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The View hosts press Adam Schiff over 'insanity' unleashed by his colleague Devin Nunes


42 Senators Warn House: Stripping O'Care Benefits Will Doom Bill

Source: Talking Points Memo

By MATT SHUHAM Published MARCH 23, 2017, 11:50 AM EDT

Forty-two senators, all Democrats and Independents, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) Wednesday threatening to hold up any effort to eliminate Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), which Republican leaders in the House promised members would be added to the Senate’s version of the bill. Obamacare’s EHBs require that insurance plans cover, among other things, pregnancy and maternity care, prescription drugs and pediatric services.

Republicans had previously speculated that benefits currently mandated by Obamacare, like birth control coverage, could be changed in the second or third “phases” of health care reform – that is, regulatory changes overseen by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and additional legislation to be introduced in the future, respectively.

The senators, led by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), said in a statement accompanying their letter that they had the votes to block any threat to Obamacare’s EHBs, in the current House reconciliation bill or legislation in the future.

“This letter clearly shows that there are enough votes to sustain a point of order on repealing essential health benefits if this provision is included in the House reconciliation bill, and to block a vote if this is considered as separate legislation,” they wrote.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/42-senators-letter-essential-health-benefits

The Daily 202: Fresh evidence Trump's Russia headaches are not going away

(emphasis appears in the original article, I've carried it forward to this OP)

By James Hohmann March 23 at 10:45 AM

THE BIG IDEA: The drip, drip, drip of damaging Russia revelations continues, as White House efforts to change the narrative backfire.

-- CNN reported late last night that the FBI has information that indicates associates of Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Clinton's campaign: “This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. … The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings.” Three nuggets from the CNN report:

-- “One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests ‘people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.’”

-- The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation.

-- The public attention has made it harder to prove: “One of the obstacles the sources say the FBI now faces in finding conclusive intelligence is that communications between Trump's associates and Russians have ceased in recent months given the public focus on Russia's alleged ties to the Trump campaign. Some Russian officials have also changed their methods of communications, making monitoring more difficult.”


'A huge mistake': Trump booster Joe Walsh says president doesn't even know what's in Trumpcare bill


Jake Tapper: Long letter from Roger Stone in my in box



Reports: Koch Groups Promise Money In Exchange For Vote Against GOP Bill

By MATT SHUHAM Published MARCH 23, 2017, 10:54 AM EDT

Groups funded by the Koch brothers will financially support Republicans who vote against the House GOP's American Health Care Act, several outlets reported Wednesday.

According to CNN, groups affiliated with Charles and David Koch – the conservative billionaire industrialists with an extensive network of political advocacy organizations – have unveiled a “new pool of money” to fund things like advertisements and mailings in defense of congresspeople who vote against the American Health Care Act.

CNN did not describe its source for the story, but printed a statement from Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded group, who said, in part: “We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact.”

“We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise,” he continued.


Nunes: It Was 'Judgment Call' To Brief Press, Trump First About Surveillance

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published MARCH 23, 2017, 10:31 AM EDT

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) said Thursday that his decision to go to the press and to the White House with fresh intelligence reports before going to his own committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, was “just a judgment call.”

“There was a lot going on yesterday and it was a judgment call on my part and that's—at the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong one but you got to stick by the decisions you make,” Nunes said.

The California lawmaker made waves Wednesday when he claimed in a press briefing that the U.S. intelligence community “incidentally collected” information about President Donald Trump and members of his transition staff. He said that information, which he said was gathered legally, was not collected as part of the FBI's investigation into whether there was any "cooperation" between Russian officials and Trump campaign staffers.

Nunes briefed Trump himself at the White House after speaking to reporters.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nunes-judgment-call-brief-trump-incidental-collection

Time Magazine reporter: Trump will keep spouting falsehoods because 'he thinks it's working for him'


Marcus Bachmann's counseling center sanctioned for violating state rules

Clinic stirred up controversy during Michele Bachmann's last campaign.

By Chris Serres Star Tribune MARCH 23, 2017 — 8:26AM

A Christian counseling center owned by the husband of former congresswoman Michele Bachmann violated a series of state rules governing patient treatment and client records, according to a state correction order released Tuesday.

Bachmann & Associates Inc., which does business as Counseling Care at clinics in Lake Elmo and Burnsville, was cited for failing to keep information about its clients’ developmental condition, as well as failing to keep records demonstrating that clients were informed of treatment alternatives and possible outcomes, among other violations, the Minnesota Department of Human Services found.

Marcus Bachmann, a therapist and president of Counseling Care, was traveling in Florida and could not be reached for comment, his staff said.

In early February, state investigators reviewed 10 client records and found that all 10 failed to comply with state rules governing the client assessment and diagnostic process. The clinic was cited for similar violations in 2005 and 2009. The clinic was given 30 days to submit records demonstrating compliance.


Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination

Source: The Washington Post

By Ed O'Keefe, Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow March 23 at 10:28 AM

As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he would oppose Gorsuch and join other Democrats in filibustering the nomination, making it likely that the judge will struggle to find the support needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle.

Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump, Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

Gorsuch is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology,” Schumer added. “He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”

The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, was one of two organizations that provided a list of names to Trump to consider for his Supreme Court nomination. One of the group’s top leaders, Leonard Leo, is on leave from the organization as he advises Trump on the Supreme Court confirmation process and other picks to fill vacancies on the federal appeals courts.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gorsuch-confirmation-hearing-to-focus-today-on-testimony-from-friends-foes/2017/03/23/14d21116-0fc7-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?pushid=58d3dd383a93043c00000023&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.489c28f50454
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