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‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead

President Trump called me on my cellphone Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number.<p>Instead, it was the president calling from the Oval Office. His voice was even, his tone muted. He did not bury the lead.<p>“Hello, Bob,” Trump …

Republicans

The Republican Waterloo

Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.<p>Seven years and three days ago, the House of Representatives grumblingly voted to approve the Senate’s version of the …

Health Care

Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem

<b>Paul Ryan (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Salon)</b><p>Paul Ryan has dreamed of slashing Medicaid since his keg-party days — and that blithe hostility is widespread<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 23, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Republican Paul Ryan, like most other members of the U.S. Congress, is a millionaire.<p>Christa Patton is 68 …

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency.<p>Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for …

Breitbart News

Inside Donald Trump's War Against the State

At 6:35 a.m. on March 4, President Donald Trump launched an attack against the government of the United States. Deploying his favorite weapon, …

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, …

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.<p>But …

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America

Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or tear-up the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement was a major reason why he won the support of working class voters in the Midwestern states that were crucial to his election. It’s also a trap.<p>As US president-elect, Trump quickly scored some points with …

Your "Religious Freedom" Argument Is Bullsh*t

The First Amendment does not protect the right to impose your religious values on others.<p>Earlier this month, <i>The Nation</i> got ahold of one of President Donald Trump’s draft executive orders, this one on “religious freedom.” It’s a term that sounds innocuous enough — America was founded on the …

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle

When F.B.I. director James Comey reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails in the final days of the campaign, many saw it as a political move that cost Clinton the presidency. But some insiders suspect Comey had a more personal concern: his own legacy.<p>In the early summer of …

Even Good-Guy Student Loan Startups Still Favor the Rich

Student-loan refinancing is one of Silicon Valley's hottest new mini-sectors, with a fresh crop of startups leveraging buzzy marketing and proprietary algorithms in a race to reshape the loan. But despite the hype, only the top tier of graduates qualifies. Can technology ever change that?<p><b>Last</b> …

Federal Anti-Poverty Programs Primarily Help the GOP's Base

Republicans want to shrink government. But their core voters benefit from assistance, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the most.<p>Even as congressional Republicans mobilize for a new drive to retrench federal anti-poverty efforts, whites without a college degree—the cornerstone of …

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