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12:00 PM 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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births  —  A congressional plan to make Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal funding would leave many women without services to help them avoid pregnancy, resulting in thousands of additional births, according to a new federal budget analysis.
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Believe It Or Not, CBO's Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected  —  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 24 million fewer people will have health insurance by 2026 under the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare.  That projection is unsurprising, and quite likely overstated.
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.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO score makes the case for full repeal and free market replacement  —  In an effort to blunt Democratic attacks, House Republicans designed a healthcare plan that kept most of Obamacare's regulations in place and preserved some of its spending.  The hope was that when it came …
Discussion: RedState
Allison Kite / Associated Press:   Kansas Rep. Booed Defending GOP Health Plan
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Pushes Out Older People
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Lanhee J. Chen / CNN:   A CBO report that conservatives can get behind
Associated Press:   Daines joins top Montana Dems in criticizing Obamacare replacement
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 …
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
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 …
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:
Katie Pavlich /
Trump Signs New Executive Order With Goal of Shrinking Federal Government
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
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.
CBS New York:
NYC Blizzard Warning Cancelled As Snow, Sleet Continues  —  NEW YORK — New York City is expected to get less snow than originally forecast in Tuesday's late-winter storm, but officials are still urging caution as snow and sleet continues to fall.  —  The National Weather Service cancelled …
Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 8,000 cancellations since Sunday
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Preet Bharara proved Trump right: Glenn Reynolds  —  The former U.S. attorney's petty defiance shows why he needed to be shown the door.  —  In the excellent Paul Newman legal thriller, Absence of Malice, Wilford Brimley faced a misbehaving Justice Department prosecutor who refused to resign.
Discussion: naked capitalism
New York Times:
Federal Inquiry of Fox News Moves to a Grand Jury, but Without Preet Bharara
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
IRS strips tax-exempt status from Richard Spencer's white nationalist nonprofit  —  Reporters interview white nationalist Richard Spencer last month.  (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)  —  The nonprofit run by one of America's most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users' sexual activity  —  Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers' knowledge  —  Sex toy maker We-Vibe has agreed to pay customers up to C$10,000 …
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 …
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 …
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Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
Newsom to pitch universal health care as California governor's race grows crowded
Tom Roeder / Gazette:
New technology, big reward aimed at finding Fort Carson soldier's killer
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Blackman / Josh Blackman's Blog:
The Accuracy of the CBO's Obamacare Forecasts
Discussion: Bloomberg
James Gill / RadioTimes:
Finn Jones thinks he knows why critics hate Iron Fist - and it has to do with Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller and io9
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
NYPD sergeant convicted of twice raping girlfriend's daughter, 13, and forcing her to perform sex act …
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
US military leak exposes ‘holy grail’ of security clearance files
Discussion: Raw Story and American Thinker
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Times editor on Trump: He really likes us
Tennessee sues federal government over refugees
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Pelzer / Plain Dealer:
Former lawmaker Connie Pillich enters race for Ohio governor
Joshua Stewart / Associated Press:
Issa's own poll suggests that Trump is a burden
Discussion: Political Wire
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
Christopher Gray, Architecture Writer and Researcher, Dies at 66
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
It's Democrats' Turn to Hint at a Shutdown, Over Border Wall Funding
Discussion: Power Line and Axios
Genevieve DiNatale / Boston Herald:
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says Republicans setting up a ‘scam’