House Republicans — promising that they really, really have the votes this time — plan to rush into a health-reform vote this afternoon without waiting for a Congressional Budget Office estimate of how the updated bill will affect estimates of the costs and impact.
The WashPost warns: "[I]ndependent analysts remained skeptical that the new proposal would fully address the needs of at-risk patients who receive coverage guarantees under the Affordable Care Act."
With the House in recess next week, neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue wants to take a chance on delaying the vote, which would give President Trump his first big legislative victory. The Journal says a win would "redeem" Ryan, and The Times says it'd be "redemption for both Mr. Ryan and Mr. Trump."
But plunging ahead carries its own risks — short- and long-term:
Sound smart: Do you really think Republicans would suffer in any way, shape or form from waiting a few days to read the bill and find out CBO's cost and coverage numbers?
Joe Scarborough calls it "political day-trading" by members: "This vote hangs around them forever. ... They can't just give this to someone to get a quick headline. ... They're cobbling a bill together. They had six, seven years to do this. They're not ready yet. ... They're going to jump off the cliff."
Three headlines capture massive media disruptions:
Why it matters: TV/cable are getting hit by the same wave of change that destroyed the newspaper industry as you knew it — with much higher stakes. This is going to get ugly.
Facebook backlash ... "USA TODAY spoke with users all over the country angered that Facebook had not done more to shield them from live-streamed sexual assaults, shootings and suicides," the newspaper reports in a front-pager by Jessica Guynn in San Francisco:
For the lovers ... Newmax's Chris Ruddy, Mar-a-Lago member and friend of the president, has a New York Times Op-Ed, "The Power of Trump's Bully Pulpit": "Through his message he has moved markets, steered global business in a better direction for American companies and defended American workers. He has also put bad actors, domestic and foreign, on notice. Even I do not agree with everything the president says or does. But we should be willing to recognize that, at times, he can be very effective. The Chinese have."
For the haters ... George Will's WashPost column, "Trump's dangerous disability," begins: "It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump's inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence."
P.S. Quote of the month (already!) ... FBI Director James Comey, testifying on the Hill yesterday: "It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. But honestly, it wouldn't change the decision."
About 1 in 10 babies born in the main hospital in Huntington, W.Va., are born addicted to heroin or some other opiate. CNN, which highlighted this estimate in December, wrote: '[I]t is their shrill screams that caretakers find so heart-wrenching."
Big announcement about Prince Philip [husband of Queen Elizabeth II] from Buckingham Palace this morning, via the Beeb:
"The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn ... The duke, who turns 96 next month, will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August but will not accept new invitations. The Queen [who turned 91 last month] 'will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements.'"
This is a good discussion text for anyone who leads an organization. Have your team read it as a thought-starter, then brainstorm about your own vulnerability.
The Wall Street Journal's "The Middle Seat" columnist, Scott McCartney, writes on the front page about "What Caused an Epic Meltdown at Delta" — those 4,000 canceled flights during spring break when weather crippled the Atlanta hub:
Bloomberg Businessweek cover, "Can Wal-Mart's Expensive New E-Commerce Operation Compete With Amazon? A recent acquisition spree including Jet.com gives the retail giant much-needed digital chops," by Brad Stone and Matthew Boyle:
Wal-Mart's biggest challenge is that its primary rival isn't standing still. An estimated half of all U.S. households subscribe to Amazon Prime ... And Amazon currently takes more than $5 out of every $10 spent buying stuff online ...
In Seattle, Amazon is also trying out concepts, such as the Amazon Go store, where customers are automatically charged for items they pick from shelves without going through a checkout line.
GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt will make a strong case against protectionism in remarks at Georgetown this afternoon, and will acknowledge that global companies like his (operates in 180 countries) have made past mistakes by being too elite:
"When companies believe that globalization is only about outsourcing … and when our country is less competitive … and when our government does not engage … and when companies reduce investing … workers suffer. That is what happened in the U.S. Because of these factors, we are not going back to a pure free trade world."
"The role of government is to level the playing field. In this regard, President Trump is right. We don't have the same opportunity to sell our products globally that is enjoyed by those selling in the U.S. or our global competitors. Trade can be made more fair, and American workers would benefit."
Bryan Walsh in TIME's cover story (posting soon): "From Ebola in West Africa to Zika in South America to MERS in the Middle East, dangerous outbreaks are on the rise around the world. The number of new diseases per decade has increased nearly fourfold over the past 60 years, and since 1980, the number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled."
Stephen Colbert last night, on his anti-Trump rant that led to the #FireColbert backlash:
"[I]f you saw my monologue on Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine [John Dickerson]. So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don't regret that. [Cheers and applause.] I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the launch codes so it's a fair fight.
"So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."
I don't think this is the problem ... "Tesla's loss grows as Elon Musk claims customers are confused by Model 3 name," by L.A. Times' Russ Mitchell in San Francisco: