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Analysts say Trump agenda may not be derailed by health care defeat

CLOSE Analysts say Trump agenda may not be derailed by health care defeat
Analysts say Trump agenda may not be derailed by health care defeat

House speaker Paul Ryan explained his decision for cancelling a vote on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare. USA TODAY


President Trump in the Oval Office announcing he approved a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline March 24, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

WASHINGTON — He tweeted it in 2011: “Know when to walk away from the table."

That’s precisely what President Trump did on the Republican legislation largely repealing and replacing Obamacare. He shut down negotiations Thursday night and on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled the bill from consideration, with Trump's consent.

While conventional wisdom might say a major loss on his first legislative push as president could derail the rest of his agenda, political operatives and analysts say Trump and his fortunes have rarely lined up with convention.

“I don’t necessarily think at the end of the day, this is going to be a great failure of the presidency like many will suggest,” said Craig Robinson, founder and editor of “I think Trump’s going to use this to kind of show that he’s separate from the Congress, and if you want to put heat on people to do something, put it on them.”

But Trump did repeat over and over on the campaign trail that he would repeal Obamacare, so the failure to get it done will have some impact. The bill was drafted by Republican lawmakers led by Ryan and not the White House, but Trump “did wrap his arms around it,” said Lilly Goren, political science professor at Carroll University in Wisconsin.

"And he said, you know, this is what we're going to work on, this is what we're going to get passed, and I'm the deal maker, and so I'm going to make the deals to move this through," she said. "And so he can't quite completely disassociate himself from it."

Trump worked the phones for days, held numerous meetings with lawmakers, and even provided concessions to conservative Republicans who said the legislation didn’t go far enough.

“He’s left everything on the field when it comes to this bill,” press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday. “The president has been working throughout the week on this… Over 120 members have personally had a visit, call or a meeting here at the White House in the past few days.”

The bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, would have replaced large swaths of the Affordable Care Act, including requirements that individuals maintain insurance at all times and that larger companies provide it to employees. It kept intact provisions that allow children to stay on their parents plans until age 26 and prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

In a last-ditch effort to win over conservatives on Friday morning, House leaders added changes negotiated by Trump and Republican members that would have, among other things, eliminated minimum requirements for insurance plans to cover 10 " essential health benefits ," including maternity care, emergency room trips and prescription drugs.

But some hard-liners from the influential Freedom Caucus, whose votes were


It's official: Self-proclaimed Nazi changes name to Hitler

USA Today Network Nick Muscavage, (Bridgewater, N.J.) Courier News Published 4:47 p.m. ET March 24, 2017 | Updated 6 hours ago

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It's official: Self-proclaimed Nazi changes name to Hitler

A New Jersey man is trying to legally change his last name to Hitler. Matt Hoffman reports. Buzz60


Isidore Heath Campbell of Shippensburg, Pa. recently received legal approval March 24, 2017, to change his surname to Hitler. Campbell, whose name change becomes effective May 8, poses in a Nazi uniform he created. (Photo: Courtesy of Isidore Heath Campbell)

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey judge signed off Friday on a request for a self-proclaimed Nazi to change his name to Hitler , effective May 8.

So in a little more than a month, Isidore Heath Campbell will legally become Isidore Heath Hitler. He had filed a request Feb. 14 in Hunterdon County Superior Court for the name change.

No one contested it, so Judge Michael O'Neill signed the order Friday without Campbell appearing for a hearing.

"I'm named after a hero," Campbell said when a reporter contacted him. "The judge approved it. My name is Hitler now."

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New Jersey law has few legal restrictions on names, and the state's Office of Vital Statistics and Registry can reject a name only because it contains an obscenity, numerals or symbols or a combination that is "illegible," according to a 2014 blog entry from the Philadelphia law firm of  Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel .

Campbell's children, who now are in foster care, apparently will not share the new Hitler surname. His court papers listed only himself.

It's official: Self-proclaimed Nazi changes name to Hitler

Isidore Heath Campbell of Holland Township, N.J., petitioned Feb. 14, 2017, to change his surname to Hitler. He appears here in an undated file photo; more recently he has grown a mustache similar to the Nazi leader.   (Photo: (Bridgewater, N.J.) Courier News)

In December 2008, Campbell drew national attention after a supermarket bakery refused to write, "Happy Birthday, Adolf Hitler" on a cake for the third birthday of one of his sons, Adolf Hitler Campbell. The father complained that the refusal constituted discrimination, and another bakery fulfilled his request.

That child, as well as Heinrich Hons Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell are in foster care because of alleged violence in the Campbell family home, but Campbell disputes that.

"They took them over a name," Campbell said Friday and then proceeded to disparage that judge. "My son's name is Adolf Hitler. They ... went ahead and did what they did."

Campbell listed a temporary Shippensburg, Pa., address on Friday's court papers but once lived in Holland Township, N.J.

Last year, he was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Pennsylvania for an aggravated-assault charge in connection with a domestic-violence incident. In a plea deal, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years probation on obstruction of justice charges and resisting arrest.

Campbell also was the leader of the pro-Nazi group Hitler's Order that he founded


Why there's still a fight in Tennessee about where to bury President James K. Polk

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Why there's still a fight in Tennessee about where to bury President James K. Polk

Over 100 years since he was last moved, James K. Polk might have a new final resting place. Kirk A. Bado

Polk's plaque near his Nashville home.

This plaque is erected near the former location of Polk Place on Seventh and Union in Nashville. (Photo: Duane Gang / The Tennessean)

NASHVILLE — There is still a fight about where to bury President James K. Polk.

Nearly 168 years after he died and more than a century since the last time his body was exhumed and relocated, there's yet another battle underway over whether to move his remains — this time, from the state Capitol in Nashville to the Polk family home 50 miles south in Columbia.

The dispute has pitted descendants against one another, with one saying the move is a "step toward grave robbery." But supporters, including some state lawmakers, say relocating his body will better preserve his legacy. The state Senate is expected to take up a resolution next week, a first step in relocating Polk's remains.

"He’s a president from Tennessee, and he deserves respect," said Tom Price, the curator of the James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia.

So how did it come to this, the latest chapter in the bizarre saga behind Polk’s remains? There's even a new Twitter account — Polk Journey Home — set up this month to support the move to Columbia.

James Polk, president 1845-1849.

James Polk, president 1845-1849.   (Photo: Library of Congress)

Born in North Carolina, Polk grew up in Columbia. He served in the state House, U.S. House and later became Tennessee's ninth governor before his election to the presidency. After leaving office, Polk settled in Nashville only to die suddenly of cholera in 1849, just a few months after leaving the White House.

To prevent further spread of the cholera epidemic, the former president was buried — with honors — in the Nashville City Cemetery. But about a year later, his body was exhumed and moved to Polk Place, his Nashville home. His wife, Sarah Childress Polk, insisted the casket be opened so she could confirm that the body unearthed from the “makeshift mausoleum” was indeed the nation's 11th president.

A couple of years after her death in 1891, a family disagreement forced the courts to toss out the former president's will — which called for his burial at Polk Place — and order the home sold. It was then that Polk's remains moved to the Capitol.

Today, Polk is buried among a grove of trees on the east lawn of the Capitol, the northernmost on a row of memorials to Tennessee’s most influential political figures. Polk Place no longer exists, long since razed. A hotel now sits on the site.

The possibility of another move has many family members distraught.

"Every step they take is one step toward grave robbery,” said Teresa Elam, a seventh-generation niece of Polk from Wilson County. “It would be like taking someone out of Arlington (National Cemetery) and taking them to the family farm and putting them behind the


Campus news of the week: Wrestling champs, a nerf gun scare, the best crying spots and more

Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College . There are around five thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.

Penn State: Wrestling champs … again

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Penn State Nittany Lions wrestler Bo Nickal celebrates after defeating Cornell Big Red wrestler Gabe Dean during the 184 weight class finals for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center, March 18, 2017. (Photo: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)

Penn State University has won six national wrestling championships in the last seven years, stunning fans  with five individual competitor wins at this year’s NCAA wrestling championship in St. Louis.

Also:  Pride Week was held on campus all this week with several events, culminating with a march Friday, all organized by the Penn State LGBTQA organization.

Boston College: Wicked cool food service updates

Boston College’s dining services has introduced a pick-up window to a campus cafeteria spot. It’s also rolling out a mobile app for students to order ahead of time. Does your school also have cool dining services like this?

U Chicago: Culprit behind offensive posters charged

An Illinois male was found and charged with  felony criminal damage to property over controversial posters that were seen as anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist on the University of Chicago campus this month. Police also believe he is behind similar posters found in December. He’s been banned from campus grounds.

Syracuse: New course about Trump

Want to study President Donald Trump? Head to Syracuse University, where the College of Visual and Performing Arts will offer a class taking a look at pop culture and rhetoric of Trump next fall semester.

Harvard: Sexual misconduct case goes on

Harvard University’s request to dismiss a case investigating their Title IX investigation regarding sexual assault compliance was denied  by a Massachusetts district court. The case is over an alum’s experience with her sexual assault complaint during her time at Harvard.

Plus:  A student activist group, Divest Harvard, says they will occupy Massachusetts Hall on campus next week to demand the full divestment from coal producers after the university voted to not divest. This comes after Columbia decided to divest following much protest.

Ball State: Zombie game gone wrong

This isn’t exactly how a Humans vs. Zombies game is supposed to go: Ball State University was told to shelter in place after someone called in a sighting of a gun near the library. It turned out to be a Nerf gun, wielded by a graduate invited to play the game with students. The game is now suspended on campus.

UMass: New basketball coach drops out

Talk about last minute: Just 15 minutes before University of Massachusetts was set to announce Pat Kelsey as the new men’s basketball coach, he backed out of the opportunity. ESPN says he no longer wanted the job and may head back to Winthrop University.

NYU: Repeated opposition to Trump travel

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