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Democrats Have Nothing to Lose by Filibustering Gorsuch

After much intense debate, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer finally declared that Democrats will indeed filibuster Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch. The decision still rankles many, however, who feel that Democrats should have held their fire over this nominee in order to prevent a more unqualified, even more extreme justice later on. Show More Summary

Trump Built His Own Prison

He’s barely been in office for two months and he’s already cut off every possibility for success.

Anatomy of a Disaster: Trump Didn’t Care, and the GOP Didn’t Have a Plan

As dawn breaks over the wreckage of the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, one thing is abundantly clear: the Republican Party is not ready to govern. Its chief executive is uninterested in policy details, and far too many of its Congressmembers are too beholden to AM radio platitudes to... Read more »

A Consequential Week For Trump, and Not In a Good Way

Most of the time political punditry is about either analyzing the present or predicting the future. But today is one of those times when I’m more interested in the past. I’m not talking about the long-distance past – but just the last week. On Monday, the people at NBC’s First Read suggested that this could... Read more »

Not Even Trump Supports The GOP Healthcare Bill

That hasn't stopped him from putting house Republicans between a rock and a hard place.

Why the Rush To Repeal Obamacare? It’s All About the Tax Cuts

The assumption has been that all of the frenetic activity to put together a bill to repeal/replace Obamacare in the House on Thursday was to tie its passage to the 7th anniversary of Obamacare. While that may have played a role, there is also the fact that Majority Leader McConnell seems poised to hurry a... Read more »

Trump’s Plans For Slashing Government Follow “A Sinister Script”

A Q&A with Rep. Gerry Connolly, whose district includes the third largest number of federal workers in the country.

Health Bill’s Failure Would Tell Us A Lot

Things can always change, but as of now it looks like the plan is for Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the health care bill to a vote tomorrow under the threat, issued from the White House, that if the bill is rejected there will be no more attempts to pass it. It’s a desperate effort... Read more »

Quick Takes: Republicans Can’t Get to “Yes” on Obamacare Repeal

Kevin Drum has a nice run-down of what happens when members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) meet with the guy who hails himself as the ultimate deal-maker. President agrees to demands. President Trump agreed to the demands of conservative House Republicans to remove federal requirements that health insurance plans provide a basic set... Read more »

Trump’s Ambassador to Israel is Truly Terrifying

The Senate confirmed a right-wing lunatic who will only encourage the Israeli government to indulge its worst impulses.

The False Promises Of The GOP Health Care Plan

Republicans say their bill gives consumers both “access” and “choice.” Don’t believe it.

Nunes’ Actions Underscore the Need For an Independent Commission

As Martin reported yesterday, Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, took unprecedented steps yesterday to brief both the press and subsequently the White House on information he had received about communications...Show More Summary

Quick Takes: We’d Like to Know What You Think!

Please take this brief survey and tell us what you think of our website, and your reading interests, so we can better deliver the kind of content you’d like to read. Your responses are kept totally confidential. Thank you! Ian Millhiser writes that, “While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he... Read more »

Devin Nunes Intends to Obstruct Justice

The House Intelligence Chairman said he will go to the White House to share classified FBI information with the very people under investigation.

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