what to watch for.

Voting on the Obamacare replacement.

The bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is scheduled for a vote on Thursday. House leaders have made some last-minute changes to the legislation to try to ensure it passes.

We take a look at where House Republicans stand. No Democrats have said they will vote for the measure.

How the far right has taken root in Europe.

We visit Buch, a safe, cozy community in Germany that is emblematic of the forces threatening to upend Western politics.=DNA

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