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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

June 13, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nihilist Ted, Back To The Back Bench

Failed campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will now recast himself as a party leader whose legislative agenda was endorsed by donors who backed him and citizens who cast their votes for him in primaries and caucuses. After reading 55 bills and 115 resolutions filed by Cruz, here’s the takeaway. Cruz is a destroyer.

June 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a state dinner in the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Barack Obama Doesn’t Get The Credit He Deserves

The stock market nearing new highs? Bubble! Jobless claims at a 43-year low? The numbers must be fake! More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance? Obamacare can’t possibly be helping anyone because I know a guy who knows someone’s doctor who said…

May 2, 2016
Secret Service agents surround Donald Trump during a disturbance as he speaks at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Trump Health Plan Would Increase Deficit and Leave Millions Uninsured, report says

Trump’s plan would drive up the federal deficit by nearly $500 billion over the next decade and cause 21 million Americans to lose health coverage.

March 14, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department Washington

If Obama Wasn’t ‘Black’ Before, He Certainly Is Now

To be black is not to share a common geography, class or family status, but rather, the common experience of being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white.

February 29, 2016
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5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
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Michael McDonald: Here’s What You Need To Do When Filing Your 2015 Tax Return

Each year, the IRS makes a host of procedural changes that complicate the filing of tax returns.

January 27, 2016
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Sharp Clinton-Sanders Debate Foreshadows Primary Battles

Due to Sunday’s Democratic debate, health care policy is now being talked about.

January 19, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Nebraska and Louisiana at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

Under Obama, Government’s Safety Net Has Expanded

Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government’s safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further as he closed out his seventh year.

January 19, 2016
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act celebrates after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote in Washington

Obama Vetoes Legislative Bid To Dismantle Signature Healthcare Law

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) says that under a Republican president, health care reform would be repealed next year.

January 8, 2016
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5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016
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The North Carolina Experiment: How One State Is Trying To Reshape Medicaid

North Carolina is in the process of overhauling its Medicaid program.

October 27, 2015
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Mitt Romney Now Celebrates His Greatest Accomplishment — Obamacare

Now that he’s out of politics, even Mitt Romney is finally able to embrace the truth.

October 23, 2015
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Jeb Bush’s Unfortunate “LIE” Sign

A bunch of people have noticed a problem with Jeb Bush’s setup for his big speech on health care.

October 13, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015
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Clinton Calls For Repeal Of ‘Cadillac Tax’ On High-End Healthcare Plans

Hillary Clinton: “I encourage Congress to repeal the so-called Cadillac Tax, which applies to some employer-based health plans, and to fully pay for the cost of repeal.”

September 29, 2015
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Obamacare After Obama

Obamacare now seems safe. Its imperfections well-documented, it remains a work in progress. But whoever is the next president should be grateful to have a universal health care program on which to build

September 22, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

5 Imaginary Problems GOP Candidates Would Rather Solve Than Real Ones

In case you missed them during three hours of pessimism, lies, and awkward posturing, here are five imaginary crises Republican candidates will fix by repeating all of the mistakes we’ve already made.

September 21, 2015
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Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the recent Iran nuclear deal during a news conference at the White House in Washington

5 Reasons Barack Obama May Be Having The Best Year Of Any Recent President

Republicans hated — and tried to obstruct — President Obama from his first day in office. Nevertheless, he has achieved much of what he set out to do. And it’s worth noting just how much Obama achieved in the last year alone.

July 20, 2015
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Polls: Americans Like SCOTUS’ Obamacare Ruling — But Opponents Are Stubborn

At the same time, the Kaiser poll also found that those who disapprove of the decision largely remain set in their views even if it is explained that the decision will help people.

July 1, 2015
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Obama’s Lonely Road

Foes of a Trans-Pacific Partnership argue that it would ignore environmental and labor standards. Actually, it would impose rules that did not exist before.

June 30, 2015
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Supreme Court Spared America A Cataclysm

It’s clear that Republicans consider the high court’s 6-3 decision a bitter defeat. In the hours after it was announced, Republican frustration was palpable.

June 30, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Jiggery-Pokery’

Larry Wilmore couldn’t help but send up Justice Antonin Scalia’s bitter dissent in Thursday’s major victory for Obamacare.

June 26, 2015
Protesters in Minnesota call for smaller government and the repeal of the health care law enacted in March, 2010. (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Right-Wing Trolls — From Scalia On Down — Take On The Obamacare Decision

Right wingers are going into apoplexy over the Supreme Court’s decisive 6-3 ruling upholding federal health insurance subsidies under Obamacare — and a lot of it is pretty entertaining.

June 25, 2015
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