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4:35 PM ET, February 27, 2017


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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 again flirted with the idea that Republicans should let Obamacare “implode” so that Democrats shoulder the blame.
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 …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Freedom Caucus chair would vote against draft Obamacare repeal bill  —  Trump: health care is ‘unbelievably complex’  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told CNN on Monday that he will vote against a draft of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill that was leaked last week.
Discussion: Fox17 and KFOR-TV
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system
Trump: ‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Eschaton
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: ‘Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump: 'I haven't called Russia in 10 years'
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and RedState
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Bush 43 on Trump Travel Ban: ‘A Bedrock of Our Freedom Is the Right to Worship Freely’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Second-Ranking Senate Democrat Wants Independent Russia Probes
Discussion: ABC News
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Sessions Effect: Trump DOJ Reverses Course In Major Texas Voter ID Case  —  For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas' voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump's DOJ dropping opposition to Texas voter ID law  —  President Trump's Justice Department is ending the government's opposition to a controversial voter ID law in Texas, according to a group involved in the case.  —  Danielle Lang, the Campaign Legal Center's deputy director of voting rights …
Associated Press:
Lawyer: White House to no longer contest Texas' voter ID law
Discussion: Politico
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — President Trump: Oscars ‘Were Focused so Hard on Politics’ They Could Not Get the Basics of the Ceremony Right  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in the Oval Office, said that the Academy Awards failure on Sunday evening …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
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.
Trump to Propose 10% Defense Increase in Budget Plan, Aides Say  —  Officials say other discretionary programs to face cuts  —  Mnuchin said Sunday that entitlement programs won't be touched  —  President Donald Trump will propose boosting defense spending by $54 billion in his first budget plan …
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller, Reuters and Axios
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Donna Brazile: ‘I was scared’  —  ATLANTA — Donna Brazile has been through a lot — but nothing like the last eight months.  —  More than taking over a Democratic National Committee in crisis, more than seeing the party collapse from cruising victory to crushing defeat all in one night …
Allison Sherry / Star Tribune:
New DNC chairman Perez wants to make Ellison ‘the face of the Democratic Party’
Discussion: National Review
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
Julie Kelly / The Federalist:
Why I've Decided To Break Up With Bill Kristol  —  The first political campaign I volunteered for was the Bush-Quayle race in 1992.  I had graduated from college a few years earlier and had big dreams of someday being the White House press secretary (I'm still available!).
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
Scraping by on six figures?  Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley's wealth bubble  —  But workers claim the high cost of living in the Bay Area has them feeling financially strained  —  didn't become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet," said a Twitter employee in his early 40s who earns a base salary of $160,000.
Timothy Noah / Politico:
Puzder says ‘tsunami of fake news’ defeated him  —  Former labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder on Monday blamed “a tsunami of fake news” and a campaign by Democrats and the left for ending his nomination.  —  Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. …
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Fake News, Exposed  —  Obama's “echo chamber” lives on and the media are still buying.  —  Ben Rhodes and President Obama on Air Force One  —  In an article on the Atlantic website, a former Obama White House staffer explains why she resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days.
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber's SVP of engineering is out after he did not disclose he left Google in a dispute …
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan
Leah Barkoukis /
Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Intel chairman says no evidence yet of Trump campaign contacts with Russia
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Affirms Rule That Some Political Ads Require Disclosing Donors
Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:
New EPA head takes action — delaying a mining clean-up rule
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Campbell / Kansas City Star:
Wounded Garmin engineer speaks at vigil, remembers his best friend
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
CUNY admin allegedly said there were ‘too many Jews’ on his staff
Discussion: Gothamist
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Democrats predict anti-Trump ‘tsunami’ in 2018 governor's races
Oren Cass / National Review:
No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives
Discussion: Instapundit
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Archenemy of Truth
Discussion: Raw Story