U.S. Politics

How a Republican Congressman Accidentally Disclosed a Secret Intelligence Debate

On Monday, when the House Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing about Russian involvement in the U.S. Presidential election, Republican members were almost completely focussed on leaks.<p>In his opening statement, Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, made clear how important the …

Government

How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump

Sometimes the swamp drains you.<p>Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of president. He was a populist fighting on behalf of the “forgotten man,” taking on the GOP establishment, draining the Washington swamp, protecting Medicaid from cuts, vowing to cover everyone with health care and make …

Health Care

HHS secretary: Pass House bill today, fix it in the Senate later

<b>(CNN) —</b> Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price sought to downplay Friday's health care vote in the House, saying Republican lawmakers can fix any problems with the plan once it makes its way into the Senate.<p>"This is just one part of it. That second phase is so incredibly important that we're …

Tom Price

The Easiest Way for Trump To Do Stuff Is To Not Do Stuff

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

Government

Treasury Secretary Gushes over Trump: “He Has Perfect Genes”

According to Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump is “unbelievably healthy.”<p>In the history of the United States of America, it has not typically been part of the job requirement for the treasury secretary to fawn over the president and go to great, almost suspiciously over-the-top lengths to impress upon …

Donald Trump

‘Trumpcare’ Isn’t Just a Political Disaster—It Makes ‘War on Women’ Real

The American Health Care Act and its witless tune-ups make it seem as though nobody has thought any of this through past the photo op.<p>Since their poorly received proposed replacement for Obamacare landed with a thud, the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has devolved …

Health Care

Sanders: Donald Trump lied about protecting working people

Senator Bernie Sanders talks with Rachel Maddow about how the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act and other Donald Trump Republican agenda items …

Politics

The Republican health care plan is totally nuts

A pointless, reckless rush to vote on a bad, unpopular, doomed bill.<p>In both its substance and its procedural details, the plan cooked up by the Trump administration and House Republican leadership to overhaul the American health care system is completely insane.<p>As of Thursday evening, Republicans …

Health Care

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose.<p>House …

U.S. Congress

After Promising Not To Talk Business With Father, Eric Trump Says He'll Give Him Financial Reports

Eric Trump sits behind a desk on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City, dressed in a slightly less formal version of his father’s go-to power uniform—blue suit, white buttoned-down shirt, no tie. There are reminders of Donald Trump everywhere in this office, including the TV in the corner …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Gamble: Does He Want to Win on Health Care or Pull the Plug?

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter</i><p>Trump's giant gamble: Does he want to win or pull the plug?<p>President Trump's ultimatum that House Republicans today vote up or down their health-care …

Politics

Trump Regrets Backing Paul Ryan’s Plan to Do Health Care First

On Monday in Kentucky, President Trump described his overhaul of the American health-care system as an irritating but necessary chore.<p>“We want a very …

Health Care

Donald Trump's dizzying Time magazine interview was 'Trumpspeak' on display

The Time interview provides unusual insight into the principles and deep structure of Trumpspeak, the political discourse distorting our democracy<p>Donald Trump’s elastic connection to reality was richly on display in his interview with Time magazine, published Thursday. Much of what the president …

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Mnuchin Says Tax Overhaul Plan Coming Soon

WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration is close to completing its proposal to overhaul the U.S. tax code and said any legislation to reduce corporate and individual rates needed to be comprehensive.<p>“We’re not cutting this up and doing little pieces at a time,” he …

Steven Mnuchin

Donald Trump is whipping votes on Twitter for the Republican health plan

Naturally, his key argument is based on a lie.<p>The fate of Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act hangs in the balance today, as House leadership — backed by the White House — has declared an end to debate and negotiation, and is simply asking wavering members to put up or shut up at a vote scheduled …

Health Care

Dramatic vote looms on Republican health plan, high stakes for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the clock ticked on Friday toward a high-stakes vote demanded by Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, fellow Republicans in Congress scrambled to secure enough votes to avoid a loss that could hobble his presidency.<p>The dramatic showdown on the House of …

U.S. Congress

The Scammers, the Scammed and America’s Fate

Many people are horrified, and rightly so, by what passes for leadership in today’s Washington. And it’s important to keep the horror of our political situation up front, to keep highlighting the lies, the cruelty, the bad judgment. We must never normalize the state we’re in.<p>At the same time, …

Health Care

Trump breaks these 3 rules about how U.S. presidents relate to the military

Donald Trump’s presidency has shown us that he likes to break political rules. This includes those for how presidents usually relate to the U.S. military and act as commander in chief. Right after being inaugurated, he showed us this when he authorized a Special Forces raid in Yemen.<p><b>U.S.</b> …

War

The White House Dismisses Reports of Possible Russian Collusion

Press Secretary Sean Spicer pushed back against CNN’s claim that the FBI has information suggesting Trump associates and Russia may have worked together to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday dismissed a recent CNN report claiming the FBI has …

Government

5 Things President Trump Thinks America Doesn’t Know

Slavery is not good, and health care reform is not easy. Seemingly obvious?<p>Maybe not, according to President Trump, who has said multiple times in …

American History

Jimmy Kimmel Montage Proves Donald Trump Is A Mover, Not A Shaker

"I don’t know what this indicates."<p>President Donald Trump may have vowed to shake up the political system during his 2016 election campaign.<p>But as this amusing montage on Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” shows, the commander in chief is actually more of a mover.<p>“I don’t know what this indicates, but …

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Lawmakers call on FBI to help find string of missing black girls in Washington

The Congressional Black Caucus is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI to help in the search for missing black girls in the Washington, D.C., area, following an alarming string of missing children cases from the nation's capital.<p>The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing …

Congressional Black Caucus

This is a photo of lawmakers discussing taking away maternity coverage

You may notice a certain group of people missing.<p>On Thursday, a bunch of men met at the White House to discuss taking away potentially millions of women’s coverage for pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care.<p>The White House meeting was broadly about the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill …

Health Care

Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two additional Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.<p>California Sen. Kamala Harris and Washington Sen. Patty Murray both said that they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled …

Kamala Harris

Robert Reich visits Trump’s Washington: Politicians call the White House “a cesspool of intrigue and fear”

Reich makes his first trip to our nation’s capital since Donald Trump became president<p>I spent much of this past week in Washington talking with friends still in government, former colleagues, high-ranking Democrats, a few Republican pundits and some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. …

Republicans

Andrew Sullivan: Is Political Gravity Finally Sinking Donald Trump?

Is he waving or drowning? Swimming or sinking?<p>I ask this question because we’re more than two months in and the trauma has not subsided, but it has, …

Donald Trump

White House budget director: unclear if House healthcare bill can pass - ABC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Friday he did not know if there was enough support in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass Republicans' healthcare bill to dismantle Obamacare.<p>"That's up to the House to count their own votes," Mulvaney told ABC News in …

Government

Here's A Reminder Of How Far Donald Trump Has Flip-Flopped On Health Care

"We must have universal healthcare," he once wrote.<p>President Donald Trump’s health care proposal to replace Obamacare struggled to gain support Thursday ― and opponents couldn’t be happier. Trump’s proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act could result in 24 million people losing health coverage …

Donald Trump

Wall Street Is Ready to Eat Trump’s Lunch

After a few months of optimism, the markets are getting ready to thrash the Trump presidency.<p>The overdone “Trump bump,” a reference to the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s relentless post-election romp to 21,000, is finally coming to an end, and with good reason. It was always a chimera anyway, and …

Donald Trump

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Somewhere John Boehner Is Sipping Merlot

The U.S. House is postponing its vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>The U.S. House canceled tonight’s vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, after the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus …

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