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4:40 PM ET, March 24, 2017

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New York Times:
Trump Blames Democrats as Major Push to Repeal Health Law Fails  —  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 …
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: Vote at 3:30; Trump left ‘everything on field’  —  The White House said Friday the House will vote on the Republican healthcare plan despite serious doubts it has the votes to pass.  —  “The House will be voting on the American Health Care Act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30 …
Discussion: Hot Air, New York Times and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:   HOUSE SETS RISKY HEALTH CARE VOTE AFTER TRUMP DEMANDS IT
CNN:
Live updates: Health care bill drama and Trump
Discussion: TheStreet
Breitbart:
Report: Steve Bannon Says American Health Care Act ‘Written by the Insurance Industry’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Breitbart wants the Republican health care bill to die
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   THE BIG DAY: TRUMP's risky bet, THE STAKES, the vote count …
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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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
House Dems Warn GOP: Repeal Vote Will Be ‘Tattooed To Their Foreheads’
Discussion: 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
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S.  —  James Woolsey says he attended a September meeting where other participants, including then-Trump adviser Mike Flynn, talked of moving Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey without going through U.S. extradition process
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
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 …
Jennings Brown / The Daily Beast:
The Self-Proclaimed ‘Publicity Whore’ and Fired Jezebel Intern Running Point on Pizzagate  —  On March 25, a group of protestors will gather at Lafayette Square in front of the White House and demand an investigation into a nonexistent global satanic child sex trafficking operation.
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
Jennifer Palmieri / Washington Post:
The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia.  But nobody listened to us.  —  Democrats can still fight back now.  Here's how.  —  At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last summer, Jake Sullivan and I took to our golf carts one afternoon to make the rounds of the television networks' tents …
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 …
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony's live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Variety has learned.  —  “Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety.
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Apologizes For Pizzagate Coverage, Blames Other Media Outlets  —  Conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones was pressured to air an apology for his role in spreading the false “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which led to a Jones listener firing a gun inside a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.
Glenn Garvin / miamiherald:
Hardball political operative Roger Stone finds himself on the receiving end  —  Roger Stone, the legendarily hardball Republican operative who for years has lustily embraced such media epithets as the dapper don of dirty deeds and the undisputed master of the black arts of electioneering …
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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Susan DeMar Lafferty / Chicago Tribune:
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Fox News Insider:
Hannity Monologue on ObamaCare Repeal & Replace, Legislative Branch & Trump
Discussion: Hot Air, IJR and Daily Wire
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Column Whatever you do, don't say yes when this chatbot asks, ‘Can you hear me?’
Discussion: Mashable
Bloomberg:
Mexico's Top Diplomat Says Nation Can Survive End of Nafta
Azi Paybarah / Politico:
Some see ‘cruel irony’ in ouster of city employee who leaked documents tied to Garner case
John Binder / Breitbart:
H1-B Not Intended to Replace American Employees, Trump Labor Pick Says
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Hosni Mubarak Is Freed, Crushing Egyptians' Fading Hopes of Justice
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