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president trump ready to sell his health plan to washington, but a back up plan is emerging in the event leadership can't get this done. with few information about the wiretapping claims, some are dodging the questions. hear what the vice president had to say. good morning. thanks for getting an "early start" with us. i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, march 9th. 4:00. opposition to the new republican health plan growing among
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conservatives on capitol hill, president trump wants a plan a to get it passed and plan b if it doesn't. he told leaders he will allow obamacare to fail and let democrats take the blame. sources say mr. trump scolded the groups for calling it obamaca obamacare-light. they could have done more outreach ahead of the rollout. >> for now, the white house sticking with plan a. shifting in full campaign mode to sell the republican repeal and replace. the president will stump for the plan with a visit to kentucky and tennessee. although, a feeling in the west wing the republican leaders saddled mr. trump with the heavy lifting. paul ryan is confidence the vote
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will pass. phil mattingly has more. >> reporter: as legislative action gets under way, that action the republicans promising now for campaign cycle after campaign cycle. the question is will they push this over the finish line? through the house of representatives? the reality here. house leadership recognizes is they have conservative members who are not we aary about the b. the reality is speaker ryan laid out eloquently. >> we are going through the inn evidentable growing pains. in the opposition party, we have divided government. 64% of our members have never known what it is like to work with a republican president for unified government. it is a new feel and new system.
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it is the reason we have to do what we said we would do. >> reporter: the committees will move forward. speaker ryan is clear. he is guaranteeing he will get the number of votes to move this forward. the work behind the scenes is what really matters. you have the closed-door meetings trying to rally the troops. you have trump playing the role. they add into that and tom price, health and human services secretary. there is a belief when you talk to house republicans that the president will be the one to persuade the skeptical members to get back in line and close the deal. if he is unable to do that, the reality is this. this major initiative. this thing republicans campaigned on year after year will die. republican leaders believe with that in mind, at some point, everybody will get on board.
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a question of when. dave and christine. thank you, phil. a question of when these hearings will end. 4:00 eastern time. they are still making the sausage if you will on capitol hill. the two committees involved in crafting legislation. the ways and means and energy and commerce committee voting on the amendments throughout the night. past midnight. still going at 4:00 this morning. we are still hearing rumors of eye drops and few dunkin' donuts in the room as they craft this and take out amendments. a lot related to taxes. you think being a congress member is glorious? think otherwise. not kpablexactly what you thoug when you ran for congress. this is made and crafted and debated for hours upon hours. christine. >> live pictures there. 16 hours into this.
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the mark-up marathon. powerful groups are lining up to oppose the gop replacement plan. the folks who deliver the health care that will be in this is a it is not good. doctors and nurses associa out. american medical association, the largest group of doctors. it has the lobbying dollars. it features national nurses united and conservative players like the association american physicians and surgeons. it told breitbart it was sotoo similar to obamacare. aarp. a lobby that maybe you don't know. it represents the interests of millions of older americans. a powerful lobby starting with the big social media push against the plan. the three hospital associations are against it. the families usa represents
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consumers. and new report from s&p global finds as many as 10 million americans could lose coverage. we are waiting for the congressional budget office to score this. that is a non-partisan arm of congress to help congress understand the affects of the legislation. you are seeing in washington downplaying that number. >> it is amazing the lack of outreach to get these groups on board. you need support from the groups ahead of this. republicans taking fire for suddenly dismissing the importance of a score as christine mentioned from the congressional budget office. the gop pushing the health care bill through. so far without a score. that's normally something very important to fiscal conservatives. lawmakers and the white house are worried about an unfavorable cbo report that could forecast high costs or millions losing
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health coverage. they are taking steps to under cut the cbo credibility. >> cost matters. look how often they were last time. if you are looking for cbo for accura accuracy, you are looking in the wrong place. they were way off how they scored and projected obamacare. it will be scored. the idea it is an authority from last time is far fetched. >> sean spicer is correct. higher enrollment than obamacare reached in the first few years. they overestimated the costs on the same analysis. as house committees begin work, republican steve scalis says he is ready for one score, but won't call unelected bureaucrats slowdown repeal and replace. he cited scores as the reason for opposing other bills. one other note about the cbo.
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current director put in place by republicans, including tom price, the house budget committee chairman and now the secretary of health and human services. the congressional budget office. not a bipartisan group. a non-partisan group. >> the concern is less cost and how many americans will lose coverage if this goes into effect. it has to be deficit neutral to go through the process that they are using which requires 51 votes in the senate. if it costs a lot of money, for example, they need 60. vice president mike pence ducking questions about president trump's baseless claim he was bugged by president obama. pence not willing to say he believes his boss. listen to him pif ovot from the affiliate in cleveland yesterday. >> yes or no. do you believe president obama
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did that? >> what i can say is that the president and our administration are confident that the congressional committees in the house and senate are examining issues surrounding the last election and run-up to the last election will do that in a thorough way. >> senator lindsey graham says he is prepared to subpoena u.s. sergea agencies to review any claim that mr. obama ordered a wiretap on trump tower. cnn has learned the advisers have spoken since mr. donald trump leveled the allegation. and a criminal investigation to find out how wikileaks obtained and leaked dock tuumen over the cia operations. the cia releasing a statement saying the american public should be troubled by wikileaks disclosure designed to damage
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the intelligence ability to protect america. it jeopardizes operations, but tools and information. fbi director james comey speaking at a cyber security conference in boston college warning americans to never expect to have absolute privacy. it was james comey's first public appearance since he was accused of wiretapping trump tower. a secret online group of marines is still sharing nude photos of unsuspecting service women after discovered by the military. members redirected to new links where the group is operating, but taunting federal and military investigators suggesting their wives could turn up on the next site. some female marines report being harass harassed. investigators are setting up a
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texting tip line to see who is operating the site. ridiculo ridiculous. another round of u.s. military personnel are saidheado syria. what is their snigs is mission? we will have a live report next. and the longer i use it, the better it works. retinol correxion® from roc. methods, not miracles.™
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u.s. officials say hundreds of marines deployed to northern syria in advance of a plan to help fighters in the city of raqqah. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman monitoring operations from irbil, iraq. ben, good morning. >> reporter: the latest is the group of marines, the precise number not clear, deployed to the area around raqqah. they are artillery unit. they have m-77 howitzers. they will be part of the anticipated offensive to retake
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the city of raqqah. isis defacto capital. there are between 3,000 and 4,000 isis fighters. they are saying, the same officials, however, that isis leaders are gradually leaving the city in anticipation of this offensive. the american marines who just arrived there supplement several hundred rangers and special forces that are in another location in syria in the town of munbage, 85 miles northwest of raqqah. they are trying to separate turkish-backed syrian fighters from other fighters. it is a complicated situation out there. as far as raqqah, it is not clear, dave, when this offensive is going to take place. when it does, it could involve turkish-backed fighters, kurds,
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americans and arabs and russians and syrian government forces. complicated and possibly dangerous situation on the ground with so many players involved. dave. >> very complex situation. thank you, ben. the death toll in a terror attack in afghanistan has grown to 30 people after terrorists desk disguised into the medical hospital. you can see patients climbing out of windows and standing on the ledge trying to escape the violence after six hours of fighting. attackers were killed by afghan security forces. isis claimed responsibility. former utah governor jon huntsman accepted the ambassador to russia. vetting still needs to be completed. an official tells cnn he was
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picked because he understands what the president wants. he would be the third for the utah governor. he was ambassador to singapore before china. this is interesting. he is a republican and served under a democratic administration. he is known as a very adept china hand. now translate skills to russia. >> i know many mentioned him as a senate candidate if orrin hatch steps down. new round of preliminary trademarks granted by china to the trump organization. does this obscure the line with the business empire? we are live in beijing.
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in the face of questions about remaining ties with the president and his businesses at home and abroad, the chinese government granted preliminary approval for more than 30 trump related trade marks. this is according to documents reviewed by cnn. they are trying to probltect th trademark from squatters. i have matt rivers with more ins possible could y moscow. i have never heard of this in any country. >> reporter: we are in a bit of unchartered territory. 39 trademarks were filed for donald trump here in english and china and chinese. 35 were granted. in construction and hotels and
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ones in animal training and body guard services. this is the thing that companies do all the time to protect intellectual property. the trump organization has the right to do it. of course, he is president president trump. not donald trump. there could be a conflict of interest. if these are seen as a gift from the chinese government, that could be a conflict of interest. depending on your interpretat n interpretation, unconstitutional. >> some are taking issue with the visa program that benefitted countries including china. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: this is an eb-5 visa program that holds if you are a former you can hold large sums of money in the u.s. that create jobs. in exchange, you get a visa to the united states. donald trump organization has used it in projects before. there is rare by paipartisan
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support. here in whichina, you will havw people. it is a way to move money out of the country and pickup a u.s. visa. >> that's exactly right. it is a program criticized here for being a way to sell american citizenship. thank you, matt. are republicans working into the morning trying to move the health care plan along? now the president who ran on the promise of cutting great deals is said to have a back-up idea if he can't see this to the finish line. we'll have the latest for you. one day a big bad wolf huffed and he puffed and blew the house down. luckily the geico insurance agency had helped the pig with homeowners insurance. he had replacement cost coverage,
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two scenarios and two plans for president trump as he tries to sell his vision for health
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care. he's ready to hit the road to make it happen and shift the blame if he can't. with the president's wiretapping claims unfounded, the vice president is asked if he directly believes his boss. hear what he said and what he didn't. we welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 30 minutes past the hour. breaking news. the house ways and means committee voting on party lines to approve the republican obamacare repeal bill after 16 grueling hours of debate. at this hour, the house energy and commerce committee is still debating the measure. they thought it was fun to be a congress member. think otherwise. >> a long night. >> this is the sausage making. >> we are told they brought in doughnuts. some aides are curled up with blankets on their laps. this is a long night of very
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important legislation. live on capitol hill right now. 4:30 a.m. good morning to our representatives. >> they had to read this bill out loud because the democrats who insisted on that only added to the time and pushed this back. eye drops as we here on the show. >> a staple at 4:00 a.m. >> with opposition growing, among conservatives among capitol hill, trump laying out two strategies. plan a for getting the bill passed and plan b. sources tell cnn in an hour-long meeting, he will allow obamacare to fail and let democrats take the blame. sources say mr. trump scolded those conservative groups for calling the house bill obamacare-lite. this blow back came was a surprise acknowledging they could have done more outreach ahead of the rollout.
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>> for now, the white house sticking with plan a in campaign mode to shift into repeal and replace. the president will stump with a visit to kentucky and tennessee. even show, republican leaders have saddled mr. trump with the heavy lifting. cnn's phil mattingly has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: dave and christine, legislative action gets under way and republicans have promised that campaign cycle after campaign cycle. will they push this over the finish line? just through the house of representatives? the reality here is house leadership wreck sirecognizes t conservatives who are wary. they have to move back in line if they want to move this forward. reality that speaker ryan laid out eloquently. >> what you are seeing is we are going through the inevitable growing plaains.
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in being an opposition party, we divided government. 64% of our members have never known what it is like to work with a republican president for unified government. a new feel. a new system for people. it is all the more reason we have to do what we said. >> reporter: the question is what comes next? the committees move forward. the house floor. speaker ryan is clear. he guaranteed we ihe will get t number of votes needed. you have the closed-door meetings with house leadership. you have president trump playing a huge role here both president trump and vice president pence add to that and tom price. all will be crucial in the days and weeks ahead. there is a belief when you talk to house republican leadership aides that the president will be the one to finally persuade the skeptical numbers to get back in line and close the deal and if
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he is unable to do that, the reality is this. this major initiative, this thing republicans campaigned on year after year will die. republican leaders believe with that in mind, at some point, everybody will get on board. dave and christine. >> phil, what you hear is the process. the washington process as they hammer this out. two world views. obamacare world view and conservative health care view. what are the people who deliver health care think? powerful groups lining up against the gop replacement. doctors and nurses associations speaking out. the nation's largest group of doctors. the list features liberal leaning groups. national nurses united and the association player of physicians and surgeons. it told breitbart this plan is
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too similar to obamacare. there is pushback from industry and special interest groups. aarp. powerful. represents millions of older americans. hospital associations. they are against it. families usa is a long-time supporter of the affordable care act. it is against this plan. you are seeing the folks who deliver health carolikacarrole . and dismissing the importance of a score from the congressional budget office. a non-partisan office tasked with predicting the economic impact. they are pushing the health care bill so far without the score. that's something very important to fiscal conservatives. now worried about an unfavorable cbo report which could forecast high costs or millions losing
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coverage. listen. >> costs matter. look how often they were last time. if you are looking at the cbo for accuracy, you are looking in the wrong place. they were way off in every aspect of how they scored in obamacare. it will be scored. the idea that is any authority based on the track record that occurred last time is far fetched. >> to be clear, spicer is correct. cbo projected higher enrollment than obamacare reached in the first few years. house committees begin work on the bill, but republican told one panel he is ready for a cbo score, but won't let bureaucrats slow down the repeal and replace. told colleagues they had a choice to side with trump or pelosi. although scalis cited the cbo as
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reasons for rejecting the bills. and this was put in place by then republican tom price. vice president mike pence ducking questions about the baseless claim he was bugged by president obama. pence not willing to say he believes his boss. listen to the vice president pivot when a reporter from wews in cleveland asked him a point blank question. >> yes or no. do you believe president obama did that? >> what i can say is that the president and our administration are confident that the congressional committees and house and senate are examining issues surrounding the last election and run-up to the last election will do that in a thorough way. >> senator lindsey graham is prepared to subpoena agencies
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for evidence related to the claim that mr. obama ordered a wiretap. mr. trump and mr. obama have not spoken since the election. but reince priebus and former ba obama chief of staff have been in contact since mr. trump levelled the wiretap allegation last weekend. the federal government launching a criminal investigation to find out how wikileaks released information on the cia. the cia releasing a statement saying the american public should be deeply troubled by the wikileaks disclosures. such disclosures jeopardize u.s. personnel and operations, but equipped adversaries with tools and information to do us harm. >> james comey speaking at a cyber security college at boston
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college warning to never expect absolute privacy. his first public appearance since donald trump accuse president obama of wiretapping. and president trump's tough talk on illegal immigration may have a serious deterrent effect. according to statistics released by custom and border control, illegal crossings were down 40% last month. that reverses the 17-year upward trend. check out these numbers. family unit apprehension is down 66% from january to february with unaccompanied childhood apprehensions down 55%. few eer attempts are made to crs the border. >> we will have tal kopan on next hour to discuss that. 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day. a new report shows one thing to make up for the drop in the
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number of workers as the baby boomers leave. immigrants is a key driver of growth and tax revenue on pace. in 2015, the total u.s. work force 173 million people. those ages 25 to 64. without immigrants coming into the country, that number will drop to 165 million by 2025. if the flow of legal and unauthorized immigrants continues, the growth increases by 183 million. people born in the u.s. to parents also born here. people born in the u.s. to parents also born here. that accounted for 74% of the work force in 2015. in 2025, that drops to 66%. how will this play out with the
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moves to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records and restrict legal immigration. the justice department is reviewing a rule of h-1b spouses work in the country. i'll tweet and you can look at early start on twitter. we will tweet that pew research that shows donald trump has talked about growing the work force. this pew research says without immigration, you cannot grow the work force. >> looming over this is health care. if you can't get through the first big legislation push, how does the rest of the efforts fall behind? we shall see. time will tell. another deployment of u.s. military personnel to syria. where are they headed and what's the plan when they arrive? we will have a live report next. this is one gorgeous truck. special edition. oh, did i say there's only one special edition?
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u.s. officials say hundreds of marines deployed to northern syria in advance of a plan to assault backed fighters on the city of raqqah. that is isis self declared capital. cnn's senior correspondent ben wedeman is monitoring developments from irbil, iraq. what can you tell snus? do we know how many are on the ground? >> reporter: the precise number we don't know, but they are part of an artillery mission. they will be deployed, we understand, somewhere around raqqah, which is the de facto capital of mosul. excuse me. raqqah. they will be in addition there in addition to several hundred
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rangers and special forces that are in the town of manbij. 85 kilometers northwest of raqqah. that offensive could take place within a number of weeks. there are 3,000 and 4,000 isis fighters in the city itself. the same officials say many of the isis leaders have left the city in anticipation of the offensive. when this offensive is going to begin is hard to say. it should begin soon. temperatures in the part of syria by mid-may to early june get quite high and difficult to launch a full-on offensive then. it will be a hard battle because of the isis fighters and the fact they had well over three years to prepare for this to dig
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in and prepare offensives that iraqi forces are struggling within mwit with in mosul. tunnels and booby traps and car bombs. the usual and particulars that isis gets up to. >> that is the beating heart of isis for the past several years. important. thank you, ben wedeman. u.s. officials rejecting a chinese proposal aimed at diffusing tensions on the korean peninsula. called for north korea to freeze the nuclear program. the state department says it was not a viable deal. china's foreign minister floated the idea as a basis for talks to end the north korea nuclear ambitions. the death toll in the terror attack in afghanistan grown to 30 people after territories disguised as medical personnel stormed a kabul military
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hospital on wednesday. in the video, you see patients climbing out of windows and standing on a ledge. trying to escape the violence inside the walls. after six hours of fighting, attackers were killed by afghan forces. jon huntsman accepted an offer to be the next ambassador to russia. two senior officials confirm the move. vetting still needs to be completed. an official tells cnn huntsman was picked because he understands what the president wants. this would be the third ambassadorship. he was the u.s. ambassador to singapore before serving as ambassador to china. >> a long foreign policy hand. >> an important post. considering all the talks of russia. >> the diplomatic post.
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we're hearing for the first time from the son of kim jong-un, the half brother of kim john nam who was murdered in
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seoul. this is the first time someone has been heard from in his family since his death. we have ivan watson in kuala lumpur. does anyone in the family fear for their survival? good morning, ivan. >> reporter: it really does seem like they fear for survival. this mysterious video came out and makes the incredible assassination in the airport in kuala lumpur almost a month ago stranger. this is kim han-sol. surviving son of the victim poisoned to death in the airport a month ago. intelligence is confirming it is him. look at the video that came out online this week. >> my name is kim han sol from north korea. my father was killed a few days
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ago. i'm currently with my mother and sister. we are grateful. >> reporter: dave, we know he is around 22 years old. born in pyongyang. educated mostly outside of north korea and a member of the ruling dynasty that governs north korea. the group that releasedmysterio. the civil defense. it claims four governments, u.s., china and netherlands and another unspecified government helped get he and his family members to safety after the assassination here in malaysia. we can't confirm that. the governments we reached out to refuse to comment on this. he has triggered a bigger diplomatic dispute with malaysia and north korea. both governments are holding
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each other's citizens hostage. the malaysians not letting the north koreans leave here and vice versa. and first time the regime is being accused of the assassination that took place in the international airport. something north korea continues to deny. dave. >> that video. so casually talking about assassination. ivan, thank you. >> wow. fascinating. let's get a check on cnn money stream. today is the bull market's 8th birthday. a third grader in terms of age. an incredible ride from the recession lows of march 9th, 2009. s&p 500 up 250%. the dow up nearly 220%. on that day, that terrible day, the s&p 500 closed at 676. now above 2,300. the labor market, job market, shed 823,000 jobs in march of
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2009. the worst month of the recession. we get a jobs report tomorrow. we expect a job gain of 185,000. home prices dropped 18.7% over the year that ended in march of 2009. today, home prices are up almost 6% over the past year. the trend here reflecting a rebounding economy. the recent gains about corporate profits. donald trump rally is a tiny portion of the gains. if you look back at the chart. trump rally is the top of eight very strong years. the president's policies, everyone is telling us, are key to keeping the rally going. if the rally were to match the biggest bull market, it would have four more years to run. here is good news for the bull market. right now, 2,922 days young. longest bull market? 4,500 days.
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that is from the crash of 1987 to the dot-com bubbline. it shot up 582%. if you think the market could challenge number one, it would need four more years. we told you about the little girl staring down the bull. it was swarmed with bullish visitors on women's day. one brought her super powers. this is 5-year-old. she visited on wednesday. she had the day off from school. her mother and others and news photographers snapped her picture. she dresses up like a superhero frequently to play with her 8-year-old brother who has autism. she says that's her way of connecting with him. that story gives me goose bumps. i love the little girl and bronze statue.
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>> state street. very well done. >> brilliant. an ad campaign that worked. "early start" continues right now. president trump ready to sell his health plan to keskeptics i washington. but a back-up plan may be emerging. and hear what the vice president had to say. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. you like bowling and pizza? >> i do. >> invited for bowling and pizza to sell the health beforeill ne week. breaking news. just in the last few minutes, the house ways and means committee voting on party lines to approve

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