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4:15 PM ET, March 14, 2017

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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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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 …
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.
Jonathan Cohn / The Huffington Post:
Devastating CBO Report Exposes The Empty Promises Of Obamacare Repeal  —  24 million people losing coverage is not “better access.”  —  “Insurance for everybody.”  —  When President Donald Trump made that boast in January, in an interview with The Washington Post, nobody took it literally.
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: RedState
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO score makes the case for full repeal and free market replacement
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The CBO's other bombshell: the Affordable Care Act isn't imploding
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNBC and IJR
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Believe It Or Not, CBO's Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected
Allison Kite / Associated Press:   Kansas Rep. Booed Defending GOP Health Plan
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 …
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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  —  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
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’
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Politico: Senate Dems “paralyzed” over Gorsuch confirmation
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
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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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Trump Signs New Executive Order With Goal of Shrinking Federal Government
Wall Street Journal:
Rex Tillerson Used Email Alias at Exxon to Discuss Climate Change, New York Says  —  Attorney general's office accuses Exxon of withholding documents in probe into what it told investors about climate change; says Rex Tillerson used pseudonym ‘Wayne Tracker’
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Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
New York attorney general: Tillerson used ‘Wayne Tracker’ email at Exxon to discuss climate
Discussion: The Root
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: RedState and The Week
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.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
As an expert witness for Whole Foods, Kellyanne Conway gave testimony that was deemed ‘fundamentally flawed’ and thrown out  —  Since becoming a regular on television as President Donald Trump's campaign manager and later top counselor, Kellyanne Conway has raised doubts about the veracity and credibility of her answers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Former NC gov. says ‘bathroom law’ has made it hard for him to find job  —  Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) says the state's controversial “bathroom law” has made it difficult for him to land a job after leaving office.  —  McCrory said in an interview with a World Radio podcast …
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Trump's Counties Lose Out to Clinton's in GOP Health Tax Cuts  —  Most Rust Belt voters wouldn't benefit from Obamacare tax cuts  —  New York County would see the biggest Medicare tax windfall  —  The very first individual tax cuts officially endorsed by President Donald Trump don't offer great news …
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 …
Eddie Buckle / Bloomberg:
Wilders Party Slumps in Shock Dutch Poll on Eve of Election  —  Poll respondents supportive of Rutte perfomance over Turkey  —  Rutte's Liberals add seats; Freedom Party down to fifth  —  The prospect that Geert Wilders might emerge as the winner of Wednesday's Dutch election was thrown …
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Ferguson Documentary Disputed as New Footage Is Released  —  A documentary released over the weekend renewed tensions in Ferguson, Mo., by claiming the authorities withheld video that would have absolved Michael Brown of a robbery he was accused of committing minutes before being fatally shot by a police officer.
TMZ.com:
Marco Rubio — Snoop Put Out a Dangerous Message With Mock Assassination  —  Senator Marco Rubio's taking a shot at Snoop Dogg over his music video taking a more literal shot at President Trump.  —  We got Rubio at Reagan National Airport, and he took a strong stance against Snoop's …
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
‘Horribly Unfunny’: Amy Schumer's Netflix Special Gets Trashed With One-Star Reviews  —  The reviews are in: “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” is a dud.  —  At the start of her routine, Schumer explains why she decided to wear a tight, leather ensemble: “Every comic has one moment where they wear leather and they regret it.
Rachel Hosie / The Independent:
Atheists at risk of dying out due to belief in contraception, study claims  —  Religious people are having more babies  —  A new study has suggested that atheism is doomed because religious people have higher rates of reproduction.  —  Due to their lack of belief in contraception …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Why Trump's prosecutor purge could haunt the GOP  —  Until Friday, Barbara McQuade served as United States attorney in Eastern Michigan.  By Saturday, one day after the Trump administration demanded her resignation, her prospects as a candidate for governor or attorney general were the talk of the state Democratic Party.
 
 
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Washington Post:
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