Pence to Hold Health Care Rally in Kentucky

Liberal groups have already been rallying against ACA repeal.

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Karyn Bruggeman
March 9, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

Vice Pres­id­ent Mike Pence is ex­pec­ted to hold a rally in Louis­ville, Ken­tucky on Sat­urday to push the Re­pub­lic­an health care bill, which is not­ably in Sen. Rand Paul’s home state. Paul has been crit­ic­al of the bill. (Politico) Lib­er­al groups in­clud­ing Our Re­volu­tion have been hold­ing a series of ral­lies op­pos­ing the re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act since Janu­ary.

“The rolling crisis of the Trump pres­id­ency has … a cer­tain slice of in­flu­en­tial lib­er­als say that at this point, they’d just sleep easi­er un­der Pres­id­ent Mike Pence.” (BuzzFeed)

TRAVEL BAN CHAL­LENGE. “A fed­er­al judge in Hawaii agreed Wed­nes­day to fast-track con­sid­er­a­tion of the state’s law­suit chal­len­ging Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump’s re­vised ex­ec­ut­ive or­der on im­mig­ra­tion, set­ting the stage for a quick ini­tial rul­ing on the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new ef­fort to re­strict U.S. travel from six Muslim-ma­jor­ity na­tions. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Der­rick Wat­son agreed to hear or­al ar­gu­ments March 15.” (Wall Street Journ­al)

RUS­SIA PROBES. “U.S. and Ukrain­i­an au­thor­it­ies have ex­pressed in­terest in the activ­it­ies of a Kiev-based op­er­at­ive with sus­pec­ted ties to Rus­si­an in­tel­li­gence who con­sul­ted reg­u­larly with Paul Man­a­fort last year while Man­a­fort was run­ning Don­ald Trump’s pres­id­en­tial cam­paign. The op­er­at­ive, Kon­stantin Kilim­nik, came un­der scru­tiny from of­fi­cials at the Fed­er­al Bur­eau of In­vest­ig­a­tion and the State De­part­ment partly be­cause of at least two trips he took to the U.S. dur­ing the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign.” (Politico)

“The top Demo­crat on the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee wants to speak with the Brit­ish au­thor of an un­sub­stan­ti­ated re­port al­leging the Rus­si­an gov­ern­ment had com­prom­ising ma­ter­i­al on Pres­id­ent Trump. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal­if.) told MS­N­BC’s Rachel Mad­dow on Tues­day that he was ‘more than will­ing’ to meet au­thor Chris­toph­er Steele.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“James Comey said Wed­nes­day at a Bo­ston Col­lege con­fer­ence on cy­ber­se­cur­ity that he plans to serve his en­tire 10-year term as FBI dir­ect­or.” (Politico)

Former Utah Gov. Jon Hunts­man (R) “has been offered the job of U.S. am­bas­sad­or to Rus­sia and is in the pro­cess of sub­mit­ting pa­per­work to ac­cept the po­s­i­tion.” (Politico)

TRUMP BIZ. “The own­ers of a res­taur­ant in Wash­ing­ton, DC, are su­ing…Trump, claim­ing that his eponym­ous hotel — which fea­tures a steak­house, a bar, and oth­er din­ing op­tions — has an un­fair and un­law­ful edge in the mar­ket. The law­suit, filed in DC Su­per­i­or Court on Thursday by the own­ers of Cork Wine Bar, al­leges that Trump’s hotel not only com­petes for gen­er­al cus­tom­ers, but spe­cific­ally for cli­ents seek­ing to do busi­ness with and in­flu­ence US gov­ern­ment and elec­ted of­fi­cials.” (BuzzFeed)

“Ivanka Trump may have shown that any pub­li­city is good pub­li­city when it comes to selling fash­ion. Des­pite a boy­cott and a de­cision by Nord­strom to no longer carry the brand, Ivanka Trump’s fash­ion line soared in on­line sales of in­di­vidu­al items last month, ac­cord­ing to a ma­jor e-com­merce site.” (USA Today)

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