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First Read's Morning Clips: Measuring the CBO Fallout

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
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President Donald Trump meets with health insurance company CEOs on Feb. 27 at the White House.Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

TRUMP AGENDA: Measuring the CBO report’s fallout

NBC's Benjy Sarlin looks at how the health care plan Trump is backing breaks some of his major campaign promises.

Here's a deep dive on the CBO report, from the Wall Street Journal.

And the New York Times weighs the balance between deficit reduction and uninsured rates.

The Washington Post looks at how attacks on the CBO could erode its standing just as an influx of new policy proposals make its cost estimates even more important.

POLITICO: "House Republican leaders plunged into damage control mode Monday after a brutal budgetary assessment of their Obamacare replacement threatened to upend Senate GOP support and armed their critics on the left. Speaker Paul Ryan’s team quickly pinpointed rosier elements of the report by the Congressional Budget Office, from cost savings to lower premiums. But the bottom line — that the number of uninsured Americans would climb by 24 million within a decade — threatened to upend the GOP leadership’s fragile efforts to unite congressional Republicans around the plan"

DOJ is asking for more time to comply with the House Intelligence Committee's request for evidence of Trump's wiretapping claims.

The Trump administration is fond of “air quotes,” the Washington Post notes.

From the Wall Street Journal: "The New York attorney general accused Exxon Mobil Corp. Monday of withholding documents from his office as it investigates whether the energy company misrepresented its understanding of climate change to investors and the public. Lawyers for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said in court documents that Exxon hadn’t disclosed that Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive, used an alias email address to discuss risk-management issues related to climate change. Mr. Tillerson, now the U.S. secretary of state, used the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” from at least 2008 to 2015, according to the attorney general."

POLITICO writes that Trump’s purge of prosecutors could come back to haunt him.

The New York Times: "Democrats pilloried Republicans for irresponsibly shutting down the government when Barack Obama was president, but as a minority party struggling to show resistance in the era of President Trump, they are now ready to let the lights of government go dark."

Many observers in Germany are heartened by the quick rescheduling of Angela Merkel's postponed meeting with Trump.

From the Wall Street Journal: "President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency secret new authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, U.S. officials said, changing the Obama administration’s policy of limiting the spy agency’s paramilitary role and reopening a turf war between the agency and the Pentagon.”

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Lindsey Graham and John McCain argue for more troops in Afghanistan.

The New York Times sums up Republican reaction to Steve King's "other people's babies" comment.