On Monday, the GOP revealed its healthcare plan to replace Obamacare. Were we surprised by it? “No surprise here,” says Brent Staples. As reported by Margot Sanger-Katz in The New York Times, the G.O.P. Health Bill Would Cut Funding for Poor and Taxes on Rich. “Because,” as Josh Greenman says, “this election was a primal scream about a rigged economic system.” On Vox, Ezra Klein provides “Some thoughts on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, which makes less sense the more I read it,” adding, “Tl;dr Obamacare replacement is a morass for Republicans, they should've just cut taxes.” After reading the piece, The GOP health bill doesn’t know what problem it’s trying to solve (21,000+ shares), Nick Kolakowski says, “It takes a lot to piss off the hard-right, moderates, and the left, but this bill seems to do it.”
For another take, check out Avik Roy's piece in Forbes, House GOP's Obamacare Replacement Will Make Coverage Unaffordable For Millions -- Otherwise, It's Great. Noah Rothman. Tweets Noah Rothman, "@Avik's verdict on the AHCA is in, and it's not good."
News cycle 2017.
“I don't want to alarm you, but,” teases Philip Bump of his piece in The Washington Post, You’ll never guess who tweeted something false that he saw on TV. Tweets Bradd Jaffy: “News cycle 2017: Fox News segment (that did not mention Obama) → Trump tweet (adds Obama) → Dean of Gitmo press corps to Trump: you're wrong.” What was this game of telephone about? As Carol Rosenberg reports in the Miami Herald, Trump blames wrong president for most Guantánamo ‘back to battlefield’ releases.
On Maggie Haberman’s scoop in The New York Times that Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes, Michael Gold takes the opportunity to tweet, “(Your regular reminder that Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds to pay for abortions.)” Another reminder, from Dayna Evans: “abortion is legal.” And from Mark Byrne: “ABORTION IS A LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHT.” Tara Murtha’s tweet is a good recap of Planned Parenthood’s response: “Nope.”
Quite thirsty for the morning Tweetstorm.
Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed has published the official National Park Service photos of the last two inaugurations, tweeting “Latest via #FOIA: The National Park Service Has Released Official Photos Of Trump’s Inauguration Crowd,” and adding, “These OFFICIAL National Park Service pics of crowd size at Trump's inauguration are really going to upset @POTUS.” Lisa Rein of The Washington Post, which also posted the photos, explains, “They are contained in 'Batch 4' of the 'NAMA 2017' photos of the crowd released Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Washington Post and other media organizations. The Interior Department also sent an additional batch of photos to the White House.” Robert Barnes agrees with Leopold’s assessment, tweeting, “WaPo FOIA'd official images of Obama and Trump inaugurals. The president's not going to like it.” As Rebecca Sinderbrand says, “POTUS *really* wanted to see more Park Svce inaugural crowd pics. The good news: here they are! The bad news: same.” Maybe it’s a glass half empty/half full situation. Says Katty Kay: “Just in case President Trump wants something else to tweet about...new inauguration crowd photos.” As Karen Beninato points out, “WaPo, quite thirsty for the morning Tweetstorm.”
Quite the lede.
Grace Segers is referring to Jeremy Herb and Bryan Bender’s scoop in POLITICO on the DHS budget draft, Immigration crackdown: Trump plan pays with cuts to coastal, air security, which notes, “The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration...a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners.” “So this is...a thing,” says Eric Geller. “What could go wrong,” asks Erik Eckholm. For starters, David A. Graham says, “Between proposed budget cuts and fall-off from unusually successful Fugate term, FEMA could become a real mess.” Tweets Kim Flodin, “So, you know...priorities.”
w00t! Journalism action movies!
That’s J.D. Biersdorfer’s enthusiastic response to Mike Fleming Jr.'s report in Deadline, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep Team For Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post.’ Also enthusiastic about it? Kimberly Roots, who tweets, “TAKE MY MONEY. Also, can't think of anyone better than Streep to wear the golden wringer.” And Elaine Aradillas, who tells us, “Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham for film about Pentagon Papers is my everything.” Chris Krewson adds, “At the very least, gonna be a good time for journalism at the movies.” Although Gabriel Sherman notes, “Seems odd choice for Pentagon Papers picture to focus on WaPo given the NYT played the central role.”
RELEASE: Vault 7 Part 1 "Year Zero"
No, it’s not a chapter in a spy thriller. It’s WikiLeaks, tweeting that “CIA hacker malware a threat to journalists: infests iPhone, Android bypassing Signal, Confide encryption,” and prompting Anthony De Rosa to tweet, “I wonder how much Trump loves WikiLeaks now that they've revealed many of the weapons he has at his disposal.” For more, check out John Bacon's piece in USA Today, Wikileaks says it has published CIA hacking codes, which begins thusly: "Your TV may be listening."
A few more Tuesday reads: