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9:30 AM ET, March 14, 2017


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Paul Demko / Politico:
White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO  —  A White House analysis of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare shows even steeper coverage losses than the projections by the Congressional Budget Office, according to a document viewed by POLITICO on Monday.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP scrambles after scorching health bill appraisal  —  House Republican leaders plunged into damage control mode Monday after a brutal budgetary assessment of their Obamacare replacement threatened to upend Senate GOP support and armed their critics on the left.
Speaker Ryan Statement on American Health Care Act CBO Score  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the American Health Care Act:
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The GOP health plan is an act of class warfare by the rich against the poor
CBO's Publications:
American Health Care Act
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Trump looks to woo conservatives on Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:   No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Penalizes Older People
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump official slams CBO score: It's ‘just not believable’
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:   CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Audio Emerges of When Paul Ryan Abandoned Donald Trump: ‘I Am Not Going to Defend Donald Trump—Not Now, Not in the Future’  —  On a never-before-released private October conference call with House Republican members, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members in the U.S. House …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Spicer: Trump didn't mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping  —  Spicer walks back Trump's wiretapping claims  —  (CNN)The White House on Monday walked back key point of President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
'We've Had to Live in This Farce for the Last Nine Days': Tapper Goes Off on Trump's Wiretap Claims
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
White House wants more time to give Intel committee wiretapping proof
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Gave CIA Power to Launch Drone Strikes  —  New authority departs from Obama-era policy under which only the Pentagon conducted the operations  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency secret new authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists …
Jeremy Pelzer / Plain Dealer:
Former lawmaker Connie Pillich enters race for Ohio governor  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—Connie Pillich, an ex-lawmaker from Cincinnati and the 2014 Democratic nominee for state treasurer, announced Monday she's running for governor in 2018.  —  The 56-year-old attorney and Air Force veteran …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates
Discussion: Hot Air
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Schumer Warns of Government Shutdown Over Trump's Border Wall
Allison Stanger / New York Times:
Understanding the Angry Mob at Middlebury that Gave Me a Concussion  —  MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — There's nothing like a little violence to focus the mind.  I am the Middlebury College professor who ended up with whiplash and a concussion for having the audacity to engage with the ideas of Charles Murray …
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:   There's nothing outrageous about stamping out bigoted speech.
Des Moines Register:
GOP needs to oppose King's re-election, not just King's words  —  Rep. Steve King has apparently ticked off Jeb Bush for making comments about populating the country with “somebody else's babies.”  Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story.  Buzz60  —  CONNECT
Sarah Posner / Washington Post:
Why are we hearing crickets from the GOP on Steve King's ugly Tweet?
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages, N.Y. Says  —  Secretary of State employed secondary account on climate issue  —  Claim is made in suit over New York's probe into energy firm  —  New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch  —  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Discussion: The Last Refuge and
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump signs executive order to cut government waste
Discussion: ABC News
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
It's Democrats' Turn to Hint at a Shutdown, Over Border Wall Funding  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats pilloried Republicans for irresponsibly shutting down the government when Barack Obama was president, but as a minority party struggling to show resistance in the era of President Trump …
Discussion: Power Line and Axios
New York Times:
Federal Inquiry of Fox News Moves to a Grand Jury, but Without Preet Bharara  —  The political drama around the federal courthouse in Manhattan did not end with the sudden, unexplained turnabout of President Trump in firing Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
How a Wonky National-Security Blog Hit the Big Time  —  A little over a year ago, Benjamin Wittes, the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare, made the case that Donald Trump, as a Republican presidential candidate, represented nothing less than a national-security threat.
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations  —  U.S. retreat from U.N. could mark a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”  —  State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Never-Trump Republicans join call for select committee to investigate Russia and Trump  —  Democrats in Congress have long argued that the ongoing intelligence committee investigations into Russia's interference in the presidential election and the Trump campaign's ties to the Kremlin are unlikely to get to the bottom of the issue.
Genevieve DiNatale / Boston Herald:
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says Republicans setting up a ‘scam’  —  MIT economics professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that any healthcare replacement law the GOP has in store is a “scam.”  —  “Any replace[ment] that they would pass would result in millions …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Wisconsin lesson: Voters will reward Republicans if they do what they promised  —  Six weeks into a new administration, with unified Republican government for the first time in a decade, the GOP should be busy enacting a bold reform agenda.  Instead, the party is wracked by internal divisions …
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Times editor on Trump: He really likes us
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Joshua Stewart / Associated Press:
Issa's own poll suggests that Trump is a burden
Discussion: Political Wire
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
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Daily Mail:
Theresa May FINALLY wins the power to trigger Article 50 as historic Brexit Bill is sent …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Opposition Builds Against Mattis Pick Who Met With Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Colin Campbell / Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrory, working as consultant, says HB2 makes some employers ‘reluctant to hire me’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP senator decries ‘mythical’ House ObamaCare strategy
Discussion: RedState
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Challenges Alec Baldwin To “Bare Knuckle” Fight For Charity So He Can “Break” His Neck
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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