Trump Releases Health Care Plan, Hannity Hurls Insults On Twitter, And The Company Scalia Kept

March 3, 2016 10:52 a.m.

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March 3, 2016

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Donald Trump Releases Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

The Gist: The GOP front-runner released a proposal for a health care plan that would replace Obamacare if he is elected president.

What Does John Roberts Think Of The Battle Over Scalia’s Successor?

The Gist: The current situation has put Chief Justice Roberts in an awkward position. Senate Republicans have picked this fight with the White House in the hopes that a future GOP president can ultimately pick a Scalia successor, restoring the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. But in doing so, they also embroiled the court in the very partisan contentiousness from which Roberts tries to insulate the court.

Hannity Loses It After Reporter Quotes Rubio Staffer Calling Him ‘F*cking A**hole’

The Gist:  After Politico reporter Marc Caputo tweeted quotes from an anonymous Sen. Marco Rubio staffer calling Fox News’ Sean Hannity a “fucking asshole,” the conservative pundit took to Twitter to hurl insults at the journalist.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Wednesday was probably the most press retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has received since he said the Chinese were in Syria and tried to convince everyone he was accepted to West Point. Not only did one of most trusted advisers say “there is no pathway” to the nomination for Carson, but later on Carson agreed, reported TPM writer Caitlin Cruz.

Carson’s statement said, “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.” He’ll be elaborating on this not-ending-my-campaign announcement in a speech on Friday. This is about as close as Carson can get to suspending his campaign (the legalese necessary to end a presidential bid) without actually doing it.

Agree or Disagree?

“Most sophisticated party observers must realize that if the party establishment bands together to deny Trump the nomination even though he’s won by by far the most delegates, they are in all likelihood conceding the election. Most of the ‘contested convention’ talk now is just people who are in denial about what’s happening. I would say virtually all of it. But I got the first inclinations late today that certain party stakeholders may be genuinely considering the possibility of throwing away the presidential election over Trump.” – Josh Marshall 

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “So let’s see: President Trump’s jobs plan would be to continue to outsource jobs from the US to make companies more competitive and productive, allowing them to “funnel more into the economy” and create more jobs, acknowledging that American workers may lose employment opportunities, but sometimes outsourcing is “a necessary step.” And yet the numbskulls whose jobs he would send overseas will turn out to vote for him in droves. Do I have this wrong? This is a policy the US worker should get behind???”

Related: A Trump blog post from 2005 shows how the presidential candidate is actually in favor of outsourcing jobs.

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What We’re Reading

Scalia’s hunting friends may reveal something deeper about his character. (The New Yorker)

Forcing veteran reporters out of dying newsrooms is bad for democracy. (The Nation)

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