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9:45 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.
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 …
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
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead - and win  —  Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), a freshman from a safe seat in Chicago's suburbs, was just about to deliver his speech against the American Health Care Act when he heard a commotion on the House floor.  The bill was being pulled.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
In Spectacular Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Republican Waterloo  —  Seven years and three days ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos and bradford-delong.com
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Stuart Varney: ‘The Republican Party is a disgrace’
Discussion: Viking Pundit and RedState
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In a Call to The Times, Trump Blames Democrats for the Failure of the Health Bill
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  —  ObamaCare has a new lease on life after House Republicans abruptly pulled their bill to repeal the law and said they are moving on to other issues.  —  It was a striking reversal of fortune for the healthcare reform law, which Republicans have been vowing to repeal ever since it passed.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Hollywood Life, Politico and RedState
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
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
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 …
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Venezuela is out of food, out of medicine, and running out of gas  —  Ed wrote last week about the shortage of bread in Venezuela which led the country's Vice President to announce spot checks on bakeries designed to ensure they weren't doing anything illegal with their flour.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Bloomberg:
Venezuela's Fuel Shortage Is Getting Worse
Discussion: Forbes
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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