On Thursday, the New York Times columnist called Republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage Medicaid cuts a “scam.” That’s because McConnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. This would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.
Today Al Franken releases a new book, Giant of the Senate, whose very title indicates that he no longer feels quite so comedically constrained as when he entered politics. It’s funny as hell — and includes a full chapter on that most unpopular Senator, up for reelection next year, Ted Cruz. Here Franken tells the story of a very special personalized joke he penned just for his favorite Texas Republican.
When I was young, I was taught that liberals and Democrats were brainwashed and trained to ignore the truths about what was really going on in America. Arguing with a liberal was a complete waste of time, my dad would say. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.”
Late Night host Seth Meyers reviews many of the most amusing moments we might have forgotten, following a year we may well prefer to forget: from Clinton’s awkward appeal for the youth vote to the trashy insult contest between Marco Rubio and Trump that concluded with the latter advertising his genitalia. He clearly feels special affection for Ben Carson, Trump’s clueless nominee for housing secretary, whose long, strange political trip culminates in a remarkable moment.
It’s a little hard to celebrate the end of 2016, a truly awful year, when in 20 days, a petty, vindictive man with the maturity and impulse control of a five-year-old and the ossified views of a dinosaur will be president.
With the election over and Republicans occupying all branches of government, as well as controlling most state legislatures, it’s easy to forget that just a few short months ago the Republican Party seemed to be collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.
Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.
A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block Trump’s appointments, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned border wall
Bannon’s revolution is being led by the very people Trump demonized in Rust Belt states — the elite players in American finance and media. No one epitomizes that contradiction as clearly as the billionaire Mercer family.
Ted Cruz threatens the Constitution, Sean Hannity goes crazy over emails, and Trump surrogates reach hysterical new heights justifying sexual assault.
So now “Celebrity Candidate 2016” is about to be canceled. What’s more, there’s no audience for repeat broadcasts after everybody knows who won.
Anti-Trump Republican delegate Ken Cuccinelli told Reuters he escorted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, off the floor of the Republican National Convention out of concern for her safety.
Although Donald Trump has been rooting for Britain to leave the European Union well before the Brexit decision on Friday morning, some Republicans joined him in taking an affirmative stance on the issue—but only after the vote actually happened.
Occasionally, in the grim, months-long slog of the presidential election cycle, there is a brief beacon of light and hope for the next generation.
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.
We know Republicans are responsible for Trump, because you can be assured they’ll take credit for him if he wins. Here’s a quick review of who deserves the most blame.
A group of Republican senators has written a letter to the U.S. Attorney General to stifle any future federal inquiries concerning climate change, claiming it violates the First Amendment rights of corporations like Exxon, which suppressed its research into the phenomenon for several decades.
What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then a troubling likelihood, became a grim certainty last week as Donald Trump, real estate developer turned reality show ringmaster turned would-be president, won an emphatic victory in Indiana’s Republican primary — leaving Trump the de facto nominee of what used to be called, with some pride, the Party of Lincoln.
Donald Trump is now the lone Republican in the 2016 race. It seems the Party of Lincoln is finally united, but this is hardly the sort of union that Lincoln imagined.
Trump walked away with most, if not all, of Indiana’s 57 delegates, the biggest trove until the June 7 primaries, where New Jersey and California will go to the polls.
Donald Trump’s strong showing in the last round of primaries looks set to continue today as Indiana voters go to the polls. As he has continued to win primary contests, his dominance has been making Ted Cruz delegates reconsider the way they plan on voting at the Republican National Convention.