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West Wing Reads for 7/31/17

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Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

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"Trump to award first Medal of Honor to Vietnam Army medic"

- Darlene Superville, Associated Press

On Monday, President Donald Trump will award America’s highest military honor to James McCloughan, an Army medic from Michigan, who “risked his life multiple times to rescue Vietnam War comrades,” according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. McCloughan voluntarily entered the “kill zone” to rescue his Army comrades, “even as he was pelted with shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade,” the Tribune writes. He’s risked his life on nine separate occasions, and suffered wounds on three different occasions, “but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans,” the White House said in its announcement last month.
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On Obamacare repeal and replace, The Arizona Republic’s Robert Robb writes that the Obamacare exchanges are “imploding” and Democrats in Congress “don’t really want to fix Obamacare. They just want to prop it up with more subsidies.”

Meanwhile, The Federalist’s Ben Domenech explains why Republicans’ lies are to blame for their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, with many GOP Senators willing to “talk the talk,” but not “walk the walk.”

The Orange County Register editorial board writes that the President “may have a point” in calling for the Senate to get rid of the filibuster to pass health care reform, saying “the Founding Fathers wanted the legislative process to be slow and deliberative, but they did not want it held hostage to a requirement for supermajority support.”

In the Trump Administration’s quest to lower drug prices and make healthcare more affordable, Bloomberg View’s editorial board praises FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb and his strategy to bring down drug prices through greater competition from generics.

Regarding historic Democratic obstruction, at Fox News, former U.S. Sentencing Commission economist John R. Lott writes that “Democrats have done everything they can to slow down all of President Trump’s nominees,” highlighting the case of “non-controversial” nominee of Kevin Hassett to be CEA chair.