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THE TAKE with ABC News' Rick Klein
President Trump is promising a "great surprise." What could be more surprising than the president's tweeting charts, based on Congressional Budget Office data, to make his health care pitch? So he didn't use the CBO's actual charts, and his point about Medicaid "cuts" is dubious, at best, and downright misleading, at worst. Still, there's something else surprising here: The selling of Trumpcare is making one critical mistake reminiscent of the selling of Obamacare. The focus on what won't happen if the GOP health bill becomes law is subsuming arguments for what will. "No one loses coverage" is the new "if you have your doctor, you can keep it" – an unkeepable promise that seeks to answer critics, not make a new argument. If voters and their representatives are scared of major changes to health care – and polls are showing, at least, that they're not sold on the proposed replacement – they need to be convinced of what will get better, not just what won't get worse. For now, it's hard to be convinced that the president knows what's now in the Senate plan, much less that he can describe why it's vital for the nation to pass it.
CONSULTING THE POLLS
While President Trump may be teasing a "great great surprise" when it comes to the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, one obstacle became even more glaring Wednesday: public opinion. Three different polls Wednesday all pointed to a single fact, that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans last week is deeply unpopular with the U.S. public. An NPR/PBS/Marist poll put the plan's approval at just 17 percent, a Quinnipiac poll, 16 percent, and a Fox News poll garnered just 27 percent support for the Senate's plan. The Quinnipiac poll also found that 46 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to support a congressional candidate who supported the GOP plan. Perhaps that's why GOP senators in states up for election in 2018, like Nevada's Dean Heller, have yet to come around to supporting the bill, ABC News' John Verhovek notes.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH BERNIE
Bernie Sanders' team is punching back, telling reporters this week that the Trump administration itself could be stirring up dust about the senator and his wife, or at least eyeing the possibility of doing so. "We used to have a president who did not interfere in investigations for political purposes, and now we have one that does," Jeff Weaver, Sanders' former campaign manager, told ABC News. "Do you really want to wait until Jeff Sessions knocks on your front door before you hire a lawyer?" Jane Sanders, the Vermont senator's wife, hired a lawyer lately after reports that FBI agents were talking to people in their hometown about a loan she received while head of a now-defunct local college. Weaver implied on the phone that you just never know where things could lead, given the news. He talked about the president's firing former FBI director James Comey and said, point-blank, he thought the president got involved in investigations for political reasons. Weaver said there was "no evidence ... zero, nada, zilch" that either Sanders or his his wife was under investigation by the FBI, but added that President Trump and his team were "politically afraid" of them, ABC News' MaryAlice reports.
NEED TO READ with ABC News' Daksha Sthipam
House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller. Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. http://abcn.ws/2spnBwo
Trump lawyers postpone filing complaint over Comey leak. President Trump's personal lawyers are postponing filing complaints with the Department of Justice and Senate Judiciary Committee related to former FBI Director James Comey's admission that he leaked details of his conversations with the president. A person familiar with the matter told ABC News the complaint will "go forward at the appropriate time." http://abcn.ws/2tlxbEr
Top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee ask FBI for Russia probe surveillance requests. In a letter sent Wednesday, Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked top law enforcement officials for any drafts or completed surveillance requests submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for approval. http://abcn.ws/2tmrpSY
Trump accepts invitation to visit France for Bastille Day celebrations. President Trump will travel to France next month to attend the Bastille Day celebration in Paris and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, the White House said Wednesday. Trump accepted the invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron, whom he met in May after the French elections. http://abcn.ws/2s2WGa3
@jparkABC: Source: 2 weeks since shooting, @SteveScalise "continues to make good progress and is focused on healing and rehabilitation." (1/2)
@mattkatz00: Oh look who's the perennial "Super Senior Club Champion" at the Trump National Golf Club ...http://bit.ly/2topqxM
@BraddJaffy: —Amazon pays taxes —Amazon collects state sales tax —There's no internet tax —WaPo exposed Trump's fake TIME covers —POTUS threatens company
@sampjacobs: Following @Fahrenthold's latest: @Time Creative Director D.W. Pine explains how to tell a fake cover from a real one http://ti.me/2sTXktE
@AnnieLinskey: From buttering her up to asking her to back out. A Washington tale of Seth Moulton's 180 on @NancyPelosi http://bit.ly/2t4fWp2
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