Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Congressman Mark Pocan holds town hall in Speaker Paul Ryan's district: WDJT-TV Ch. 58 reports: Congressman Mark Pocan, one of the most progressive democrats in congress, stepped into Speaker Paul Ryan's district today to hold a town hall with Ryan's constituents. "It's not that it's just your member of congress that is hiding from you all. And I know that Paul Ryan is not representing your values. I feel like he's rolling over and having the president rub his belly," Pocan said. When asked if there was some disrespect meant in doing this, Rep. Pocan replied: "I think it's disrespectful to drop 24 million people from having health insurance coverage." About 175 people gathered in Kenosha for a town hall style event with Madison-Area congressman Mark Pocan. They were voicing concerns on the new health care bill and republican leadership.

Gov. Scott Walker: I'm "ready" for re-election bid: The Associated Press reports: Gov. Scott Walker plans to tell Republican insiders at the state party convention this weekend that he's "ready" to run for a third term next year, which he is widely expected to do but which he won't officially announce until this summer. The convention, which kicked off Friday at a Wisconsin Dells water park, brings together Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a host of Republican Senate hopefuls. Walker and Ryan are both slated to speak Saturday, along with other GOP office holders. In excerpts of his speech released Friday, Walker edges ever closer to formally launching his re-election bid by citing recent GOP wins in the state, including President Donald Trump's victory.

Paul Ryan Still Talking Up The Idea Of Privatizing Medicare: Tierney Sneed of Talking Points Memo reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t let go of his cherished idea of privatizing Medicare and in an interview with a local Wisconsin radio station Friday, suggested that a blueprint for overhauling Medicare would advance in the Budget Committee again this year. “The question is, can we get everyone else to agree” Ryan said on the Vicki McKenna Show. “And that’s just an ongoing conversation we’re having.” Earlier in the interview Ryan said overhauling Social Security and Medicare — two programs President Trump vowed not to touch on the campaign trail — has “long” been his “plan.” “That’s a discussion we’re having ongoing with the administration,” he said, later adding, “I do really believe we need to do Medicare reform.”

Trump threatens to cancel White House briefings because it is ‘not possible’ for his staff to speak with ‘perfect accuracy’ : Philip Rucker of the Washington Post reports: President Trump threatened Friday morning to end White House press briefings, arguing that “it is not possible” for his staff to speak with “perfect accuracy” to the American public. Trump's comments come after his description of his decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey in an NBC News interview Thursday flatly contradicted the accounts provided earlier by White House officials, including Vice President Pence, exposing their explanations as misleading and in some cases false. In a pair of tweets sent Friday, Trump suggested he might do away with the daily press briefings at the White House and instead have his spokesmen communicate to the public only via “written responses.”

'Modern Family' Creator and former WI reporter Steve Levitan preps for UW Commencement Speech: WKOW-TV reportsUW-Madison announced earlier this year that Hollywood producer Steve Levitan will be the university's Spring commencement speaker. Levitan is a UW-Madison alum, and also co-creator and executive producer of the ABC hit comedy "Modern Family". He will deliver the keynote speech at the May 13 commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium. Prior to his twenty plus years in Hollywood, the Emmy-award winning producer studied journalism at the university and was a former reporter at WKOW-TV in Madison.

 

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