In it, but not of it. TPM DC

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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To pay for their Obamacare replacement provisions, House Republicans are considering imposing a major change to the tax treatment of employer-based insurance plans as part of their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

House members coming out of a GOP-caucus meeting Thursday on their health care overhaul plans said that capping the tax exclusion for employer plans -- i.e. imposing a monetary limit at which point health benefits are taxed like other forms of income -- was discussed as a potential revenue booster. The proposal is somewhat like the ACA's Cadillac tax, which was hated by Democrats and Republicans alike, and is often included in GOP replacement plans, including the "Better Way" outline offered by Speaker Paul Ryan last summer. Capping the exclusion could solve the problem for Republicans of how to pay for their replacement, as many of them have said that the ACA's current taxes need to be repealed right away. But since it will affect the types of plans used by a vast plurality of Americans, it won't come without a political fight.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday denied that the intelligence community withholds information from President Donald Trump, following a Wall Street Journal report that officials have sometimes left sensitive details out of his daily intelligence briefings.

"Any suggestion that the U.S. Intelligence Community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the President and his national security team is not true," the ODNI said in a statement.

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How to deal with Medicaid expansion has become the latest sticking point in Republicans’ effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. While most lawmakers acknowledge it’s a major source of tension, there appears to have not been any decisions made yet as to whether states should be able to keep their expanded eligibility -- and whether the federal government should continue to subsidize a vast majority of it.

“That’s the $94 question, and I think there will be an incredible tug of war,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-NC), a House conservative who unveiled his own Obamacare replacement plan Wednesday.

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