‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post

‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 22, 2017 SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson is being faulted for undiplomatic speaking during his tour of Asia over the weekend. Among other things, he parroted official Chinese rhetoric about “mutual respect” and “win-win solutions,” which Beijing hailed as […]

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO. Republicans’ spectacular failure to repeal and replace Obamacare threatens to sabotage another cornerstone of their agenda, tax reform — because of simple math. The GOP was counting on wiping out nearly $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes to help finance the sweeping tax cuts they’ve got planned for their next legislative act. And now […]

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare ‘Collapse.’ That’s Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare 'Collapse.' That's Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post. Before even taking office, and well before the Republican bid to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump started saying the best political strategy for his party would be to let the law’s health insurance exchanges “collapse” and then blame Democrats for […]

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com. by Brian Kahn · March 24, 2017 This post originally appeared on Climate Central. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Trump administration’s approval represents […]

A “Tidal Wave” of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones

A "Tidal Wave" of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones. by Julia Lurie · March 24, 2017 And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just white people who are dying. jdwfoto/Getty This week I’m spending time in Northeast Ohio, a corner of the country that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. I’m talking to people here […]

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: ‘Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future’

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: 'Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future'. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday laid blame for the failure of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Republican members of the House, and said he would move on to other issues that “people have even more agreement on.” “You have all heard me say this before, […]

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is. Republican lawmakers have voted to repeal ObamaCare on dozens of occasions — by some counts, more than 60 times — since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law almost exactly seven years ago. It was the longest table-reading and dress rehearsal in modern political history. And yet, at the moment […]

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone. by Matt Taibbi It’s like the campaign never ended. It’s the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse. Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, Maryland, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Chin up, eyes asquint, Donald Trump floats to the lectern on a sea of applause and adulation. The building is shaking, and as […]

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO. by Kelsey Sutton · March 23, 2017 Former President Barack Obama pushed back against claims by Republican legislators and by the Trump administration that the bill was in a “death spiral” or was taking jobs away. | Getty Former President Barack Obama, who has remained on the […]

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post. Progressive groups appear delighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday signaled to Democrats that they should filibuster Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. After the senator announced his plans to vote “no” on the nominee, who sat […]

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · March 23, 2017 President Donald Trump has campaigned on the sentiment of “bringing back jobs” to America. He mentioned factories specifically in his inauguration speech, stating, “the jobs left and the factories closed . . . that all changes starting right here, right […]

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones. by Nathalie Baptiste · March 23, 2017 He doesn’t want to prosecute on the basis of “climate change policy preferences.” Newscom via ZUMA Press/Jeff Malet A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that will safeguard political speech—with a special focus on climate change deniers. Republican […]

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill. Eight Republican governors signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in support of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it. “We write today to offer our support […]

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?. Here’s something that may surprise you: If the United Kingdom were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest one. It’s all the more surprising given its economic history — the U.K. was the first nation to industrialize, and was for nearly a century the undisputed economic heavyweight of the world. It […]

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · March 22, 2017 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 Congress. While President Donald Trump balances making direct threats on […]

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid. House Republicans have taken direct aim at Medicaid with their American Health Care Act, which is up for a vote in the House on Thursday. They hate social insurance, and they especially hate any program that benefits the poor — not to mention the fact that programs that include the upper class, like Medicare […]

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe. LEAVE IT to Senator Lindsey Graham, the folksy Republican from South Carolina, to get to the heart of the matter in Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. He was comforted, he said, that President Trump had chosen a legitimate jurist. “Quite frankly, I was quite worried […]

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post. Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as “utterly ridiculous” the Trump administration’s insinuation that Britain spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey testified plainly that “I have […]

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · March 21, 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch maintained a polite demeanor during Tuesday’s marathon questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sprinkling his responses with “golly” and “goodness” but refusing to answer questions on how he might rule from the bench. Democrats repeatedly sought to get under Gorsuch’s […]

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights heard from civil rights and other advocacy groups on Tuesday about their concerns with the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Commissioners said they hoped to hear from the government, too. But they couldn’t ― the federal government skipped the […]

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com. by Michael Winship · March 21, 2017 Andy Slavitt, who was President Obama’s acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told The Washington Post, “This is a massive tax cut for unpopular industries and wealthy individuals. It is about cutting care for lower-income people, seniors, people […]

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch. Sometime this spring or summer, Neil Gorsuch is likely to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created last winter by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia. Even if Democrats can sustain a filibuster against his nomination, Senate Republicans are likely to change the chamber’s rules to […]

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment. New York Magazine · by Noreen Malone · March 20, 2017 Miki Agrawal, the co-founder of Thinx — a company that makes “period underwear” — doesn’t think much of boundaries. “I just love the taboo space,” she told New York last year, of her mission to (profitably) destigmatize menstruation. And in a […]

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe. by Joan Vennochi · March 20, 2017 Who did more to hurt Hillary Clinton’s quest to become president and help Donald Trump’s — Vladimir Putin or FBI director James Comey? That question looms over Comey, as he confirmed Monday an FBI investigation into possible interference in the 2016 elections by the […]

Schumer’s Gorsuch Gambit – WSJ

Schumer’s Gorsuch Gambit – WSJ. So much for Senate deliberation. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had barely finished his testimony when Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that he would vote against the judge and demand 60 votes for confirmation. Republicans will have to be prepared to call this Democratic bluff. “Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will face a cloture vote & […]

The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let In and Why – WSJ

The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let In and Why – WSJ. Today’s bitter divides focus too narrowly on enforcement. All sides need to be clearer about what immigration policy is meant to achieve By Mark Krikorian The immigration debate in the U.S. has been contentious for decades, but Donald Trump ’s candidacy and election have taken it to a […]

Republicans’ Health-Care Bill Debacle: Time to Start Over | National Review

Republicans’ Health-Care Bill Debacle: Time to Start Over | National Review. by The Editors · March 24, 2017 ‘Debacle” does not have to be the last word on Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. They can still improve the health-care system, reduce the power of the federal government, and make good on important campaign promises — but only if […]

Byron York: 14 lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle | Washington Examiner

Byron York: 14 lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle | Washington Examiner. The Obamacare train wreck was a failure for President Trump and a disaster for House Republicans. That is, it was worse for Republicans, because they had been at it for so long, but it was plenty bad for Trump. When Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP repeal-and-replace bill […]

Where’s Russia’s Collusion with Trump? Here’s Cuba’s Collusion with Clinton – Humberto Fontova

Where’s Russia’s Collusion with Trump? Here's Cuba’s Collusion with Clinton – Humberto Fontova. by Humberto Fontova Think Trump would boast about Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet performing at one of his “get out the vote” campaign rallies? Think the mainstream media might trumpet such an event as the Holy Grail, Golden Fleece and Smoking Gun of that ever-elusive “Russian collusion” with his […]

How Will Trump Respond to Failure? – The American Interest

How Will Trump Respond to Failure? – The American Interest. The New York Times reports on the President’s changing emotional state as the healthcare battle rages on Capitol Hill: President Trump, the author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he […]

Top Republicans Mourn Failure Of Obamacare Repeal | The Daily Caller

Top Republicans Mourn Failure Of Obamacare Repeal | The Daily Caller. Top Republicans wore a look of defeat on their faces, some with tears in their eyes, following their failure to pass the House Obamacare repeal bill Friday. Chairmen of the committees tasked with marking up the legislation gathered with GOP leadership following the announcement the vote would be pulled […]

Articles: The Science Is Settled! Now Shut Up!

Articles: The Science Is Settled! Now Shut Up!. by Don Fisher, Jr. · March 25, 2017 Oftentimes, those on the political left assume the mantle of moral superiority, and superiority in their knowledge of scientific advances as well. Both are self-serving and usually fraudulent claims, but that doesn’t stop liberals from pretending they are our intellectual and philosophical betters. No […]

Here’s Why Nunes’ Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal

Here's Why Nunes' Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal. by Mollie Hemingway · March 23, 2017 In the last three months of the Obama presidency, significant personal information from and about the Trump transition was collected and widely disseminated at intelligence agencies, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Dozens of intelligence reports provided to Nunes by […]

Ryan: ObamaCare will be law for ‘foreseeable future’ | TheHill

Ryan: ObamaCare will be law for 'foreseeable future' | TheHill. by Ben Kamisar · March 24, 2017 Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday said his party “came up short” in a news conference minutes after pulling the GOP healthcare bill off the House floor, acknowledging that ObamaCare will stay in place “for the foreseeable future.” “ObamaCare will remain the law […]

Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed | Reuters

Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed | Reuters. by Marianna Parraga · March 24, 2017 HOUSTON/CARACAS A gasoline shortage in OPEC member Venezuela was exacerbated by an increase in government-sanctioned fuel exports to foreign allies and an exodus of crucial personnel from state-run energy company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL], according to internal PDVSA documents and sources […]

U.S. forces cut off ISIS’ only escape route

U.S. forces cut off ISIS’ only escape route. (Business Insider) The offensive to destroy ISIS in Syria took a big step forward recently with US military advisers, helicopters, and artillery helping position a force of about 500 soldiers near a strategic dam outside of Raqqa, ISIS’s Syrian capital. The US military, along with Kurdish forces and the multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic […]

Hillary’s email scandal not over yet

Hillary’s email scandal not over yet. Donald Trump joked during the presidential campaign that the Russians should try to find the missing emails of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who used an unsecured server while she was secretary of state, and that perhaps he would authorize an investigation that might put her in jail if he became president. But since Trump’s huge […]

The Mega U.S.-China Summit at Mar-a-Lago: Let Trump Be Trump | The National Interest Blog

The Mega U.S.-China Summit at Mar-a-Lago: Let Trump Be Trump | The National Interest Blog. President Donald Trump plays host to someone as powerful and as willful as himself early next month at his Mar-a-Lago resort when Chinese ruler Xi Jinping arrives for a two-day visit. The showdown, disguised as an informal get-together, will be the first meeting of the […]

Trump Thumped After Ultimatum: Ryan Pulls Health Bill Without Vote

Trump Thumped After Ultimatum: Ryan Pulls Health Bill Without Vote. (CNSNews.com) – One day after President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum to the House of Representatives telling them to vote today on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare or forget it, Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed to pull the bill without a vote because they did not […]

Trump’s Next Move After Health Care Defeat

Trump’s Next Move After Health Care Defeat. President Donald Trump’s next moves might be some of the most important of his presidency. “So now we are going to go for tax reform,” @POTUS says. On Friday, he suffered a legislative defeat on the House bill to replace Obamacare, delivered in part by members of his own party in Congress. Presidential […]

The Conservatives Made a Mistake | Klavan On The Culture

The Conservatives Made a Mistake | Klavan On The Culture. by Andrew Klavan · March 24, 2017 I fear the conservatives may have erred. Let’s accept that Paul Ryan’s health care bill wasn’t optimal. If the Congressional Budget Office was anywhere close to correct in its original estimations, the bill would have cut government spending by $12.5 trillion, cut taxes […]

Disgusting: The Freedom Caucus Saves Obamacare Again | The American Spectator

Disgusting: The Freedom Caucus Saves Obamacare Again | The American Spectator. by David Catron · March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017, 5:04 pm AHCA was pulled from the floor yet again this afternoon, and it now is probable that Obamacare will be the law of the land for years to come. This is an utter disaster for U.S. health care, […]

The GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Dead Because Trump Doesn’t Understand How Health Policy Works – Hit & Run : Reason.com

The GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Dead Because Trump Doesn’t Understand How Health Policy Works – Hit & Run : Reason.com. by Peter Suderman · March 24, 2017 Molly Reilly/SIPA/NewscomThe House bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare is officially dead. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was scheduled for a vote this afternoon, has been pulled from consideration. […]

Articles: Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes

Articles: Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes. by Daniel John Sobieski · March 24, 2017 It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey. The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and […]

Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence? – WSJ

Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence? – WSJ. By PETER HOEKSTRA March 23, 2017 6:56 p.m. ET 180 COMMENTS It was remarkable when Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, revealed Wednesday that Trump campaign officials were caught up in the inadvertent collection of intelligence. Read between the lines with a clear understanding of the intelligence community, and it’s positively […]

One more good reason to repeal ObamaCare. Now | Fox News

One more good reason to repeal ObamaCare. Now | Fox News. by Lanhee J. Chen In a last-minute bid to ensure the success of the American Health Care Act, Republican congressional leaders and the Trump Administration are close to an agreement that would repeal one of Obamacare’s most significant regulations, its “essential health benefits” requirement. This should be welcome news […]

Checks & Balances Still Work, Even During the Trump Administration | National Review

Checks & Balances Still Work, Even During the Trump Administration | National Review. by Charles Krauthammer · March 23, 2017 Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been […]

President Trump ready to ‘move on,’ pressures Republicans to vote on healthcare bill on Friday | Washington Examiner

President Trump ready to 'move on,' pressures Republicans to vote on healthcare bill on Friday | Washington Examiner. by Robert King, Al Weaver, Susan Ferrechio · March 23, 2017 Under heavy pressure from the White House, House Republicans plan to move forward with a vote on a controversial bill that partially repeals and replaces Obamacare, despite lingering concerns from both […]

The Base’s Rage Ill Serves the Democratic Party – Michael Barone

The Base's Rage Ill Serves the Democratic Party – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, very much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, […]

Saudis Are the Oil Market’s Biggest Losers – The American Interest

Saudis Are the Oil Market’s Biggest Losers – The American Interest. by Colin Fleming The last few years have been difficult for anyone in the business of selling oil, as prices tumbled from over $110 per barrel to a nadir of just $27, before rebounding to the middle ground they reside in today, at roughly $50 per barrel. Bargain crude […]

Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team

Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team. by Bill Gertz · March 23, 2017 Share Email Devin Nunes speaks to reporters during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 22 / Getty Images A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered […]