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Good Thursday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team
Public Health

Dream of Obamacare Replacement Fades to Bipartisan Patch Job

Senator Lamar Alexander, right, will hear many ideas for improving the Affordable Care Act this week, but action is likely to be limited. He was with Vice President Mike Pence in Tennessee last month.

Senator Lamar Alexander, right, will hear many ideas for improving the Affordable Care Act this week, but action is likely to be limited. He was with Vice President Mike Pence in Tennessee last month. Larry McCormack/The Tennessean, via Associated Press

This week, the Senate will do something it hasn’t done in seven years: hold bipartisan hearings on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Serious and creative ideas will be presented.
But don’t expect big policy changes anytime soon.
Experts and lobbyists close to the congressional process say that, despite consensus that Obamacare’s markets are too thin and too expensive, very few reforms have any chance of becoming law before insurers begin selling Obamacare plans for next year.
Instead, the most likely action — if there is any — will simply be to patch cracks in the market caused by President Trump and prevent him from doing more damage.
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Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a Democrat, outside Federal District Court in Newark before the opening statements in his trial on Wednesday.

Opening Arguments in Menendez Trial Focus on the Meaning of Friendship


The opening statements of the federal corruption case of Senator Robert Menendez centered on the question: What constitutes a permissible friendship with a politician?

A detail of the windows depicting the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that are being removed.

National Cathedral to Remove Windows Honoring Confederate Generals


Officials at Washington National Cathedral announced a decision that they said had been made more urgent by the racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Va.

President Trump on Wednesday in Mandan, N.D. He urged North Dakotans to pressure members of Congress to support a tax plan that he promised to detail within weeks.

In North Dakota, Trump Repeats Call for Rewrite of Tax Code


The president urged North Dakotans to pressure members of Congress to support a plan that he promised to detail within weeks.

Senators Lamar Alexander, right, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate health committee, at a hearing Wednesday to discuss stabilizing the health insurance markets.

Work Toward Bipartisan Fix for Health Markets Begins in Senate


Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate health committee, said Wednesday that he hoped for a deal by the end of next week.

Eric S. Dreiband was sworn in during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

Trump’s Choice for Top Civil Rights Job Defends Private-Sector Work


Eric S. Dreiband, the nominee to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division, defended Abercrombie & Fitch over its firing of a Muslim woman and fought the agency over transgender bathroom access.

President Trump at a shelter in Texas on Saturday.

Trump Chooses 12 Charities for His Harvey Donations


The Red Cross and the Salvation Army will receive the largest portions of the president’s $1 million total donation to assist in relief efforts.

Facebook, already at the center of a storm over the role that it played in propagating misleading information during the presidential campaign, disclosed on Wednesday that fake accounts linked to Russia had purchased political ads on the social network last year.

Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads


Facebook said that fake accounts and pages had bought 3,000 ads focused on divisive social issues, including race and immigration.

Ryan Praises Trump on DACA, but Promises a Legislative Response

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday in Washington.By YAMICHE ALCINDOR

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, after urging President Trump to keep DACA, said Wednesday that the president made “the right call” — and promised a legislative answer.

Anita-Maria Quillen, chief executive of Diversified Engineering and Plastics in Jackson, Mich., talked with employees on the company’s production floor in June.

Small Business, Big-Hearted Personality


A national correspondent reporting on Trump Country gravitates toward a factory owner with an unexpected sticky note on her computer monitor.

A health care worker drawing blood at a New York clinic. President Trump’s plan to end legal protections for some young immigrants could thin the ranks of health care workers.

What Older Americans Stand to Lose if ‘Dreamers’ Are Deported


Many of those who care for older Americans are low-wage immigrants, and replacing them could prove difficult and costly for families and taxpayers.

Stanley Fischer, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, at a 2014 meeting.

Stanley Fischer, Fed’s No. 2 Official, Is Stepping Down


The Federal Reserve’s vice chairman says he will depart in mid-October, leaving just three people on the seven-seat board.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) walks to a GOP caucus meeting after pulling the American Health Care Act off the floor at the Capitol in March.

20 Years of Covering Checks and Balances


The Times’s new congressional editor is hardly new to covering Congress.

The Supreme Court, which has never struck down an election map as a political gerrymander, will hear arguments on Oct. 3 in a case challenging the voting districts for Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled State Assembly.

Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering


The politicians filed briefs asking the justices to protect democracy by declaring unconstitutional the practice involving the drawing of voting districts.


Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception


A new Stanford study found that the nation’s tech elite are extremely liberal on most issues — except when it comes to regulation.

A work crew began to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas on Wednesday. The work was later halted because of a judge’s order.

Robert E. Lee Statue’s Removal in Dallas Delayed by Federal Court


Work to take down the statue began soon after the City Council voted to remove it, but was stopped by a temporary restraining order.

Tech and auto giants, including General Motors, the maker of Cadillacs, have pushed for a new law that would advance the development of driverless cars.

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House


A showdown between carmakers and safety advocates looms after the House approved a bill that would put driverless vehicles onto public roads more quickly and curb states from slowing their spread.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
Erick Erickson in The Resurgent:
“While in principle I support DACA, I do not believe the president has the power to enact it without legislation.”
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