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ACA architect Max Baucus backs single-payer

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Former Montana Sen. Max Baucus — a central architect of the Affordable Care Act who steered that bill toward the center and rejected multiple proposals for government-run insurance plans — now supports single-payer.

"My personal view is we've got to start looking at single-payer," Baucus, the Senate Finance chair during the ACA debate, said last night, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. ""I think we should have hearings ... We're getting there. It's going to happen."

Why it matters: Baucus isn't in a position to make policy anymore, but he can still take the temperature of his party. Just eight years ago, he refused to even hold a hearing on single-payer. To say now that he not only supports it, but that he thinks it's inevitable, is a sign of just how dramatically Democrats are pulling to the left on health care.

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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.