Monday’s Morning Email: Fired US Attorney Preet Bharara Hints At Intrigue – Huffington Post

NOTE TO MORNING EMAIL READERS: Lauren Weber is on vacation this week. While she’s away Eat The Press Editor Jason Linkins and HuffPost Hill Editor Eliot Nelson will be taking over Morning Email duties, and attempting to follow Lauren’s complicated sleep patterns. Wish us luck, guys!

THIS WEEKEND’S MOST TELLING TWEET For once, it’s not a Trump tweet. “By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.” That’s from recently-fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, likening his situation to the anti-corruption inquiry controversially scuppered by one of its targets, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. [HuffPost]

RUPERT MURDOCH THE ‘BIG WINNER’ IN BHARARA FIRING New York Mag’s Gabriel Sherman points out that Bharara was heading up a probe into Fox News, “looking at a number of potential crimes, including whether Fox News executives broke laws by allegedly obtaining journalists’ phone records or committed mail and wire fraud by hiding financial settlements paid to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.” [NY Mag]

TOM PRICE MAKES BOLD HEALTH CARE PROMISE Years after President Barack Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep it” vow came back to haunt him, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is writing checks that the GOP caucus will have to cash, saying that “nobody will be worse off financially” after the Obamacare repeal. [HuffPost]

KEY GOP FIGURES ARE WARNING COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE BILL, THOUGH Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): “Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.): “I think we ought to embrace what’s good in the Affordable Care Act.” [HuffPost; Politico]

AND IS HHS SEC. TOM PRICE EVEN TELLING THE TRUTH? Vox health care reporter Sarah Kliff: “Let’s be clear: This is a lie. Price is making an impossible promise. Low-income Americans would receive significantly less help to purchase private coverage on the individual market, under the Republican plan in Congress right now. The plan would also end Medicaid expansion in two years, forcing many even lower-income Americans to lose health coverage.” [Vox]

PLUS: INITIAL REACTIONS TO NEW GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN ARE A MIXED BAG According to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey, “27 percent of Americans expect the new health care bill, if it passes, would be better than the current law, 32 percent think it would be worse, and 13 percent that it would be about the same.” Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act is finally starting to feel the love. [HuffPost]

YOU’RE PROBABLY FOCUSED ON YOUR BRACKET THIS MORNING Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga are your top seeds. Southern Methodist is shaping up to be the trendy upset pick. Iowa State seems underrated. Oregon seems overblown. And Syracuse fans feel like they got snubbed. (They’re wrong.) Hopefully the boss will let your office do a bracket this year ― you can always call it “outcome modeling!” [ESPN]

BUT DON’T FORGET THAT WINTER IS FINALLY ARRIVING The Northeast begins the week under a blizzard watch, with Winter Storm Stella threatening up to 18 inches of snow and far too many “Streetcar Named Desire” jokes. Keep track of developments and stay safe! [HuffPost]

REP. STEVE KING EMBRACING LATEST TRENDS IN WHITE NATIONALISM The Iowa Congressman’s dodgy tweets are winning raves from former KKK leader David Duke as his GOP colleagues pretend not to notice. [HuffPost]

CUTS TO THE BONE COMING TO FEDERAL WORKFORCEWashington Post reporter Damian Paletta: “President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.” Last time cuts of this size were proposed? The post WWII drawdown. [Washington Post]



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