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

Who Wins and Who Loses in the Latest G.O.P. Health Care Bill

A group protesting outside the St. Joseph, Mich., office of Representative Fred Upton on Wednesday. Mr. Upton has emerged as a crucial supporter of the latest effort to revive the G.O.P.’s health care bill.

A group protesting outside the St. Joseph, Mich., office of Representative Fred Upton on Wednesday. Mr. Upton has emerged as a crucial supporter of the latest effort to revive the G.O.P.’s health care bill. Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium, via Associated Press

The American Health Care Act, which narrowly won passage in the House on Thursday, could transform the nation’s health insurance system and create a new slate of winners and losers.
While the Senate will probably demand changes, this bill, if it becomes law in its current form, will repeal and replace large portions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It will change the rules and subsidies for people who buy their own insurance coverage, and make major cuts to the Medicaid program, which funds care for the poor and disabled.
Any sizable change in our complex health care system leaves some people and businesses better or worse off. For some, insurance will become more affordable — or their taxes will be lower. Others will lose out on financial support or health care coverage. You can see how you might be affected in our summary of winners and losers.
See the winners and losers »
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke against the Republican health care plan during a news conference at the Capitol on Thursday.

Democrats Taunt Republicans With ‘Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye’ During Health Vote


A late-1960s song by the group Steam again entered the political realm, as a warning to G.O.P. representatives that they will suffer politically.

President Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on board the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York on Thursday.

Did Trump Snub Turnbull? Our White House Reporter Explains


Damien Cave, our Australia bureau chief, chatted with Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent, about how Mr. Trump is managing relations with Australia.

Protesters in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan on Thursday near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where President Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia were scheduled to attend a dinner.

President Trump Returns to New York for a Brief First Visit


The president’s stay on Thursday, expected to be just hours long and largely behind closed doors, was nonetheless weighted in meaning for many.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice decided not to file charges related to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La., last year.

Sessions Closed Sterling Case. Odds Are, His Predecessor Would Have, Too.


The decision not to prosecute an officer in a black man’s death in Louisiana indicated a high bar in such cases, not a new approach.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met with President Trump at the White House in February.

Saudi Arabia and Israel Will Be on Itinerary of Trump’s First Foreign Trip


The president will also visit Rome this month before attending major international summit meetings in Europe.

James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, testified before the Senate Oversight Committee on Wednesday, one day before he met with members of the House Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian meddling.

Private Hearing With Intelligence Chiefs Revives House Inquiry on Russia


Lawmakers heard from the director of the F.B.I. and the head of the National Security Agency, and the investigation’s leaders said they were inviting more witnesses and requesting documents.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, noted that the House vote came without an assessment from the Congressional Budget Office on the latest version’s price and impact.

The Next Step for the Republican Health Care Bill: A Skeptical Senate


After a hard-fought victory in the House, the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act faces big changes in a skeptical Senate.

President Trump signed a pair of executive orders on religious liberty and free speech at a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.

Trump’s Order on Religious Liberty Pleases a Few, but Lets Down Many Conservatives


Religious leaders suggested that the president’s action promised freedoms many did not want while failing to offer legal protections they had been led to expect.

Apartment and office buildings, many of them abandoned, in San Juan, P.R., in 2015. Congress enacted a law last year to help United States territories reduce debt.

Message of Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: Easy Bets Sometimes Lose


Hedge funds bought up the island’s high-interest bonds at a discount, confident because the territory couldn’t declare bankruptcy. This week, it essentially did.

‘Shattered,’ Book About Clinton Campaign, May Become TV Series

Former staff members of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have tried to rebut characterizations of the candidate in a new book, “Shattered.”By SYDNEY EMBER

The book, which describes dysfunction during the campaign, has been optioned by a Sony production company for a limited series.

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
• Samuel Goldman in Law and Liberty:
“Intellectual conservatism has entered its crack-up phase.”
Samuel Goldman argues that, historically, conservative thought can be split into two fundamental tendencies: liberalism and reaction. Now, after decades of uneasy coexistence, the two tendencies are causing the conservative mind to “come apart.” Read more »
From the Left
• Seth Masket in Pacific Standard:
“[President Trump] has helped to explode three of American politics’ most pernicious myths.”
You could say that Seth Masket is a glass-half-full kind of guy. That’s because he sees the Trump administration’s first 100 days as a great way to dispel three persistent fallacies about American politics: the idea that politics is easy, the superiority of the political outsider and the notion that government should be run as a business. Read more »
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