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12:45 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: Breitbart and 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:
GOP health-care bill: Some Republicans move to yes under pressure from House leaders and Trump  —  A critical vote on an overhaul of the nation's health-care system drew closer on Friday as GOP leaders scrambled to build support for the legislation in hopes of delivering the central promise that brought them to power.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BIG DAY: TRUMP's risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's health care ultimatum is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work.
Axios:
The state of Trumpcare: Failure is an option
Discussion: Slate and Forbes
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.
CNN:
Manafort volunteers for questionings at House intel committee  — Rep. Jim Himes, D-Connecticut, accused Nunes of persistently serving “the interests of Donald Trump”  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has offered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
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 …
Austin Wright / Politico:
Nunes: Manafort has agreed to be interviewed by House intel committee
Discussion: The Hill and Occupy Democrats
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Nunes: I Had ‘Duty’ To Brief Trump Since He's ‘Taking Lot Of Heat’ In Media
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Nunes's grandstanding proves he can't lead the Russia investigation
CNN:
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team
Discussion: Geller Report
Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence?
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 …
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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
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 …
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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
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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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The Republican health care plan is totally nuts
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 and Political Wire
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
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 …
 
 
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