Another Order Blocked

Thursday, March 16, 2017Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 12.06.06

Good Thursday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Hours before President Trump’s second attempt to ban travelers from parts of the Muslim world was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii froze it. “This ruling makes us look weak,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Nashville. “We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go.”
  • Mr. Trump will send a budget to Congress on Thursday that sharply reorders the nation’s priorities by spending billions of dollars on defending the southern border and bolstering the Pentagon while severely cutting funds for foreign aid, poverty programs and the environment.
  • House Speaker Paul D. Ryan conceded that his bill overhauling the health care system would need to be refined to meet fellow Republicans’ concerns.
  • Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he had seen no evidence to support Mr. Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped him.
  • In an appearance before auto executives and workers in a former assembly plant near Detroit, Mr. Trump said he would reopen a review of federal mileage rules as part of a larger emphasis on cutting corporate regulations.
The First Draft Team

Putting the Republicans’ Health Plan on the Obamacare Scale

By ROBERT PEAR
Speaker Paul D. Ryan at the Capitol this month. A report this week from the Congressional Budget Office compared the Republican health proposal with current law.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan at the Capitol this month. A report this week from the Congressional Budget Office compared the Republican health proposal with current law. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

President Trump and Republicans in Congress have pummeled the Affordable Care Act, complaining of high deductibles, soaring premiums and a shrinking menu of options for consumers.
But does the Republican alternative solve these problems, or does it exacerbate them? A report this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provides some answers.
What follows is a report card analyzing the Republicans’ plan by the standards they have used in judging, and condemning, President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Read more »

Federal Judge Blocks President’s Latest Travel Ban Nationwide

By ALEXANDER BURNS

A judge in Hawaii stopped President Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect on Wednesday, dealing another legal blow to the administration.

Highlights From the Court Ruling Halting the Revised Travel Ban

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Not true.” “Palpable” illogic. “Religious animus.” “Remarkable facts.” A federal judge delivered a sharp rebuke to the White House.

Pentagon Grows, While E.P.A. and State Dept. Shrink in Trump’s Budget

By ALAN RAPPEPORT AND GLENN THRUSH

In reordering the nation’s priorities, the president would send billions to the southern border and the Pentagon and cut funds for foreign aid and the environment.

Trump Proposes Ending the Arts and Humanities Endowments

By SOPAN DEB

It was the first time a president had called for ending the endowments, which were created in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Who Wins and Who Loses in the Proposed Budget

By ALICIA PARLAPIANO AND GREGOR AISCH

President Trump’s plan would make deep cuts in most areas to pay for increased military spending.

NEWS ANALYSIS

In Budget, More for Military, and Trump’s Supporters May Lose Out

By PETER BAKER

The budget proposal represents the most drastic shift in how national resources are divvied up of any presidential spending plan since Ronald Reagan.

President Urges Supporters to Unite Behind Republican Health Plan

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

As President Trump spoke in Nashville, Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, conceded that his overhaul bill would need to be refined to meet fellow Republicans’ concerns.

One Certainty of G.O.P. Health Plan: Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

By ALAN RAPPEPORT

The House Republicans’ plan would make it easier to pass more tax cuts this year and would also break some of President Trump’s populist campaign promises.

Openly Testy, Republicans Reject the President’s Wiretap Claims

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, ADAM GOLDMAN AND EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he did not think there had been a wiretap on Trump Tower.

Timeline of White House’s Response to Wiretapping Charge

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Since President Trump accused his predecessor of tapping his phones, the White House’s explanations have shifted almost daily.

Trump, Easing Emissions Rule, Vows to Expand Auto Jobs

By BILL VLASIC

The president, speaking to auto executives and workers in a former assembly plant near Detroit, halted a move by Barack Obama to tighten fuel-economy standards.

Fed Raises Interest Rates for Third Time Since Financial Crisis

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

The move will increase the upward pressure on interest rates that consumers pay, but the immediate effect is likely to be modest.

MONETARY POLICY

Yellen’s Message: My Work Here Is (Mostly) Done

By NEIL IRWIN

The Fed seems to believe it has reached a sweet spot after nearly eight years of trying to nurse the economy back to health.

Why the Fed Raised Rates for the Third Time

By KARL RUSSELL

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates for the third time since the financial crisis after being at near zero.

Dina Powell, Trump Aide, Named to National Security Post

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

While she does not have extensive experience on national security issues, Ms. Powell has spent 16 years in government and has a broad network of contacts.

Neil Gorsuch Helped Defend Disputed Bush-Era Terror Policies

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

More than 150,000 pages of newly released documents detail the work Judge Gorsuch did for the Justice Department.

UNBUTTONED

Of Price, Populism and Politics. Also, Pearls and Pants.

By VANESSA FRIEDMAN

What do Ivanka Trump and François Fillon have in common? The problems of expensive clothing by association.

Justin Trudeau Brings Ivanka Trump to Show on Welcoming Outsiders

By MICHAEL PAULSON

The Canadian prime minister, who has emphasized welcoming refugees, attended the Broadway show “Come From Away” with the president’s daughter in a pairing that was rich with symbolism.

South Carolina Ends One Controversy and Exploits Its Neighbor’s

By RAY GLIER

Having passed a bill in 2015 to end the display of the Confederate flag at its Capitol, the state was eligible to host tournament games the N.C.A.A. moved out of North Carolina.