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1:50 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 …
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 …
Vox:   Study: ACA enrollees' costs would spike under Republican plans
FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign …
NBC News:
Republicans in Congress Are Still Looking for Direction from Trump  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter  —  President Trump to address CPAC after rare Steve Bannon appearance 3:09
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout  —  President Donald Trump chastised the FBI Friday morning for being “totally unable” to locate the source of media leaks, even as the White House scrambled to contain fallout from new reports of the White House asking the FBI to knock down damaging stories.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   ‘Massive scandal’: Ex-DOJ spokesman says Reince Preibus must resign after calling FBI about Russia
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
CNN Is Considering Skipping White House Correspondents' Dinner
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Stephen Bannon Reassures Conservatives Uneasy About Trump
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.”
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump econ advisor: No go on House border adjustment tax  —  Gary Cohn, chief economic advisor to President Trump, told a group of CEOs this morning that the White House does not support the House GOP version of a border adjustment tax, according to an attendee.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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
Gregory Smith /
Providence police: Man posing as Uber driver sexually assaulted girl, 15  —  PROVIDENCE — The police have arrested and charged a man who allegedly posed as an Uber driver in order to kidnap and sexually assault a 15-year-old city girl.  —  Maj. David Lapatin on Thursday announced the arrest of Francis Scott, 36, of Woonsocket.
Discussion: WPRO-AM and Associated Press
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: Political Wire and The Week
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
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: ABC News, The Week and IJR
Dalibor Rohac / Washington Post:
My country had its own Trump.  Here's how we beat him.  —  Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.  —  To any fair-minded observer, President Trump's authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning.
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
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.
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: The Week
Kate Taylor / Yahoo! Finance:
Starbucks' brand perception has plummeted since it announced plan to hire refugees  —  Starbucks' brand has taken a beating since the company announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years in response to Donald Trump's executive order intended to prevent refugees from entering the US.
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 17 states
Steve Barnes / Reuters:
Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump escalates his feud with the media
Discussion: RedState
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid
Page Six:
‘Today’ staffer leaked infamous Trump tape that ruined Billy Bush: sources
Kyle Stock / Bloomberg:
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 Earlier Items: 
47% of the Country Say Trump Has Violated the Constitution, but Few Support Impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Yes, Mass Deportations Are Coming. And We Know Why.
Eliza Collins / USA Today:
Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to those who did not have a …