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2:35 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, twitchy.com and CNN
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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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The CBO's other bombshell: the Affordable Care Act isn't imploding  —  Trump can “fix” Obamacare by doing nothing.  —  Beyond its eye-popping findings on higher premiums and large-scale coverage loss, the Congressional Budget Office's official score of the American Health Care Act …
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNBC and IJR
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 …
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
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Trump's Backing a Healthcare Plan That Breaks His Promises
Julia Belluz / Vox:
The GOP plan for Obamacare could kill more people each year than gun homicides
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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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.
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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:
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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
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.
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
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.
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Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 8,000 cancellations since Sunday
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Harold A. Peters / UPI:
Germany withdraws from League of Nations, disarmament pact  —  BERLIN, Oct. 14, 1933 (UP) - Germany, angry and steeling herself to any consequences, announced today her withdrawal from the League of Nations and the World Disarmament Conference.  —  At the same time she announced her willingness …
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Why Trump's prosecutor purge could haunt the GOP
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
‘Horribly Unfunny’: Amy Schumer's Netflix Special Gets Trashed With One-Star Reviews
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Trump administration reviewing ways to make it easier to launch drone strikes
BBC:
Saudi Arabia launches girls' council - without any girls
Discussion: IJR
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Asylum claims at the Canadian border have tripled since last year
Discussion: Vox
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Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
Newsom to pitch universal health care as California governor's race grows crowded
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Preet Bharara proved Trump right: Glenn Reynolds
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