* Thomas Kaplan reports on what it’s like for Republican members of Congress when they go home these days:

Michelle Roelandts had a question for her congressman: If the Affordable Care Act and its premium subsidies were repealed, what would happen when her daughter turns 26 this year and needs to get her own health insurance while attending law school?

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a durable Wisconsin Republican who has served in the House since 1979, had little to offer in response. “If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” Mr. Sensenbrenner said at a town-hall-style meeting on Saturday, where about 70 people packed a room at the Pewaukee Public Library.

Ms. Roelandts’s question and others like it are being asked with increasing anger and urgency across the country, and Republicans have found themselves on the defensive — for all their fury aimed at repealing the law, so far they have not offered an alternative.

Soon after, a man yelled to Mr. Sensenbrenner: “How many times did you vote to repeal without knowing what the replacement would be? How many times? Dozens!”

C’mon, what do they expect — responsible policy-making that considers the impact of the decisions the Republican Congress makes on people’s lives? Please.

* Ben White reports that Steve Mnuchin is really shaking things up at the Treasury Department:

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, likely to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday, is reaching into the Republican establishment and Wall Street to fill out senior leadership roles in his department.

Senior Goldman Sachs banker Jim Donovan is under strong consideration for deputy Treasury secretary and could serve as Mnuchin’s No. 2 if confirmed by the Senate, people familiar with the matter said. Justin Muzinich, a former Morgan Stanley banker now at Muzinich, is likely to take a senior position possibly as undersecretary for domestic finance or counselor, the people said. The counselor position would not require Senate confirmation.

Drain the…executive suites of Goldman and Morgan Stanley so they can make sure Washington serves Wall Street’s interests before returning for their multi-million dollar paydays! Or the drain the swamp! Whichever!

* Sahil Kapur has some illuminating behind-the-scenes reporting on the last time Republicans tried, and failed, to come up with their own alternative to Obamacare, because they couldn’t achieve consensus. This time, though, Republicans say they’ll figure it all out, because they have to, now they actually can get the law repealed. Uh oh! Gulp!gs

* Ari Berman reports that building on the Trump administration’s lies about voter fraud, Republicans are planning a wave of state laws making it harder to vote.

* Esme Cribb reports that Nancy Pelosi is the latest official to call for Michael Flynn to be fired. Which means Trump won’t fire him, just to spite her. Which means the scandal will grow. Which means…

* Peter Beinart looks at the formerly skeptical Republicans who have found a way to support the President by being anti-anti-Trump.

* Zack Beauchamp examines the radical Islamophobes who have an alarming amount of influence with the Trump administration.

* Rachel Cohen follows New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman around to see what the life of an A.G. fighting the Trump administration is like.

* Jennifer Rubin says Republicans are trying to convince themselves that the voter anger directed at them is meaningless and doesn’t threaten their majorities in Congress.

* Dahlia Lithwick and Jack Goldsmith explain why no matter what anyone says, the Department of Justice is never going to be apolitical.

* John Stoehr has a good piece arguing that for a strongman, Donald Trump is showing a lot of weakness.

* And Fernando Peinado reports that White House policy czar Stephen Miller got his start as a high school student in southern California writing ultra-nationalist newspaper columns and mocking immigrant students whose English was less than perfect.

 



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