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7:50 PM ET, March 24, 2017

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New York Times:
In Spectacular Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon …
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead  —  President Trump called me on my cellphone Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number.  —  Instead, it was the president calling from the Oval Office.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump unhappy Jared Kushner took a powder on the ski slopes as health care bill floundered  — Aides in Washington toiled all week trying to get the health care reform bill over the finish line  —  Washington (CNN)While the rest of his senior staff scrambled to squeeze votes …
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Obamacare Defeated Trumpcare  —  With the collapse of the House health-care bill, the cause of repealing Obamacare, a right-wing obsession for seven years and a day, has died.  The flame will never be fully extinguished in the hearts of the true believers — after all …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Why Steve Bannon Might Be the Winner of the GOP's Health-Care Civil War  —  With hours to go before the House is set to (finally) vote on Paul Ryan's health-care bill, the Trump administration is putting a full-court press on recalcitrant Republicans to rally votes.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Discussion About GOP Replacement to Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House Intensifies in White House, Congress  —  Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Stuart Varney: ‘The Republican Party is a disgrace’  —  Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney scolded the GOP on Friday for struggling to repeal and replace ObamaCare despite controlling the House, Senate and White House.  —  “I personally believe at this moment in time the Republican Party …
Discussion: RedState
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a S**t List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You  —  If TrumpCare dies, the White House won't forget who killed it — and plans on keeping a “s**t list” of Republicans who stood in their way.  —  According to multiple Trump administration officials speaking to The Daily Beast …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation's health-care law  —  House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation's health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Bloomberg:
White House Preparing to Blame Ryan If Health Bill Fails, Official Says  —  But Trump says ‘yes’ when asked if Ryan should remain speaker  —  Legislation advances toward crucial House vote on Friday  —  In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.
Axios:
Health care bill might get yanked from House floor
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Health Care Bill's Failure: Just Part of the ‘Art of the Deal’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
FBI Director Comey visits White House
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump: I never said repeal and replace would come in 64 days
Discussion: ABC News and Mother Jones
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
Planned Parenthood's President: “It's Time For Ivanka To Stand For Women”
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Ryan pulls ‘fundamentally flawed’ GOP health care bill following call from Trump
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: Vote at 3:30; Trump left ‘everything on field’
Discussion: Hot Air, New York Times and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:   HOUSE SETS RISKY HEALTH CARE VOTE AFTER TRUMP DEMANDS IT
Breitbart:
Report: Steve Bannon Says American Health Care Act ‘Written by the Insurance Industry’
Discussion: ABC News, Vox and Talking Points Memo
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Breitbart wants the Republican health care bill to die
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S.  —  James Woolsey says he attended a September meeting where other participants, including then-Trump adviser Mike Flynn, talked of moving Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey without going through U.S. extradition process
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Confusion over essential health benefits  —  The post has been revised to take into account feedback on how best to understand the manager's amendment.  —  Last night, House Republicans released the text of the final manager's amendment to the American Health Care Act …
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
House Dems Warn GOP: Repeal Vote Will Be ‘Tattooed To Their Foreheads’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
After Promising Not To Talk Business With Father, Eric Trump Says He'll Give Him Financial Reports  —  Eric Trump sits behind a desk on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City, dressed in a slightly less formal version of his father's go-to power uniform—blue suit, white buttoned-down shirt, no tie.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Nunes (Kind of) Confesses He Went Off Half-Cocked  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the now-famous (for the wrong reasons) chair of the House intelligence committee, held another weird press conference Friday morning.  It wasn't as much of a doozy as his double feature on Wednesday …
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Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Nunes: Manafort volunteered to interview with Intel panel
CNN:
Rick Gates out at America First Policies over Manafort ties to Russia
Discussion: Politico
Axios:
Mnuchin: Losing human jobs to AI “not even on our radar screen”  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin joined Axios' Mike Allen this morning at the debut of his News Shapers event series to talk about his new role in the Trump Administration.  —  On AI supplanting human jobs …
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Apologizes For Pizzagate Coverage, Blames Other Media Outlets  —  Conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones was pressured to air an apology for his role in spreading the false “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which led to a Jones listener firing a gun inside a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Republican Waterloo  —  Seven years and three days ago, the House of Representatives grumblingly voted to approve the Senate's version of the Affordable Care Act.  Democrats in the House were displeased by many of the changes introduced by Senate Democrats.
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
College ‘Diversity Council’ Admits to Posting Fake Racist Flyers On Campus  —  The idea was to encourage ‘dialogue.’  —  The Diversity Leadership Council at Gustavus Adolphus College admits that it — with the help of other social-justice groups — planted fake racist flyers on campus “to educate” people about racism.
Glenn Garvin / miamiherald:
Hardball political operative Roger Stone finds himself on the receiving end  —  Roger Stone, the legendarily hardball Republican operative who for years has lustily embraced such media epithets as the dapper don of dirty deeds and the undisputed master of the black arts of electioneering …
 
 
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