Caitlin Owens Mar 8, 2017
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It's looking bad for the GOP Obamacare bill

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The conservative House Freedom Caucus met tonight to supposedly get everybody onboard with the Republican plan for Obamacare repeal and replace. If that was the goal, it didn't go according to plan. Here's Rep. Mo Brooks after the meeting:

QuoteRight now the Speaker of the House does not have the votes to pass this bill unless he's got substantial Democratic support.

What this means: It means what Mo says. House Speaker Paul Ryan has a Republican Obamacare bill that's not backed by enough Republicans to pass the House.

Members coming out of the meeting, which was attended by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, said the administration had expressed a willingness to negotiate on the bill. However, committee markups start tomorrow morning.

Jonathan Swan 10 hours ago
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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.

Erica Pandey 11 hours ago
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How China became a global power of espionage

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As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."