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OBAMA AGENDA: Marking Selma
The New York Times reports on Republican plans to replace the health care law in the event of a Supreme Court ruling gutting subsidies. "A legislative scramble is underway. On Monday, Representatives Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Fred Upton of Michigan and John Kline of Minnesota, the chairmen of the powerful committees that control health policy, proposed what they called an “off ramp” from the Obama health act that would let states opt out of the law’s central requirements. On the other side of the Capitol, Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, all Republicans, offered their own plan this week to provide temporary assistance to those who would lose their subsidies and new freedom to all states to redesign their health care marketplaces without the strictures and mandates of the health care law."
(But we’ll believe it when we see actual legislation ….)
Obama, George W. Bush and almost 100 members of Congress will mark the Selma anniversary tomorrow.
As the Selma anniversary approaches, Meet the Press mined the archives for this appearance by Martin Luther King Jr. from right after the march.
Obama spoke about racial bias and the Ferguson police department in an radio interview. ""I don't think that is typical of what happens across the country, but it's not an isolated incident," Obama told The Joe Madison Radio Show on Sirius XM radio's Urban View channel. "I think that there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure that they're protecting and serving all people and not just some."
CONGRESS: Still waiting on Lynch
Democrats are not happy with how long it's taking to confirm AG nominee Loretta Lynch, writes the New York Times.
The Washington Post looks at how Nancy Pelosi is still managing to exert power despite being in the minority.
Frank Thorp reports: "Senate Republican leadership will postpone consideration of a bill that would require Congressional approval of any Iran nuclear deal, citing Democratic opposition to moving on the bill before the deal's deadline at the end of March." (So it’s March 24 or bust for the administration to get a deal…)
OFF TO THE RACES: Same ol’, same ol?
BUSH: The Des Moines Register looks at whether Republicans view Jeb Bush as a rock-ribbed conservative or a RINO.
And the New York Times asks Iowa conservatives about him and finds this sentiment: "We’re tired of the same old same old."
CHRISTIE: From the National Review's big new Christie story: "Christie’s administration could have achieved so much more. It might have demonstrated to the state’s cynical and beleaguered voters that it is possible to change the culture of Trenton, to overturn the greedy, profligate, dysfunctional politics that has so consistently earned New Jersey a reputation as one of the worst-managed states, and to set state government on a path toward financial stability and regulatory sanity. But Christie still has time to demonstrate just how destructive years of tax-borrow-and-spend policies have been, and this would be a real achievement."
CLINTON: Here's a take from one of us(!) on why Hillary Clinton's emails could lead to months of investigations.
"Hillary Clinton won’t be presiding over a soul-searching press conference or sitting down for a come-clean interview about her use of a private email address any time soon — at least if everything goes according to her team’s plan. The former secretary of state and her advisers have decided to adopt a time-tested Clintonian approach: take a concrete step to ease the pressure, then wait out the storm, according to three sources with knowledge of her team’s approach," writes Bloomberg.
The Washington Post reports that the State Department is reviewing whether Clinton's use of personal email violated rules about security protocols.
GOP strategist Rick Wilson gives his advice to fellow Republicans: Stop talking. More: "In the next two weeks, try something new; maintain discipline, hold focus, and keep an eye to a bigger objective than your daily press release. Try to play the long game, and help Hillary Clinton self-destruct."
The New York Times looks back at tensions between the White House and Hillary Clinton's orbit of staff.
Writes David Brooks: "Hillary Clinton’s record is more moderate than the Democratic primary voter today. So it was always likely that she would move left as the primary season approached. It’s now becoming clearer how she might do it. She might make a shift from what you might call human capital progressivism to redistributionist progressivism."
RUBIO: Marco Rubio has won the support of a big donor, Miami billionaire Norman Braman, National Review reports.
SANDERS: From the LA Times: Bernie Sanders “speaks to a distinct strain of Democratic discontent, to liberals who view Hillary Rodham Clinton as too moderate, populists who see her as too wedded to Wall Street, doves who consider her too hawkish and Iowans who fret their state, which kicks off the presidential nominating process, will be ignored by the party's overwhelming front-runner.”
Press release: “On Friday, March 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., the Center for American Progress will partner with a new “action tank,” the State Innovation Exchange, or SiX, to host state legislators from Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas to address how states are forging ahead to improve economic security by raising the minimum wage, breaking down barriers to employment, extending access to paid sick days, and more.”
*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald and Former Clinton Advisor Lanny Davis about the latest on the controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email account while in office, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York Linda Sarsour about two new Muslim holidays added to the Public School calendar, Economic analyst Zachary Karabell about the latest job numbers, Civil rights activist Rev. Bernard Lafayette about the 50th anniversary of the March in Selma, and John Gainey of Students UNITE about his petition to rename the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma.