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Will House Republicans Abandon the Health Care Fight?

A sign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is posted to a tree in Polk, Nebraska, in 2014. Transcanada, the company behind the pipeline, has been trying to find a route for the pipeline through Nebraska for eight years, but has faced pushback from landowners. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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The art of the deal? –> The House’s vote on the American Health Care Act was postponed yesterday, when Paul Ryan and Donald Trump weren’t able to muster the votes on the bill. The New York Times reports that Trump and his advisers decided to issue an ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health care on Friday or prepare to move on, leaving Obamacare in place.

The latest version of the bill to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office would lead to 24 million people losing their insurance, the same number as the first version of the bill, but would cost more. “The revised bill spends $186 billion more to not cover the same number of people. What a win!” writes a sarcastic David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo.

Republicans’ indecision on health care is in part attributable to the pressure that fiery town halls put on many members of congress, Lauren McCauley writes for Common Dreams.

Here comes Keystone –> The Trump administration has approved the controversial pipeline. Its opponents will now take their fight to Nebraska, where a route for the pipeline has yet to be approved. Marianne Lavelle reports for InsideClimate News that environmentalists plan to make that process as slow as possible while also challenging the Trump administration’s approval in court. Trump will speak on the pipeline later today.

Fox, henhouse –> Jay Clayton, Trump’s pick to head the SEC who, in his former job, helped win Goldman Sachs its bailout and whose family pulls in large sums from a firm that helps hide financial transactions from regulators, faced the Senate Banking Committee yesterday. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questioned his ties to the industry and what that would mean for the SEC’s ability to regulate Wall Street, but that shadowy firm connected to his family, WMB holdings, did not come up at the hearing, David Dayen writes for The Nation.

Legalizing snooping –> The Senate voted yesterday along party lines to roll back FCC protections on what internet service providers can do with your information. The House will now have to vote on the provision, which would be a major win for lobbyists, Jon Brodkin writes for Ars Technica. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a list of five ways ISPs will be able to intrude on your privacy if the rules are overturned, including pre-installing software on your phone that records every url you visit.

Deciding the future of Europe –> After a partial defeat for the Islamaphobic right in the Dutch elections, votes in France, Germany and Italy will determine Europe’s direction, writes Conn Hallinan for Foreign Policy in Focus. The far-right is resurgent in Europe, but in many countries, the left is as well.

Conflicts worldwide –> Trump’s trade secretary, private equity billionaire Wilbur Ross, agreed to divest millions of dollars in assets when he signed on to join the administration. But he kept his stake in Diamond S Shipping Group Inc., one of the world’s largest shipping companies. Some of its ships fly the Chinese flag; it does business with countries with which the US has sanctions and embargoes, including Iran, Sudan and Syria, the Center for Public Integrity reports. Ross says he doesn’t believe this is a conflict, but George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer Richard Painter told reporters “That shipping company is going to be a big problem with respect to him being involved with trade under the conflict of interest statute.”

Targeting fake news –> Facebook started rolling out its tool for flagging fake news this week. Misleading stories will now display a warning that notes a story is “disputed by multiple fact checkers.”

Daily Reads was compiled by John Light and edited by Kristin Miller.



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