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12:40 PM ET, March 25, 2017

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Axios:
Inside the Trumpcare meltdown  —  When the balky hardliners of the House Freedom Caucus visited the White House earlier this week, this was Steve Bannon's opening line, according to people in the conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building: … - Bannon's point was: This is the Republican platform.
Discussion: RedState
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Republicans  —  The GOP right blows up its best chance to reform government.  —  House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat.  This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story
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?”
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Report: Bannon told conservatives ‘this is not a debate,’ you have to back bill  —  White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon told a group of House conservatives they had no choice but to back the GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill days before the bill was pulled, according to a new report.
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face
Rachael Bade / Politico:   Ryan wounded by health care fiasco
Associated Press:
Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Discussion About GOP Replacement to Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House Intensifies in White House, Congress
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Republicans Fold on Health Care
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
In Dropping Health Vote, Trump Swallowed Need for a Showdown
Discussion: USA Today
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The failure of the Republican health care bill reveals a party unready to govern
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Health Care Bill's Failure: Just Part of the ‘Art of the Deal’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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: Power Line and National Review
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The Hill:   ObamaCare gets new lease on life
Annie Karni / Politico:
Napolitano told friends he was on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano may be temporarily sidelined at Fox News, but he's been telling friends and associates that he could be in for a big promotion — to the Supreme Court.  —  After meeting with President Trump twice during …
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Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump's Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors  —  Ivanka Trump's neighbors delivered a handwritten note welcoming her to their gilded Northwest Washington Zip code after she and her husband, Jared Kushner, moved from New York with their three small children.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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 …
Bloomberg:
Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash  —  A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc. was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest setback for a company reeling from multiple crises.  —  In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber's Volvo self-driving SUVs …
New York Times:
Former Penn State President Found Guilty in Sandusky Abuse Case  —  Five years after a child sex abuse scandal rocked Penn State, damaging its reputation, exposing a revered coach as a serial predator and sending him to prison, a jury on Friday convicted the former president of the university …
Discussion: IJR and USA Today
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
 
 
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The White House:
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John Sexton / Hot Air:
Venezuela is out of food, out of medicine, and running out of gas
Discussion: Associated Press, Bloomberg and Forbes
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Google and social media companies could be prosecuted if they show extremist videos
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead - and win
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
The story of Rachel Dolezal gets even more bizarre
Discussion: theGrio
Michael Patrick Leahy / Breitbart:
Federal Judge Who Blocked Trump Travel Ban Will Rule on Plaintiffs Request to Double Number of Refugees in FY 2017