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2:10 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.
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story, The Week, and CNN
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.
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 …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Believe It Or Not, CBO's Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The CBO's other bombshell: the Affordable Care Act isn't imploding
Discussion: Mother Jones and IJR
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
Julia Belluz / Vox:
The GOP plan for Obamacare could kill more people each year than gun homicides
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 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO score makes the case for full repeal and free market replacement
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
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
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Politico: Senate Dems “paralyzed” over Gorsuch confirmation
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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
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
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.
CBS New York:
De Blasio: NYC Public Schools To Reopen Wednesday, But ‘Dangerous’ Conditions Continue  —  NEW YORK — New York City public schools will reopen on Wednesday after a late-winter storm brought less snow than originally forecast to some spots, but officials are still urging caution.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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’
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages, N.Y. Says
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Trump administration reviewing ways to make it easier to launch drone strikes  —  In his final months in office, President Obama sought to lock in a structure and set of rules governing targeted killings and drone strikes so that the in­cred­ibly lethal tool would not be abused by his successors.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births, CBO says  —  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.
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 …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Asylum claims at the Canadian border have tripled since last year  —  There have been a flood of stories in the wake of the 2016 election about immigrants living in the United States who have decided to cross the border into Canada to seek asylum, rather than face an uncertain future in President Trump's America.
Discussion: Vox
Allison Kite / Associated Press:
Kansas Rep. Booed Defending GOP Health Plan  —  Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins faced boos and shouts of ‘Do Your Job!’ in defending a GOP plan for overhauling health care.  —  A crowd of people packs into the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics for a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., on Monday.
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according …
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Bre Payton / The Federalist:
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Eddie Buckle / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: IJR
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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
Joshua Stewart / Associated Press:
Issa's own poll suggests that Trump is a burden
Discussion: Political Wire
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
It's Democrats' Turn to Hint at a Shutdown, Over Border Wall Funding
Discussion: Daily Wire, Hot Air, Power Line and Axios