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House Republicans Struggling To Get Votes To Pass Obamacare Replacement Bill

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With a vote tentatively scheduled for this evening, House Republicans appear to lack the votes to pass the American Health Care Act.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Worked To Help Putin

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More evidence of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Hit Another Historic Low

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Just about two months into office, Donald Trump’s job approval number are worse than any newly elected President since World War II.

No, Donald Trump Isn’t Going To ‘Pivot’

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Donald Trump isn’t going to change, and that’s bad news for all of us.

George Costanza Explains The Trump Administration

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I already mentioned this in a comment to Michael Bailey’s post, but I figured it’s worth noting that one line from George Costanza in a different Seinfeld episode explains everything we need to know about the Trump Administration: I can picture Reince Priebus saying this to Sean Spicer ever day before he goes out to address […]

We’re going to the Hamptons, baby!!!

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So did you ever watch the Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza lies to Susan’s parents, the Rosses, about owning a house in the Hamptons? Wacky hijinks ensue when Susan’s parents, who suspect that George is lying, insist that he show them the house.  Rather than simply owning up to his fib, George takes them […]

Trump’s Revised Muslim Travel Ban Blocked By Two Federal Judges

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Two more losses for the Trump Administration.

Rachel Maddow Hypes Trump’s 2005 Tax Return, But There’s No Real News There

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Rachel Maddow hyped the fact that she had obtained a copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return last night. It turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

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Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Congressional Budget Office Score Is Bad News For GOP’s American Health Care Act

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The Congressional Budget Office delivered some bad news yesterday to House Republicans on their replacement for Obamacare.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s Former National Security Adviser, Was Working For Turkey

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More conflicts of interest for the Trump Administration.

Trump Justice Department Tells Remaining U.S. Attorneys To Clean Out Their Desks

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An unusual, if not unexpected, mass firing at the Justice Department on Friday afternoon.

February Jobs Report Is Good, But Hardly Great

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The first Jobs Report for the first full month of the Trump Presidency is out, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Jon Huntsman Tapped To Be Ambassador To Russia

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A strong pick for what is likely to be an important Ambassadorial position in coming years.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

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Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Policy Analysts From Left, Right, And Center Criticize House GOP Obamacare Replacement

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Health care policy analysts seem united in their assessment of the House GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and it’s overwhelmingly negative.

Majority Supports Independent Counsel To Investigate Ties Between Russia, Trump Campaign

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A majority of Americans support appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, but we should be careful before taking this step.

Ben Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants

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Ben Carson is back and he’s saying some pretty dumb things again.

Republicans Introduce Obamacare Replacement That Leaves Much To Be Desired

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Whether you call it TrumpCare, RyanCare, or GOPCare, the Republican replacement for the PPACA isn’t very impressive.

Trump Lied, The Truth Died

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Donald Trump took to Twitter again this morning with predictable results.

Trump Administration Issues Revised Muslim Travel Ban

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President Trump has issued a revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

Pay For Play At Mar-A-Lago

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Donald Trump’s “Winter White House,” which has effectively become a “Weekend White House,” is basically selling access to the President.

Trump’s Economic Ignorance Costing the U.S. Jobs

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Trump’s attempt to fix the balance of trade will almost surely end up leaving us all worse off.

POTUS Tweets Like a Blog Commenter

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The tu quoque presidency rocks on.

Reports About Contact Between Trump Campaign And Russian Officials Continue To Mount

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Another day, another round of reports about contacts with Russian officials and people close to President Trump.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

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A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Jeff Sessions Failed To Disclose Contacts With Russian Officials

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently misled Senators when asked about his contact with Russian officials.

A ‘Trump Slump’ In The U.S. Travel Industry?

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Travel industry experts are reporting a noticeable drop in international travel and tourism since Donald Trump was elected President.

Trump Administration Delays New Muslim Immigration Ban Order

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The announcement of a new Muslim travel ban Executive Order has been delayed once again.

George W. Bush Speaks Out Against President Trump

Well, at least someone has a backbone.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

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Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

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One month in, some Trump supporters are starting to wonder if he will actually deliver on what he promised.

Trump To Skip White House Correspondent’s Dinner

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This year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner will be missing one high-profile guest.

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

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A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Trump Continues His Unacceptable Attacks On The News Media

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The Trump Administration is continuing, and indeed expanding, its war on a free press.

White House Hints At Major Changes To Federal Policy Regarding Marijuana Legalization

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the Federal Government may stop giving deference to states that have legalized marijuana.

Trump Job Approval Numbers Continue To Set Records, And Not The Good Kind

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Donald Trump’s job approval numbers are the lowest for any new President since World War II. That doesn’t bode well for his Administration’s future.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

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Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Town Hall Protests Continue, But Will It Translate Into Election Results?

Members of Congress and the Senate are once again facing down angry constituents, but it’s unclear whether it will translate into anything substantial in 2018.

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

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President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

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This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

Trump: Fear-mongering in Florida

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The President gathered supporters around him, and blatantly lied to them, so as to increase support for his policies.

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

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There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

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Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Trump’s Press Conference Performance Confirmed Everything Bad We Thought About Him

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For seventy-seven minutes yesterday, President Trump held forth in a press conference that confirmed the most dire predictions about what he’d be like as President.

Chaos Continues As Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws

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The President’s choice for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, but this is just the latest example of what has been a transition that has largely consisted of fumble after fumble by the Trump team.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

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