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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, following a meeting with President Donald Trump inside. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Speaker Paul Ryan downplays divisions over health plan

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday pushed back at claims his draft plan on health care amounts to “Obamacare lite” and will not attract enough GOP votes to pass, saying it is a bold overhaul that had wide appeal during the campaign.

Hilary Ross, center, watches as Vice President Mike Pence swears-in new Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in the Vice President's ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Wilbur Ross sworn in as Commerce secretary

Associated Press

President Donald Trump has a Commerce secretary. Vice President Mike Pence has administered the oath of office to Wilbur Ross on Tuesday, a day after the Senate voted 72-27 to confirm him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks before a concert during the national celebrations of the 'Defenders of the Fatherland Day' at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Paul Ryan: ‘We need to get answers’ on Russia

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday that the House and Senate intelligence committees are the proper venues for looking into issues surrounding Russia’s attempted interference in last year’s election and said “we need to get answers” on the matter.

In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, left, talks with Kay Marcel, of Urbandale, Iowa, during a town hall meeting in Urbandale, Iowa. A week of protests and raucous town halls isn't deterring President Donald Trump or the Republican congressional leadership. They're "staying the course" on health care, taxes and other issues. But the national pushback leaves some Republicans wary, not only about the next steps on the agenda but the possibility it could prove costly in next year's elections. (AP Photo/Linley Sanders)

Trump: Obama is ‘behind’ the town hall protests

- The Washington Times

President Trump says he thinks former President Obama is “behind” the recent protests at town halls that Republican congressmen have been holding in their districts and that some of the government leaks could be coming from people loyal to Mr. Obama.

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions watches from the background as his Senate replacement Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., is welcomed at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justice Department withdraws Obama-era challenge to Texas voter ID law

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration is reversing yearslong federal support for a legal challenge to Texas’ toughest-in-the-nation voter identification law, withdrawing a Justice Department claim of discrimination from a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, one of which called the reversal an “extraordinary disappointment.”

Trump to order water rule to be reconsidered

- The Washington Times

President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to channel the wisdom of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in reconsidering an Obama administration rule that expanded Washington’s jurisdiction over state and local waterways under the Clean Water Act.

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Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks

- Associated Press

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked.

Christie nominates ally to Port Authority board

Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a political ally whose name came up at the George Washington Bridge lane closure trial to serve on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Florida Legislature at "open war" with state Supreme Court

- Associated Press

The Republican-dominated Legislature's tense relationship with the state Supreme Court is hanging over this year's legislative session as lawmakers take up two bills to deal with the aftermath of court rulings that Republicans don't like.