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Trumpcare doesn't have the votes right now

Andrew Harnik / AP

President Trump and Paul Ryan can lose no more than 22 Republican votes in order for the American Health Care Act to pass the House tonight. But every whip count out there this morning spells bad news.

As of this morning, the AHCA looks dead. But there's still a House Freedom Caucus meeting with Trump before lunchtime. That meeting, and additional changes to the bill, could significantly change these counts.

Axios counts 28 "no" votes right now. Some other whip counts:


Theresa May: "we will never give in"

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In a statement today to the House of Commons following yesterday's terrorist attack in London that left at least 3 people dead, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the "millions of acts of normality" of daily life in the United Kingdom "the best response to terrorism":

A response that says to the men and women who propagate this hate and evil: you will not defeat us.

Trump: I feel "somewhat" vindicated by Nunes claims

House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House today to brief President Trump regarding intelligence reports which he claimed showed "incidental collection" of Trump team communications. President Trump said he felt his claims to have been wiretapped by the Obama administration were "somewhat" vindicated by Nunes' claims:


Four killed in London terrorist attack

Matt Dunham / AP

Four people were killed, including a police officer, and 40 injured after an attack outside of the United Kingdom's Houses of Parliament. An assailant mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing his car into Parliament's gates and attacking police officers stationed there with a knife. The attacker was killed by police. Scotland Yard has confirmed that a full counterterrorism investigation is now underway.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a speech on Downing Street that any attempt to defeat the values of freedom and liberty is "doomed to failure," concluding, "We will all move forward together — never giving into terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart."

Both houses of Parliament will sit tomorrow at their scheduled times.


Trump to attend NATO meeting in May

Andrew Harnik / AP

The White House announced tonight that President Trump will attend a meeting of NATO heads of state in Brussels on May 25. In addition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Trump on April 12 at the White House.

Mark your calendar, that's Trump's first scheduled foreign trip — and it is a big one, given NATO's status as the United States' most crucial military alliance. It'll be especially closely watched after POTUS' criticism of other members' defense spending.


Trump sets sights on Mars

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In the Oval Office today, President Trump signed a bill authorizing nearly $20 billion in funding for NASA, and making a a manned mission to Mars an official NASA objective. That mission is scheduled for 2033.

"Good. I love that," Trump said in response to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's pronouncement that "we're going to Mars."

And Texas Rep. John Culberson took one giant leap for Trump: "With your bill signing today and your vision and leadership, future generations will remember that President Donald Trump was the father of the interplanetary highway system."


Lisa Murkowski's ideal health subsidy plan sounds like Obamacare

Becky Bohrer / AP

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters today that "because the demographics in [Alaska] are just that much different," her ideal health care plan would have to include tax credits and subsidies that take into account geographical differences in health care costs.

Her concern: "When you have an approach like the House has done with these tax credits, where it's basically one size fits all…that is the same 'one size fits all' that we complained about with Obamacare."

The problem? That sounds, well, kind of like Obamacare, which adjusts premium subsidies based on geography and income. Other Republican senators are talking about partially adjusting the House's age-based tax credits for income.


McConnell "would hate to be a Republican" against Trumpcare

Evan Vucci / AP

Mitch McConnell had some strong words of warning for his Republican colleagues in the House who remain on the fence for Trumpcare as Thursday's vote on the American Health Care Act approaches, per an interview with the AP:

"I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now…I think the American people would be deeply disappointed that we were prevented from keeping our commitment by Republicans who in the end, in effect, voted for the status quo."


Most Americans can't name a Supreme Court justice

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A new C-SPAN/PSB poll about the Supreme Court finds that while a vast majority of Americans believe that SCOTUS has a lasting influence on the nation, the institution itself still remains a mystery. By the numbers…

  • 90% agreed that the Supreme Court has an impact on their daily lives.
  • Only 43% can name at least a single Supreme Court justice. Stephen Breyer must be especially disappointed — no one surveyed could name him.
  • While the open Supreme Court seat impacted the 2016 presidential vote of 83% of those surveyed, only 28% could name Neil Gorsuch as Trump's eventual pick for that seat.

House leadership promises to "keep our word" on Obamacare repeal / YouTube

House Republican leaders checked in at a press conference today after their meeting on Capitol Hill with President Trump ahead of Thursday's contentious Trumpcare vote. They repeatedly framed their plan to repeal Obamacare as a "rescue mission" for the American people.

Paul Ryan's pitch to the Freedom Caucus: "In this day and age in politics, if you get 85% of what you want, that's pretty darn good."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy went all in: "Thursday will be a big day. Thursday will be the day that we keep our word."