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3:25 PM ET, February 24, 2017

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Paul Demko / Politico:
Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion  —  A draft House Republican repeal bill would dismantle Obamacare subsidies and scrap its Medicaid expansion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by POLITICO.  —  The legislation would take down the foundation …
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Chris Massie / CNN:
GOP Rep. Mo Brooks says town hall protests may prevent Obamacare repeal  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Mo Brooks said Thursday that protests at town halls around the country might prevent Republican lawmakers from repealing the Affordable Care Act.  —  “I'll tell you, Toni, there are a …
Bloomberg:
GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows  —  Plan expands access for those who want it, Republicans say  —  ‘Not everybody is going to have health care’: GOP lawmaker  —  Republican lawmakers expect that their Obamacare replacement will result in fewer Americans covered …
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress, Balloon Juice and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Health-Care Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning  —  Eleven days before Donald Trump took office, I wrote a column with the slightly hedged but still hyperbolic headline “Obamacare Repeal Might Have Just Died Tonight.”  While the “might” was doing a lot of work, my argument …
Vox:   Study: ACA enrollees' costs would spike under Republican plans
CNNMoney:
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing  —  CNN & others blocked from White House media briefing  —  CNN and other news organizations were blocked Friday from a White House press briefing.  —  There was no immediate explanation from the White House.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
White House Bars Times and 2 Other News Outlets From Briefing  —  WASHINGTON — Journalists from The New York Times and two other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump's press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.
Discussion: Shakesville
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House hand-picks select media for briefing  —  The White House blocked a number of news outlets from covering spokesman Sean Spicer's question-and-answer session on Friday afternoon.  —  Spicer decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead …
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump escalates his feud with the media
Discussion: RedState
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’  —  The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump's nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration …
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   ‘Massive scandal’: Ex-DOJ spokesman says Reince Preibus must resign after calling FBI about Russia
NBC News:
Republicans in Congress Are Still Looking for Direction from Trump
CNN:
FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
CNN Is Considering Skipping White House Correspondents' Dinner
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one  —  A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kan., bar Wednesday night, police say, reportedly telling two of them, local Garmin engineers from India, to “get out of my country.”
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New Yorker:
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War  —  What lay behind Russia's interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?  —  1. SOFT TARGETS  —  On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures” …
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Gabrielle Bluestone / The Slot:
Here's a Picture of the Crowd Lined Up Outside CPAC to See Donald Trump Speak  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—A few minutes into his CPAC speech Friday, esteemed and honest president Donald J. Trump said people were so excited to hear him speak that, “There are lines that go back six blocks.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks  —  The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees.  It promptly leaked, to me.  That's only the latest sign …
Lili Bayer / The Forward:
Exclusive: Senior Trump Aide Forged Key Ties To Anti-Semitic Groups In Hungary  —  When photographs recently emerged showing Sebastian Gorka, President Donald Trump's high-profile deputy assistant, wearing a medal associated with the Nazi collaborationist regime that ruled Hungary during World War II …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states  —  Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.”
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump  —  Therapists such as Dr. Arlene Drake, who practices in West L.A., say that many of their patients are talking about President Trump, presenting a challenge for a group of professionals who have been trained not to expose their own political beliefs.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and The Week
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The New Nationalism in America  —  Decades of intellectual and political activity preceded the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.  William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review in 1955.  A little less than a decade later, National Review publisher William Rusher helped orchestrate Barry Goldwater's presidential nomination.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
A state senator is removed from the chamber for her comments about Tom Hayden and Vietnam  —  After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday …
Margaret Illis / Dow Jones Newswires:
“We don't feel like [Leonard Lance's] voting for us anymore, we feel like he's voting for his party”  —  Paid organizers?  “I wouldn't even know how to find them,” said Margaret Illis, 55 years old, who was among the town-hall rookies.  She said her 23-year-old son taught her how to use Twitter so she could follow Mr. Trump's tweets.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Marsha Blackburn claims out of state people infiltrated her town hall — records seem to show she's lying
Discussion: The Week
Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
Everyone Needs to Stop Passing Along Facebook Rumors About ICE Checkpoints  —  New Yorkers were sharing a bracing message on Facebook on Thursday: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had set up checkpoints at subway stations in the Bronx and were demanding that people show their papers.
Discussion: CBS New York and AOL
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Badly Losing His Fights With Media  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump is losing all of his fights with the media- and voters really think he needs to reduce his cable news consumption.  —  62% of voters nationally think Trump should keep his cable watching to less …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Trump signs executive order on regulatory reform … President Trump has signed an executive order Friday establishing regulatory watchdogs inside federal agencies who are responsible for enforcing his agenda.  —  The Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda executive order will create …
Discussion: CNBC, ABC News, The Week and IJR
 
 
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Frank Witsil / USA Today:
Retail chain Family Christian plans close after 85 years
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Still Reels From the Quake of 2016
Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
Discussion: Washington Post
Gregory Smith / providencejournal.com:
Providence police: Man posing as Uber driver sexually assaulted girl, 15
Discussion: WPRO-AM and Associated Press
Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport
Axios:
Gary Cohn says no go on House border adjustment tax
Discussion: Business Insider
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid
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