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Trump rabbit hole

Trump’s Rabbit Hole Is Getting Deeper By The Day

If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Trumpland these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside own, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination.

December 2, 2016
Cartoon: How Trump and Price will kill Medicare

Cartoon: Paging Dr. Price

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings, syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia.  He […]

December 1, 2016
Tom Price, a rabid Obamacare critic, tapped to lead the HHS

HHS Nominee Could Repeal Free Birth Control Without Act Of Congress

Price in 2010 questioned the need for health insurers to offer birth control at no cost, saying he didn’t believe there were women who couldn’t afford coverage.

December 1, 2016
Donald Trump Border Wall

Donald Trump’s Campaign Promises: Keeping Score

A look at some of the policies Trump so far has revised—or even completely reversed—since his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton on November 8.

November 30, 2016
Steve Mnuchin, evictor, forecloser, and our new Treasury Secretary

A Goldman Sachs Banker and A Billionaire Tapped For Economic Posts

The flurry of picks showed Trump, a real estate tycoon with no governing experience, rewarding loyalists and established Washington veterans as he rounds out his circle of top advisers.

November 30, 2016
Tom Price, a rabid Obamacare critic, tapped to lead the HHS

Obamacare Critic To Head Health And Human Services

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer denounced the choice saying, “Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house.”

November 29, 2016
Republicans ask for bipartisanship after 8 years of obstructing Obama's policies

GOP Obstructionists Now Insist We All Must Back Our New President

Never mind that Republicans obstruction and disrespect for President Obama endured eight long years. Now that Reince Priebus has landed the position of White House chief of staff, he’s just in love with bipartisanship and finding common ground.

November 21, 2016
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

More Than 300,000 Signed Up For Obamacare After Trump Was Elected

The flood of people signing up for Obamacare since enrollment began Nov. 1 surpassed 1 million on Saturday, outpacing enrollment from last year.

November 17, 2016
Trump campaign promises

Supporters To Trump: Break Campaign Promises At Your Peril

After a presidential race fueled by brash but constantly shifting policy proposals, Trump’s millions of followers say if he does anything less than take a wrecking ball to business-as-usual Washington, they will be disappointed.

November 12, 2016
America should have seen Trump coming

America Should Have Seen Trump Coming

There were early signs of the rural American discontent that helped propel Donald Trump to election victory, even if it was underestimated by the Washington establishment, pollsters, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign

November 11, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
Confident Trump's first 100 days

16 Deplorable Things To Expect From Trump’s First 100 Days

If you look at the promises and platforms put forth by Trump, the Obama years are poised to vanish, as a crueler, colder and more draconian America comes into view.

November 10, 2016
Trump does not have a mandate for racism

Trump Does Not Have A Mandate For Racism

The major message from voters was, “We want change.” Trump is in the White House, but the takeaway from voters in this election is a mandate for progressive economic populism, not racism.

November 10, 2016
Obamacare faces tough challenge in Republican controlled congress

Obamacare Faces An Uncertain Future

Scrapping the law altogether without a clear plan for providing replacement coverage for so many people would be politically risky, experts said.

November 10, 2016
GOP platform Paul Ryan

50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.

November 8, 2016
Obamacare has helped millions

Even With Its Faults, Obamacare Has Helped Millions

To be fair, Obamacare is far from perfect. Still, its implementation has provided access to medical care for many, and that’s a big deal. Before Obamacare, about 16 percent of Americans had no health insurance of any kind. Now, that’s down to less than 9 percent — a record low.

November 4, 2016
Trump

Trump Promises To Call Congress Into A Special Session On Obamacare

The Constitution gives the president the authority “on extraordinary occasions, to convene both houses (of Congress) or either of them.” Since the amendment was adopted in 1933, presidents have only exercised their power to convene Congress four times.

November 2, 2016
Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare crazy

No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare ‘Crazy’

No, Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare “crazy.” Could Obamacare have been better designed? Sure. As they say in politics, a camel is a horse made in committee. But this camel functions a lot better than the wheezing health-coverage beast we had in the pre-Obamacare era. Now that was crazy.

October 27, 2016
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 Media Use Old Lies To Trash A Public Option For Obamacare

Right-wing media are pre-emptively attacking a “public option” health care proposal supported by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama by linking it to supposedly “socialist” single-payer systems that have been routinely demonized through the history of health care reform.

October 26, 2016
Anti-Trump protestors outside Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC

5 Reasons The GOP Needs To Be Punished For Trump

How could a party that gave us a sober-minded guy who looks like he escaped from a razor commercial be blamed for the sudden rise and imminent fall of a brutally bombastic bigot?

October 23, 2016
File photo of former U.S. President Clinton addressing campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Nashua

Crazy: How Right-Wing Pundits And Politicians Distorted Bill Clinton On Obamacare

What did Clinton really say? And what did his words mean? He was addressing actual problems with the system under the Affordable Care Act and proposing solutions, not suggesting that the original bill’s reforms should be discarded.

October 5, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama’s Success Has Driven Republicans Out Of Their Minds

On the day that Donald Trump finally acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States and that the GOP nominee can’t win without declaring “victory” and attempting to terminally muddy the waters on the issue that made him a conservative hero, the president’s approval hit 54 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

September 19, 2016
obamacare marketplace

More U.S. Counties To See Obamacare Marketplace Monopoly: Analysis

Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

August 29, 2016
The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Obamacare Under President Hillary Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let’s proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who’s long immersed herself in health care policy.

August 12, 2016
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The Liberal Silent Majority

The numbers at Washington Square were dwarfed by the battalions of working-class New Yorkers juggling two children and three jobs. These mostly Clinton voters were unable to attend any rally.

April 21, 2016