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A counterterrorism expert says White House aide Sebastian Gorka rang him up this week to threaten legal action and "berate" him for repeatedly questioning Gorka's credibility on Twitter.

Newsweek on Thursday published what it said was audio of a phone call between Gorka and Michael S. Smith II, a terrorism analyst who's advised members of Congress and, like Gorka, weighed in on the issue as a commentator on TV news.

Smith and Gorka, the former Breitbart News editor whose hardline take on Islam and ties to fringe, anti-Muslim activists have drawn criticism since he was appointed deputy assistant to the President, can be heard trading barbs for more than 14 minutes in the audio of the call.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND—Richard Spencer's attempt to troll the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C. did not last long.

Not invited by CPAC organizers, the white nationalist and self-identified leader of the alt-right purchased a ticket and showed up anyway. Spencer sat in the audience wearing a brown three-piece suit and a smirk as one of the conference's organizers gave a speech titled "The Alt Right Ain't Right At All."

Less than an hour later, Spencer was escorted out of the hotel by security.

“He is not welcome here," CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters told TPM. "His views are repugnant and have absolutely nothing to do with what goes on here.”

Before leaving the hotel, Spencer told TPM why he decided to attend and why he believes conservatives are moving in his direction.

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New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill on Wednesday indicated that the department will ignore new Department of Homeland Security memos that increase the number of undocumented immigrants prioritized for deportation and call on local law enforcement to help federal agents.

In an internal memo, O'Neill reminded officers of the department's policies on undocumented immigrants and tells officers not to carry out federal immigration enforcement.

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Republicans home in their districts for the week faced more rowdy crowds at town halls on Wednesday night.

In events that drew hundreds of constituents, these GOPers were often pressed about their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, and some faced shouts and jeers. At a town hall in Louisiana, attendees even turned their backs on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) as he tried to give a PowerPoint presentation on his replacement plan. The protest forced him to ditch his planned talking points and answer questions instead.

Below is a roundup of Wednesday's district events:

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During a town hall in Arkansas on Wednesday night, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) faced a raucous crowd of about 2,000 people for two hours as attendees jeered and quizzed him on Republican plans to repeal Obamacare and the senator's support for President Donald Trump.

As Cotton attempted to answer questions, he was often met with chants like "Do your job" and "tax return," according to CNN.

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For the second day in a row, protests followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to a ticketed local chamber of commerce event.

As he spoke at a Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce event in Louisville, hundreds of protesters stood outside shouting chants like "No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call," according to Louisville television station WAVE.

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With Republicans lawmakers home in their districts for the week, members of Congress faced large crowds at town halls across the United States on Tuesday.

At the events, lawmakers faced questions about plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and concerns about President Donald Trump. Some Republicans were met with jeers and boos from the crowd, like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). Protesters even gathered outside events that were not billed as public town halls, as was the case with a luncheon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attended.

Below is a roundup of Tuesday's notable town halls:

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As hundreds of protesters gathered at the Montana state capitol for a speech from Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker postponed his address under two hours before he was scheduled to speak.

Daines will instead give a speech on Wednesday, and his office said that the delay had nothing to do with the protest, according to Montana Public Radio.

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In a sign that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress aren't prepared to burn down Obamacare just yet, they have jointly asked for a delay in a lawsuit that was originally intended to undermine the Affordable Care Act, back when President Obama would have had to handle the fallout.

Instead, with Republicans in control of all of Washington, the House of Representatives and the Justice Department have asked a federal appeals court to hold off on ruling on the fate of a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act—the subsidies paid to insurance companies to help keep out-of-pocket costs down for low-income patients.

Had the Trump administration dropped its appeal, the multi-billion dollar subsidies could have ceased, triggering chaos in the insurance market and likely pushing several companies to either sharply increase their premiums or cease participating in the exchanges altogether.

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