Washington (CNN) Republican sources close to the White House, aides inside the Trump administration, and GOP congressional staff involved in the health care process appear to agree on one thing: President Donald Trump has received a stinging lesson on dealmaking in Washington. "He didn't care or particularly know about health care," a key GOP congressional aide said about Trump following the stunning defeat of the Republican health care plan Friday. The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. Ahead of the vote, Trump also slammed members of the House Freedom Caucus, who were the most outspoken conservative critics of the bill. "The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that if he had run for president in 2016 he could have won. Biden told students at Colgate University in New York that the Democratic primary would have been "very difficult." Biden said his son Beau's battle with brain cancer kept him out of the race. The former vice president says that he doesn't regret not running, but added, "Do I regret not being president? Biden also added that he hopes President Donald Trump "grows into the job a little bit."
Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro opened her Fox News show Saturday by calling for Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to step down as Speaker of the House — hours after President Donald Trump posted a tweet telling his followers to tune in. He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill ... This is not on President Trump. But on Saturday, many on Twitter found it curious that Trump promoted Pirro’s show hours before she vehemently demanded Ryan resign. During her rant, Pirro insisted that she “certainly” hadn’t spoken to the president “about any of this,” despite Trump’s earlier tweet.
Boris Epshteyn, special assistant to President Trump, walks into the West Wing of the White House on March 8 in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)Boris Epshteyn, a onetime surrogate for President Trump who became a White House aide, is expected to depart from his post. Epshteyn, who regularly appeared on television to boost Trump during the presidential campaign, had served as a special assistant to the president and assistant communications director for surrogate operations. A senior administration official said that the White House is “exploring opportunities within the administration” for Epshteyn. In his official post, Epshteyn was responsible for overseeing the appearances of White House officials on television.
Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the 10th-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA women’s tournament on Saturday with a 77-63 upset victory over third-seeded Maryland in the Bridgeport Regional. Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 16 points for Maryland, which finished the season at 32-3. The Maryland offense, which averages more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest scoring total this season. 10 seed to advance to a women’s regional final, joining the 1991 Lamar team. Florida State had 16 steals total, and Slaughter also contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Wizards’ John Wall drives to the basket against the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, right, and Tristan Thompson on Saturday night in Cleveland. The loss last month proved one thing to the Wizards: They could play with the Cavaliers. As the ball ripped through the net, the Wizards’ lead now at 14 points, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love could only turn away and pout. “When we play with great energy in that first quarter,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said, “we have a chance to win the game. “Tonight was a good job of really attacking.”For the quarter, the Wizards shot 81.8 percent as Wall scored or assisted on 28 of the team’s 40 points.
— Oregon stunned top-seeded Kansas, a team that rolled into the round of 8 looking like a juggernaut, with a 74-60 win on Saturday to advance to the Final Four — the Ducks’ first appearance there since the inaugural version, in 1939. Tyler Dorsey led the Ducks with 27 points, and Dillon Brooks added 17 as Oregon stifled Kansas early on and then held off a late rally. Boucher had led Oregon in shot-blocking, a dimension that helped define the team’s tough defense. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyOregon toppled a Kansas team that had cruised through the first two rounds and demolished fourth-seeded Purdue, 98-66, in its previous game. But Kansas fell short of the Final Four again, extending a drought that would be considered laughably short anywhere else.
President Trump at a rally in Nashville last week. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)A Fox News personality — whom President Trump had urged his supporters to watch Saturday night — called on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to step down, saying he had done a disservice to Trump by failing to pass a high-profile health-care bill this week. After delivering her commentary, Pirro said that there had been no coordination with Trump in her messaging. “When he tweeted, ‘Watch Judge Jeanine tonight,’ he and I had absolutely no conversation, no discussion, no email, nothing,” she said. In her commentary, Pirro took aim squarely at Ryan for the bill’s failure.
Presumably, this is because President Trump draws encouragement from the strong positive crowd reactions he gets when he lashes out at trade agreements. Other putative trade targets, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the World Trade Organization (WTO), were completed and installed in the United States through implementing legislation. President Trump, as a candidate, did promise to kill the deal. For these countries their “threat point,” to use negotiating parlance, is a strong one – an existing FTA with the United States. The last big trade legislation to move through Congress was Trade Promotion Authority in the early summer of 2015.
Uber is suspending its entire self-driving car program while it investigates a serious crash of one of its vehicles in Arizona. A spokeswoman told Tech Crunch that Uber’s autonomous car program — currently being tested in Arizona, Pittsburgh and just recently again in San Francisco — has been suspended pending an investigation. No one was injured in the Tempe crash, and the accident was not the fault of the Uber car, Tempe police told Bloomberg News. Another car failed to yield the right of way, and the Uber car flipped onto its side. “There was a person behind the wheel” of the Uber car, police spokesman Jose Montenegro told Bloomberg.
The March 19 strike, probably carried out by a drone, killed Qari Yasin in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. According to the Pentagon, Yasin had “plotted multiple” terrorist attacks, including a 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team. Local media also indicated that Yasin was responsible for coordinating multiple plots against Pakistani officials and politicians, including former president Pervez Musharraf. Less than four months later, in January 2009, a U.S. drone strike was thought to have killed an al-Qaeda operations chief, Usama al-Kini, who was responsible for planning the Marriott attack. With 8,400 hundred troops still in Afghanistan, the United States regularly carries out counterterrorism operations in the country against a number of terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals tends the net against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Verizon Center on March 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. They beat the Arizona Coyotes, 4-1, for their 31st win at home, a franchise record. Clinging to a 1-0 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the third period, Washington got another opportunity with a power play. But for a second straight game, Washington ran into a hot goaltender through two periods. Less than eight minutes into the second period, Ovechkin got hit in the face with a high stick, and his mouth was bleeding.
A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday. The airstrike that led to his death was conducted March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Yasin plotted the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens, officials said. The bus attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed six Pakistani policemen and two civilians and wounded six members of the cricket team. The killing of Yasin in eastern Afghanistan lends credence to Pakistani claims that its militant enemies have found sanctuaries there.
PhotoBoris Epshteyn, an official in the White House press office who had a contentious relationship with television producers and was once a frequent presence on TV himself, has been let go from his job, according to three people with knowledge of the move. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, would not comment on the reason Mr. Epshteyn, an old friend of President Trump’s son Eric, was let go. A recent report by Politico detailed a blowup that Mr. Epshteyn had with Fox News, the cable network that most consistently defends the president’s agenda. Mr. Epshteyn, known for his argumentative, badgering style on TV, was a spokesman for the presidential inaugural committee. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMr. Epshteyn did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike conducted March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al Qaeda terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent victims, including two American service members. Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. According to The Nation, he had worked for Amjad Farooqi, the Pakistani terrorist who engineered two assassination attempts against Musharraf in Dec. 2003 at the behest of al Qaeda leader Abu Faraj al Libi. The Long War Journal reports that Farooqi is suspected of involvement in other terror attacks as well. In Dec. 2013, the Pakistani government listed Yasin as the tenth most wanted terrorist in the country, according to Long War Journal.