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DC Daily: President Trump meets with House Republicans in latest health care bill push

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 13:03:12-04

What's happening in the political world:

President stresses importance of health care bill in meeting with House GOP
-- President Trump reportedly issued this warning to House Republicans during a closed session meeting on the health care bill: "I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don't get this done."

In the single biggest political test of his presidency thus far, the President is looking to carry the Obamacare repeal and replace bill across the finish line.

Republican leaders are looking to the President to use the full power of his bully pulpit and negotiating skills to pressure members who are still on the fence before Thursday's planned vote.

On Monday, House Republicans made changes to the health care bill meant to reassure both conservatives and moderates who have a distinct set of concerns about the legislation.


Confirmation hearings for Gorsuch continue
-- Neil Gorsuch, the president's Supreme Court nominee, entered his second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday morning. The hearing, which could last as long as 10 hours, will include questions from senators on the Judiciary Committee.

Several senators signaled Monday their upcoming line of questioning by bringing up specific decisions or comments by Gorsuch that they didn't like.


Trump does not address Comey testimony at rally
-- At a rally in Kentucky Monday, the president did not speak on the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, who confirmed that the FBI was investigating Russia's possible meddling in the 2016 election. Comey had also testified that there was no information to back Trump's claims that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

The event, which saw Trump return to the campaign trail for a confidence-infusing rally, capped one of the most consequential days of his presidency.


U.S. bans electronics on some Middle East flights
-- Airlines flying directly from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must prevent passengers from carrying almost all electronic devices in the cabin, according to new security restrictions from the Trump administration.

Passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone -- including iPads, Kindles and laptops -- before clearing security or boarding, U.S. officials said, citing terrorism concerns.


Ivanka Trump getting White House office
-- President Trump's eldest daughter will be working out of an office at the White House, a White House official told CNN.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, has been a senior White House adviser since the outset of the administration.

She made regular appearances on the campaign trail and has been by her father's side during many major moments of his early presidency. The move into a West Wing office brings her role in the administration closer to formality and puts one of the commander-in-chief's closest confidants on firmer ground.