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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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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
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