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2:15 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.
New York Times:
Paul Ryan Rushes to White House to Tell Trump Votes Are Lacking to Repeal Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, facing a revolt among conservative and moderate Republicans, rushed to the White House Friday afternoon to inform President Trump he did not have the votes …
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: Daily Kos, TheBlaze and Hot Air
Bloomberg:
GOP Leaders Not Confident They Have Votes to Pass Health Bill  —  Speaker Ryan heading to White House to brief president  —  House vote is scheduled to be held on Friday afternoon  —  House GOP leaders aren't confident they have enough votes to pass their embattled health-care bill …
Axios:
Healthcare bill might get yanked from House floor  —  The prospect of pulling the ObamaCare replacement bill is now a matter of discussion among House leaders, according to sources familiar with the conversations.  As House Speaker Paul Ryan heads to the White House to brief the President …
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.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BIG DAY: TRUMP's risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count — and more — SCHUMER prepared for SCOTUS nuclear showdown — FIRST LOOK: this week's ‘Circus’ — JARED and IVANKA in Aspen — B'DAY: Steve Ballmer  —  Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nPr9u7 ... Subscribe on iTunes http …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a S**t List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
What the G.O.P. Doesn't Get About Who Pays for Health Care
Discussion: The Atlantic, Daily Kos and Vox
CNN:
Ryan visiting Trump, not delivering good news on health care
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP health-care bill: Ryan visits White House to say he lacks support for health-care bill
Reuters:
High stakes for Trump as vote looms on Republican health plan
Axios:
The state of Trumpcare: Failure is an option
Discussion: Slate and Forbes
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Nunes: I Had ‘Duty’ To Brief Trump Since He's ‘Taking Lot Of Heat’ In Media
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Intel chair Devin Nunes unsure if Trump associates were directly surveilled
Peter Hoekstra / Wall Street Journal:
Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence?
CNN:
Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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
CNN:
Live updates: Health care bill drama and Trump
Discussion: TheStreet
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.
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Trump approves Keystone pipeline
Matthew Guariglia / MuckRock:
The same billionaire that funded Trump's campaign bankrolled Milo's college speaking tour  —  University of Washington records confirm Yiannopoulos' speaking fee as zero dollars, and entirely self-financed  —  Over the last year, Breitbart's former ethno-nationalist troll-provocateur got …
Discussion: Heat Street
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Republican health-care proposal is breathtakingly unpopular  —  We'll start with the bad news for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.  —  A new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows that the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill championed by Ryan and due for a vote any minute now, is severely unpopular.
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Drew Gonshorowski / The Daily Signal:
New Analysis: Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Premium Costs by Up to 68%
 
 
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