Health Care Vote Is Delayed

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Good Wednesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, delayed the vote on the G.O.P. health care bill.
Fallout from the end of the Supreme Court’s term reverberated in several areas.
The Russia investigations continued to roil the president’s associates and the news media.
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Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave

Pedestrians silhouetted against the CN Tower in Toronto.

Pedestrians silhouetted against the CN Tower in Toronto. Cole Burston for The New York Times

As right-wing populism has roiled elections and upended politics across the West, there is one country where populists have largely failed to break through: Canada.
The raw ingredients are present. A white ethnic majority that is losing its demographic dominance. A sharp rise in immigration that is changing culture and communities. News media and political personalities who bet big on white backlash.
Yet Canada’s politics remain stable. Its centrist liberal establishment is popular. Not only have the politics of white backlash failed, but immigration and racial diversity are sources of national pride. And when anti-establishment outsiders have run the populist playbook, they have found defeat.
Outsiders might assume this is because Canada is simply more liberal, but they would be wrong. Rather, Canada has resisted the populist wave through a set of strategic decisions, powerful institutional incentives, strong minority coalitions and idiosyncratic circumstances.
While there is no magic answer to populism, Canada’s experience offers unexpected lessons for other nations.
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A demonstrator joined doctors and other health care workers at a rally on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The Republicans’ health care proposal has reignited an old debate over what spending changes qualify as cuts.

Health Bill Does Not ‘Cut’ Medicaid Spending, Republicans Argue


Republicans have long despised the use of words like “slash” or “cut” in reference to funding changes, and some believe that such words cast their health care bill in a false light.

The Trump administration has moved to rescind a rule that would have extended existing pollution protections for large bodies of water — such as the Puget Sound in Washington — to include rivers, tributaries and wetlands.

E.P.A. Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation


Environmentalists strongly supported the rule, which was a key conservation initiative of the Obama administration. But landowners and developers have bitterly opposed it.

Michael Johnson, a Customs and Border Protection field agent, looking over the Rio Grande at Miguel Alemán, a Mexican town across the river from Roma, Tex.

Homeland Security Will Start Building Border Wall Prototypes This Summer


An official said the wall would not span all 1,900 miles of the border, but the Department of Homeland Security has identified some key areas for construction.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, on Capitol Hill last month.

N.S.A. Warrantless Surveillance Aided Turks After Attack, Officials Say


Security officials testified about the value of the surveillance program with the expiration of its legal authorization looming at the end of 2017.

One study found that insurance status, more than any other demographic or economic factor, determines the timeliness and quality of health care.

When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay


In measure after measure of well-being in rich nations, Americans are among the worst off, with costs to the economy and to individuals.


How Donald Trump Misunderstood the F.B.I.


Since Watergate, the bureau has come to view itself as an essential, and essentially independent, check on the president.

Sarah Palin at an event last year in Ames, Iowa.

Sarah Palin Sues New York Times, Claiming Editorial Defamed Her


Ms. Palin contends that The Times “violated the law and its own policies” when it linked her in an editorial to a mass shooting in January 2011.

How Health Costs Would Soar for Older Americans Under the Senate Plan


Lower premiums on average, but lower subsidies and higher out-of-pocket costs.

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
• Andrew Clark in Independent Journal Review:
“It’s […] a defeat for activist judges who had tried to invent a new legal standard with which to derail President Trump.”
Mr. Clark writes that the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision is both a political victory for the president and “a win for legal common sense.” Rather than relying on Mr. Trump’s comments on Twitter or the campaign trail, Mr. Clark writes, the justices kept their analysis to what he sees as the strictly relevant considerations: “Whether the executive order is facially legitimate and balancing the executive’s authority on national security against the burden on the plaintiffs.” Read more »
From the Left
• Ed Kilgore in New York Magazine:
“Calling the SCOTUS action a ‘clear victory’ is a bit much.”
The president and his supporters have been somewhat premature in their celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on the travel ban, Mr. Kilgore writes. He notes that the court issued a “complicated and very preliminary ruling” that gives the administration a narrow and “tentative” victory. Read more »
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