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2:05 PM ET, May 4, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Little-Noted Provision of GOP Health Bill Could Alter Employer Plans  —  Many people who obtain health insurance through their employers could be at risk of losing protections that limit out-of-pocket costs due to a provision proposed in the House Republican health-care bill.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
GOP's Obamacare replacement bill would protect just 5 percent of people with pre-existing conditions: Analysis  —  The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare does not allocate nearly enough money to protect people with pre-existing health conditions from potentially higher insurance premiums, an analysis finds.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Sarah Spellings / New York Magazine:
In Trump's America, Rape Is a Preexisting Condition  —  An amendment in the GOP health-care-reform bill will allow states to deny coverage for preexisting conditions, including sexual assault.  —  Pre-Obamacare rape survivors who sought treatment for their injuries could be denied health care later on.
Under the GOP's health plan, sexual assault could be considered a pre-existing condition  —  After failing to bring their Affordable Care Act replacement to a vote in March, GOP legislators have come armed with a new health care plan that may be even more heartless than their last.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
GOP congressman on Obamacare replacement: 'I don't think any individual has read the whole bill'  —  Hours before a scheduled vote on a Republican bill that would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare, a GOP congressman suggested that neither he — nor anyone else — has actually read the entire bill.
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Republicans don't really like the health care bill they're about to pass  —  Republicans are excited about repealing Obamacare.  They are not as excited about their legislation that will do it.  —  The House is expected to pass the American Health Care Act on Thursday afternoon …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In Senate, pessimism over ObamaCare repeal  —  Republican senators say they don't see a way to get healthcare reform over the finish line, even if the House passes a bill this week.  —  A senior GOP senator said the chances of getting 51 votes for legislation based on the House healthcare bill are less than 1 in 5.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Julia Belluz / Vox:   Defunding Planned Parenthood is just one of the attacks on women's health in the GOP's repeal bill
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Health care hot potato
Discussion: Politico and
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 storylines to follow as the House votes on health care
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged  —  MORE FROM: … The first couple of cable news Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged to be married, sources have exclusively confirmed to Page Six.  —  The MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts got engaged this past weekend during …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Trump has a dangerous disability  —  It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump's inability to do either.  This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability.  It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft …
Discussion: The Hill, AOL and The Week
Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Colbert Defends Trump Jokes That Sparked #FireColbert Backlash  —  YOUTUBE  —  The ‘Late Show’ host addressed the controversy, but didn't apologize: “I have jokes, he has the launch codes.  So, it's a fair fight.”  —  The Late Show's Stephen Colbert responded to the #FireColbert backlash …
Discussion: Breitbart
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Stephen Colbert reacts to online backlash over Trump jokes
Daniel Nussbaum / Breitbart:
No Regrets: Stephen Colbert Responds to Firestorm over Use of Homophobic Slur
Amanda Knox / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Amanda Knox: Donald Trump supported me when I was wrongly accused of murder.  What do I owe him?  —  Amanda Knox cries following the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court, Italy, on Oct. 3, 2011.
The Hill:
GOP predicts victory on ObamaCare repeal vote  —  (R-Wis.) and his GOP leadership team held what amounted to a pep rally for rank-and-file members in the Capitol basement Thursday morning as they predicted victory in their push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
The Hill:
GOP rushing to vote on healthcare without analysis of changes
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
French election: Macron hailed as winner of bruising Le Pen TV debate  —  Majority of French people polled feel that centrist candidate outperformed far right leader in ill-tempered clash … Emmanuel Macron appeared to have kept his frontrunner status against Marine Le Pen …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Alex Jones Will Never Stop Being Alex Jones … AUSTIN —  It was the winter of 1997 and Alex Jones couldn't stop getting punched in the face.  —  Out on the cracked asphalt of Austin Public Access Television's parking lot, under the sprawling Texas live oaks, Jones was very much losing …
Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements  —  The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced.  —  The decision was made by Prince Philip himself and is supported by the Queen, a palace spokesman said.
Discussion: The Atlantic, IJR and The Week
Daily Mail:
Queen calls her entire household to ‘highly unusual’ …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Pollsters: We didn't blow the election  —  Serious polling failures in the 2016 election were mostly confined to a few states and were primarily the result of late-deciding voters and a historic voting gap according to educational attainment, according to a new report Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Climate of Unintended Consequences  —  “Converting biomass feedstocks to biofuels is an environmentally friendly process.  So is using biofuels for transportation.  When we use bioethanol instead of gasoline, we help reduce atmospheric CO2.”  —  These confident assurances come from …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide  —  The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees.
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Yale's Quiet Majority  —  A new survey finds that most undergrads favor free speech, even if the loudest students—and Yale administrators—don't.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Mysterious picture spurring questions in Cambridge
Discussion: IJR and ABC News
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Susan Rice refuses to testify on Russian interference
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Dems tout Day of Reason as alternative to National Day of Prayer
Discussion: RedState
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Haiti should relinquish its sovereignty
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Can the Democrats Convince Millennials to Vote in 2018?
House GOP Eyes Fast-Tracking $500 Billion in Federal Budget Cuts
Discussion: Politicus USA
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Obama's $400,000 speech could prompt Congress to go after his pension