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Rep. LoBiondo: Stop Calling My Office Over Health Care Bill
N.J. Republican says his mind is made up, constituents can’t get through for services

Rep. Frank LoBiondo is asking people to stop calling his office hourly to convince him to vote for the Republican plan to replace the 2010 health care law.

Lawmakers have reported huge increases of calls to their offices — many from outside their districts — both in D.C. and in their districts over the health carebill. And number of Republican members have seen protests in front of their district offices.

Former Rep. Owens Recalls Pressure Over Obamacare Vote
Obama tried making the final sell, left strong-arming to others

Trump Loss on Health Care Could Roil Markets
Investors dialing back expectations president’s agenda will be enacted swiftly

A potential failure to pass the proposed Republican replacement to the 2010 health care law could result in investors wanting to sell, analysts say.

Before the vote on the bill was postponed, investors were reducing hopes President Donald Trump could swiftly enact the rest of his agenda, Reuters reported.

Hunter Under Criminal Investigation Over Campaign Fund Spending
Department of Justice asks Ethics Committee to defer

Plea Deal Reveals Stockman Accused of Stealing $775,000
Former staffer testifies that former congressman scammed two charitable organizations

Testimony in a plea deal from a onetime aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman puts the total of money he is accused of taking from charitable contributions close to $800,000.

Stockman was arrested last week as he was getting on a plane in Houston and charged with campaign funds violations. He was later released on $25,000 bond and forced to surrender his passport.

Rep. Swalwell Mistaken for Actor Jerry O’Connell
Congressman tweets #sorrynotsorry over the confusion

Rep. Eric Swalwell was confused for actor Jerry O’Connell during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing.

The high-profile hearing over Russian meddling in the 2016 election attracted a lot of casual viewers who pointed out the resemblance between the actor and the congressman.

John Dingell Tweets a First-Person History of Health Care Reform
Disagrees with Trump’s ‘nobody knew health care reform was so complicated’ line

Dingell started his tweetstorm by paraphrasing Trump, who was derided when he told a gathering of governors earlier this month that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated” before telling the story of how his father, former Rep. John Dingell Sr., proposed the first attempt to increase health care coverage for Americans in the 1940s.

Cuomo: Health Care Amendment ‘Declared War on New York’
Collins-Faso amendment would prevent counties from shouldering Medicaid costs

An amendment by New York Reps. Chris Collins and John Faso to the health care bill the House is to vote on Thursday is a declaration of war against the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The proposal by upstate Republicans Collins and Faso would prevent New York counties from shouldering the cost of Medicaid, leaving the responsibility to the state alone, New York media outlets reported.

Congressional Black Caucus To Confront Trump on Budget
Chairman Richmond says he’ll ‘call him out’ on education funding and policing

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are set to meet with President Donald Trump and plan to “call him out” on parts of his agenda.

The caucus wants to push the president on the changing priorities of the U.S. Justice Department and cuts in education funding for college students, The Associated Press reported.

McConnell Warns Republicans Against Voting Against GOP Health Care Bill
‘I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us’ from repealing Obamacare, Majority leader says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a warning Tuesday to Republicans considering voting against the GOP repeal of the 2010 health care law on Thursday.

“I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we’ve made to the American people for almost 10 years now,” McConnell said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Former Rep. Fleming Joining Price at HHS
Says he’s not ruling out another run for elected office.

Former Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fleming, who is a physician, accepted the job as deputy assistant secretary for health technology, NOLA.com reported.

Trump Trash Talks Louisville Basketball in Kentucky
Comes after Louisville lost to the University of Michigan in NCAA tournament

Donald Trump appeared to talk trash about the University of Louisville’s loss in the NCAA basketball tournament during his Monday night rally in Louisville.

Trump bragged about the size of his crowd at the Henry Clay Center in before taunting the crowd about the university’s men’s basketball team’s stunner loss on Sunday.

Poll Shows Ossoff Increases Lead in Georgia Race to Replace Price
Comes as conservatives grapple with Republican replacement for Obamacare

A new poll shows that Democrat Jon Ossoff has strengthened his lead in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, and the race tightening among Republicans.

A poll by the conservative website zpolitics and Clout Research shows Ossof leading with 41 percent of the support of those polled. But it also shows that former Secretary of State Karen Handel and fellow Republican Bob Gray are nearly tied, with Handel at 16.1 percent and Gray at 15.6 percent.

Poll: Most Young Americans Disapprove of Trump
Slim majority of white voters support him, most other racial and ethnic groups don’t

A new poll shows that a majority of young Americans don’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president and most disapprove of his performance so far.

Those are the results from GenForward, a poll of young adults between ages 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago and Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, The Associated Press reported.

Stockman Blames ‘Deep State’ for His Arrest
Says he was targeted for criticizing the IRS

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman blamed a “deep state” conspiracy for his arrest related to campaign finance charges.

Stockman, who was released on a $25,000 bond Friday after being arrested the night before, said he was being targeted for criticizing the IRS, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

Kennedy Intern Hopes Her Story Is a Factor in Health Care Debate
Jen Fox credits law with helping her overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice

During a markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the Republican bill to replace President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III criticized the legislation by saying it was not an act of mercy but rather “an act of malice.”

Jen Fox, 25, one of the Massachusetts Democrat’s interns, was there for part of the 24 hours that the bill was being dissected. She said she wouldn’t have been, if not for the 2010 law.

Protest Group Clashes with Rep. Turner Over Fraud Claim
Turner claims woman is masquerading as a civil rights leader, refuses invitation to town hall

A protest group is firing back at Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner after he accused one of its members of masquerading as a civil rights icon.

Turner said in a statement that a woman named Christie Baker, whose middle name is Ella and goes by Ella Baker, is claiming to be civil rights icon Ella Baker, the Dayton Daily News reported. Turner claimed she is the head of protest group Dayton Indivisible.

Former Rep. Stockman Arrested on Election Law Charges
Accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to personal account

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman was jailed Thursday on charges of violating federal election law during his last term in office.

Stockman was brought into court shackled and handcuffed, KPRC-TV in Houston reported and bail was set at $25,000. A conviction could send Stockman to federal prison.

3 GOP Dissenters as Budget Committee Passes Health Care Plan
Reps. Sanford, Brat, Palmer vote against sending to full House

The House Budget Committee on Thursday approved 19-17 a motion to send the Republican legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care to the full House for consideration.

Republican Reps. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Dave Brat of Virginia, and Gary Palmer of Alabama — all members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — voted against the motion, despite a plea from panel chairwoman Diane Black of Tennessee.

Sorenson Starts Sentence in 2012 Iowa Endorsement Scandal
Former rising tea party star convicted of taking bribe to switch from Bachmann to Paul

A former Iowa state senator is beginning his prison sentence for his part in an endorsement bribery scandal in the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Kent Sorenson began a 15-month prison sentence as a result of accepting $73,000 to switch his endorsement from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul in the days before the caucuses, the Des Moines Register reported.