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

Congress Is Facing a Time Crunch to Repeal Obamacare

By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ
One of many reasons that the Senate would like to pass the health care bill promptly: Members of Congress and their staffs count on summer recess.

One of many reasons that the Senate would like to pass the health care bill promptly: Members of Congress and their staffs count on summer recess. John Antczak/Associated Press

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, told his Republican colleagues that they needed to vote on their health bill before the July 4 holiday — then he gave them an extension.
But don’t expect the health care debate to drag on forever. There are legal and political reasons that Republicans really do need to decide in the next few weeks whether their legislative effort will succeed or go back on the shelf.
The process could drag on past July, but there is tremendous pressure for Congress to act quickly.
Here are some of the things pressing the Senate to act »
Steve Case, a former chief executive at AOL, with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence last month at the White House.

In Blow to Tech Industry, Trump Shelves Start-Up Immigrant Rule

By NICK WINGFIELD

The International Entrepreneur Rule, which was set to go into effect next week, is being delayed — and probably eliminated down the line.

American and Japanese ships during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with India on Monday in Chennai, India.

India, U.S. and Japan Begin War Games, and China Hears a Message

By HARI KUMAR AND ELLEN BARRY

The Indian Navy also announced a plan to station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea.

The Supreme Court will have two opportunities to help define the scope of digital privacy under the Stored Communications Act of 1986.<br /><br />
WHITE COLLAR WATCH

Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

By PETER J. HENNING

Two cases — one involving cell site location and the other emails — may determine how digital information fits under Fourth Amendment protections.

Tablets of Januvia, a diabetes medicine created by Merck. The company has promised to return money if patients’ blood sugar levels do not decline.

Considering the Side Effects of Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees

By KATIE THOMAS AND CHARLES ORNSTEIN

The Trump administration is considering encouraging lowering drug costs through outcome-based contracts, but there is little evidence the approach works.

Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland is the House Oversight Committee’s top Democrat.

Lawmakers Question Trump’s Stake in Subsidized Housing Complex

By YAMICHE ALCINDOR

Two Democrats are demanding information about potential conflicts of interest, saying the president could profit from decisions made by the housing department.

THE NEW HEALTH CARE

Health Plans That Nudge Patients to Do the Right Thing

By AUSTIN FRAKT

What would happen if insurance gave more generous coverage for important care, and less generous coverage for services that offered little benefit?

From Pilates to Piano — Tracking the Secret Lives of Senators

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER“Let us all tip our mats to Ms. Heitkamp, who arranged to be a tad late to a subcommittee hearing just to help me work my core,” writes the author, pictured above with Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

“We wanted a good number of lawmakers but not too many; a mix of party affiliations and compelling interests: no runners!”

Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, a Democrat, is one of several mayors making political hay of their opposition to President Trump.

Strategy for Democratic Mayors Facing Troubles: Attack Trump

By MITCH SMITH

Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, who is up for re-election this fall, and other liberal mayors are deflecting criticism by focusing on a common foe.

The polling station at P.S. 163 on West 97th Street, one of the many polling stations in New York, in November.

3 Lawsuits Filed Against White House Panel on Voter Fraud

By MICHAEL WINES

Civil rights and voting rights groups have accused a federal commission of operating in secret and violating federal privacy laws.

Which Party Was More Secretive in Working on Its Health Care Plan?

By AUDREY CARLSEN AND HAEYOUN PARK

A comparison of public meetings on Obamacare and the Republican bills to repeal it.

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
• Guy Benson in Townhall:
“Republicans have been handed a crucial chance to modestly scale back the bloated, unaccountable and unsustainable federal leviathan.”
Mr. Benson urges Republican senators to fufill their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or risk “betraying” their voters. He warns against joining with Democratic leaders for a bipartisan deal, or succumbing to “paralysis” and rendering the very idea of Republican party obsolete. Read more »
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From the Left
• Brian Beutler in New Republic:
“It is probably more useful for observers to think of the bill as a widget working its way through a machine that Republicans are struggling to keep in working order.”
Mr. Beutler says that the Republican leadership is trying to “lie Trumpcare into law,” misleading constituents about protections for pre-existing conditions and the number of people who will be left uninsured under the new legislation. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act can hope, he writes, that “the linchpin of the Trumpcare blitz is the persuasive powers” of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who he characterizes as “one of the most hated members of the Senate, even within the G.O.P. conference.” Read more »
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