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In his back-and-forth with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) made an interesting remark concerning President Trump’s attacks on the courts. Blumenthal specifically referenced Trump’s crack about the “so-called” judge who ruled against him and recalled that Trump blamed the courts for any terrorist attack if the Muslim ban was not upheld. Blumenthal said that if a litigant came before Gorsuch, he might entertain a motion for contempt. That is an interesting proposition, one that may come into play and that we will get to in a moment.
The replacement for Obamacare has been attacked on all sides. Is there an argument for the bill?
President Trump’s breathtaking lack of interest in or grasp of policy made his appearance on Capitol Hill in favor of Trumpcare pathetically underwhelming. The Post reports.
No great political acumen or psychology degree is necessary to conclude that President Trump is highly susceptible to flattery. It’s little wonder then that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), desperate to pass GOP health-care reform or at least not be blamed if it fails, keeps talking about what a terrific “closer” Trump is.
After hours of speeches from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee - some more insightful than others but all long-winded and unnecessary - Judge Neil Gorsuch delivered a humble, folksy opening statement at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. “Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester, ” he said, making the point that judges are not the leading lights in a democracy but rather occupy a “modest station.” His plain-spoken remarks and humility provided a stark contrast to the senators’ self-indulgent pontificating.
Hardly a drumbeat for the GOP bill. “A majority of voters say the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be a step back for the country rather than an improvement, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey . . . . The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort as moving the country backward, while 26 percent say it would be an improvement.”.
Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) hardly rates as a household name. He’s a bit stiff, not your typical glad-handing politician. Nevertheless, with the primacy of the Russia investigation he has become a frequent face on TV news. His effective, precise arguments, delivered largely without hyperbole, are an effective counterpoint to the often hysterical White House utterances.
Some of President Trump’s support came from voters who did not agree with him on a number of issues and may not have liked him all that much. But, they reasoned, he was rich and successful so he could help America (and people like them) win. No question but that superficial aura of confidence and business experience Trump conjured up was enough to win over voters who didn’t much listen to the details of what he was saying or focus on his incoherent, a-factual utterances.
President Trump’s budget, like all presidential budget proposals, was supposed to demonstrate his spending priorities. For Trump that meant an increase in defense spending as part of the commitment to enhance U.S. military readiness and capacity. Or did it?
Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting - and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.
If you watch the Sunday shows you’ll quickly see the GOP’s circular reasoning: To drive down insurance premium costs you have to remove the insurance mandates, but that’s not in the bill. It comes later, they say, but their fellow Republicans candidly acknowledge that later means “never.”.
1. “The last thing that we should be doing is cutting the budget for biomedical research.”.
President Trump is having no success selling the American Health Care Act to voters, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll.
President Trump signed on to a pair of changes to the House Republican health plan and declared “100 percent” backing for it Friday, moving to consolidate support among GOP lawmakers in hopes of moving it through the House next week.
No issue was more central to President Trump’s campaign - and to Stephen K. Bannon’s world outlook - than demonizing immigrants and slowing the decline (demographically and culturally) of white, Christian America by keeping foreigners out. As one commentator puts it.
Republicans on the Ways and Means and on the Energy and Commerce committees already have cast votes for the America Health Care Act. In the House Budget Committee, all but three Republicans moved the bill along. Strangely, those who supported it don’t seem all that keen about their votes.
The excuses are weak. “The White House budget requests a $6 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development, which MSNBC reporter Peter Alexander said went against Trump’s promise to urban black voters that he would rebuild the nation’s inner cities. [Office of Management and Budget chief Mick] Mulvaney argued that the cuts to HUD were for money allocated on building new houses, which could be reinserted in a later infrastructure spending bill.” No, homes aren’t infrastructure. Homes are homes.
President Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, putting together a collection of evangelical Christian, rural and working-class voters who felt betrayed by government. He was the outsider, agitating for an agenda that did not promote corporate profits at the expense of workers and vowing, for example, to leave entitlements alone. His vision was nativist, nationalist, protectionist and paternalistic. Big government for the little guy, in other words.
President Trump has little appreciation of America’s Constitutional system but he is getting a crash course in checks and balances.
Wednesday was arguably the worst day of the Trump presidency - at least since he went to the CIA headquarters to insist his inauguration crowd was bigger than President Obama’s. His second Muslim travel ban was put on hold by another federal judge. His health-care bill is taking on water. In his Michigan appearance he did not even mention it. In Tennessee he seemed intent on getting it behind him. (The Post reported, “Though health-care reform was a major promise of his campaign and a signature pillar of the Republican Party’s platform for most of the last seven years, Trump made it clear Wednesday that he would much rather be dealing with the tax code than with health care, which he recently said ‘nobody knew’ could be so ‘complicated.'”).
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.
What’s so bad about Trumpism? This: “This is how the [Stephen K.] Bannons and [Rep. Steve] Kings view the modern world: The West is threatened by hordes of swarthy outsiders, especially Mexicans and Muslims, and they are lonely defenders of the white Christian race against this insidious threat. There is no evidence that Trump has given this matter as much thought as they have, but, based on his public pronouncements, he has reached similar conclusions. That helps to explain why the administration is building a border wall, expanding deportations, and trying to keep out citizens of as many Muslim countries as possible. This isn’t about fighting terrorism or crime; it’s about fighting changing demographics. And it’s premised on an unspoken assumption that only white Christians are true Americans; all others are ‘somebody else.’ ”.
The most critical and consistent argument that Republicans have advanced for their health-care bill is that “Obamacare is failing” or is in a “death spiral.” There are lots of definitions of “failing” (pre-Obamacare health care was “failing” for lots of people, too), but “death spiral” has a specific meaning, namely, that through adverse selection the pool of those insured becomes so expensive that coverage is dropped or becomes hugely expensive. (In other words, the individual mandate isn’t working well enough.).
Tomorrow the Republicans’ American Health Care Act goes to the Budget Committee. What looked like another rubber stamp for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s and President Trump’s bill may instead mean the demise of the bill, at least this version of Republican health care. Moreover, a bombshell dropped in a meeting between Senate Republicans and the White House that would surely doom the AHCA.
After a few days of horrible news coverage of his health-care plan and his unfounded allegations that President Obama wiretapped him, President Trump’s poll numbers, according to Gallup, hit a new level of awfulness - 55 percent disapprove and 39 percent approve. There is reason to believe the American Health Care Act (or “Trumpcare”) is a significant part of his problem.
President Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes in 2005 on income of $153 million and reported a $105 million write-down in business losses, according to a copy of his tax return first revealed Tuesday night.
By my count, six Republicans in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the American Health Care Act in committee before they had the Congressional Budget Office scoring. These were: Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) and Leonard Lance . (We cross-checked Clinton districts where the Republican House members won against the votes in the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee.) In some cases Clinton won by big margins in these Republicans’ districts. (In Curbelo’s district, she won by more than 16 points; in Paulsen’s by 9.5 points.) One supposes Democrats will put these members at or near the top of their list of incumbent targets in 2018.
Don’t bother them with logical questions. “One of the White House talking points on the American Health Care Act is that it’s the first part of a ‘three-phase plan, ’ something Sean Spicer reiterated. … But Fox’s John Roberts asked him, ‘How are they supposed to take into account something that doesn’t yet exist?’ ”.
Not so long ago, President Trump vowed that “everybody” would be covered under the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. On Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price vowed that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP’s American Health Care Act, an assertion so preposterous that it makes President Obama’s “You can keep your doctor” declaration seem trivial.
In other words, those who know anything about health care hate it. “Doctors, through the American Medical Association, joined that chorus on Wednesday morning, calling the bill ‘critically flawed.’ Other major players - including seniors advocacy group AARP and health organizations from the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society to the March of Dimes - have also panned the bill.”.
President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.
Two House Republicans endorsed a Democratic effort on Friday calling on the House and Senate committees with oversight of the Internal Revenue Service to request copies of President Trump’s tax returns.
Pressure is growing on Republican leaders to support a special prosecutor to investigate contacts between Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, transition team and Russian intelligence agents.
The House plan calls for a refundable tax credit to help Americans afford insurance premiums, but conservatives in the House and the Senate think it amounts to an expensive new federal entitlement. . . . Conservative Republicans have long opposed refundable tax credits because Americans with lower incomes, who pay less in taxes, receive the full credit even if it exceeds their tax bill. Nonrefundable credits can be used only to offset actual tax liability — but would also mean less money in the pockets of Americans who need help paying for health insurance.
President Trump’s Russia problem becomes more distracting and disturbing each day. Who do we find out today has lied? Who actually did speak to Russian officials? And what about Trump’s finances?
While the media kvelled over President Trump’s “tone” in his address to Congress, the centerpiece as it was in the campaign remains a xenophobic, false narrative about immigrants. No subject took up as much time in so many different variations - illegal immigrants, the wall to keep out immigrants, sanctuary cities that conceal immigrants, drugs brought in by immigrants, crime caused immigrants, a special office to help victims of crimes by immigrants. It is fair to say Trump, his base and both Stephen K. Bannon and Stephen Miller are obsessed with the topic.
When President Obama delivered State of the Union addresses without a full and detailed discussion of foreign policy, conservatives justifiably complained. We are a country at war, with rising, big power threats in an increasingly unstable world. All true. And yet when President Trump said virtually nothing of substance Tuesday night on national security, conservatives by and large gave him a pass.
The mainstream media had barely caught its second wind after 24 hours of breathless excitement over President Trump’s ability to appear normal, when the facade of sanity and reality began to fray.
It’s an up hill climb, certainly. President Trump “faces significant challenges in bringing lawmakers together. First, he needs to bridge differences within his own party on tax policy, health care and other matters. And he will also need support from Senate Democrats to pass much of his agenda, at a time when the party’s base voters are urging resistance.”.