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7:05 PM ET, March 23, 2017

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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump, Ryan scramble to save health care bill after vote canceled  —  President Donald Trump and House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday, endangering the prospects of passage and all but assuring any immediate vote on the measure would fail.
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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House gets out ahead of health care blame game: 'We can't make people vote'  —  The White House continues to voice confidence that the embattled Obamacare repeal bill will pass the House — but wants to make sure you don't go blaming President Donald Trump if it doesn't.
Discussion: Axios
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House leaders postpone vote on their health-care plan  —  House leaders postponed a vote Thursday on their plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, as they and President Trump struggled to meet demands of conservative lawmakers who said they could not support the bill.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
What the GOP's plan to kill essential health benefits means  —  The pivotal debate in the fight over ObamaCare is whether to kill “essential health benefits” in the law that mandate certain coverage areas for insurers.  —  House Republicans are now discussing a deal that would do away with the requirements …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers leave Trump White House with no deal
Discussion: Politico and FOX6Now.com
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
No Deal on Health Care Bill After Conservative Meeting With Trump
Scott Wong / The Hill:   House GOP postpones ObamaCare repeal vote
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Here's why House conservatives think only partial repeal of Obamacare regulations will punish the sick
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour
CNN:
House won't vote on health care bill Thursday
Discussion: TheBlaze
TIME:
Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods  —  President Trump spoke with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22 for a cover story about the way he has handled truth and falsehood in his career.  —  This is a transcript of the exchange, with some minor edits.
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Michael Scherer / TIME:
Can President Trump Handle the Truth?  —  Generations of American children have learned the apocryphal tale of young George Washington, bravely admitting to his father that he chopped down the cherry tree.  The story sprang from a culture that wanted even its fables to serve the ideal of truth.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Defense of His Lies: 'I'm President and You're Not'
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's cascade of false claims in Time's interview on his falsehoods
CNN:
Nunes apologizes to House Intel Committee, member says  — “Basically what he has done is he has scuttled and put a cloud over his own investigation,” Cummings said  —  (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes apologized to committee members Thursday, a Democrat on the panel told reporters …
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Intel chair Devin Nunes unsure if Trump associates were directly surveilled  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not know “for sure” whether President Donald Trump or members of his transition team were even on the phone calls or other communications …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
House Intelligence Chair Nunes apologizes for how he handled revelations surrounding Trump and his aides
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Intel chairman ‘a stooge of the president’
Discussion: Axios
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination  —  As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he would oppose Gorsuch …
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are going to filibuster Gorsuch. It's the right thing to do.
Rick Perry / Houston Chronicle:
Did A&M shun due process in the name of ‘diversity’?  —  As Texas' first Aggie governor and as someone who was twice elected Yell Leader of Texas A&M University, I am deeply troubled by the recent conduct of A&M's administration and Student Government Association (SGA) during the Aggie student-body president elections for 2017-2018.
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Brookings Institution:
Senior Scholar - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs  —  In “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st Century,” Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non …
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
New research identifies a ‘sea of despair’ among white, working-class Americans
Discussion: Raw Story and naked capitalism
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds
Discussion: The Atlantic and emptywheel
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Hunter under criminal investigation for alleged campaign finance violations  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter is under criminal investigation by the Justice Department over alleged campaign finance violations, the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday.  —  The California Republican spent tens …
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Mike Lee's Obamacare Bombshell  —  Last night Phil Klein had a report that is much more significant than I think a lot of people have realized: … Lee's statement was followed by, and probably contributed to, last-minute efforts by the House leadership to tweak its health-care bill to win a vote scheduled for today.
Jerusalem Post:
‘Dual US-Israeli citizen behind most JCC bomb threat calls’  —  Israeli authorities have arrested an 19-year-old suspect on suspicion of instigating a series of threats to Jewish communities in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand over the past six months.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
4-Year-Old Brings Shell Casing to Preschool.  Principal Suspends Him for 7 Days, Calls Child Services.  —  An Illinois preschool is teaching a 4-year-old boy quite the lesson.  Officials suspended him for a full week—and also called the Department of Children and Family Services on his parents.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The health care bill could be Donald Trump's Iraq War  —  Sold on lies, poorly planned, deadly to thousands, and a catastrophe for its authors.  —  If it passes, the American Health Care Act will be Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's Iraq War.  It's been sold with lies.
Discussion: STAT, Politico and Common Dreams
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Rotten Tomatoes is ‘the destruction of our business,’ says director  —  Director and producing mogul Brett Ratner says film critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is a destructive force in Hollywood.  —  Speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival last weekend, the Rush Hour director wanted …
Discussion: Mashable
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Senator Apologizes After Joke About Losing His Mammograms In GOP Bill  —  As the House struggles to agree on a path forward on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders may cave to a demand from hardline conservatives to scrap Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits rule …
 
 
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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