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Good Tuesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • A new president and a protest movement transformed the Democrats into a party far more comfortable in the opposition role, The Times Magazine reports.
  • At a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Democrats are expected to draw attention to instances they say highlight Judge Neil M. Gorsuch’s tendency to favor the powerful.
  • A comment on Twitter by Representative Steve King of Iowa about immigrants was praised by the white supremacist David Duke, but many in the G.O.P. were quick to condemn his inflammatory language.
 The First Draft Team

Fact Check: Trump’s Critiques of the Affordable Care Act

By LINDA QIU
President Trump meeting on Monday morning with Americans he described as “victims” of the Affordable Care Act.
President Trump meeting on Monday morning with Americans he described as “victims” of the Affordable Care Act. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
President Trump blamed the news media on Monday morning for “making Obamacare look so good” as he spoke at a listening session with nine people he characterized as “victims” of the health care law.
Mr. Trump repeated his declaration that “Obamacare is a disaster” — a sentiment echoed more specifically by White House and cabinet officials in the past few days.
While it is undeniable that the law has not been universally beneficial, many of the criticisms from Mr. Trump and his team are cherry-picked or misleading.
Mr. Trump pointed to high premium increases.
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Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured but Save $337 Billion

By THOMAS KAPLAN AND ROBERT PEAR

The judgment by the Congressional Budget Office did not back up the president’s promise of providing health care for everyone but may help bring in rebellious conservatives.

C.B.O. Analysis: Republican Health Plan Will Save Money but Drive Up the Number of Uninsured

By HAEYOUN PARK, K. K. REBECCA LAI, JUGAL K. PATEL AND SARAH ALMUKHTAR

A look at key numbers in the C.B.O. report.

It’s Democrats’ Turn to Hint at a Shutdown, Over Border Wall Funding

By ALAN RAPPEPORT

Prominent Senate Democrats warn of budget battles over building a wall on the Mexican border, an increase in immigration officers and funding for Planned Parenthood.

FEATURE

The New Party of No

By CHARLES HOMANS

The 2016 election was not just an electoral crisis for the party but also an existential one, more severe than any that the Democrats had experienced in decades.

Democrats’ Line of Attack on Gorsuch: No Friend of the Little Guy

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER

At a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Democrats are expected to point out that Judge Neil M. Gorsuch has done little to demonstrate independence from a president whose combative relationship with the judiciary has already clouded the nominating process.

Steve King, Hurling Insults at Immigrants, Is Rebuked by Party

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Mr. King represents the most conservative corner of Iowa and has long held policy positions rooted in deeply conservative beliefs, especially concerning immigration, which he once deemed a “slow-motion Holocaust.”

White House Says Trump’s Wiretap Claim Was Meant More Broadly

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Trump, clarified that she was not, in fact, accusing President Barack Obama of spying on Mr. Trump via a kitchen appliance.

For Solidarity in the Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM AND JOHN KOBLIN

The turbocharged ratings are a surprise even to seen-it-all executives who had been bracing for a plunge in viewership after the excitement of the election.

MEDIATOR

An Adventure in Which You Choose Your Own News

By JIM RUTENBERG

In a time of highly personalized feeds, competing narratives vie for supremacy in debates that should be indisputable, our media columnist writes.

ECONOMIC TRENDS

Era of Easy Money Is Ending

By NEIL IRWIN

For the first time in almost a decade, Fed officials are signaling a greater collective confidence and unanimity that the economy can handle tighter money.

Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Is Confirmed

By ROBERT PEAR

The Senate approved the appointment of Seema Verma to lead President Trump’s efforts to transform Medicaid, expand Medicare and upend the Affordable Care Act.

Worker Safety Rules Are Among Those Under Fire in Trump Era

By BARRY MEIER AND DANIELLE IVORY

Safety advocates are concerned that rules that were enacted to help protect workers may vanish as change comes to OSHA.

New Labor Nominee: Fair Leader or Self-Serving One?

By YAMICHE ALCINDOR

R. Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s second choice to be labor secretary, drew deeply split assessments from current and former colleagues.

After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

It was the last state to emerge from the recession, but now its unemployment rate is down and political interest in its Democratic governor is up.

Raphael Bostic to Be First Black President of a Fed Regional Bank

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Mr. Bostic, who will lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be just the fourth African-American to serve on the Fed’s policy-making committee.

What We’re Reading
From American Affairs:
“A revolt in the name of national sovereignty, not populism.”
In a new conservative quarterly, American Affairs, a Georgetown professor, Joshua Mitchell, charts the historical and cultural conditions that led to Mr. Trump’s victory, and suggests a path forward for the Republican Party. The piece helps explain how pro-Trump intellectuals on the right understand this political moment. (Here’s a profile of the founders of American Affairs.)
From New York Magazine:
“My code is Amazonism. I want weapons.”
Camille Paglia watches the Real Housewives franchise but doesn’t like the Kardashians. She loved the women’s march on Washington, but hated the hats. She also was not surprised by the Trump victory, and has some characteristically bold opinions about our new president. Here’s what one New York Magazine interviewer learned when she checked in with one of the most famous public intellectuals of the 1990s.
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