U.S. Politics

The hidden reason Republicans are so eager to repeal Obamacare

There is one fact that is both central to the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act yet strangely absent from explicit discussion about it. One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less …

Health Care

Donald Trump is still wildly unpopular, and most Americans want to see his tax returns

Donald Trump's tax returns may be coming back to haunt him<p>Regardless of what the president-elect prefers to believe, three out of every four Americans want Donald Trump to release his tax returns.<p>An overwhelming majority of Americans — 74 percent — believe Trump should release his tax returns, …

Elections

Donald Trump waits in his tower — accessible yet isolated

NEW YORK — Exactly one week after becoming president-elect, Donald Trump stepped outside his namesake fortress here for the first time. He ventured just five blocks, to dinner at the 21 Club — a dark-mahogany-and-red-leather-banquette throwback, where model airplanes and sports memorabilia hang …

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Vladimir Putin Says People Smearing Donald Trump Are ‘Worse Than Prostitutes’

(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by …

Russia

GOP lawmakers unaware of Trump's health care plan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican lawmakers are in the dark about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare and are frustrated he is emphasizing "insurance for everybody," three senior GOP sources told CNN on Tuesday.<p>Those sources said Republicans are working on a strategy to dismantle and replace …

Health Care

Jake Tapper takes swipe at BuzzFeed for releasing unverified dossier: “That’s not reporting, that’s just publishing”

On "Late Night," Tapper stood up for CNN's reporting while getting jabs in at BuzzFeed<p>CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday guested on Seth Meyers’s “Late Night,” during which he responded to Donald Trump’s efforts to “delegitimize” the news network over its coverage of a damning 35-page intelligence report …

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A President’s First 100 Days Really Do Matter

By his 100th day in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt had already begun to reshape government’s role in the American economy. He declared and then lifted …

Government

Trump mistakenly tweets to wrong Ivanka, who tells him to use 'more care on Twitter'

Donald Trump had a social media misfire on Monday night when he mistakenly quoted the wrong account in a tweet that was intended to include his daughter, Ivanka.<p>The president-elect quoted a tweet from another Twitter user praising his oldest daughter: "@realDonaldTrump @Ivanka Trump is great, a …

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CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.<p>Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for …

Elections

CIA's Brennan rejects Donald Trump's criticism, says dossier didn't come from intel community

John Brennan, the outgoing Central Intelligence Agency director, rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he may have leaked the unsubstantiated dossier that claimed Russia had compromising allegations about Trump.<p>“First of all, this is not intelligence community information,” …

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Even Pro-Trump Celebs Are Skipping Trump’s Inauguration

Actor and underwear model Antonio Sabáto Jr. is a guest of Team Trump, as is Trump’s Hollywood surrogate Jon Voight. Don King and Fabio are hard maybes. Ann Coulter and Clint Eastwood are set to stay far, far away.<p>It is unlikely that Donald Trump’s successful inauguration-concert booking of Toby …

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John McCain: 'I question the recipient of a friendship award with Vladimir Putin'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that he has not decided whether he will back Rex Tillerson for secretary of state given existing concerns about his relationship with Russia.<p>"When I see what Vladimir Putin has done in the way of literally committing war crimes intentionally -- I'm …

Politics

Rubio Challenged Trump’s Nominee. But Will He Defy Trump?

It was the kind of moment that used to make Republicans think: Senator Marco Rubio will not have to suffer this job for long.<p>He glared at Rex W. Tillerson, the nominee for secretary of state, from behind his committee nameplate, his boyish face just a pinch more weathered than it used to be. He …

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America: behold, your Snowflake-in-Chief

It’s ironic that the alt-right’s insult of the moment applies above all to their hero, president-elect Donald Trump<p>If you’ve ever sat through a rightwing YouTube rant or spent five minutes on Twitter, you’ve likely heard the word “snowflake”. The term has supplanted the old standby of “social …

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Here’s how Donald Trump could replace Obamacare without courting disaster

Republicans have a problem: The promises they’ve made about what their Obamacare replacement plan will do are impossible to keep.<p>Over the weekend, Donald Trump told the Washington Post that his plan would provide “insurance for everybody” with “much lower deductibles.” Oh, and don’t worry about the …

Health Care

Obama rushes to fill dozens of federal jobs before leaving office

President Obama rushed to fill nearly 100 federal government vacancies during a frenzy of appointments in his final few weeks in office.<p>Since the new …

United States

Donald Trump’s Approval Ratings Have Hit a Historic Low Before He Takes Office

Donald Trump doesn’t take office as President of the United States until Friday, but his approval ratings have already hit a historic low for …

Elections

The Latest: Conciliatory meeting between Trump, King's son

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):<p>2:10 p.m.<p>The son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says he had a "very constructive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on the holiday marking King's life.<p>Martin Luther King III played down Trump's recent claim that Rep. …

Politics

Inside Donald Trump's bullet-proof Trump Tower office

Donald Trump's interview with former Tory minister Michael Gove not only provided an insight into the President-elect's feelings towards a post-Brexit Britain, but pictures from the meeting at Trump Tower also shed light on his way of life.<p>The billionaire tycoon's office on the 26th floor enjoys …

Republican Party

Rosie O’Donnell Wants to Install John McCain as Interim President, Cancel Trump Inauguration

Former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell continued her Twitter campaign against President-elect Donald Trump Sunday by calling for a one-month halt to …

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No Stars? No Problem! Meet Donald Trump’s Determined Inaugural Spokesman

As big-name performers keep their distance from our star-obsessed next president, one loyal man insists The Donald’s already landed ‘the biggest celebrity in the world.’<p>With fewer than 100 hours until Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the next president of the United States, Boris Epshteyn, the …

Politics

Donald Trump mistakenly tweets Ivanka Majic instead of his daughter

<b>London (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump tweeted at the wrong Ivanka on Monday night, and the British woman on the receiving end of his praise has hit back.<p>Trump had quoted a tweet praising his daughter Ivanka, but the account mentioned in the tweet belongs to Ivanka Majic, a digital consultant …

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Trump's ObamaCare comments set up showdown with GOP

Donald Trump says his health care plan will provide “insurance for everybody.”<p>And that means we are about to find out what kind of Republican president he will be.<p>Trump’s comments to the Washington Post put him at odds with the Paul Ryan wing of the GOP, which has been waiting six years to junk …

Health Care

Hair stylist to Marla Maples: No free services in exchange for Inauguration Day “exposure”

Though Donald Trump and his family project an image of boundless wealth, a Washington-based hairstylist says the president-elect’s second wife tried to get out of paying her to style her tresses and those of her 23-year-old daughter, Tiffany Trump, for Inauguration Day.<p>Freelance stylist Tricia …

Lifestyle

Laura Ingraham Considering Run For Senate In Virginia

"It might be something I’m interested in," the radio host said.<p>WASHINGTON ― Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is “considering” challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.<p>“I think it’s always good to mix things up, and I’ve been in …

Republicans

Staff Mourns Loss of Veteran Democratic Staffer Tim Mitchell

Senate staffers are mourning the loss of longtime Democratic staffer Tim Mitchell, who passed away Saturday night after a battle with brain …

Politics

Why Liberals Should Be Terrified of Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Donald Trump rose to power by defying and defeating the collective Republican establishment, but when it comes to his Supreme Court, Trump has promised to basically be a tool of the conservative movement. At his most recent press conference, Trump reiterated that he was deferring to the Federalist …

Republican Party

First Read's Morning Clips: Unpopularity Contest

<b>TRANSITION WATCH: The least popular incoming president in decades</b><p>"After a tumultuous campaign and transition, President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday as the least popular incoming president in at least four decades, but a majority of Americans nevertheless express optimism …

Politics

Donald Trump says he will keep personal Twitter account

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>There are those who accuse Donald Trump of being unpresidential.<p>This depth of this feeling is, to borrow one of his own words, unpresidented.<p>Yet Trump has shown that his morning Twitter missives can stir …

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CNN Defends Jim Acosta Again As Trump Press Conference Fallout Continues

CNN on Monday said it remains behind its Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, issuing a statement of support (read it below) after incoming …

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