Trump: 'Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated'
The chairman of a group of House conservatives known for causing GOP leadership problems is already resisting Obamacare replacement proposals surfaced in leaked Republican draft legislation. . . .
New reports suggest that President Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer personally tried to discredit a story about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Spicer asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes, R-Calif., to contact reporters . . .
White House makes matters worse by trying to suppress Russia scandal
The WH gets its wish: House Intelligence Committee chair says there's nothing to the Trump-Russia story -- before the investigation is even completed
Then Sean Spicer unilaterally declares the Trump-Russia scandal over -- nothing to see here folks, now just move along
Another day, another Trump cabinet nominee with Russian connections
Trumpism: if you don't get the intelligence answers you want, ask again
Trump said during the campaign that he had a "secret plan" to defeat ISIS. Then he promised us a plan in the first thirty days of his presidency, after talking to his generals. We're still waiting. But what we have heard is. . . . interesting
The month-long strategic review, which Trump requested Jan. 28, is expected to include proposals to send more U.S. troops to both countries, deploy more U.S. forces near the front lines, give greater authority to ground commanders, and possibly provide weapons to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria. . . . U.S. analysts said they don’t expect the new plan to differ dramatically from the Obama administration’s approach, at least in Iraq.
Trump says he loves and respects the military. He also says he knows more than the generals. Then he defers to the generals when he needs concrete plans. Now he calls the military losers
In another bizarre speech, Trump told a gaggle of governors that the U.S. military never wins anymore and "we don't fight to win." . . .
[NB: Ah, we're going to START WINNING. Now why didn't those idiots in the Obama administration think of that?]
[May 2016] "We're gonna win so much you may even get tired of winning and you'll say please, please Mr. president, It's too much winning! We can't take it anymore!"
Trump’s pledge to “start winning wars again” is ignorant and delusional — and highly dangerous
Trump says he will raise military spending $54 billion, and pay for it entirely with cuts elsewhere -- without touching Social Security or Medicare, and without increasing the deficit. (He can't do it)
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says Trump's budget won't cut Social Security, Medicare—yet
All the Trump promises he hasn't made good on
- Trump signs executive order on immigration, but it's so badly drafted it causes chaos around the country and is immediately put on hold by court.
- Trump chooses crackpot as National Security Advisor, fires him three weeks after inauguration.
- Trump tries to bully China by playing games with One China policy, is forced into humiliating retreat after realizing he's playing out of his league.
- Paul Ryan proposes border adjustment tax to raise $1 trillion, but can't convince anyone to sign on.
- Trump casually green-lights raid on Yemen over dinner, it turns into an epic disaster that kills a SEAL and accomplishes nothing.
- Trump blathers about the wall and a 20 percent border tax on Mexico, causing the Mexican president to cancel a planned visit.
- Congress goes into recess, but Republicans are embarrassingly forced to cancel town hall events because they're afraid of facing big crowds opposed to their policies.
- Trump continues to claim that crime is skyrocketing; that he won a huge election victory; that his inauguration crowd was immense; that polls showing his unpopularity are fake; and that refugees have wreaked terror on America, despite the fact that these are all easily-checkable lies.
- After weeks of confusion on their signature priority, Republicans finally realize that repealing Obamacare isn't all that easy and basically give up.
- Trump proposes spending an extra $54 billion on defense without realizing he can't do that.
Trump has to keep ratcheting up the rhetorical attack on the media
Trump, Still Railing Against Media, Says NYT's 'Intent Is So Evil And So Bad'
[NB: Coming up next: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."]
Heh, heh -- I think he's paying attention
Donald Trump is annoyed at you: 'Resist, resist, they want to resist everything'
Signs of the times
Another Jewish cemetery has been vandalized
New Wave Of Bomb Threats Hits Jewish Community Centers Across U.S.
GOPers hitch their fortunes to Trump's. Bad call
McConnell: Republican Agenda 'Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda'
Can the Dems retake Congress?
Republicans spent years vilifying Obamacare and promising to repeal and replace it at their first opportunity. Then that opportunity came, but they still couldn't agree on the "replace" part, so they suggested something called repeal-and-delay: repeal Obamacare now, and work on a replacement plan later. But that turned out to be pretty unpopular even among Republicans, who naturally wanted to know what they were going to get before Obamacare was dismantled. So Republican leaders went back to the drawing board and tried to draw up a replacement plan. So far this has been a dismal failure, for the obvious reason that even a mediocre replacement plan will cost a lot of money, and they don't want to spend a lot of money. What to do? The Wall Street Journal reports that repeal-and-delay is back . . .