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3:50 PM ET, March 24, 2017

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Axios:
Health care 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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hot Air
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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:
Trump Insists on Vote to Repeal Health Care, Despite Facing Defeat  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon …
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.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a S**t List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You  —  If TrumpCare dies, the White House won't forget who killed it — and plans on keeping a “s**t list” of Republicans who stood in their way.  —  According to multiple Trump administration officials speaking to The Daily Beast …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
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.
CNN:
Ryan visiting Trump, not delivering good news on health care  —  Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan is at the White House to brief President Donald Trump on the GOP health care bill, and it is not to deliver good news, a Republican source tells CNN.  —  Efforts on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
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 …
CNN:
Live updates: Health care bill drama and Trump
Discussion: TheStreet
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: Vote at 3:30; Trump left ‘everything on field’
Discussion: New York Times, Hot Air and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   THE BIG DAY: TRUMP's risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count …
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Breitbart wants the Republican health care bill to die
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Associated Press:   HOUSE SETS RISKY HEALTH CARE VOTE AFTER TRUMP DEMANDS IT
Breitbart:
Report: Steve Bannon Says American Health Care Act ‘Written by the Insurance Industry’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
What the G.O.P. Doesn't Get About Who Pays for Health Care
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
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.
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CNN:
Rick Gates out at America First Policies over Manafort ties to Russia
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Nunes (Kind of) Confesses He Went Off Half-Cocked
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Intel chair Devin Nunes unsure if Trump associates were directly surveilled
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Nunes: I Had ‘Duty’ To Brief Trump Since He's ‘Taking Lot Of Heat’ In Media
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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 …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
House Dems Warn GOP: Repeal Vote Will Be ‘Tattooed To Their Foreheads’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Tea Party Express backs Trump's ObamaCare bill  —  The Tea Party Express has decided to back the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare hours before a pivotal vote in the House.  —  “Admittedly, this is far from a perfect repeal, and no conservative would propose this if it weren't for the reality …
Axios:
Mnuchin: Losing human jobs to AI “not even on our radar screen”  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin joined Axios' Mike Allen this morning at the debut of his News Shapers event series to talk about his new role in the Trump Administration.  —  On AI supplanting human jobs …
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Mexico's Top Diplomat Says Nation Can Survive End of Nafta  —  Videgaray: Mexico will walk away if overhaul isn't a win-win  —  Updated deal could include mechanism to ensure peso stability  —  Mexico is prepared for the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement if it can't reach …
 
 
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