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affordable health care and Medicare for all

The Way Forward: How To Protect And Improve Affordable Health Care

Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.

March 24, 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
Kimmel kills on Trump

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Kills On Trumpcare And Time Interview

Jimmy Kimmel imagines an all-too-plausible reaction to the Congressional Budget Office warning that 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under his health bill: “Trump said those numbers were cooked by the microwave that’s been spying on him in Trump Tower.”

March 24, 2017
Danziger on Trump's threats against Republicans who vote no

Danziger: The Art Of The (Trumpcare) Deal

Donald Trump always presents himself as a tough guy, so Danziger isn’t surprised by reports of presidential threats against House Republicans who have declined — for varying reasons — to line up behind his Obamacare repeal push. Nearly three dozen of them seem poised to call Trump’s bluff.

March 23, 2017
Trump promised repeatedly never to cut Medicaid

Trump Vowed Never To Cut Medicaid — Now Guess What He’s Trying To Do

In stump speeches and tweets during 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly promised never to cut Social Security, Medicare — or Medicaid. But the House Obamacare repeal bill he is pushing would slash Medicaid spending by hundreds of millions of dollars, experts on the left and right agree.

March 23, 2017
fight over essential benefits delays Trumpcare vote

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
Trump tweets

March Mania: Bracket Your Favorite Deranged Trump Tweets

Hosted by Roy Wood Jr. and Hasan Minhaj, this slightly loony sketch features several of the maddest Trump tweets emanating from the powder room atop Trump Tower, where the short-fingered vulgarian reportedly taps out his complaints before dawn.

March 23, 2017
Trump voters

Dear Trump Voters: Now, Maybe You Try To Understand Us

I don’t want to coddle Trump voters, in the thin hope that this will coax out your regret for electing the most dangerous man to ever inhabit the White House. This would do nothing to mitigate the harm Trump is daily inflicting on this country.

March 23, 2017
Danziger's waterfall

Danziger: Going Down!

The crashing chaos and nonstop prevarications of the Trump administration require fresh literary interpretation every day by journalists and cartoonists. Resorting to the waterfall metaphor, Danziger is no exception.

March 23, 2017
Trump aides coordinated with Russians

CNN: Officials Have Evidence That Trump Associates ‘Coordinated With Russians’

Coming two days after FBI director James Comey confirmed that agency has been investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian interference in the election since July 2016, the CNN report is stunning but not surprising. It also follows an Associated Press report on Tuesday that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, had secretly devised a plan as early as 2005 to “greatly aid” the Putin regime by influencing the U .S. government and media.

March 23, 2017
Seth Meyers on chaos

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Surveys Trump Chaos, From Capitol Hill To Mar A Lago

Taking “a closer look” at the House Intelligence Committee hearing, Meyers is bemused by the behavior of the House Republicans, who were keen to discuss anything but the bombshell FBI director Comey laid before them.

So committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) asked whether the Russians had somehow changed vote tallies in specific states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, or Ohio — an allegation that nobody has ever made.

March 22, 2017
Danziger on Trump's cat food budget

Danziger: Let Them Eat Cat Food

Cutting Meals On Wheels in Trump’s “hard-power” budget is a good joke on the old white people who mostly voted for him — and as Danziger notes, that same budget will deliver a fat, juicy tax cut for the president and his billionaire cronies.

March 21, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Former Lobbyist With For-Profit Colleges Quits Department Of Education

On the day Taylor Hansen resigned, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)., sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing ProPublica’s reporting. “Mr. Hansen’s recent employment history clearly calls into question his impartiality in dealing with higher education issues at the Department of Education, and raises alarming conflict of interest concerns,” she wrote.

March 21, 2017
other colbert returns defend trump budget

#EndorseThis: The Other Colbert Returns To Defend Trump Budget

That other Colbert can explain why cutting Meals on Wheels funding for services to elderly, shut-in seniors is actually “the most compassionate thing we can do,” as Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney insisted.

March 21, 2017
Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Comey Confirms Trump Investigation During Intelligence Committee Hearing

After reciting some of the troubling facts in the Trump investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat, observed that the likelihood of all these connections being merely coincidental is extremely small. Former White House counsel John Dean, whose 1973 testimony helped to break Nixon’s Watergate defense, went further, saying he sees the Trump White House in a familiar “cover-up mode.”

March 21, 2017
James Comey destroyed Trump's credibility today

#EndorseThis: FBI Director James Comey Destroys President’s Credibility In Public Testimony

Still wondering whether Donald Trump lied about that “tapp” supposedly installed on his phone by order of President Obama? FBI Director James Comey settled that question today in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

March 20, 2017
Trump's false accusation against Obama could lead to his impeachment

Yes, Trump Can Be Impeached Over A Tweet

Trump clearly understands that he is accusing Obama of a high crime and misdemeanor on par with the one president forced to resign from office. And if his accusation is false, that means he could be impeached.

March 19, 2017
Trump must apologize

#EndorseThis: House Deputy Whip Says Trump Must Apologize To Obama

Talking with CNN reporter Manu Raju, Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole said that unless the White House can back up the president’s wiretapping accusation with proof, which doesn’t exist, then “President Obama is owed an apology.” Which is a slightly roundabout way of saying, “Trump must apologize!”

March 17, 2017
Stephen Miller's blurt on travel ban doomed it in court

Striking Down New Travel Ban, Court Cites Trump Adviser’s Blithering On Fox News

In addition to Rudy Giuliani’s admission of the unconstitutional religious discrimination behind the travel ban, the federal district court decision also noted presidential adviser Stephen Miller’s February 21 appearance on Fox News.

March 16, 2017
John Oliver on GOP health care bill

Dead On Arrival? John Oliver Ready To Bury GOP Health Care Bill

John Oliver is brilliant as ever on the GOP health care bill — but if you can only watch a few minutes of his latest segment fast forward to the incredibly funny “Catheter Cowboy” ad the Last Week Tonight host placed on Fox and Friends, hoping to educate that show’s Oval Office fan about his own legislation.

March 15, 2017
Mulvaney will enforce federal layoffs

Federal Layoffs Loom As Trump’s Meat-Ax Targets EPA And IRS

For Paul Light, a professor of public policy at New York University’s Wagner School, the most compelling evidence is the extent of federal layoffs at the IRS. “Think about it. What better way to break the back of the government than by undermining the ability of the federal government to fund itself?” he asked.

March 15, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

Donald And The Ayatollahs

Earlier in the campaign, Trump had been more nuanced about the Obama administration’s diplomatic coup, which in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions puts Iran’s nuclear weapons program on ice for a decade. In 2015 he told NBC, “It’s very hard to say ‘We’re ripping it up.’” And on MSNBC, also in 2015, he said, “We have a horrible contract, but we have a contract.”

March 15, 2017

Blue America Gets Richer

It’s old news that Republican plans to basically kill Obamacare would hit Trump country the hardest. In Kentucky, for example, Obamacare brought coverage to a half-million people (out of a population of 4.4 million) — with 4 in 5 joining the expanded Medicaid program because their incomes were so low.

March 15, 2017
Trump, Putin

Bannon And Trump Have Quietly Installed An Alt-National Security Council Operating Inside The White House

Less than a month after much-admired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster took over from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Trump’s alter-ego Steve Bannon appears to be more in control of U.S. foreign policy than ever. There is little sign McMaster will be able to restore traditional U.S. foreign policy commitments to NATO and […]

March 15, 2017
Trump tax return

Revealed: Did Trump Leak His Own 2005 Tax Return To David Cay Johnston?

On the Rachel Maddow Show yesterday evening, Johnston speculated that Trump himself might have sent him the 2005 tax documents anonymously via mail — since that year’s return at least shows the former casino mogul paying some taxes, following his final big score as an actual real estate developer.

March 15, 2017