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12:50 PM ET, February 27, 2017


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Eun Kyung Kim /
George W. Bush opens up on Trump's war with the media, Russia and travel ban  —  In his first in-depth interview since Donald Trump's inauguration, former President George W. Bush gave his take on the current commander in chief's first month in office, addressing Trump's attack on the media …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Bush breaks with Trump, calls media ‘indispensable to democracy’
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Bush 43 on Trump Travel Ban: ‘A Bedrock of Our Freedom Is the Right to Worship Freely’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Media essential to democracy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, The Week and AOL
Wall Street Journal:
GOP's New Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Dare Fellow Republicans to Block Effort  —  GOP lawmakers gamble that setting bill in motion to strike Affordable Care Act will help break through intraparty disagreements  —  WASHINGTON—Republican leaders are betting that the only way for Congress …
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated” and told a group of governors that Obamacare is a “disaster” while also suggesting that the law's popularity is rising because Americans know its end is near.
Discussion: Political Wire
Oren Cass / National Review:
No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives  —  The arguments of the law's defenders don't stand up to scrutiny.  —  Repealing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats say, will “make America sick again.”  Bernie Sanders warns “36,000 people will die yearly as a result.”
Discussion: Instapundit
CBS News:
Ohio Gov. Kasich says House conservatives may cause “problem” passing Obamacare replacement  —  As Republicans try to figure out how to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ohio Gov. John Kasich says they'll encounter “a problem” passing replacement legislation with some House conservatives …
Discussion: Axios and BizPac Review
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Week
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sean Spicer is losing his grip  —  Never let it be said that President Trump and his underlings don't work hard, especially when it comes to initiatives aimed at smearing and stymieing the White House press corps.  Let's look at this crew's throughput over just the past three days.
Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Claim: Reporter laughs at Trump aide's emotion over SEAL death  —  A Sunday Politico story about President Trump's press secretary cracking down on media leaks included a claim that the top-ranked woman in the White House communications office cried in frustration.
USA Today:
Here's how the worst flub in Oscar history went down  —  Oscar got it wrong, wrong, soooo wrong.  The presenters announced the wrong Best Picture; Moonlight was the winner, not La La Land.  —  It was the biggest, most embarrassing, most awkward mistake in the history of the Academy Awards …
Megan Garvey / Los Angeles Times:
Correction: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture. ‘La La Land’ was read in error
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Balloon Juice
Michael Rothman / ABC News:
‘Moonlight’ wins best picture after ‘La La Land’ mistakenly announced
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:   'There's a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won.': An Oscars shocker, in more ways than one
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo  —  Another Oscars Gaffe: In Memoriam Video Included Photo of Living Woman  —  Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Democrats predict anti-Trump ‘tsunami’ in 2018 governor's races  —  THE BIG IDEA: As a House freshman, Jay Inslee lost reelection in 1994 because of voter frustration with Bill Clinton's first two years as president.  Tom Foley, who represented an adjacent district …
New York Times:
Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that would include sharp increases in Defense Department spending; major cuts to other agencies …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Primary for Virginia Governor Tests Power of an Anti-Trump Campaign
Monica Davey / New York Times:
He's a Local Pillar in a Trump Town.  Now He Could Be Deported.  —  WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — Ask residents of this coal-mining crossroads about President Trump's decision to crack down on undocumented immigrants and most offer no protest.  Mr. Trump, who easily won this mostly white southern Illinois county …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Eschaton
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The DNC isn't enough: Democrats demand more leadership changes  —  ATLANTA — The race for the Democratic National Committee leadership is over, resolved with a Tom Perez chairmanship and a deputy role for Keith Ellison that momentarily quelled even the angriest Bernie Sanders-wing protesters in the room.
Discussion: Common Dreams, ABC News and The Hill
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:   The Note: GOP congressman calls for special prosecutor for Trump-Russia
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why did Keith Ellison lose the DNC race?
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Archenemy of Truth  —  Donald Trump's unrelenting assault on the media is in fact an assault on the implacability of truth, the notion of accountability and the power of free speech.  It is also a bit of a bow to the conspiracy theorizing that Trump is wont to do.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Geert Wilders, Reclusive Provocateur, Rises Before Dutch Vote  —  SPIJKENISSE, the Netherlands — He wants to end immigration from Muslim countries, tax head scarves and ban the Quran.  He is partly of Indonesian heritage, and dyes his hair bright blond.  He is omnipresent on social media …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Obamascare: 60% of online Obamacare defenders ‘paid to post’ hits on critics
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Trump's Promised Economic Stimulus Won't Happen This Year
Donald Trump Has Inspired a New Golden Age of Late-Night Comedy
Patrick J. McDonnell / Los Angeles Times:
On the other side of the wall: Mexicans on the border are ‘psychologically traumatized’
Discussion: The Week
Rory Smith / New York Times:
U.S. Travel Restrictions Would Damage 2026 World Cup Bid, UEFA President Says
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Trump's Alpha Male Foreign Policy
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Supersmart Robots Will Outnumber Humans Within 30 Years, Says SoftBank CEO
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
New York Times:
Missing: Donald Trump's Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan
 Earlier Items: 
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Many Americans Disapprove of Trump But Are Open to His Agenda, Poll Finds
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Buffett and Gates: America Is Already Great, Thanks to Immigrants
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Kent Babb / Washington Post:
Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs identifies as a male. He just won the Texas state girls title.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and NBC News
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Nominee for Navy Secretary withdraws