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12:10 PM ET, March 24, 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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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Why Steve Bannon Might Be the Winner of the GOP's Health-Care Civil War  —  With hours to go before the House is set to (finally) vote on Paul Ryan's health-care bill, the Trump administration is putting a full-court press on recalcitrant Republicans to rally votes.
Discussion: Axios
Bloomberg:
White House Preparing to Blame Ryan If Health Bill Fails, Official Says  —  But Trump says ‘yes’ when asked if Ryan should remain speaker  —  Legislation advances toward crucial House vote on Friday  —  In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House leaders and President Trump press for ‘yes’ …
Axios:
The state of Trumpcare: Failure is an option
Discussion: Slate and Forbes
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BIG DAY: TRUMP's risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A postponed health-care vote, a big GOP embarrassment and no good options ahead
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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Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Nunes: Manafort volunteered to interview with Intel panel … President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to interview with the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russia's interference in last year's election, Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced Friday.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, TalkLeft and Raw Story
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 …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: The health care ultimatum  —  The big story: So there is a law of political physics that applies to Donald Trump after all.  Actually, this one is basic math, in that House leaders and the White House have never had the majority they assumed they could get, as we approach today's showdown.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Nunes: I Had ‘Duty’ To Brief Trump Since He's ‘Taking Lot Of Heat’ In Media
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence?
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
New York Times:
Rep. Nunes Is a Lapdog in a Watchdog Role
Discussion: MSNBC
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:   Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
What the G.O.P. Doesn't Get About Who Pays for Health Care  —  A few years ago, a relative of mine, an electrician who made a good living laying cable alongside highways, told me that his economic future depended on one thing: his back.  He saw what happened to older guys …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Daily Kos and Vox
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Rodney Frelinghuysen:
Statement of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)  —  American Health Care Act  —  March 24, 2017  —  “Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America.  —  “Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today …
Madeline Farber / Fortune:
The GOP Health Care Bill Would Require New Moms on Medicaid to Find Work 60 Days after Childbirth
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Republican health-care proposal is breathtakingly unpopular
Alison Kodjak / NPR:
GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP rep: Once healthcare bill passes, lawmakers can ‘really explain it’  —  Voter opposition to the Republican healthcare bill is the result of misunderstanding, and lawmakers will be able to “really explain it” once it becomes law, Rep. Chris Collins said Thursday.
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Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Confusion over essential health benefits  —  The post has been revised to take into account feedback on how best to understand the manager's amendment.  —  Last night, House Republicans released the text of the final manager's amendment to the American Health Care Act …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is making it tougher for millions of visitors to enter the United States by demanding new security checks before giving visas to tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents.
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Wall Street Journal:   Trump, Tillerson Settle on No. 2 at State Department
Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times:
Mammoth got so much snow this winter it called in the National Guard for help  —  Some of the National Guard members sent to Mammoth to help with snow removal.  (California National Guard) (California National Guard)  —  Hey, Mammoth Lakes, add this group shot of the National Guard to your winter scrapbook.
Media Matters for America:
The Life Cycle Of A Donald Trump Lie  —  On March 4, President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of a scandal on the level of the the Watergate crimes that brought down President Richard Nixon.  In an early-morning tweetstorm apparently triggered by reading a Breitbart article …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Mulvaney: If Your State Doesn't Mandate Maternity Care, Change Your State  —  Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, one of the top administration officials who had been working to pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, on Friday morning brushed off concerns …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
After Promising Not To Talk Business With Father, Eric Trump Says He'll Give Him Financial Reports  —  Eric Trump sits behind a desk on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City, dressed in a slightly less formal version of his father's go-to power uniform—blue suit, white buttoned-down shirt, no tie.
Discussion: Politico
Barney Breen-Portnoy / Algemeiner.com:
With Only Two Democrats Voting in Favor, Senate Confirms David Friedman as Next US Ambassador to Israel  —  Attorney David Friedman was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to be the next US ambassador to Israel.  —  President Donald Trump's nomination of Friedman was approved by a 52-46 vote.
 
 
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