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5:30 PM ET, March 14, 2017

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Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Sen. Ted Cruz: Forecast for rising premiums ‘most troubling aspect’ of scathing CBO health care report  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is weighing in on the Congressional Budget Office's damning assessment of the GOP's health care bill, telling reporters the “most troubling aspect” …
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Avik Roy / Forbes:
Believe It Or Not, CBO's Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO score makes the case for full repeal and free market replacement
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
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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 …
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.
Paul Demko / Politico:
White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO
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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Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Roskam blinks on Ryancare  —  A key member of Illinois' congressional delegation is signaling for the first time that he may be open to significant changes in the Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan being pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
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
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.
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’
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.
Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says  —  Directive to reverse Obama-era mandate for agency actions  —  Clean Power Plan, methane rules and coal halt also addressed  —  President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink …
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Caller
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy  —  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 and RedState
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment  —  The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case …
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:
Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources  —  Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
BOMBSHELL: Fox News Sources Say Obama Used Brits To Spy On Donald Trump  —  While the American Intelligence Community (IC) plays “not us” when it comes to claims that the Obama Administration spied on President Trump (when he was both a candidate and President-elect), Fox News has learned …
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Schools want out of Michelle Obama's lunch rules, kids say ‘Yuck’  —  Faced with students who won't buy lunches low in salt and sugar and jacked up with bland-tasting grains, the nation's 54,000 school cafeteria workers are urging Washington to junk health-focused rules pushed by former first lady Michelle Obama.
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.
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 …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
Kushners, Trump In-Laws, Near $400 Million Deal with Chinese Firm  —  A New York real estate company owned by the family of President Donald J. Trump's son-in-law is negotiating to sell a $400 million stake in its Fifth Avenue flagship skyscraper to a Chinese insurance company with ties to leading families of the Communist Party.
 
 
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