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4:30 PM ET, March 25, 2017

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Axios:
Inside the Trumpcare meltdown  —  When the balky hardliners of the House Freedom Caucus visited the White House earlier this week, this was Steve Bannon's opening line, according to people in the conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building: … - Bannon's point was: This is the Republican platform.
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New York Times:
Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Report: Bannon told conservatives ‘this is not a debate,’ you have to back bill  —  White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon told a group of House conservatives they had no choice but to back the GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill days before the bill was pulled, according to a new report.
Harold Pollack / Politico:
Paul Ryan Failed Because His Bill Was a Dumpster Fire  —  The American Health Care Act died on Friday.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has conceded defeat, declaring in words that must have been painful for him to utter—  “Obamacare is the law of the land”—as he yanked the bill from consideration.
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Republicans  —  The GOP right blows up its best chance to reform government.  —  House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat.  This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox News, IJR and The Resurgent
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership  —  President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan made it a binary choice: You're either for their health-care legislation or you're for “Obamacare.”
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Report: Bannon wanted to use healthcare vote to make ‘enemies list’
Discussion: RedState
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Inside the GOP's Health Care Debacle
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan wounded by health care fiasco
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Reihan Salam / Slate:   Don't Blame the Freedom Caucus
CNN:
Trump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
New York Times:
In Dropping Health Vote, Trump Swallowed Need for a Showdown
Discussion: USA Today
Associated Press:
Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gets tamed by Washington
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:   ObamaCare gets new lease on life
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead - and win
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and The Atlantic
Annie Karni / Politico:
Napolitano told friends he was on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano may be temporarily sidelined at Fox News, but he's been telling friends and associates that he could be in for a big promotion — to the Supreme Court.  —  After meeting with President Trump twice during …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Democrats Have a Gorsuch Problem
Discussion: Washington Post and The Resurgent
Bloomberg:
Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Arizona Crash  —  A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc. was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest setback for a company reeling from multiple crises.  —  In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber's Volvo self-driving SUVs …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Uber CEO linked to escort bar visit that resulted in an HR complaint
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled  —  The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness — fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue — only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting …
Discussion: Refinery29, TheBlaze and The Guardian
New York Times:
One Nation, Under Fox: 18 Hours With a Network That Shapes America  —  Fox News is a singular force, crafting a searing narrative about what's happening in the world for millions of viewers, including President Trump.  —  “I know maybe the president is watching.”
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Fox News Fires Comptroller Judy Slater, Accuses Her of Racist Comments and Behavior (Exclusive)  —  Veteran executive asked an African-American employee if all three of her children were fathered by the same man, according to an individual familiar with the investigation
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR, more at Mediagazer »
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Vanished the Night Before He Made Trump Surveillance Claims  —  Hours before the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his shocking claims about the Trump transition team on Wednesday morning, he practically disappeared.  —  Rep. Devin Nunes was traveling …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:   Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Trump supporter thought president would only deport ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.  —  When Helen Beristain told her husband she was voting for Donald Trump last year, he warned her that the Republican nominee planned to “get rid of the Mexicans.”
National Geographic:
Lost Tourist Says Monkeys Saved Him in the Amazon  —  Locals believe the young man angered forest spirits—before he disappeared mysteriously for nine days—but he is just glad to be alive.  —  In the Bolivian Amazon, where vast rivers wind endlessly through mountainous terrain and a thick blanket …
Timothy Burke / Screengrabber:
Basketball Fans Treated To Ads Congratulating Republicans For Repealing Obamacare [UPDATES]  —  Basketball fans tonight in several Republican-adjacent TV markets are enjoying a series of ads, prematurely bought by the American Action Network PAC, inviting viewers to call their representatives …
 
 
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George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians
Discussion: NPR
Audra D.S. Burch / New York Times:
Tracing His Roots, Georgetown Employee Learns University Sold His Ancestor
CNN:
The Big Bend: A U-shaped skyscraper that aims to be the longest in the world
Discussion: The Verge
Stephanie Allen / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida man ate pancakes in middle of busy street, is facing charges, cops say
Discussion: Fox News Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Las Vegas tourists flee in terror as the world-famous Bellagio hotel is put on lockdown after gang …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Former Penn State President Found Guilty in Sandusky Abuse Case
Discussion: IJR and USA Today
The White House:
Remarks by the President in a Meeting with Medal of Honor Recipients
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump's Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Venezuela is out of food, out of medicine, and running out of gas
Discussion: Associated Press, Forbes and Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Russia's Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France
Discussion: Hot Air and The Guardian
Marielturnerktla / KTLA:
Trump Upset Jared Kushner Took Aspen Ski Vacation as Health Care Bill Faltered