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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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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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