Jun 28, 2017

Why some Republicans don't like the medical malpractice bill

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This afternoon, the House is set to vote on a bill to limit medical malpractice lawsuits. House Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan, are advertising it as a way to reduce the cost of health care, and the idea has been a mainstay of GOP health-care proposals for years. But it's also a topic that divides conservatives — because some say it's not a good idea to let the federal government override states' laws on issues like limiting non-economic damages.

Key quote: Here's what Ed Meese, former attorney general under President Ronald Reagan, wrote in a letter to Ryan: "It will never be acceptable to substitute unconstitutional Democratic-sponsored legislative mandates with Republican ones."

Why it matters: Even if the medical malpractice legislation passes the House, it's highly unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate — not just because Democrats would oppose it, but because some Republicans would, too.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

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Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.