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10:00 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.
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Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Trump's Backing a Healthcare Plan That Breaks His Promises  —  President Donald Trump rode to the White House making big promises on health care — pledges that he is now in serious danger of breaking.  Let's look at how the president's words on the campaign trail stack up against what we know today.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births
Discussion: The Resurgent
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Penalizes Older People
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CBO's Publications:
American Health Care Act
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The GOP health plan is an act of class warfare by the rich against the poor
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Believe It Or Not, CBO's Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Trump looks to woo conservatives on Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump official slams CBO score: It's ‘just not believable’
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.
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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 …
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:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump signs executive order to cut government waste
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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
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Sarah Posner / Washington Post:
Why are we hearing crickets from the GOP on Steve King's ugly Tweet?
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.
Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 8,000 cancellations since Sunday  —  161 Shares … Tuesday promised to be the worst travel day yet from a late-season winter storm that's forced the cancellation of nearly 8,000 flights since Sunday.  —  Airlines moved quickly to pare their Tuesday schedules ahead …
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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 …
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 …
Joshua Stewart / Associated Press:
Issa's own poll suggests that Trump is a burden  —  Rep. Darrell Issa speaks during a town hall meeting in Oceanside on Saturday.  —  A month after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) won reelection in the closest congressional race in the country, the congressman got a warning that his next contest could be even tougher.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates  —  Democrats can't seem to land a punch on Neil Gorsuch — and it's not even clear they want to.  —  President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has breezed through more than 70 meetings with senators.  Opponents who've scoured his record have found little to latch onto.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
SEAL Team 6 is helping plan a ‘decapitation’ attack against North Korea's Kim Jong-un: report  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A report from a South Korean publication claims that the United States Navy's SEAL Team 6 is helping to plan a “decapitation attack” aimed at taking out North Korea's political leadership.
 
 
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John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump's Counties Lose Out to Clinton's in GOP Health Tax Cuts
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Kellyanne's Alternative Universe
Discussion: The Week
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Times editor on Trump: He really likes us
Tennessean.com:
Tennessee sues federal government over refugees
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
Christopher Gray, Architecture Writer and Researcher, Dies at 66
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Wisconsin lesson: Voters will reward Republicans if they do what they promised
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Theresa May FINALLY wins the power to trigger Article 50 as historic Brexit Bill is sent …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Genevieve DiNatale / Boston Herald:
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says Republicans setting up a ‘scam’
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
Nicola Slawson / The Guardian:
Boaty McBoatface to go on its first Antarctic mission