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GOP plows ahead on healthcare plan amid forceful opposition 6 MIN, 31 SEC

The American Medical Association said today Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare and cut Medicaid could cost as many as 10 million people their health insurance.

Although House Speaker Paul Ryan called his American Health Care Act "a conservative wish list," Dan Diamond, who covers healthcare policy and politics for Politico, says that even Breitbart, which has marched in lock step with Trump, is taking shots at the new plan.

Guests:
Dan Diamond, Politico (@ddiamond)

Is Trump 'reducing the size of government' or dismantling it? 32 MIN, 34 SEC

On his reality TV show, Donald Trump was famous for saying, "You're fired." As President, he's saying, "We don't need those jobs" in the first place. Republicans aren't the only ones who've complained that government is "bloated," but even after budget cuts, somebody has to be in charge. With high-level vacancies -- from the State Department to FEMA — will the US be prepared for an international crisis, a hurricane or an earthquake? Is it oversight due to inexperience — or top aide Steve Bannon's goal of "deconstructing the administrative state?"

Guests:
Eric Lipton, National reporter for the New York Times (@EricLiptonNYT)
Donald Cohen, In the Public Interest (@PubInterest)
Rachel Bovard, Heritage Foundation (@Rachel_Bovard)
Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service (@rpublicservice)

More:
Lipton on regulations that Trump federal agencies, GOP Congress have delayed, suspended or reversed
Cohen on Trump's hiring freeze sending conservative message loud and clear
Bovard on Trump team's push for dramatic cuts to federal budget being the right call
Stier on how Trump's hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants

Did the Trump organization break the law in Azerbaijan? 11 MIN, 4 SEC

In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, there's a 33-story building shaped like a sail. Advertised as a hotel and residence, it's oddly located away from the city's business center and it's hard to reach between near-by on-ramps, off-ramps and overpasses. It has never opened. When Adam Davidson visited in December, "five enormous white letters glowed at the top of the tower," he reports. "T-R-U-M-P." Davidson wrote about "Donald Trump's Worst Deal" in the latest New Yorker magazine.

Guests:
Adam Davidson, New Yorker (@adamdavidson)

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