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8:35 AM ET, March 25, 2017

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Washington Post:
‘The closer’?  The inside story of how Trump tried — and failed — to make a deal on health care  —  Shortly after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the Republican health-care plan on March 6, President Trump sat in the Oval Office and queried his advisers: “Is this really a good bill?”
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Inside the GOP's Health Care Debacle  —  Donald Trump had heard enough about policy and process.  It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act—the language that would leave Obamacare's …
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 …
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face  —  WASHINGTON — At the end of the long day, the alliance of conservative ideologues who once shut down the government over President Barack Obama's health care law could not find the will to repeal it.
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 …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gets tamed by Washington  —  Donald Trump crowed for months he would strike a “terrific” deal on health care.  His ambitions ended in a brief phone call Friday afternoon, in which Speaker Paul Ryan told him the truth: He was nowhere close.  —  The businessman president …
Discussion: National Review
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
Tax reform next? Maybe not.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Republican Waterloo  —  Seven years and three days ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos and bradford-delong.com
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead - and win
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The failure of the Republican health care bill reveals a party unready to govern
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Health Care Bill's Failure: Just Part of the ‘Art of the Deal’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In a Call to The Times, Trump Blames Democrats for the Failure of the Health Bill
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Stuart Varney: ‘The Republican Party is a disgrace’
Discussion: Viking Pundit and RedState
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump: I never said repeal and replace would come in 64 days
Discussion: ABC News and Mother Jones
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Vanished the Night Before He Made Trump Surveillance Claims  —  Hours before the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his shocking claims about the Trump transition team on Wednesday morning, he practically disappeared.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes was traveling …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:   Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps
New York Times:   In Washington's Daily Trump Wars, Devin Nunes Becomes a Human Shield
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
FBI Director Comey visits White House
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Nunes (Kind of) Confesses He Went Off Half-Cocked
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Common Dreams
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history  —  Broken promises are as old as politics itself, and there are many famous examples of them in modern history.  President George H.W. Bush's “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge comes immediately to mind …
Discussion: National Review
Marielturnerktla / KTLA:
Trump Upset Jared Kushner Took Aspen Ski Vacation as Health Care Bill Faltered  —  While the rest of his senior staff scrambled all day Thursday and Friday morning to squeeze votes for President Trump's flailing health care package, one person remained notably absent: Jared Kushner.
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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: Hollywood Life, Politico and RedState
The Daily Beast:
Russia's Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France  —  MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we've seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.  —  The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Guardian
Timothy Burke / Screengrabber:
Basketball Fans Treated To Ads Congratulating Republicans For Repealing Obamacare [UPDATE]  —  Basketball fans tonight in several Republican-adjacent TV markets are enjoying a series of ads, prematurely bought by the American Action Network PAC, inviting viewers to call their representatives …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mother Jones
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
Darla Mercado / CNBC:
The holiday is over: Amazon will collect sales taxes nationwide on April 1  —  Amazon, the online merchandise juggernaut, will collect sales taxes from all states with a sales tax starting April 1.  —  Tax-free shopping will be over as of next month in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico, the four remaining holdouts.
 
 
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