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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Trumpcare

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017
Danziger enjoys Republicans boxing each other

Danziger: How Do We Know When To Cheer?

Two angry elephants pounding each other in the ring – one named Paul, the other pompously calling himself “Freedom.” Like Danziger, we’re rooting for the ref.

March 26, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

GOP Disaster: Ryan And Trump Pull Health Care Bill Before Vote (Again)

The GOP disaster in failing to pass the health care measure called into question Trump’s ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through a Congress controlled by his own party.

March 24, 2017
Democrats

GOP Extremists Delay Trumpcare Vote, Demanding Exclusion Of ‘Essential Benefits’

Instead of exhibiting political discipline or party unity, the arch right-wing House Freedom Caucus has demanded a series of increasingly draconian measures in the Trumpcare legislation to secure their votes — proving that they, not Speaker Ryan and certainly not Trump, control the process.

March 23, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Paul Ryan’s Challenges Will Not start Until After Nov. 8 Election

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to cruise to re-election in his Wisconsin congressional district on Nov. 8, the day before his real political problems are likely to start.

September 13, 2016

A Senate Freedom Caucus? No Need

The House Freedom Caucus has shown conservatives the far right can have an impact on the legislative process. But don’t expect a similar group to spring up in the Senate; they already have one. Sort of.

December 30, 2015

After The Revolution, A Single New Spot Of Influence For The Freedom Caucus

If you’re a member of the House Freedom Caucus, are you better off now than you were a dozen weeks ago?

December 15, 2015

5 Ways The GOP Has Shown It Is Dead Serious About Winning In 2016

If conservatives win the White House, they’ll have the power of the nation’s highest court to go along with both houses of Congress and more state legislative seats than at any time since before the Great Depression. This week, they finally acted as if they actually understand this.

November 2, 2015

Ryan To Run For House Speaker If He Can Unify Republicans

Paul Ryan says he will be the new speaker — if the hard-right members will agree not to tear him down like they did to John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

October 21, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Fixing Gerrymandering Could Fix Congress

One root cause of the mutiny is the Great Republican Gerrymander of 2011, which helped elect and now protects the 45 ideological insurgents in the House.

October 18, 2015

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

House Conservative Group Backs Representative Webster As Next Speaker

Right-wing “Freedom Caucus” is throwing another roadblock in front of Kevin McCarthy’s bid for Speaker of the House.

October 7, 2015

House Freedom Caucus Looks To Be A Force — In Leadership And Lawmaking

Meet the new right-wing group that’s going to be a huge headache for John Boehner.

February 4, 2015