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Poll: Majority of Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown he’s so ‘proud’ of

Donald Trump keeps trying to blame Democrats for the partial government shutdown he said he was “proud” to cause and would “take the mantle for.” The public isn’t buying it. According to a new poll from...
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Lawyers for indicted Russian company combat Mueller in federal court over ‘nude selfies’ evidence

In February 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and two Russian companies with conspiring to defraud the United States by “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud...
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Federal workers won’t get paychecks, but they do get these handy letters asking creditors...

Hey, federal workers, don’t worry about your lack of a paycheck for as long as Donald Trump decides to keep big parts of the government shut down. Federal agencies have form letters explaining to creditors that...
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Um, It’s Not “800,000 Families” Hurt by the Shutdown

It’s millions.  Thanks to the Republican dream of running government like a business being starved and drowned in a bathtub, much of the actual work done in Uncle Sam’s name is actually performed by...
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Trump not worried about his government shutdown: ‘Most of the people not getting paid...

Donald Trump is home from his Iraq distraction and back to yapping about his partial government shutdown. In yet another tweet trying to blame the whole thing on Democrats—even though Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...
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Did the Grifter in Chief shut down the government to obstruct justice and make...

Well, look at that. First Donald Trump shuts down the government, and now: Lawyers for President Donald Trump are invoking the government shutdown to seek a delay in a court case over claims that Trump is...
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Trump says ‘many’ federal workers are happy to work without pay until he gets...

On Christmas Day, Donald Trump did his level best unredeemed-Scrooge impression with an insistence that "many" of the federal workers currently furloughed or working without pay because of his tantrum-based government shutdown are quite...
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Union Representing Thousands of Federal Workers: ‘We Have Not Heard From a Single Member’...

Hitting back at President Donald Trump's evidence-free claim that "many" government employees are backing the ongoing government shutdown because they "want the wall," the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)—a union that...
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Mueller reportedly Homing in on those involved with “Sanctions Relief”

— The Daily Beast seems to have an insider scoop … Trump Officials involved in “Sanctions Relief” beware. Mueller Ready to Pounce on Trumpworld Concessions to Moscow by Erin Banco, thedailybeast.com -- Dec 18, 2018 The Special Counsel’s...
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Healthcare. Healthcare. Healthcare.

OK Democrats, in another two months it’s going to be time to put up or shut up. We got the House over the finish line, and we did it the old fashioned way, we worked our collective ass off for it. We won like any political party does, by making promises. But this time is different, because voters believed those promises for the simple reason that a lot of the people making them weren’t lying politicians for a change. We ran on healthcare. This was a dream issue to run on, for several reasons. For one thing, once you give people stuff, they tend to like it. It was always known that the ACA would be a slow developing program, 4 years to implement completely, with the real meat and potatoes coming in the last two years. Republicans could run against it only until it started working as intended. Once it did, people in states that had it wanted to keep it, and people in states that didn’t have it wanted it. And the GOP came off looking like schmucks. Healthcare was the overriding political issue of 2018, no matter how badly Trump wanted it to be about barefoot brown people going us all leprosy. But you know what? 2020 is going to be all about healthcare too. And the Democrats, specifically the Democrats in the House, have the chance to hone that issue, and jam it up the Republicans ass with a telephone poll. This doesn’t have to be like 2009 all over again. The Democrats don’t have to create some massive, intricate overhaul of the system. We already did that in 2009. The beauty of the ACA was that when it was implemented, it became an interwoven part of the healthcare system. This is why the GOP couldn’t just repeal the ACA, even the health insurance companies knew that if they did, the old system would collapse,  because the structure of the system had been fundamentally changed. Hence, the GOP tinkering with the individual mandate, support payments, and junk policies only destabilized the system, making it a ripe issue for Democrats. The Democrats don’t need to try to do everything at once, in fact that would be a mistake. The more complicated something is, the harder it is to explain, and the easier it is for the GOP to misrepresent it, we found that out the hard way in 2009, with all of that “granny death panel” nonsense. There are several things that the Democrats can do immediately, but do them one at a time. First of all, small simple things are easier to explain, and their benefits ore apparent. Second, a steady stream of bill passages on healthcare will show that the Democrats are making good on their word. And third, every parent knows that if you hide the strained peas, you can con the kid into thinking that every spoonful is the last one, making it easier to get it into their mouth. First things first. Pass a bill that restores the original pre-existing conditions language of the ACA. The GOP will have a hard time fighting that, since so many of them swore fealty to covering those in their own campaigns. And since they’ll have a hard time fighting it, add in language that restores the original individual mandate, and […]

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