The Note: Senate’s unhealthy start on health care

Senate Republicans share their health care draft this morning.


  • Time to show their work: Senate Republicans share their health care draft this morning after negotiating it behind closed doors. The bill is expected to roll back Medicaid expansions but more gradually than the House bill, and establish tax credits to help consumers buy insurance.
  • President Trump is calling it a "plan with heart" and claims he told senators to "add some money to it," as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims for a vote on the bill next week.
  • Tapes are on a faster timeline: The White House says "there will be something this week" on whether recordings exist of Trump's conversations with James Comey.
  • Licking their wounds from the loss in the Georgia special election, Democrats' blame is falling on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with some in the party flat-out calling for her to step down.

    A next generation of Democrats shook their heads and threw up their hands at the party bosses Wednesday, accusing them of deaf ears and zero introspection after another embarrassing defeat in Georgia's special election. A handful of those in the House went as far as to say that the entire Democratic leadership team needed to go. Republicans successfully ran against the image of Nancy Pelosi specifically in the race outside Atlanta, a fact that did not go unnoticed by folks in her ranks. Adding insult to injury, internal letters to the team Wednesday failed to mention any strategic changes the party may make to win races and only gave lip service to the idea of developing an economic agenda while still failing to hammer out concrete details. "There's a level of depression," Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Pelosi in the House Democratic leadership elections last fall, said. "Our brand is worse than Trump," he told The New York Times. The president wasted no time taking a victory lap, tweeting about the win and touting it at a stop in Iowa Wednesday night. He said people had hoped for a "great humiliation" to the president but he came out on top instead, ABC News' MaryAlice Parks writes.


    "And I love all people, rich or poor. But in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense?" President Trump on economic jobs within his administration

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    Trump talks immigration overhaul, border wall at Iowa rally. President Trump on Wednesday night held a campaign-style rally in Iowa, at which he announced his intentions to pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years.

    Russia cancels meeting with the United States on improving relations amid updated sanctions. The Russian deputy foreign minister canceled Wednesday his meeting with his U.S. counterpart -- a long-planned summit to address more minor problems in the relationship -- because of the updated U.S. sanctions announced Tuesday.


    @jdawsey1: No camera or recording allowed tomorrow at White House briefing with spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, per advisory.

    @KLR_Editor: NEW: Flynn may have aided Russian company the U.S. opposed. @anitakumar01@MattSchodcnews reporting

    @MichaelCBender: TRUMP: "We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall. This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money...Solar wall. Makes sense"

    @JonLemire: FYI: the TVs on Air Force One are programmed to record "Property Brothers"

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