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Ezra Klein / Vox:
The GOP health bill doesn't know what problem it's trying to solve  —  After seven years of drafting a replacement plan, we get ... this?  —  Have you read Sarah Kliff's thorough look at the GOP Obamacare replacement?  You have?  Good.  Some thoughts.  — Little in politics shocks me.
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Column The GOP's Obamacare repeal plan is out—and it's even worse than anyone expected  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, perpetrator of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill.  (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)  —  After weeks of expectations — actually, nearly seven years of expectations …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Conservatives pan House Obamacare repeal bill  —  A handful of House conservatives on Monday evening criticized GOP leadership's newly released Obamacare replacement bill, foreshadowing trouble for the repeal effort even after leaders tried to assuage the far-right.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Speaker.gov:
Statement on Introduction of the American Health Care Act  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on introduction of the American Health Care Act: … Click here to read the bill.
CNN:
CNN/ORC poll: Public splits on revoking individual mandate  —  Washington (CNN)Americans are sharply divided on revoking Obamacare's mandate that individuals obtain health insurance coverage, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, a change that's a key provision of a newly-released Republican plan to repeal and replace the 2010 law.
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
New York Times:
House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, scrapping the mandate that nearly all Americans have health insurance and replacing it with a system of tax credits aimed …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Republican Obamacare plan signals that liberalism has already won  —  In releasing their healthcare plan on Monday, House Republican leaders sent a signal loud and clear: liberalism has already won.  —  Barring radical changes, Republicans will not be passing a bill that ushers in a new era of market-based healthcare.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
House Republicans release long-awaited plan to replace Obamacare  —  House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation's health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form …
Wall Street Journal:
House GOP Releases Plan to Repeal, Replace Obamacare
Discussion: Instapundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP releases bills to repeal and replace ObamaCare
Discussion: Politico
Axios:
Trumpcare: What's in, what's out
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
4 GOP senators demand to keep Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
White House Rejects Comey's Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday refused to acknowledge reports that James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, had asked the Justice Department to refute President Trump's claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped …
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea says it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan with missiles  —  TOKYO — North Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported Tuesday, and it appears to be trying to outsmart …
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CNN:
THAAD missile defense system arrives in South Korea
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed  —  That supposed FBI investigation of collusion with the Russians?  Never mind . . .  They're in retreat now.  You may have missed it amid President Trump's startling Saturday tweet storm …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson doubles-down: Slaves were ‘involuntary immigrants’  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson doubled-down Monday on his description of slaves as immigrants, arguing that the label fits anyone who comes into a country from the outside - even “involuntary immigrants.”
Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Ronna Romney McDaniel unite a fractured Republican Party?  —  WASHINGTON  —  On the night before the election, Pete Hoekstra stood onstage at a Michigan convention center, introducing the lineup of speakers at Donald Trump's final rally of the campaign.
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Senate Democrat Who Claimed Hard Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion: Uh, Never Mind  —  Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements …
Press Release:
ExxonMobil Plans Investments of $20 Billion to Expand Manufacturing in U.S. Gulf Region  — New projects expected to create more than 45,000 high-paying jobs across the region and thousands more through multiplier effect  —  Dateline:  —  HOUSTON  —  Public Company Information:  —  NYSE:
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Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump plan pays for immigration crackdown with cuts to coastal, air security  —  The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration, according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO …
Discussion: The Week
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The disappearing Sean Spicer  —  After two flayings on Saturday Night Live, sustained mockings on late-night shows, and a series of televised confrontations with reporters, White House press secretary Sean Spicer is retreating from the harsh glare of the daily televised briefing.
Discussion: Political Wire
The White House:
Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States  —  PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Issues Revised Travel Ban to Address Legal Challenges
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The sorry state of political discourse right now, in five Bernie Sanders tweets  —  Let's start with the tweets, which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (and/or his staff) fired off late Monday morning: … Do me a quick favor.  Hit pause on your temptation to either cheer or jeer what Sanders …
Chicago Tribune:
Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’  —  Chance the Rapper and Gov. Bruce Rauner met at the Thompson Center in Chicago on March 3, 2017, to have a private conversation about funding for Chicago Public Schools.  —  Privacy Policy
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mashable and The Root
 
 
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George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Donald Trump's Florida presidency: 241+ hours in Sunshine State
Discussion: The Hill
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
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John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
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Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Fox's ‘Last Man on Earth’ Kills Entire Trump Administration (Video)
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Fox News:
Greg Gutfeld: Remembering Andrew Breitbart — Random thoughts on the fifth anniversary of his death
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
Oregon State University find sex makes you better at work
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Trump University Lawsuits May Not Be Closed After All
Rachel Roberts / The Independent:
Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances
Discussion: Progress Pond