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Facing embarrassment and crosswinds when they head home for the Easter break, House Republicans are making another run at health reform. The latest plan, brokered by Vice President Pence, faces tough odds in the House, and an even slighter change of becoming law.
But it gives Republicans a chance to get back on the horse — to look like they're trying rather than giving up:
The substance ... "Republican Health Proposal Would Undermine Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions," by N.Y. Times Upshot's Margot Sanger-Katz: "The terms, described by Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the head of the Freedom Caucus, are something like this":
States would have the option to jettison two major parts of the Affordable Care Act's insurance regulations. They could decide to opt out of provisions that require insurers to cover a standard, minimum package of benefits, known as the essential health benefits. And they could decide to do away with a rule that requires insurance companies to charge the same price to everyone who is the same age, a provision called community rating.
Top of WashPost front page, "Trump donor met Putin ally in secret," by Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff and Karen DeYoung: "The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump."
... about this story by Bloomberg's Eli Lake that "Susan Rice" was trending even before his story popped. The Internet just knows: The right was blowing up my Twitter feed and email with taunts about why I was "covering up" a story that I was just hearing about:
White House lawyers last month learned that ... former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities [or unmasking] of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign ...
Rice did not respond to an email seeking comment ... Her role in requesting the identities of Trump transition officials adds an important element to the dueling investigations surrounding the Trump White House since the president's inauguration.
Here's a chance to pause and appreciate the winds of history that are blowing at us so fast, it's easy to mix them up or underestimate their significance.
In USA Today's banner story, "Nine steps to pave the 'nuclear path," Erin Kelly parses the mechanics of the high drama that's expected in the Senate late this week — "a complicated process that only a parliamentarian could love":
Shot ... While every cable channel is seeing a Trump bump in ratings, Fox is doing notably well, earning the best quarter in cable news history, Axios' Sara Fischer reports:
Chaser ... N.Y. Times front page, "New Harassment Claims at Fox Are Followed by Canceled Ads," by Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt: "Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai said they were withdrawing their ads from Mr. O'Reilly's prime-time show ... after The New York Times published an investigation this weekend that found five women who made allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior."
"Newspaper publishers lose over half their employment [412,000 to 174,000] from January 2001 to September 2016," per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"[E]mployment in the Internet publishing and web search portals industry increased from 67,000 jobs in January 2007 to 206,000 jobs in September 2016."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave Axios' Chris Matthews an exclusive look at an agenda-setting speech the labor leader will deliver at 12:30 p.m. at a National Press Club luncheon. Here's what we can expect from the movement in the Trump era:
Stephen A. Schwarzman has many titles, including Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, and chairman of President's Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, an advisory council of CEOs. As of last evening, you can also call Schwarzman "Commander."
Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the U.S., presented Schwarzman with the insignia of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, for his service to French culture. The ceremony at the Ambassador's Residence drew a roomful of notables from government, business and society, including Ivanka Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Sen. Roy Blunt.
Coming today ... CNBC wrote in March: "Everyone reads Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett's shareholder letters for guidance on management, but to whom does Buffett turn for business wisdom? JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon," also chairman of Business Roundtable.
Dimon's letter will post here at 11:30 a.m.
Wall Street Journal front-pager, "Tesla Steps on the Gas, Overtakes Ford in Value," by Tim Higgins and Christina Rogers: "Tesla Inc., the upstart Silicon Valley electric-car maker run by [Elon] Musk, has overtaken Ford Motor Co., the automotive pioneer that is exactly 100 years older, as the second-largest U.S. auto maker by stock-market value."
Market caps: GM $51.2 billion ... Tesla: $48.7 billion ... Ford: $45.5 billion.
The Snap effect ... Also on the Journal front page, "Tech Founders Wants IPO Cash — and Control: 'Dual-class' shares, which give majority to a few, spread in Silicon Valley," by Maureen Farrell: "[C]ompanies are structuring their IPOs so that founders and executives wind up with far more votes than actual shares. The exaggerated voting power gives those few shareholders dominance over all corporate decisions, ranging from the election of directors to whether to sell the company someday."
"Walt Whitman Is Not Impressed By Your Expensive Gym Membership: Fitness advice from the famous author's 1858 manifesto," by Bloomberg's James Gaddy:
Today, Ten Speed Press publishes the poet's health advice in 1858 newspaper columns, repurposed as Walt Whitman's Guide to Manly Health & Training, presenting itself as "a bearded Brooklynite's spin on men's grooming guides just in time to preorder for Father's Day." Among his tips:
Walt Whitman lived to age 72 — 1819 to 1892.