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

The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

Mitt Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts, signing the state's landmark health care bill into law in 2006.

Mitt Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts, signing the state’s landmark health care bill into law in 2006. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

In 2003, health care policy makers in Massachusetts agreed that the state should build a system to expand coverage to its uninsured residents.
It took four years before Romneycare was fully up and running.
In between, politicians had to think hard about how they wanted the system to work: how money would be raised and spent, what benefits would be offered, whether and how markets should be used to distribute coverage, whether people who didn’t buy coverage should be penalized. They had to build a computer system to help people check their eligibility and understand their options. They had to recruit insurers to participate. And they needed to find uninsured residents and persuade them to enroll.
A new health care bill before the Senate would require all the states in the country to make a similar soup-to-nuts evaluation of how they’d like their health care systems to work, to build such a system and be ready to open their doors in substantially less time — just over two years. That may not be realistic.
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On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel delivered a second monologue on Senator Bill Cassidy and plans to to change the health care law.

Jimmy Kimmel Accused a Senator of Lying About His Health Care Bill. Who’s Right?


Mr. Kimmel has emerged as a vocal critic of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy. A review of statements Mr. Kimmel made Wednesday suggests he has a strong grasp of the measure.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, discussing the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. The legislation is the most far-reaching repeal proposal yet.

Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort Is Most Far-Reaching


The Graham-Cassidy bill would turn federal funding for a law Republicans loathe into block grants to states, realizing a long-held goal of the party

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
Daniel Larison in The American Conservative:
“U.S. foreign policy already suffers from far too much self-congratulation and excessive confidence in our own righteousness, so it was alarming to hear Trump speak in such stark, fanatical terms about international affairs.”
Articulating the views of the isolationist wing of conservatives, Mr. Larison criticizes Mr. Trump’s belligerent tone. He compares the president’s confrontational talk with President George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” remarks, and worries that Mr. Trump’s speech will commit the United States to more “avoidable wars.” This, according to Mr. Larison, has nothing to do with “putting American interests first.” Read more »
From the Left
Spencer Ackerman in The Daily Beast:
“Whatever nexus between Putin and Trump exists for Robert Mueller to discover, the evidence of their compatible visions of foreign affairs was on display at the United Nations clearer than ever, with Trump’s aggressive incantation of ‘sovereignty, security and prosperity’ as the path to world peace.”
Not only was this speech a “worthy successor” to the president’s inaugural address — the “American carnage” speech — but it also resembles the United Nations address that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia gave to the international body in 2015. And though Mr. Trump briefly mentioned Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, his speech signals a potential opening to a “resurgent, aggressive Russia.” Read more »
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