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11:10 PM ET, March 23, 2017

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New York Times:
A Brave Front, but Regrets?  On Health Bill, Trump Has a Few  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt.
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump demands Friday vote on health care plan  —  President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told GOP lawmakers.  If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney warned.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on  —  President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation's health-care system on the House floor Friday …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Trump threatens to leave ObamaCare in place if repeal bill fails  —  President Trump warned House Republicans on Thursday that he will leave ObamaCare in place unless they approve legislation to repeal and replace it.  —  Trump officials meeting with the House GOP conference …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
The White House may have skirted federal law to try and save its failing health care bill  —  Several official Twitter accounts lobbied Congress in support of the AHCA bill.  —  On Thursday morning, as the Trump administration frantically tried to save its deeply unpopular Affordable Care …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A postponed health-care vote, a big GOP embarrassment and no good options ahead  —  Thursday was supposed to be a glorious anniversary for President Trump and the Republicans.  Seven years after former president Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans were poised …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Axios:
The new reality on Trump and the Freedom Caucus  —  House leadership has been hoping that President Trump would turn the screws on the Freedom Caucus.  They'd love nothing more than for Trump to threaten Freedom Caucus members like Mark Meadows with primary challenges.  In fact, they were banking on Trump doing that.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Republican health-care proposal is breathtakingly unpopular
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House gets out ahead of health care blame game: 'We can't make people vote'
Discussion: Axios
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
No Deal on Health Care Bill After Conservative Meeting With Trump
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The health care bill could be Donald Trump's Iraq War
Discussion: STAT, Politico and Common Dreams
CNN:
House won't vote on health care bill Thursday
Fox News:
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says  —  Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself …
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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 …
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.
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Bob Woodward: Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
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 …
CNN:
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion
Discussion: Political Wire
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Intelligence Chair Nunes apologizes for disclosing surveillance information to the White House
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Can President Trump Handle the Truth?
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNBC and Hullabaloo
Heritage Action for America:
“NO” ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT (H.R. 1628)  —  At some point, the House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which would partially repeal and replace various components of Obamacare.  The proposed legislation repeals a number of Obamacare provisions …
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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.
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
Revised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more people
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination
Discussion: Politico, SCOTUSblog and Balloon Juice
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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Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Rick Perry challenges election of Texas A&M's first gay student body president, says it was 'stolen …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune, IJR and The Slot
New York Times:
London Attacker Khalid Masood Had 20-Year Police Record  —  BIRMINGHAM, England — A 52-year-old man with a long criminal record who been had been investigated for ties to violent extremism carried out the deadly attack outside the British Parliament, the authorities announced on Thursday …
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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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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
What the GOP's plan to kill essential health benefits means
Discussion: ABC News and FOX2now.com
Eli Stokols / Politico:
RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt  —  As the general election was taking shape last summer, the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired Central Intelligence Agency officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy.
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Gunman in Ukraine kills Putin foe in attack denounced as ‘state terrorism’  —  KIEV — A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Guardian
Matthew Wisner / Fox Business:
Google's Eric Schmidt Responds to Verizon, AT&T Pulling Ads From YouTube  —  Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former Google Senior V.P. of Products Jonathan Rosenberg on companies pulling ads from Google and YouTube over extremist content, controlling extremism and fake news online and how the company's ...
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.
 
 
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
In Wake of Rockville Rape, School Superintendent Accuses Parents of Racism
CBO's Publications:
H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, incorporating manager's amendments 4, 5, 24, and 25
Discussion: Hit & Run
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Veronikis / PennLive:
Mother brutally assaulted daughter for reciting Bible verses incorrectly: Police
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
John Mayer Knows He Messed Up. He Wants Another Chance.
Sadie Stein / New York Times:
A Secret Little Glass Home in the Heart of New York
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Brawl between 2 women at Waffle House in Auburn caught on video
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Waldman / Bloomberg:
Inside Alabama's Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Rotten Tomatoes is ‘the destruction of our business,’ says director
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
Jerusalem Post:
‘Dual US-Israeli citizen behind most JCC bomb threat calls’