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Senate bars women from healthcare working group

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Now that the House of Representatives has passed legislation to undo Barack Obama’s healthcare law, it’s the Senate’s turn to draft legislation. Republicans selected 13 men – and no women – to do that.

What’s the status of repeal effort?

Ted Cruz is on the panel.
Ted Cruz is on the panel. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Asked whether the White House wanted a woman on the panel, press secretary Sean Spicer said: “I think the more voices that we can put on a panel to get this done, the better.” Democrats sent a letter asking Republicans to include them in the process.

Republicans in fiery town halls

Mitch McConnell’s on the panel.
Mitch McConnell’s on the panel. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are on the panel. So are majority leader Mitch McConnell and his top three deputies.

Mike Lee’s on the panel.
Mike Lee’s on the panel. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

The 18-day Flynn delay

Why did Donald Trump wait 18 days to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn after being warned of his compromised status on Russia? Spicer blamed the messenger and said he was “not aware of any” restrictions on Flynn’s security access after the warning.

Just how bad is the Flynn scandal?

Not that he knows of.
Not that he knows of. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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4Comey testimony inaccurate – reports

Sources close to an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices said director James Comey got it wrong when he testified that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded hundreds of thousands of emails to her husband. The fallout, if any, is unclear.

Read the scoop

Testify. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Sick burn

5Not naming names

“You get the politicians you deserve,” Barack Obama told an audience in Milan. “And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.”

Obama in Italy.
Obama in Italy. Photograph: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images
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