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Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:
Trump Should Ditch Freedom Caucus, Seek Bipartisan Plan  —  Trump ran on a platform of taking on Obamacare, but he should reject the current GOP plan.  —  A A  —  President Donald Trump should be applauded for courageously tackling the “disaster” - as he calls Obamacare - in his first major legislative effort.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Close Trump friend says ditch Paul Ryan's plan and embrace universal health care  —  Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy calls for Medicaid for all.  —  A key Trump friend and ally is urging the president to dump Paul Ryan's Affordable Health Care Act and embrace something that sounds sort …
Discussion: TheBlaze
CNN:
Hill moderates take issue with GOP health care plan  —  GOP's health care bill: Winners and losers  —  (CNN)A devastating analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare has rattled moderates Republicans in the House, who are uneasy about the prospects …
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Roskam blinks on Ryancare  —  A key member of Illinois' congressional delegation is signaling for the first time that he may be open to significant changes in the Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan being pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Republican governors skeptical of House GOP health care bill
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Audio Emerges of When Paul Ryan Abandoned Donald Trump: 'I Am Not Going to Defend Donald …
Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Sen. Ted Cruz: Forecast for rising premiums ‘most troubling aspect’ of scathing CBO health care report  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is weighing in on the Congressional Budget Office's damning assessment of the GOP's health care bill, telling reporters the “most troubling aspect” …
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Victoria McGrane GLOBE / BostonGlobe.com:
24 million could lose insurance, report says, dealing GOP a blow
Paul Demko / Politico:
White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO
Chris Massie / CNN:
Steve King: Blacks and Hispanics ‘will be fighting each other’ before overtaking whites in population  —  (CNN)Iowa Rep. Steve King said Monday that blacks and Hispanics “will be fighting each other” before overtaking whites in the US population.  —  King, a Republican …
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Des Moines Register:
GOP needs to oppose King's re-election, not just King's words
Alastair Gale / Wall Street Journal:
When the Children Crashed Dad's BBC Interview: The Family Speaks  —  In their first interview, Korea expert Robert Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-A describe the circumstances, chaos, and global reaction to their now-infamous home-office Skype catastrophe; ‘she was in a hippity-hoppity mood’
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Bannon and the Making of an Economic Nationalist  —  The controversial White House counselor says his father's 2008 financial trauma helped crystallize his antiglobalist views and led to a political hardening; 'I'm going to be totally wiped out'  —  Steve Bannon has played a lead role in honing Donald Trump's message.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jamie Lovegrove / Dallas Morning News:
Watch: Texas congressman tells rowdy town hall attendee to ‘shut up’  —  WASHINGTON — Facing an earful from angry constituents at a town hall this weekend, Rep. Joe Barton at one point told a loud attendee to “shut up” — setting off even more heated reactions.
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Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman Tells Man To ‘Shut Up’ During Town Hall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Monica Crowley Lost White House Job, Now She's Got One With Pro-Russian Oligarch  —  A would-be Trump White House appointee who withdrew in the face of plagiarism allegations is now lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch who has recently advocated greater concessions to the Russian government, according to newly filed documents.
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
BOMBSHELL: Fox News Sources Say Obama Used Brits To Spy On Donald Trump  —  While the American Intelligence Community (IC) plays “not us” when it comes to claims that the Obama Administration spied on President Trump (when he was both a candidate and President-elect), Fox News has learned …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Tom Cotton On The CBO Score and AHCA  —  Senator Tom Cotton joined me this morning:  —  Audio:  —  03-14hhs-cotton  —  Transcript:  —  HH: On a snowy day on the East Coast, Senator Tom Cotton is still at work via the phone from Arkansas.  He joins me, he is from Arkansas …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy  —  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.
Discussion: Salon and The Daily Caller
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment  —  The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case …
Discussion: Axios
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:
Foreign Policy:
Tillerson To U.N. Rights Council: Reform or We're Leaving  —  The Trump administration puts the human rights body on notice in a letter obtained by FP.  —  The Trump administration is threatening a withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council if it does not undertake “considerable reform …
Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says  —  Directive to reverse Obama-era mandate for agency actions  —  Clean Power Plan, methane rules and coal halt also addressed  —  President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink …
Reuters:
U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes  —  As the USS Carl Vinson plowed through seas off South Korea on Tuesday, rival North Korea warned the United States of “merciless” attacks if the carrier infringes on its sovereignty or dignity during U.S.-South Korean drills.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Schools want out of Michelle Obama's lunch rules, kids say ‘Yuck’  —  Faced with students who won't buy lunches low in salt and sugar and jacked up with bland-tasting grains, the nation's 54,000 school cafeteria workers are urging Washington to junk health-focused rules pushed by former first lady Michelle Obama.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Breaking Faith  —  Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers.  The vast majority still believed in God.  But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Kellyanne's Alternative Universe  —  Even in triumph, Kellyanne Conway nursed a grudge.  As she reflected on Donald Trump's November victory, she made clear that she hadn't forgotten how people treated her back when they thought she was a sure loser.  Their attitude wasn't one of outright rudeness …
Discussion: The Week and RedState
Andrew Mayeda / Bloomberg:
China Is High on List of U.S. Problems, Trump Trade Pick Says  —  Lighthizer: China manipulated yuan in past, not sure about now  —  U.S. needs imaginative solutions on U.S. trade litigation  —  Donald Trump's pick as top trade negotiator said China is one of America's leading trade problems …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Axios:
Exclusive: even deeper cuts being discussed for EPA  —  The Environmental Protection Agency isn't fighting the White House's initial budget that proposes to cut the agency's budget by about $2 billion — or roughly 25% — and reduce the agency's workforce by roughly 3,000 employees.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
The GOP health bill would create more insurance plans that Trump called ‘practically useless’  —  President Trump doesn't like high deductibles, and he's not alone.  High deductibles, provisions of health insurance plans that leave people on the hook for thousands of dollars of medical costs …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Mandates Are Government Benefits in Disguise  —  An example of what is wrong with our health-insurance/health-care system(s) can be found in a humane and well-intentioned bill in the Texas legislature what would require Texas insurance companies to cover the cost of hearing aids for children.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
DREAMer Should Not Be Released While Detention Challenge Proceeds, Judge Recommends
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Bob Price / Breitbart:
Texas Sanctuary County Faces Loss of Millions in State Funding
Elana Schor / Politico:
Schumer to GOP: Funding the wall means government shutdown
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachel Hosie / The Independent:
Atheists at risk of dying out due to belief in contraception, study claims
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Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Why Trump's prosecutor purge could haunt the GOP
Discussion: Above the Law
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
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Eddie Buckle / Bloomberg:
Wilders Party Slumps in Shock Dutch Poll on Eve of Election
Discussion: NPR
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Asylum claims at the Canadian border have tripled since last year
Discussion: Vox, New York's PIX11 and FOX31 Denver
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
As an expert witness for Whole Foods, Kellyanne Conway gave testimony that was deemed 'fundamentally …
Discussion: Raw Story
TMZ.com:
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