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As the House struggles to agree on a path forward on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, GOP leaders may cave to a demand from hardline conservatives to scrap Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits rule—the mandate that insurance plans cover things like hospitalizations, prescription drugs, mental health and maternity care.

TPM asked Republicans on the other side of the Capitol about whether such a move would fly in the Senate.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), when asked if he supports scrapping EHBs, deadpanned: "I sure don't want my mammogram benefits taken away."

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Conservatives have long targeted the National Endowment for the Arts when looking for ways to trim the federal budget, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has come out in support of the endowment, arguing that it's a crucial government program.

The former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of President Donald Trump is calling on the administration to abandon its budget blueprint proposal to eliminate the NEA.

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Republicans are mulling a change to their health care legislation that stands to transform the types of plans offered on the insurance market, blow up the cost to the government of the GOP legislation and could put comprehensive coverage out of reach for the consumers who need it most.

In a last-dash of deal-making before the bill comes to the floor for a vote, conservatives are pushing for a provision that would dismantle the so-called 10 Essential Health Benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Such a provision could be added within hours of when the bill is voted on, and before the Congressional Budget Office or other outside experts have a chance to analyze its effect.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) apologized to his colleagues behind closed doors Thursday after going straight to the media and then the White House to claim that Trump transition staffers’ communications were “incidentally” picked up by the U.S. intelligence community, according to one Democrat on the committee.

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President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine on Wednesday for an interview centered on the idea of "truth," which prompted the President to fiercely defend some of the most baseless and bizarre claims he has made both on the campaign trail and while serving in office.

Trump repeatedly insisted throughout the interview that he has great instincts and that his political predictions tend to come true, while brushing off questions about whether he knew there was any truth to his statements at the time he actually made them.

Below are the wildest moments from Trump's interview with Time.

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