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3:20 PM ET, February 27, 2017

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Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
George W. Bush opens up on Trump's war with the media, Russia and travel ban  —  In his first in-depth interview since Donald Trump's inauguration, former President George W. Bush gave his take on the current commander in chief's first month in office, addressing Trump's attack on the media …
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP's New Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Dare Fellow Republicans to Block Effort  —  GOP lawmakers gamble that setting bill in motion to strike Affordable Care Act will help break through intraparty disagreements  —  WASHINGTON—Republican leaders are betting that the only way for Congress …
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” and again flirted with the idea that Republicans should let Obamacare “implode” so that Democrats shoulder the blame.
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system  —  Michelle Klein-Hass, who lives in Panorama City, was newly insured under Medi-Cal when Obamacare expanded it in 2014, and is also a supporter of a single-payer system.  (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Oren Cass / National Review:
No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives
Discussion: Instapundit
Heather R. Higgins / Wall Street Journal:   To End ObamaCare, Be Bold
Axios:
Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sean Spicer is losing his grip  —  Never let it be said that President Trump and his underlings don't work hard, especially when it comes to initiatives aimed at smearing and stymieing the White House press corps.  Let's look at this crew's throughput over just the past three days.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Claim: Reporter laughs at Trump aide's emotion over SEAL death
Bloomberg:
Trump to Propose 10% Defense Increase in Budget Plan, Aides Say  —  Officials say other discretionary programs to face cuts  —  Mnuchin said Sunday that entitlement programs won't be touched  —  President Donald Trump will propose boosting defense spending by $54 billion in his first budget plan …
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller, Reuters and Axios
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, massive cuts to other agencies
New York Times:
Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
White House calls for $54B bump in defense spending, sharp domestic cuts25 minutes ago
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump seeks ‘historic’ increase of 9 percent in U.S. military's budget20 minutes ago
Discussion: Western Journalism and Eduwonk
Variety:
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo  —  Another Oscars Gaffe: In Memoriam Video Included Photo of Living Woman  —  Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Donna Brazile: ‘I was scared’  —  ATLANTA — Donna Brazile has been through a lot — but nothing like the last eight months.  —  More than taking over a Democratic National Committee in crisis, more than seeing the party collapse from cruising victory to crushing defeat all in one night …
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Allison Sherry / Star Tribune:
New DNC chairman Perez wants to make Ellison ‘the face of the Democratic Party’
Discussion: National Review
Monica Davey / New York Times:
He's a Local Pillar in a Trump Town.  Now He Could Be Deported.  —  WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — Ask residents of this coal-mining crossroads about President Trump's decision to crack down on undocumented immigrants and most offer no protest.  Mr. Trump, who easily won this mostly white southern Illinois county …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Eschaton
Julie Kelly / The Federalist:
Why I've Decided To Break Up With Bill Kristol  —  The first political campaign I volunteered for was the Bush-Quayle race in 1992.  I had graduated from college a few years earlier and had big dreams of someday being the White House press secretary (I'm still available!).
USA Today:
Here's how the worst flub in Oscar history went down  —  Oscar got it wrong, wrong, soooo wrong.  The presenters announced the wrong Best Picture; Moonlight was the winner, not La La Land.  —  It was the biggest, most embarrassing, most awkward mistake in the history of the Academy Awards …
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Democrats predict anti-Trump ‘tsunami’ in 2018 governor's races  —  THE BIG IDEA: As a House freshman, Jay Inslee lost reelection in 1994 because of voter frustration with Bill Clinton's first two years as president.  Tom Foley, who represented an adjacent district …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Primary for Virginia Governor Tests Power of an Anti-Trump Campaign
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Sessions Effect: Trump DOJ Reverses Course In Major Texas Voter ID Case  —  For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas' voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters.
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:15 minutes ago
Scraping by on six figures?  Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley's wealth bubble  —  But workers claim the high cost of living in the Bay Area has them feeling financially strained  —  didn't become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet," said a Twitter employee in his early 40s who earns a base salary of $160,000.
Timothy Noah / Politico:
Puzder says ‘tsunami of fake news’ defeated him  —  Former labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder on Monday blamed “a tsunami of fake news” and a campaign by Democrats and the left for ending his nomination.  —  Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 
 
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Review: Politics and an Upset Finish in the Oscars Broadcast   Find
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Intel chairman says no evidence yet of Trump campaign contacts with Russia   Find
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Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:
New EPA head takes action — delaying a mining clean-up rule   Find
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Affirms Rule That Some Political Ads Require Disclosing Donors   Find
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.   Find
 
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Intel chairman says no evidence yet of Trump campaign contacts with RussiaNEW!
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Affirms Rule That Some Political Ads Require Disclosing Donors10 minutes ago
Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:
New EPA head takes action — delaying a mining clean-up rule10 minutes ago
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.10 minutes ago
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
Half of college students believe their student loans will be forgiven after graduation, according to a recent poll.30 minutes ago
Discussion: Infowars and TheBlaze
Matt Campbell / Kansas City Star:
Wounded Garmin engineer speaks at vigil, remembers his best friend
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump: 'I haven't called Russia in 10 years'
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
CUNY admin allegedly said there were ‘too many Jews’ on his staff
Discussion: Gothamist
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Obamascare: 60% of online Obamacare defenders ‘paid to post’ hits on critics
Patrick J. McDonnell / Los Angeles Times:
On the other side of the wall: Mexicans on the border are ‘psychologically traumatized’
Discussion: The Week
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Trump's Alpha Male Foreign Policy
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Archenemy of Truth
Discussion: Raw Story