Breaking. (Well, the story, too.)
John Branch is referring to the news reported by Thomas Kaplan in The New York Times that the G.O.P. Health Law Insures Fewer People, Nonpartisan Review Shows (32,000+ shares). In it, Kaplan reports that, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's health bill within a decade. Michael Barbaro says, “A reminder: the CBO is a nonpartisan budget watchdog. This isn't about politics. It's about math.” As J. David McSwane says, “At last we can stop talking about the uninsured gap and start talking about the uninsured abyss.”
Don't listen to CBO...listen to us...no, wait, don't listen to us either.
File this under: If you think that’s bad...On the heels of the CBO’s grim assessment, Paul Demko at POLITICO reports that the White House’s own analysis forecasts even deeper losses. Yes, “White House trashed CBO. Their own analysis showed even more lose coverage,” Josh Dawsey notes of this “Wild story by scoopmeister @pauldemko.” Tweets Josh Greenman, “Somebody be leaking.” Patrick Reis puts it this way: “Don't listen to CBO...listen to us...no, wait, don't listen to us either.” And Erik Malinowski says, “congrats you played yourself.”
Speaking of math...
Today is Pi day, and “Nerd king @chriswilsondc nerds out,” as Sam Jacobs puts it. He’s talking about Chris Wilson’s piece in TIME, Find Your Birthday Hidden in Pi. Wilson calls it simply, “My recent labor of love.” At CNET, Amanda C. Kooser explores Pi Day through time: From Albert Einstein to Linux and Tom Waits. And at ABC News, Kelly McCarthy has compiled Pi day deals for celebrating “math's more than one trillion digit number.”
Not what you want when you're trying to sell healthcare.
What’s Gabriel Sherman referring to? “Some pretty big news,” says Matt Fuller. “Breitbart got their hands on audio of the October conference call where Paul Ryan dumps Trump.” In the exclusive audio, posted by Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle, Ryan says, “I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.” “Interesting timing of this audio leak,” says Seung Min Kim. Asks David Thomas, “Bannon's take down of Ryan?” “Unleash the Kraken,” tweets Adam Goldman. And Rob Eshman paints this picture for us: “Remember the shark pool in James Bond? Breitbart/Bannon just threw Ryan and Trumpcare into it.”
Kushner, Trump, China, real estate, 'sweetheart deal'...read.
Jeff Grocott captures it with one succinct tweet. Says Shashank Tripathi, “Shoutout @CalebMelby on this scoop. This is going to be a bfd.” The scoop, reported by Caleb Melby and David Kocieniewski in Bloomberg, is that a company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is set to get $400M from a Chinese company's investment in its marquee Manhattan office tower (16,000+ shares). Says John Lauerman, “Taking care of that trade deficit, one China deal at a time.” Not sure we believe Dan Gillmor when he says, “Shocked, shocked to learn Kushner family gets ‘unusually favorable’ deal from Chinese in real estate deal.” Eilene Zimmerman has a good question/idea: “Will they donate this to the Trump supporters losing health insurance?”
Don't you feel silly not knowing that?
Let’s get one thing straight: Trump didn't mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping (46,000+ shares). “That's-a spicy headline!” says Colin Jones. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reports on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s “changing tune on Trump's wiretapping claims,” as Rebekah Metzler tweets. And sure, as Amy Oztan says, “HE ***LITERALLY*** TWEETED THAT OBAMA WAS TAPPING HIS PHONE,” but Jim Gardner explains, “‘Wiretapping’ does not equal wiretapping. Don't you feel silly not knowing that?” Francis Wilkinson calls it “This day in White House lies explaining previous white house lies.” And R. Eric Thomas says, “Jeremy Diamond is my new hero for the level of factual shading he does in reporting this absurd article.”
Paging Carlos Danger
Wayne Tracker? Is that you? John Cushman says, “I don’t know whether this is a smoking gun but it looks like something in a holster that gives off sooty fumes.” He’s referring to Erik Larson’s piece in Bloomberg, Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages, N.Y. Says. But still, “Whatever else you think of this, ‘Wayne Tracker’ is a cool alias,” Justin Fox says. “Paging Carlos Danger,” tweets David Beard.
More essential snow-day reads:
At Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch has the scoop that the White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations (17,000+ shares). Lynch elaborates: “State Dep staffers instructed 2 find 50% to 60% cuts in key UN programs, push-back expected from Congress.” Trump's cuts would slash more than 50% of U.S. funding for peacekeeping and humanitarian programs. In the piece, Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, is quoted as saying “you are basically talking about the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.” Says Nicholas Kristof, “The upshot would be more starving kids, and more genocide.”
Jim Dwyer and William K. Rashbaum report in The New York Times, Federal Inquiry of Fox News Moves to a Grand Jury, but Without Preet Bharara. As Emily Steel tweets, “Mark Kranz, the former CFO at Fox News, has been subpoenaed as part of federal investigation into the network.”
E.D. Cauchi says, “If you travel to, out of or around U.S. you need to read @NBCInvestigates - Border agents can search your phone.” Her piece with Cynthia McFadden for NBC News advises American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone. They report that it’s a practice that began a decade ago and grew fivefold between 2015 and 2016. Robbie Gramer adds this perspective: “1/3 of US border agents failed polygraph tests. In other news border agents can search your phones w/out due process.”
Snowed in with nothing to do? Laura Trevelyan offers this: “Engrossing snow morning read - profile of Kellyanne Conway, the most prominent woman on the White House staff.” Lisa Fleisher calls Molly Ball’s piece in the new issue of The Atlantic, Kellyanne Conway’s Alternative Universe, “Today's must-read.”
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a children's books author, filmmaker and speaker, died Monday at the age of 51, ten days after The New York Times ran her widely praised Modern Love column about wanting someone to marry her husband after her death. With its 34,000+ shares, Jeremy Caplan calls Sam Roberts's obituary a “Wonderful @nytimes obit for a special, superb author.”