Republican Party

How Much Of The Trump-Russia Story Is Smoke And How Much Is Fire?

In this week’s politics chat, we examine the smoke-to-fire ratio in the reporting about the ties between Trumpworld and Russia. The transcript below …

2016 U.S. Elections

The Trump Presidency Is Already a Joke

But it’s no laughing matter.<p>It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history. For a preening narcissist who takes himself terribly seriously, being the butt of the joke heard round the world has got …

Donald Trump

Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years

Jane Mayer writes in the <i>New Yorker</i> about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into <i>Breitbart News,</i> and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.

Donald Trump

How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Billions that should go to Obamacare are missing, thanks to senators like Marco Rubio<p>Donald Trump suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a clever ruse by our first Black president and his Democratic friends to have a successful health-care system in place for his own …

Republicans

Trump's problem with truth

(CNN)"Believe Me."<p>Donald Trump wore those words out as a candidate as he beseeched voters to buy into his grand plans and promises on everything from crushing ISIS to building a great border wall.<p>Now, the question of whether Americans can trust Trump is again a dominant political theme after he was …

Donald Trump

Republicans Could Pay A Price For Ditching Trump — Even If He’s Unpopular

President Trump’s private warning that 2018 could be a “bloodbath” if Republicans don’t make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act …

Elections

The Secret Service requested $60 million of additional funding to protect the Trump family

The US Secret Service asked for $60 million in additional funding last month to protect President Donald Trump and his family for the next fiscal year, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.<p>The report, published on Wednesday, gives a clearer picture of the expenses incurred by the …

Donald Trump

WH on Manafort Report: Trump Unaware of His Decade-Old Clients

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says it’s “a bit insane” to have expected that then-candidate Donald Trump was aware of former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s clients from a decade ago.

Donald Trump

I was sent Donald Trump's 2005 tax return. We need the rest – right now

Only the full release of his tax records can help shed light on whether Trump is a crook – or compromised<p>Why do we need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns? That’s the number one question asked by critics of the story I broke last week on DCReport.org, after the president’s 2005 tax return summary …

Donald Trump

Rachel Maddow on ‘The View’: Trump ‘Totally Could Have’ Leaked His Own Tax Returns

The MSNBC host told ‘The View’ that even if President Trump leaked his own tax returns, they were still news.<p>It didn’t take long for the hosts of <i>The View</i> to ask their guest Rachel Maddow a question that Jimmy Fallon failed to broach when he sat down with the MSNBC host a week ago to talk about her …

Donald Trump

A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.

President Trump is busy this week helping to make sure millions of Americans don't lose their health insuran — -sorry, I mean, shutting down a teenage girl.<p>17-year-old Lucy from San Francisco recently designed a site called Kittenfeed.com (initially called TrumpScratch), where users get to punch …

Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal editorial board just went off on Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal, accused by some journalists of going soft on President Trump, printed a stinging editorial Wednesday that likened the falsehood-addicted commander in chief to an alcoholic.<p>Trump doesn't even drink.<p>The Journal editorial board ripped the president for what it described as his …

Donald Trump

Trump ally stokes wiretap claims: 'Something could have happened at Trump Tower'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Trump campaign fundraiser who also served on the transition team continued to stoke the administration's debunked claim Wednesday that Trump Tower was "wiretapped" during the 2016 campaign.<p>Anthony Scaramucci, who is not a White House official, insisted in a "New Day" interview …

Donald Trump

Robert Reich: Donald Trump’s government faces a crisis because there’s no adult in charge

The legislative and executive branch are, together, a ruderless ship<p>America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge.<p>Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial …

Republicans

After Donald Trump's push to hire Americans, Trump Winery looks to enlist foreign workers through H2-A visa

A winery in Virginia owned by United States President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump has reportedly applied for hiring foreign workers for the firm as it failed to find US citizens for the job.<p><b>Read: Donald Trump's '30 feet'</b> Mexico <b>wall to cost $21.6 billion, will take 3.5 years to build</b><p>Trump Vineyard …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump feels 'somewhat vindicated' after his communications picked up by government surveillance

President Donald Trump said he felt vindicated in his claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama after it emerged some of his communications were monitored and did appear in intelligence reports.<p>Mr Trump and members of his team were the subject of "incidental surveillance" in the …

Donald Trump

Is the G.O.P. Better Off Politically if the Health Bill Doesn’t Pass?

<i>Margot Sanger-Katz, who covers health care for The Upshot, and Nate Cohn, The Upshot’s elections analyst, talked about the</i> <i>coming vote</i> <i>on the Republican health care plan</i><i>. Here’s</i> <i>a lightly edited transcript of their written exchange.</i><p><b>Nate</b> House Republicans are hoping to pass their plan to replace …

Health Care

CNN anchor: 'I would be picking up garbage somewhere' if I made Trump's factually inaccurate claims

CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday confronted a former top adviser to President Donald Trump over why the president continued to stand by his unproven claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.<p>In an interview, the "New Day" anchor pressed Anthony Scaramucci over what …

Donald Trump

The Daily Show investigates why Trump is already campaigning again

President Donald Trump has inaugurated back in January, but he’s already seemingly started his campaign for the 2020 election, hosting rallies across the country. To keep tabs on the president, <i>The Daily Show</i> is already on the beat — because as host Trevor Noah said on Tuesday night’s show, “Where …

Donald Trump

Why Trumpcare Could Die Before It Even Gets a Vote

The first major legislation of the Trump era is set to hit the House floor Thursday night. And, as of this writing, Paul Ryan doesn’t have the votes …

Paul Ryan

The Latest: Trump children get message on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):<p>12:15 p.m.<p>Colorado lawmakers sent a message about climate change to the children of President Donald Trump during their visit to the ski resort town.<p>The Aspen Daily News reports that the Pitkin County Commissioners placed …

Donald Trump

Is McConnell's Plan to Lose Fast?

Jonathan Chait: “Trumpcare may or may not grind out enough votes to pass the House. In the Senate, it’s hopelessly short of the 50 votes it needs. …

Mitch McConnell

The Case for Being a Cuck

A stranger on the Internet called you a cuck. Whew! That means you’re not an asshole.<p>If you are totally unfamiliar with the term <i>cuck</i> and are wondering why someone just ALL CAPS SHOUTED that you are one on Twitter, well, it’s the alt-right’s favorite insult for men who are not members of the …

John McCain

House Freedom Caucus Chair: ‘Not Enough Votes to Pass’ GOP Health Care Bill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows said Wednesday that there are enough Freedom members to kill the GOP health care bill and that a vote should be postponed.<p>Meadows met with members of the conservative caucus, which is staunchly opposed to the GOP health care plan, in the afternoon as …

U.S. Congress

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate

GOP's "manager amendments" defund Planned Parenthood and bar tax credits for private insurance that covers abortion<p>Just as it nearly was for Democrats seven years ago, abortion appears ready to scuttle any tentative deal to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act between Republicans in …

Abortion

Report: Melania Trump "Refuses" to Share a Bed With Donald

"They never spend the night together — ever," a source told US Weekly.<p>According to <i>US Weekly</i>, First Lady Melania Trump is exactly as unhappy in her new role as the internet believes she is. An unidentified “family source” told the magazine “Melania does not keep hidden from everyone around her how …

Donald Trump

Republicans lied about healthcare for years, and they're about to get the punishment they deserve

It's hard to decide which would be the more politically damaging outcome for Republican politicians: passing the American Health Care Act, and therefore owning the premium increases and coverage losses it would cause; or not passing the bill, and therefore failing to do anything that can be framed …

Health Care

Donald Trump Jr. rips London mayor

President Trump’s oldest son blasted the mayor of London on Wednesday — hours after a terrorist killed three people outside Parliament — twisting …

Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick trolls Donald Trump's skinny budget by donating to Meals on Wheels

Colin Kaepernick may not kneel during the national anthem at NFL games, but he hasn't stopped taking a stand for what he believes is right. After the …

Donald Trump

An Open Letter To Paul Ryan From His Spine

Hey, Paul. It’s me bro, your spine. We need to talk.<p>Dear Paul,<p>‘Sup bro? I mean, I know what’s up, because I’ve literally been supporting the weight of your head and body your whole life (get it? I’m your spine).<p>I held you up for years while you were an altar boy, a track star, the prom king, a …

Paul Ryan