Evening Edition: White House tries to salvage GOP health-care plan as criticism mounts

Fact-checking the White House’s rhetoric on the CBO report; Budget office bombshell is going to force changes to health-care bill; Glenn Beck wants to heal the America he divided — one hug at a time; Eight current and ex-Navy officials, including admiral, charged in escalating ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal; Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws choice for undersecretary for policy; Somali pirates just hijacked a commercial ship for the first time in five years; ‘She was in a hippity-hoppity mood’: BBC dad breaks silence; IRS strips Richard Spencer’s white-nationalist group of its tax-exempt status; Hours before elections, the Dutch have a problem: They can’t decide whom to vote for; Saudi Arabia creates a girls council to empower women — but where are the girls?; North Carolina and Gonzaga have the easiest path to the Final Four; Maryland basketball is the tournament’s most over-seeded team, according to Ken Pomeroy; Analysis: Picking the bracket’s best players: A March Madness fantasy draft;
 
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White House tries to salvage GOP health-care plan as criticism mounts
Vice President Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price went to Capitol Hill as conservative and moderate lawmakers attacked the plan after congressional budget analysts found it would dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans while raising premium costs.
Fact Checker | Analysis
Fact-checking the White House’s rhetoric on the CBO report
White House press secretary Sean Spicer twisted a number of facts as he tried to rebut the Congressional Budget Office report on the House health-care bill.
 
The Daily 202 | Analysis
Budget office bombshell is going to force changes to health-care bill
Some Republican lawmakers are realizing: Why should they walk the plank and vote for something they know will be used against them in attack ads down the road if they also know it won’t make it through?
 
Glenn Beck wants to heal the America he divided — one hug at a time
Glenn Beck, godfather to the tea party, cable news rabble-rouser of the first order, a hawker of ornate and dire conspiracy theories, not only has spent the past year as a Never Trumper but also has spurned his past and is testifying to the power of love, understanding and empathy — for liberals.
 
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Eight current and ex-Navy officials, including admiral, charged in escalating ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal
The defendants are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays courtesy of Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who has already pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars.
 
Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws choice for undersecretary for policy
The decision was made after the White House indicated it was unwilling to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation of Anne W. Patterson, who was President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Egypt during the Muslim Brotherhood uprising.
 
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Somali pirates just hijacked a commercial ship for the first time in five years
An oil tanker was escorted to the coast by armed men on two small skiffs Tuesday, an attack some are blaming on illegal fishing that may be driving some Somali men back into piracy.
 
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‘She was in a hippity-hoppity mood’: BBC dad breaks silence
The professor at the center of the interview that was seen around the world speaks out about what prompted his two adorable children to gate-crash his Skype appearance, giving the Wall Street Journal his first interview since he went viral last week.
 
IRS strips Richard Spencer’s white-nationalist group of its tax-exempt status
The National Policy Institute lost its tax-exempt status after The Post reported it had not filed financial returns since 2013. Spencer blamed the mistake on a former bookkeeper and said he has already begun the reapplication process.
 
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Hours before elections, the Dutch have a problem: They can’t decide whom to vote for
A fragmented landscape with 28 political parties is giving opportunities to anti-establishment politicians of all stripes. As many as 40 percent of voters are still undecided.
 
WorldViews | Analysis
Saudi Arabia creates a girls council to empower women — but where are the girls?
In a photo tweeted from the panel’s first meeting, 13 men sit on the stage. The women, meanwhile, were in another room, linked through video.
 
Analysis
North Carolina and Gonzaga have the easiest path to the Final Four
Not all roads to the Final Four are paved evenly. Even top seeds could struggle, given the teams placed in their way by the selection committee, especially those in the East bracket, according to Jeff Sagarin’s Predictor metric. The South and West brackets, however, should should be relatively easy for the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs.
 
Maryland basketball is the tournament’s most over-seeded team, according to Ken Pomeroy
No. 11 seed Xavier, the Terps’ first-round opponent, will be a popular upset pick.
 
Analysis: Picking the bracket’s best players: A March Madness fantasy draft
If you were drafting the bracket’s top scorers like you selected fantasy football players, here’s who you’d want to target.
 
 
     
 
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