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The Republican tax bill will end cancer treatment for Medicare patients

If the Republican tax cuts bill becomes law, it will immediately trigger a $25 billion cut in Medicare. That's because of mandatory spending cuts that will kick in as a result the tax bill’s $1.5 trillion increase to the deficit. The last time this...
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Surprise, a shameless Kirstjen Nielsen is still making up crap about asylum seekers

Earlier this week, possibly departing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen blamed asylum seekers for border officials temporarily shutting down some northbound traffic at the San Ysidro, California border crossing—“the busiest land port...

Trump got his shutdown wish. Why doesn’t he look more proud? Maybe because of...

President Donald Trump stepped up, put his big-boy pants on, and took the mantle of leadership. “I’ll take responsibility for shutting it down, I won’t blame you for it,” he famously told Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office. “I’ll be proud to do it.” Not much space for misinterpretation there, is there? And Trump got his wish. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 51% of Americans now hold Trump personally responsible for the 19 day shutdown of the government, while only 32% hold the Democrats in congress responsible. As detective Joe Friday used to say on “Dragnet,” “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.” OK, here’s a couple of very quick and simple facts from the polling. The newest poll shows a+4 increase of people who hold Trump responsible as opposed to a similar poll taken only a couple of days after the shutdown started. Simply put, the longer the shutdown goes on, the more the blame pendulum swings in Trump’s direction.  It also shows that Trump is now nearly 20 points underwater on the “blame game” on the shutdown, leaving the Democrats a distant second in a race that they don’t want to win. And third, 32% is far below the alleged “floor” of Trump’s base, meaning approximately 8% of his own supporters either credit him with, or blame him for the shutdown. This polling spells deep trouble for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on two fronts. First, this polling is a clearly marked, 4 lane wide off ramp for vulnerable 2020 GOP Senators to split with Trump, and put increasing pressure on McConnell to bring those bipartisan bills Pelosi’s House already passed to the floor for a vote. This puts McConnell in the uncomfortable position of having to determine how many GOP Senate defections represent the tipping point between giving in to his caucus’ wishes, and facing an open revolt to his leadership. And any submission by McConnell to his caucus to pass the Democratic CR’s puts him squarely in Trump’s sites as a traitor to the cause. The funny thing is that it doesn’t have to be a particularly large number of GOP defectors to put pressure on McConnell to fold. Senator Susan Collins has already stated publicly that she wants the government to be reopened. Collins is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jeff Flake already proved that in a committee with a one vote difference, withholding that one vote ground the committee to t halt on forwarding judicial nominees to the floor for confirmation. And more importantly, sometime soon Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Bill Barr, is going to have his confirmation hearing in front of the committee. Collins has all the leverage in the world over McConnell to bring those CR votes to the floor. But the bigger problem for McConnell, and by extension Trump, is that if he folds on the issue of reopening the government, he sets a precedent. I’m fond of reciting an old Catholic rhyme, “In order to keep your faith intact, make sure it remains unsullied by fact.” Devotion requires an acceptance of things you personally cannot control or change. If McConnell lets his caucus force him into bringing the Democratic CR’s to the floor, the first stone has just popped out of the McConnell/Trump dam. Because more Democratic House […]
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WSJ: Trump Tried To Persuade His NSA Director To Say There Was No Evidence...

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the recently retired deputy Director of the NSA documented a call where Donald Trump asked Rogers to say there was no...
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The morally reprehensible Mike Pence congratulates the morally reprehensible Greg Gianforte

Mike Pence on Friday reaffirmed that he not only never had a moral compass, he's lost his ability to pretend that he has one.

Ex-House intel counsel says Rep. Nunes tipping off Trump is ‘breakdown in entire oversight...

Jeremy Bash is the former chief counsel to the House Intelligence Committee. His background also includes time as the chief of staff to the director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011 and as chief of staff to the secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. Bash...
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Disgraced former Fox News president is Trump’s new communications director

After more than a week of rumors, the White House has made it official: Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine will become “Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.” The White House version of Shine’s qualifications is...
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How big a screw-up is Jared Kushner? Background check head has ‘never seen that...

The director of the National Background Investigations Bureau testified at a House hearing on Wednesday, and Democrats were interested in the enormous number of “errors and omissions” in Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s security clearance...

As Public Trust Dives, Trump White House Moves to Hide Visitor Logs

'The only reasonable conclusion is to believe the Trump administration has many things it is trying to hide'
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Blue Wave Denial Syndrome

It’s spreading in the aftermath of the recent, torture and untimely death of Advice and Consent in the U.S. Senate.   Some stories are by someone with a deadline looking for a sound byte. Vanity Fair  “The Kavanaugh...

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