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Andrew Harnik / AP

Spicer — donning a green tie for St. Patty's Day — said President Trump "still stands by" his claims that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, even after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced that they found no indication of that happening.

But the media pressed on, and Spicer grew increasingly heated. At one point, he even yelled at a reporter to "calm down!" before turning the tables on the press: "Where was your passion, where was your concern when the committees said there was no connection to Russia? You choose not to cover that...you continue to perpetuate a false narrative." More highlights below:

  • Spicer's guest du jour: Budget director Mick Mulvaney joined Spicer to discuss the "America first" federal budget that was released this morning. Mulvaney emphasized that this budget "does not deal with the debt, it does not even deal with the deficit," but those things will be addressed in a later budget. He also reiterated that the budget reflects Trump's overall goal: spend less overseas. For more see our highlights of the "hard power" budget blueprint.
  • Mulvaney on climate change: "We are not spending money on climate change anymore. We view it as a waste of your money."
  • Mulvaney on budget cuts: "A program like Meals on Wheels sounds great...but it's not showing any results....We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good... We're $20 trillion in debt."
  • Spicer on budget cuts: "There's an assumption in Washington that if you get less money, it's a cut."
  • Revised travel ban: "The danger is real and the law is clear," said Spicer, adding that Trump fully expects the DOJ to enforce the new order. "The second order was literally tailored" to the changes the 9th district court asked for, said Spicer, stating that there is no reason for it to be disputed.

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President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

New wave of strikes will test worker power

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Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.