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GOP LEADERS PUSH HEALTH CARE PLAN AS POTENTIAL MUTINY BREWS “House GOP leaders are forging ahead with their health care legislation, downplaying a potential conservative mutiny on the Republican proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act even as there are real questions whether their plan can pass.” Some conservatives are saying they’re getting mixed messages from the White House, while the first House panel has advanced the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. And the American Medical Association announced its opposition to the new health care legislation. [HuffPost]
JON HUNTSMAN ACCEPTS POST AS AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA The former Republican presidential candidate has served as an ambassador to Singapore under President George W. Bush and to China under President Barack Obama. [HuffPost]
YOUR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY RUNDOWN Here’s how the country went red for “A Day Without A Woman.” There are more women in parliaments around the world than ever before. The Empire State Building went pink. And here are 60 photos of girls going to school around the world. [HuffPost]
JEWISH LEADERS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION AT LACK OF PROGRESS IN BOMB THREAT PROBES In a letter to the attorney general over the number of bomb threats Jewish institutions have received since January. [HuffPost]
RISING COST OF ALZHEIMER’S COULD BANKRUPT MEDICARE For the first time, the cost of caring for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s will surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars this year. [HuffPost]
MARINES LAND IN SYRIA The deployment will help in the battle to take back Raqqa. [WaPo]
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERING $6 BILLION IN CUTS TO DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT “The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.” [WaPo]
THERE’S BEEN A GLIMPSE AT REY’S GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY Footage shown to Disney shareholders featured Luke Skywalker’s first words to Rey. And the force is strong in the battle over photoshopping Mark Hamill’s hair. [The Guardian]
APPLE: WE’VE ALREADY PATCHED THE WIKILEAKS WEAKNESSES Your iPhone may be safe from the CIA after all. [HuffPost]
‘THE FACE OF TERRORISM WANTS HIS LIFE BACK’ “When fake news scammers started posting Anas Modamani’s picture to Facebook, he was powerless to stop them. So he took Facebook to court.” [Backchannel]
IS THIS THE END OF THE SAD BEN AFFLECK MEME? Sounds like Jennifer Garner and Affleck may not be getting divorced after all. [HuffPost]
KATE MIDDLETON IS HIRING A PERSONAL ASSISTANT You all may need to find a new author of The Morning Email. [Vanity Fair]
AMERICANS ARE HAVING LESS SEX Than they did a generation ago. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have interacted with the Russian ambassador a third time in 2016.
~ We love Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s response to a Donald Trump campaign email that incorrectly spells her name.
~ Are these Nike shoes so good they give runners an unfair advantage?
~ Let the pizza pineapple debate of 2017 begin: This pizza got delivered without pineapple with a note saying “that’s gross.” So which team are you on?
~ This kid crashed a weatherman’s forecast and started yelling about farts, and it makes for glorious live TV.
~ The red band trailer for Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johansson’s film about a bachelorette gone wrong is as absurd as you’d imagine it to be.
~ We can’t get over how cute the newest member of this Franciscan monastery is in his puppy-sized habit.
~ In a moment that gives hope to scratch-off ticket buyers everywhere, a couple just won $10 million off a $30 ticket.
~ Nicole Kidman breaks down what led to clap-gate.
~ Why the “Beauty and the Beast” remake was such a gamble for Disney.
~ Here’s how Queen Elizabeth uses her handbag to get out of sticky situations. And while we’re on the topic of royal news, check out this very, very detailed analysis of what Meghan Markle’s lifestyle blog says about her.
~ Gabourey Sidibe opens up about her weight-loss surgery.