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Danziger on Trump split with Republicans over health care

Danziger: The Best Medicine

Discord between Trump and Congressional Republicans over how to replace Obamacare threatens to drive the GOP over an ideological cliff — or so Danziger fondly imagines.

January 17, 2017
Trump's Obamacare repeal promise: insurance for everybody

Trump’s Big Health Care Promise: ‘Insurance For Everybody’

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Trump was also quoted as saying in the interview that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health plans for the elderly and poor.

January 16, 2017
Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks at K'NEX in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Tim Kaine Says Congressional Republicans Strategically Leak Investigation Details To The Press — He’s Right

Kaine’s support of publicly releasing all documents provided to Congress is a response to the selective “drip” of politically damaging information from congressional Republicans to the media. That drip isn’t likely to end any time soon.

August 17, 2016

Democrats Urge Zika Funding Vote, Republicans Unmoved

Forty-one Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday urged Republican congressional leaders to summon lawmakers back from their summer recess to vote on emergency funding to combat the Zika virus, but Republicans blamed Democrats for the inaction in Congress. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan accused Democrats of obstructing the funding and said President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to spend existing funds to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

August 5, 2016

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015

Republicans Pick Ryan For House Speaker Before Budget Vote

Paul Ryan was chosen by fellow Republicans on Wednesday as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the party uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.

October 28, 2015

5 Reasons The GOP Might Actually Blow Up Our Economy This Time

Because the GOP has spent the last six years nurturing and catering to extremists, disaster is more likely than ever. Here’s why.

October 26, 2015

Republicans Punish Their Own For Speaking The Truth

So another Republican congressman has come forward to admit that his party’s Benghazi obsession is little more than an undisguised effort to damage the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.

October 17, 2015

The Freedom Caucus’ Forebears: The Original Islamic Extremists

The lesson here: If the cause is made out to be holy and sacrosanct, then not even the most dedicated leaders are safe from the true believers.

October 16, 2015

Who Is Still Running For Speaker Of The House?

The House of Representatives is in a state of total chaos, after the sudden withdrawal of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race to become Speaker. Who will get the job now? Who would even want it? Here are just a few possibilities.

October 8, 2015

U.S. House Votes Against Iran Deal In Two Symbolic Votes

The U.S. House of Representatives defeated a resolution backing the nuclear agreement with Iran on Friday, in a symbolic vote engineered by congressional Republicans who object to the deal.

September 11, 2015

Why Israel’s Security Experts Support The Iran Deal — And Why Iran’s Hardliners Don’t

On the Iran deal, mainstream opinion in Israel’s military and intelligence circles is more closely aligned with Barack Obama than Bibi Netanyahu — as two former chiefs of the Jewish state’s spy services have publicly declared.

August 6, 2015
Sidney Blumenthal

Abusing Power: How The Benghazi Committee Works ‘The New York Times’

Sidney Blumenthal’s sworn testimony debunked the suggestion that he had been involved in any Libyan “business venture,” that he had derived monetary profit from any such venture, or that he had used his friendship with Hillary Clinton to advance his mythical business interests.

June 18, 2015

Coach Denny, Grandma Nancy, And America’s Family Values

Unlike Newt Gingrich, whose own serial adulteries became a national joke, Dennis Hastert was evidently never suspected of any such “misconduct,” as the indictment described it. Republicans keep telling everyone how shocked they are, but they really shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

June 3, 2015

There’s Plenty of Money. Really.

Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.

April 14, 2015
5 Barack Obama accomplishments and successes

5 Obama Accomplishments & Successes Republicans Have To Pretend Never Happened

Despite the GOP’s best efforts, Americans can’t ignore President Obama’s legacy.

March 23, 2015
US President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, on December 17, 2014, announcing plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba

Obama Seeks To Steal Republican Spotlight In Roadshow On Economy

Find out how the president hopes to steal the GOP’s thunder this week.

January 6, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on December 19, 2014 in Washington

Obama Threatens To Veto More Bills Now That Republicans Control Congress

President Obama is ready for a fight with congressional Republicans.

December 29, 2014

Immigration, Impeachment, And Insanity On The Republican Right

Why Obama’s immigration order will serve conservative values — and why the GOP doesn’t care.

November 14, 2014

As Controversial EPA Water Rule Looms, GOP Prepares An Assault

The Republican attacks against environmental regulation are just getting started.

November 14, 2014

Why Bush Rejected A Travel Ban In Avian Flu Pandemic

Did Republicans attack the Bush administration for rejecting an avian flu travel ban?

October 17, 2014

What The Ebola Virus Is Trying To Teach Us

Hostility to federal and international agencies is proving very hazardous to our health.

October 8, 2014

Newsmax Editor Urges GOP Leadership To ‘Embrace Obama’s Border Security Bill’

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, strongly suggests that congressional Republicans ought to cooperate with President Obama on border and immigration issues – and that their continuing recalcitrance may damage their party’s electoral prospects not only in November but long into the future.   With an estimated […]

July 16, 2014

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions — And Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize that they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem. Nor do these hysterical politicians – led by that down-home diva Rick Perry, the […]

July 11, 2014

Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception In Ryan’s Poverty Report

For the sake of America’s poor, a sincere conservative effort to improve the programs that serve them is very desirable – especially so long as Republicans control the House of Representatives, where they habitually yearn to cut or defund those same programs. For months Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised […]

March 4, 2014