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After Media, Dems Blast Zinke-Murkowski “Blackmail,” the Two Make Up

Media outlets and Democrats made hay out of reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) over her health care vote. They made up this week.

Lisa Murkowski

The headlines were eye-popping:

  • CNN: Murkowski says Zinke contacted her in wake of health care votes
  • CBS News: Interior secretary called Murkowski to say Trump “wasn’t pleased” with her health care vote
  • Alaska Dispatch News: Trump administration threatens retribution against Alaska over Murkowski health votes
  • The Washington Post: Messing with Murkowski may not be illegal, but it sure wasn’t very smart

Media made hay over the alleged feud between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – regarding Murkowski’s vote on health care reform – and Democrats promised an investigation.

Is the feud overblown, though?

Secretary Zinke tweeted out a picture of him and Murkowski enjoying some beers together on Thursday:

It appears Zinke and Murkowski have made up, poking a hole in the narrative of a Cabinet member warring with a U.S. senator.