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9:00 AM ET, March 8, 2017


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New York Times:
Millions Risk Losing Health Insurance in Republican Plan, Analysts Say  —  WASHINGTON — Millions of people who get private health coverage through the Affordable Care Act would be at risk of losing it under the replacement legislation proposed by House Republicans, analysts said Tuesday …
New York Times:
How Republicans Plan to Ration Health Care  —  It looks as if Republicans want to bring back health care rationing.  —  In 2010, Mark Price, a 37-year-old resident of Goodyear, Ariz., was struggling to pay the bills for his leukemia treatment.  His house was under foreclosure.
Discussion: Business Insider, AOL, TheBlaze and Slate
Jeff Stein / Vox:
One tweet that explains Republicans' big health care bill challenge  —  The day after unveiling their new bill to replace Obamacare, the Republican authors of the Affordable Health Care Act find themselves in a bind.  —  Even if the new bill has the votes in the House, it will also have to pass the Senate.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Is McConnell Rushing Through a Trumpcare Bill Everybody Hates?  —  Following the unveiling of the House Republican plan to shrink Obamacare dramatically, two surprising things happened.  The first is that the conservative-movement apparatus has lined up rapidly against the bill.
Wall Street Journal:   A Historic Health-Care Moment
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
The Republican Plan Is Even Worse Than Obamacare
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces
Wall Street Journal:
Rapport Between Donald Trump, Barack Obama Crumbles  —  Budding feud is new distraction in a Trump presidency that has been struggling to enact its agenda  —  The rapport between Barack Obama and Donald Trump is unraveling, with the president convinced that Mr. Obama is undermining …
Curt Mills / US News:
NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims  —  Bill Binney, who resigned from NSA in 2001, did not elaborate on President Obama's specific role in surveilling Trump.  —  A veteran of the NSA has said President Donald Trump is righ to claim he was wiretapped and monitored.  (ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES)
Trump warns House GOP members of electoral ‘bloodbath’ if repeal and replace fails  —  Trump ‘proud to support’ GOP health care plan  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump warned House Republicans Tuesday if they can't get pass health care legislation after seven years of promises it could be a …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump begins healthcare push: 'Let's get it done'
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Mike Pence warns GOP lawmakers against healthcare revolt
D. Watkins / Salon:
Ben Carson's infinite fall from grace  —  If we use Ben Carson's logic on enslaved “immigrants,” Frederick Douglass made it big after a plantation internship  —  “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
11 Times Barack Obama Compared Slaves To Immigrants
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Ben Carson's immigrant/slave speech is remarkably similar to an address Obama gave last year
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Sorry Ben Carson Critics: Obama Also Referred to Slaves as Immigrants
Discussion: ABC News, and
Samantha Cooney / TIME:
Meet the Organizers Behind the Upcoming Worldwide Women's Strike  —  'Nobody else will defend our rights if we don't do it'  —  Women across the country are going on strike.  —  On Wednesday — International Women's Day — some women will take the day off from their jobs and household responsibilities …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Ivanka Trump clothing line reports record sales  —  Ivanka Trump's eponymous women's fashion line is reporting record sales figures despite calls for a boycott and controversies surrounding President Trump.  —  “Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks …
FRANKLIN COUNTY TEEN WHO DECAPITATED MOTHER IN COUNTRY ILLEGALLY … <iframe width="476" height="267" src=" ?pid=1789353" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  FRANKLIN COUNTY, North Carolina (WTVD) —  The Franklin County District Attorney said Tuesday …
John Binder / Breitbart:
Illegal Immigrant Teen Beheaded His Mother, Say Police
Discussion: BizPac Review
Los Angeles Times:
Garcetti wins reelection in landslide as City Council incumbents prevail  —  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection Tuesday in what appeared to be one of the biggest landslides in the city's history, crushing 10 little-known rivals and strengthening his standing for a potential run for higher office.
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and KTLA
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Hawaii plans to file first lawsuit against new travel ban  —  Trump's new travel ban: One thing to know  — Lawyers for the challengers say the new travel ban suffers from the same “constitutional and statutory defects” as the original one  —  (CNN)Hawaii is not wasting any time challenging President Donald Trump's new travel ban.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Hawaii plans to sue to block new Trump travel ban
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Grants Oval Office Meeting to TMZ Founder  —  Since Inauguration Day, President Trump has spent his time meeting with heads of state, titans of industry, economic advisers and public health specialists.  —  And the founder of TMZ.  —  Mr. Trump, in a meeting last Wednesday …
New York Times:
Trump Aides Address His Wiretap Claims: 'That's Above My Pay Grade'  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has no regrets.  His staff has no defense.  —  After weeks of assailing reporters and critics in diligent defense of their boss, Mr. Trump's team has been uncharacteristically muted this week …
Twin Cities:
Son of Sen. Tim Kaine one of six arrested after protesters disrupt Trump rally at state Capitol Saturday  —  The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Senator Bernie Sanders:
What should we do if the president is a liar?  —  We face a very serious political problem in this country, and that problem is manifested in a post written yesterday by Amber Phillips of The Washington Post.  In her piece, Phillips criticizes me for lowering the state of our political discourse …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
NEW REALITY with OBAMACARE replacement — New POLITICO/Morning Consult poll: voters want a special prosecutor to probe Russia-Trump ties — PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Tory Burch  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  TRUMP SPEAKS — @realDonaldTrump at 6:12 a.m.: “I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles …
Discussion: Morning Consult and Political Wire
Lucas Nolan / Breitbart:
WikiLeaks: CIA Uses ‘Stolen’ Malware to ‘Attribute’ Cyberattacks to Nations Like Russia  —  Documents released by WikiLeaks show that the CIA kept records of malware attacks supposedly stolen from outside agents, including the Russian government, used to “misdirect attribution” of hacking sources.
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Ex-CIA director: When Trump tweets unproven allegations, it ‘weakens the office of the presidency’
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Next step in Dem realignment: Their own CPAC
Discussion: Political Wire
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA TODAY Poll: Tweets and temperament are tripping up President Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachael Levy / Business Insider:
A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull
Discussion: Axios and NBC New York
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The amazing plunge in IRS audits of rich people and large companies
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Where Are the Great Communicators?
Analysis: GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year
Annie Karni / Politico:
White House official terrorizes network green rooms
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
A Lefty Legend Pleads for a Return to a New Deal Ethos
R.I. lawmaker surprised by ‘insane amount of drinking’ at State House
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
Khizr Khan's claim that the U.S. is restricting his travel may be unraveling