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Friday, March 24, 2017

House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Still No Evidence, Mr. President

There is still no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing President Barack Obama of illegally “tapping my phones in October” during the “very sacred election process.”

In a March 22 interview with Time magazine’s Michael Scherer, Trump said “new information” from the House intelligence committee chairman proved his tweets about a “Watergate/Nixon”-style scandal were “right.” That’s wrong.

Trump is referring to a press conference Rep. Devin Nunes held shortly before Trump spoke with Scherer. At his news conference, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee said he reviewed “intelligence reports” that show “incidental collection” on some unnamed Trump transition team members in November, December and January. Nunes, a Trump transition team member himself, said he believed the incidental collection of information was legally obtained.

Trump’s Hollow Keystone Threat

President Donald Trump boasted that TransCanada Corp. “dropped” a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the U.S. after he threatened to “terminate” the company’s Keystone XL pipeline. That’s false.

TransCanada merely suspended its lawsuit in order to give the Trump administration time to approve the project. The new administration is expected to approve it, but if not then TransCanada can resume its legal case against the U.S.

Trump made his boast at a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee. As he has done in other speeches, Trump talked about clearing the way for construction of the U.S. segment of the Keystone XL project — a 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska. But Trump added a new twist to his Keystone story. He said he ordered Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, to threaten TransCanada to drop its lawsuit.

Physician Numbers Up Under Obamacare

President Donald Trump said that “many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare.” But the number of physicians has increased since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act became law.

“We have anecdotes of physicians thinking about leaving the profession for a variety of reasons, but we see no significant number leaving because of the Affordable Care Act,” said Atul Grover, executive vice president at the Association of American Medical Colleges, in an email to

Ivanka Trump: A White House Force, Just Not An ‘Employee’

Washington (AP) -- President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.

Jay Z, Weinstein Company to Make Trayvon Martin Film and Documentary Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are partnering on an ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin, has learned.

Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, has learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” opposite Steve Carell.

AUM Women's Softball Launches Six Home Runs, but Falls in Doubleheader to Montevallo

MONTEVALLO, Ala. ------ Despite hitting six home runs in the twin bill, the Auburn Montgomery softball team dropped both ends of its doubleheader at Montevallo Thursday, falling in the opener 10-5, before coming up short in the nightcap 5-4 in eight innings.

ASU begins three-game SWAC series at MVSU TODAY!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State University baseball team will step back into Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play this weekend as the Hornets travel to Itta Bena, Miss., to take on Mississippi Valley State at Magnolia Field.

Alabama State (7-15 overall, 4-2 SWAC) enter the weekend off a mid-week loss to South Alabama and are looking to get back into the win column in SWAC play. The last time the Hornets took on a SWAC opponent, ASU fell to Jackson State, 4-1, on March 12.

ASU's Kaila Lewis Named SWAC Track Athlete of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama State Track and Field rookie Kaila Lewis earned South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) Track Athlete of the Week honors the league announced Thursday, March 23.