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Following a new wave of threats to Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the United States, the White House on Monday issued a brief statement condemning the threatening phone calls.

"Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

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House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Thursday issued new subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts seeking documents related to their probes into ExxonMobil, reinvigorating the panel's investigation into those states' efforts.

But it looks like the stalemate between Smith and the attorneys general will continue, as both officials plan to ignore the chairman's demands for information on their efforts to determine whether Exxon misled investors regarding climate change.

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LATE UPDATE Feb. 17, 9:21 a.m.: After this story was published, Huntington Beach Police Information Officer Jennifer Marlatt amended her earlier statement, clarifying that Rohrabacher's staffer was later transferred to the hospital where injuries were discovered.

The female employee stated she did strike her head and other parts of her body during the fall. She declined to be transported by paramedics, but she was transported to the hospital by her friend. This was written in the report. It was unknown what injuries the female sustained at the time of the report. I’ve been advised after going to the hospital, injuries were discovered.

Original story below: Rep. Dan Rohrabacher (R-CA) and California police provided starkly different accounts of an altercation between a staffer and demonstrator at one of his district offices, with the GOP lawmaker charging that a "violent" assault occurred and police describing the incident as an honest mistake.

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The day after the Trump administration unveiled a proposed rule aimed at stabilizing the health insurance market, a former Obama administration official warned on Thursday that the regulation could actually contribute to market instability.

"It came out in a context where there are some much more important things the administration is doing that are undermining market stability. And the rule itself, its most impactful provision, is also undermining market stability," Aviva Aron-Dine, former official in the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama.

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In a hastily-called Thursday press conference carried live on national TV, President Donald Trump was completely off the map.

During the hour-plus event in the East Room of the White House, ostensibly held to announce the nomination of his new pick for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, the President instead ticked off items from his long list of grievances while making sometimes unintelligible exclamations about the most pressing issues of the day.

He declared that a nuclear holocaust started by Russia and the U.S. would be “like no other.” Harkening back to campaign mode, he railed against the “dishonest” media, asserted he would never comment on foreign policy specifics to the media, and declared that the country of Russia was “fake news.”

Asked about the flood of leaks pouring out of his White House, he lamented that this “very confidential, classified” information was being released to the press, while simultaneously arguing that the reporting based on those real leaks was “fake.”

Despite his belligerent tone and the calling out of individual reporters, the President also insisted he was “having a great time” and “not ranting and raving.”

In short, it was a doozy.

TPM gathered the 8 most jaw-dropping moments below.

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Republicans are considering phasing out Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in their Affordable Care Act repeal. As part of the phase out, they would allow the Medicaid expansion states to "freeze" the acceptance of new enrollees, while non-expansion states would be given additional funding from a separate mechanism to "level the playing field" among the states.

The idea comes as a major fight is brewing internally among Republicans over whether to dismantle the Medicaid expansion when they attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year. However, many of the details are yet to be worked out, and it's unclear how it would fit within GOP lawmakers' plans to block grant the Medicaid program, which is a major priority in their health care overhaul.

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