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2:20 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 …
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.
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
New York Times:
Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him.
Discussion: The FADER, ThinkProgress and Shareblue
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan wounded by health care fiasco
Discussion: Washington Post
Harold Pollack / Politico:
Paul Ryan Failed Because His Bill Was a Dumpster Fire
Washington Post:
‘The closer’? The inside story of how Trump tried — and failed — to make a deal on health care
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gets tamed by Washington
Discussion: National Review
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face
Discussion: Liberal Values and IJR
CNN:
Trump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead - and win
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and The Atlantic
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
Associated Press:
Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
New York Times:
In Dropping Health Vote, Trump Swallowed Need for a Showdown
Discussion: USA Today
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Republicans Fold on Health Care
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The failure of the Republican health care bill reveals a party unready to govern
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
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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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Democrats Have a Gorsuch Problem
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
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 …
New York Times:
One Nation, Under Fox: 18 Hours With a Network That Shapes America  —  Fox News is a singular force, crafting a searing narrative about what's happening in the world for millions of viewers, including President Trump.  —  “I know maybe the president is watching.”
Daily Mail:
Las Vegas tourists flee in terror as the world-famous Bellagio hotel is put on lockdown after gang of armed robbers - including one in a PIG MASK - open fire in Rolex store raid  —  By , CLEMENCE MICHALLON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and GIULIA CROUCH FOR MAILONLINE  —  A gunman opened fire during …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled  —  The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness — fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue — only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting …
Discussion: Refinery29, TheBlaze and The Guardian
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Fox News Fires Comptroller Judy Slater, Accuses Her of Racist Comments and Behavior (Exclusive)  —  Veteran executive asked an African-American employee if all three of her children were fathered by the same man, according to an individual familiar with the investigation
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
The Big Bend: A U-shaped skyscraper that aims to be the longest in the world
Discussion: The Verge
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Trump supporter thought president would only deport ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.
Stephanie Allen / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida man ate pancakes in middle of busy street, is facing charges, cops say
Discussion: Fox News Insider
New York Times:
Former Penn State President Found Guilty in Sandusky Abuse Case
Discussion: IJR and USA Today
The White House:
Remarks by the President in a Meeting with Medal of Honor Recipients
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump's Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Geller Report
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
The story of Rachel Dolezal gets even more bizarre
Discussion: theGrio
The Daily Beast:
Russia's Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France
Discussion: Hot Air and The Guardian
Marielturnerktla / KTLA:
Trump Upset Jared Kushner Took Aspen Ski Vacation as Health Care Bill Faltered