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The American Medical Association said today Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare and cut Medicaid could cost as many as 10 million people their health insurance.
Although House Speaker Paul Ryan called his American Health Care Act "a conservative wish list," Dan Diamond, who covers healthcare policy and politics for Politico, says that even Breitbart, which has marched in lock step with Trump, is taking shots at the new plan.
On his reality TV show, Donald Trump was famous for saying, "You're fired." As President, he's saying, "We don't need those jobs" in the first place. Republicans aren't the only ones who've complained that government is "bloated," but even after budget cuts, somebody has to be in charge. With high-level vacancies -- from the State Department to FEMA — will the US be prepared for an international crisis, a hurricane or an earthquake? Is it oversight due to inexperience — or top aide Steve Bannon's goal of "deconstructing the administrative state?"
Eric Lipton, National reporter for the New York Times (@EricLiptonNYT)
Donald Cohen, In the Public Interest (@PubInterest)
Rachel Bovard, Heritage Foundation (@Rachel_Bovard)
Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service (@rpublicservice)
Lipton on regulations that Trump federal agencies, GOP Congress have delayed, suspended or reversed
Cohen on Trump's hiring freeze sending conservative message loud and clear
Bovard on Trump team's push for dramatic cuts to federal budget being the right call
Stier on how Trump's hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, there's a 33-story building shaped like a sail. Advertised as a hotel and residence, it's oddly located away from the city's business center and it's hard to reach between near-by on-ramps, off-ramps and overpasses. It has never opened. When Adam Davidson visited in December, "five enormous white letters glowed at the top of the tower," he reports. "T-R-U-M-P." Davidson wrote about "Donald Trump's Worst Deal" in the latest New Yorker magazine.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
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