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Defiant Trump defends blatant falsehoods...

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:48:24 AM
MSNBC's Brian Williams talks to TIME Magazine Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer about his shocking interview with Pres. Trump where Trump didn't back down from past false statements.

Intel. Cmte. Dem on reports of new...

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:28:23 AM
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) of the House Intelligence Committee reacts to the news from the committee's top Democrat that there is new evidence of possible collusion between Team Trump & Russia.

Will Trump ask Paul Ryan to resign if...

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:16:32 AM
MSNBC'S Brian Williams shares a breaking New York Times report that Trump is upset with Ryan over health care and Sean Spicer being asked if Ryan should resign if the vote fails.

Republican Party fractured over looming...

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:00:30 AM
MSNBC's Brian Williams gets the latest from Capitol Hill and talks to two GOP lawmakers, Rep. Chris Collins & Rep. Leonard Lance, one voting yes and one voting no on the GOP bill.

Russian connections: An act of treason

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:53:22 AM
Richard Painter, who worked in George W. Bush's White House Counsel Office, throws out the "T" word. He tells Lawrence O'Donnell that any American who helped the Russians influence the 2016 elections committed treason.

Trump Team blaming Paul Ryan for AHCA debacle

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:40:35 AM
Reports from inside the Trump White House say, before Friday's final vote, President Trump was already blaming Speaker Paul Ryan for the chaos surrounding the repeal and replace plan of Obamacare. Lawrence O'Donnell discusses with Josh Barro and Steve...

Swalwell: Dems demand Nunes evidence by...

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:03:17 AM
Intel member Eric Swalwell tells Lawrence O'Donnell he and the other Democratic committee members gave Devin Nunes an ultimatum: either provide them with the same information Nunes gave Ryan and Trump, or they will have to re-evaluate where the...

Being a Putin opponent is dangerous business

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:54:41 AM
Bill Browder, author of "Red Notice," talks with Rachel Maddow about the condition of Nikolai Gorokhov, lawyer for Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who fell from a fourth floor window, and the dangers for being an opponent of Vladimir Putin.

Russia's dark dealings a split screen scandal

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:35:39 AM
Rachel Maddow reports on the assassination of a critic of Vladimir Putin, the latest in a long chain of such attacks, and also reports on the latest developments in the Russian scandal in the U.S.

Sanders: Gorsuch answers not satisfactory

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:30:11 AM
Senator Bernie Sanders talks with Rachel Maddow about why he will oppose the confirmation Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

So Much Winning

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:51:03 AM
A very strange day in Washington as Republicans failed, as they have for seven years, to come up with a viable alternative to Obamacare. The nugget that probably best captures the day came from the Congressional Budget Office. It assessed the most recent version of the bill and concluded that it will still take coverage away from 24 million people, just like the original version of the bill, but will cost an additional $186 billion to do so. Let me say that again: The revised bill spends $186 billion more to not cover the same number of people. What a win!Keep that in mind as the House proceeds to vote on an even newer version of the bill Friday, that still hasn't been released, and that the CBO will not be given time to score in advance.

All The Marbles!

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:40:39 AM
White House demands vote Friday on Obamacare repeal, come hell or high water. No CBO score. Still no bill! But from what we know of it, it's an objectively terrible piece of legislation, whether you're a purveyor of sane health care policy or a conservative looking for ideological purity. Ryan is going along with the Trump plan to ram it through. Do Republicans have the votes? Our latest dispatch after a long evening on the Hill.

Republicans Plan To Gamble On Obamacare Repeal Vote Friday

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:11:07 AM
Maybe it was the bad headlines. Maybe it was just too complicated.But on Thursday President Trump was done negotiating over Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. That was the message delivered to GOP House members in a basement conference room Thursday evening, where White House officials told lawmakers that their replacement bill—the American Health Care Act—would be brought to the floor on Friday whether the conference had the votes to pass it or not. "They just said that this was the deal and it's not going to change,” Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) told reporters after the conference meeting. "It sounds like it's an ultimatum: this is the bill, what what we see is what we get, and tomorrow's the vote."Asked if voting Friday on a revised bill unveiled late Thursday night is the best decision, Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told TPM with a sigh: "At this point, we've given a binary choice."After seven years in which repealing the Affordable Care Act was the political raison d’etre for many Republicans, the House vote to finally do so will—at best—pass a bill that has deeply divided its members and has not even been fully evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office. At worse, the vote will fail, and the repeal effort that has consumed the first 62 days of the Trump administration will go down in flames.“This is a really big moment for us and hopefully we'll rise to the occasion. You get one chance at something like this,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), an ally of GOP leadership. Cole added that if the vote fails Friday, “then we demonstrate that we're a great opposition party.”“We were great opposition to Barack Obama, but stopping things isn't what governing is about,” he said. "There are times to be the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, but this isn't it."Cole added that failing to pass the health care repeal bill will jeopardize their legislative agenda in the months to come. "If this doesn't get done tomorrow [raising debt ceiling and passing tax reform] become infinitely more difficult to successfully discharge," he said. "Success breeds success."The decision to force a vote on Friday came after House leaders had to embarrassingly scuttle plans to vote on the legislation Thursday—the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The latest fracture, after numerous debates clogged up the effort, was over the push by conservatives to add to the bill a repeal of the ACA’s Essential Health Benefits, the 10 broad areas of coverage insurers are required to offer. The proposed change had spooked some of the moderates, while other conservatives wanted even more of Obamacare’s insurer mandates dismantled.The bill coming to the floor Friday will include the repeal of the Essential Health Benefits, as well as the package of changes unveiled earlier this week, according to a senior GOP staffer. The latter provisions were scored by the CBO this week, but Republicans will be voting on the Essential Health Benefits repeal without any sense of its impact.Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials were present at the evening meeting with the conference, brought in to deliver Trump's message to the GOP conference.As he exited the nearly two-hour meeting, Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) told reporters that the message was a “rah-rah from the White House, and to bust a couple heads.”“There are a number of factors and we are hopeful that this simply means, that, following the process that was followed, we think it got better and we hope that a deal is there,” Sessions said.It is unclear if Republicans have the 216 votes they need to pass the bill, as in recent days the whip count has shown them well below that.According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), some of previous no votes switched to yes in the conference, but when asked if the would have unified caucus Friday he said, “I sure hope so.”“Or we will have the opportunity to watch a unified Democratic caucus impeach Donald Trump in two years in the majority,” he said.House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered very brief remarks after the meeting and did not take questions."We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it’s failing families and tomorrow we're proceeding," he said.Corrected: A previous version of this story misspelled the site of the Greek battle, Thermopylae.

Heritage Action Urges Members To Vote 'NO' On GOP O'Care Repeal Bill

Friday March 24th, 2017 01:31:51 AM
The conservative advocacy group Heritage Action reiterated Thursday night that it opposes the House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare and will urge members to vote against it on Friday. KEY VOTE ALERT: "NO" on American Heath Care Act— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) March 24, 2017In a statement, the group said of the American Health Care Act: “[T]he most important part of the AHCA is what it fails to include: a repeal of the regulatory architecture of Obamacare that is responsible for the rising cost of health care.”“Lawmakers cannot preserve Obamacare’s regulatory structure and claim to have repealed the law,” the statement continued later. “Without including the repeal of these regulations in the AHCA, congressional Republicans will have failed to keep their seven-year old promise to fully repeal Obamacare and health insurance costs will likely continue to increase leading up to the 2018 elections.”The group, which opposed the initial version of the AHCA and re-upped that opposition on Tuesday, is one of a slew of conservative organizations that argue that the bill too closely resembles Obamacare. Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that two Koch brothers-funded groups, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, had established a “seven-figure” fund to support Republicans who vote against the bill.Though House Republican leadership and the White House have pushed in recent days to wrangle both the moderate and conservative wings of the party behind the bill, it was unclear Thursday night whether the bill had enough votes to pass the expected Friday vote, which already had been delayed from Thursday.“We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it’s failing families and tomorrow we're proceeding,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a curt statement to reporters after a full conference meeting Thursday night.

House Votes To Fast-Track Still-Unseen Obamacare Repeal Bill

Friday March 24th, 2017 12:55:38 AM
On Thursday evening, after nearly 12 hours of delay, the House of Representatives voted along party lines to implement "martial law"—a term that in this instance doesn't mean a military coup but rather a loophole that allows them to hold a floor vote on a bill that was marked up and changed that same day. The vote was 227-189, along party lines. The move clears the way for the House to quickly bring to the floor their Obamacare repeal bill – when and if they finally reach internal agreement on what it should be. A final vote on the bill is expected Friday.The rules change became necessary after House Rules Committee did not complete its revisions of the controversial bill after 13 hours of deliberation on Wednesday. Negotiations with both the House's hardline conservatives and moderate Republicans failed to produce a compromise Wednesday. Instead, the committee voted to waive a House rule that mandates lawmakers wait at least a day before voting on a bill once it clears the committee process. Negotiations on the bill dragged on through the day Thursday until leadership eventually postponed a final vote on the yet-to-be seen bill. "Martial law" is rare, but not unheard of in the House. It was used in 2015 to avert another government shutdown as the expiration of federal funding loomed. But in this instance, there is no real deadline other than Republicans' desire to repeal Obamacare on the law's seventh anniversary. House Democrats, led by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), railed against the move, pointing out that they may have only a few hours to read the revised bill before having to cast their votes. "I'd be delighted if we had actual text right now. But we only have news articles, and the news articles aren't good," he said, referencing reports that Republicans were considering adding a provision to gut Obamacare's rule that insurance plans cover essential health benefits. "What are we doing here? What are we voting on later today? We don't even have the final text," McGovern complained.But Republicans, led Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) said the accusations they were "railroading" the bill are misplaced. "The repeal and replacement of Obamacare is something we are taking our time to discuss," he said. "We are taking our time to make sure our colleagues understand it. We are taking time to be thoughtful. We took some 13 hours last night at the Rules Committee to do just that." Republican leaders, when they won control of the House in 2010, vowed to give their members and the public at least three days to read bills before holding a vote. The expected short time frame between reaching a compromise among Republicans on the substance of the bill and the final vote makes it likely that lawmakers will cast their votes without knowing the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of how much the bill will cost the federal government and how many people will lose their insurance. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told reporters Wednesday that voting without that information "would not be ideal, obviously." Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) told TPM that the CBO estimate is "very important." "We're the policy makers and this is relevant information for us," he added.

Spicer On Repeal Vote Delay: 'We Wanted To Do This In Broad Daylight'

Friday March 24th, 2017 12:44:23 AM
White House press secretary Sean Spicer late Thursday characterized the delay of an expected House vote on legislation to repeal Obamacare as a move for transparency, rather than as a bid to buy more time to lock down enough votes to ensure the bill's passage.“We could have continued through the night and voted in the middle of the night, that's what Democrats have done in the past,” Spicer told Fox News’ Eric Bolling.“That's not what we were going to do,” he continued. “We wanted to do this in broad daylight tomorrow, when every one of the American people can see not only the bill that we put online days ago for everyone to read, but actually watch the debate take place and watch the vote go down.” Over the past several days, House leadership and the White House have attempted to lure in skeptics of the bill from both conservative and moderate factions of the House with various amendments, as well as with commitments for the additional steps in the repeal-and-replace process that they say will follow the initial bill.Conservatives were promised Wednesday that the Senate’s version of the bill would eliminate a provision that would require insurers to cover Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits. Moderates were promised, among other things, that the bill would expand tax credits for older Americans, a move that resulted in a fresh CBO score projecting the amended legislation would do less than the original to reduce the deficit.Spicer emphasized that the current bill was the only option Republicans had to replace Obamacare. "This is the train that's leaving the station," he said. "This is the choice that we were waiting for. This is the pledge that people have made to the American people."This piece has been updated.

GOP Rep. Suggests Obama's To Blame If House Repeal Bill Ultimately Fails

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 11:42:23 PM
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Thursday declined to place the blame for Republicans' potential failure to coalesce around a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on anyone in his party.Instead, he pinned Republicans' internal divisions over the repeal effort on former President Barack Obama. “If this fails, who’s to blame? You're not going to blame yourself. Are you going to blame the House Speaker or are you going to blame President Trump?"" CNN’s Kate Bolduan asked Brooks.“I’m not going to blame anybody,” Brooks responded. “If this legislation does fail, it fails because of the position we were put in by Obamacare in the first instance. And Obamacare is failing– "“But you all promised this for cycle after cycle, that you guys could get this done,” Bolduan interjected. “You’ve got the numbers, if you all could come together.” “Well, that's why I suggest that we go ahead and vote to repeal Obamacare with the same legislation that we had two years ago,” Brooks said, positing that Republicans could come up with additional legislation to follow the repeal of Obamacare after the fact. House Speaker Paul Ryan has committed in the past to repealing and replacing Obamacare simultaneously.House leadership is struggling to lock down votes on the American Health Care Act from both hardliners who believe the legislation is too much like Obamacare and moderate Republicans, who've been increasingly turned off by concessions granted to appease their more conservative colleagues. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said of the balancing act Thursday: “Sometimes when you put people in from one side of the wagon, people from the other side fall out.”

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 11:07:18 PM
Eight Republican governors signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in support of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it. "We write today to offer our support for the American Health Care Act, especially now that important changes to the legislation were announced this week," the letter reads. "This bill addresses many of the concerns of those who sent a loud and clear message to Washington last November demanding change."A total of 33 Republican governors currently hold office in the United States. While most have not publicly committed to a position on the bill, many have expressed concerns about the consequences their constituents will face if it passes.Last week, four other Republican governors voiced public opposition to the bill.Govs. Eric Holcomb (R-IN), Robert Bentley (R-AL), C. L. "Butch" Otter (R-ID), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Paul LePage (R-ME), Phil Bryant (R-MS), Eric R. Greitens (R-MO), and Gary R. Herbert (R-UT) signed the letter.Indiana @GovHolcomb and 7 other governors sent a letter to @SpeakerRyan & @SenateMajLdr in support of the American Health Care Act.— Larry Bucshon, MD (@RepLarryBucshon) March 23, 2017Republican leaders were forced to delay a House vote on the bill originally planned for Thursday as the White House negotiated with members of the House Freedom Caucus to win enough votes to pass the legislation.

What Comes Next?

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 10:58:34 PM
The potentially historic vote to end Medicaid as we know it and repeal Obamacare was postponed today, in a devastating setback for Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. But we're still closely monitoring the ongoing negotiations on the Hill this evening, with Tierney Sneed and Alice Ollstein on the ground.Here's a rough outline of what we're expecting: The House Freedom Caucus is currently in Speaker Ryan's office for a meeting. At 7 p.m. ET, the full House GOP conference is scheduled to meet. At 8 p.m. ET, the House was expected to vote on a rules change to fast-track the Obamacare repeal bill by basically waiving a rule that prohibits a bill from being passed out of committee and getting a floor vote the same day. That would clear the way for the Rules Committee to consider whatever bill the GOP ultimately agrees to and then speed it straight to a floor vote. Some indication that vote may not happen, so things remain in flux as they have all day. After that vote, the House Freedom Caucus and more moderate (it's relative) Tuesday Group are reportedly meeting to hammer things out. None of those events may yield any particular news, and things are very fluid right now, but when and if there is news, we'll bring it to you.

Nunes Apparently Unsure If Trump Staffers Were Surveilled After All

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 10:22:56 PM
The office of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) now concedes that the House Intelligence Committee chair is not sure that the intelligence community ever incidentally collected communications from President Donald Trump or members of his transition team. "He said he'll have to get all the documents he requested from the [intelligence community] about this before he knows for sure," a Nunes spokesperson told ABC News on Thursday.This lack of certainty did not stop Nunes from holding two press conferences Wednesday and briefing the White House on the “dozens” of intelligence community reports he said showed U.S. intelligence agencies “incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition," independent of the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials.In those briefings, Nunes told reporters that Trump’s own communications were caught up in the reports, as were those of individuals who “currently work at the White House for Mr. Trump.”Though he provided limited details, the California lawmaker said the information was obtained legally through Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrants. Nunes said he was concerned that U.S. citizens' identities had been “inappropriately unmasked,” although Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, took issue with that contention.“Based on what the chairman told me, the names were masked apart from a single name which wasn't necessarily anyone connected with the Trump Organization,” Schiff said. “The concern the chair raised with me was that the names that were masked he believed were associated with the President or his associates.”

24 Million People Still Lose Coverage

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 09:34:12 PM
The CBO has re-scored the Obamacare repeal bill taking into account the so-called managers amendments.

CBO: 24 Million Still Lose Insurance Under Revised O'Care Repeal Bill

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 09:59:50 PM
Amid the chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday as GOP leaders failed to muster the votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the most recent revision of the bill. The CBO had little good news for Republicans: 24 million people would still lose insurance over 10 years under the revised legislation, and it would do far less than the original bill to reduce the federal deficit. The original bill was slated to reduce the deficit by $337 billion over a decade, but amendments proposed to win over the votes of moderate Republicans nervous about the bill's impact on their lower-income and elderly constituents would cost the government an additional $186 billion. The changes also do nothing to improve health insurance premium costs. The CBO found that premiums would go up on average 15-20 percent over the next two years, though over 10 years they would go down slightly compared to the estimate under Obamacare. The CBO had been asked to evaluate the changes to the bill made in a proposed manager's amendment, which speeds up the repeal of several taxes, boosts Medicaid funding for the disabled, the blind, and the elderly, and sets aside about $85 billion to increase tax credits for people age 50-64—who would be some of the people most hurt by the original bill.The office found today that those changes would cost nearly $200 billion more than the original bill while doing nothing to bring down the number of uninsured Americans. The bill the CBO scored is also not the final version the House will vote on as early as tomorrow. Significant changes may be in the works, including a move to kill Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits rule, which could further destroy the bill's impact on the federal deficit. The EHB rule, which the House GOP repeal bill originally retained, requires that insurance plans have to cover a basic minimum of health care services, including emergency room visits, hospitalization, outpatient services, maternity care, mental health and substance abuse services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services, lab tests, preventive care like vaccines, and vision and dental care for children. Read the report here:

Gorka Says London Attack, Carried Out By UK Citizen, Justifies Travel Ban

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 08:31:39 PM
White House aide Sebastian Gorka on Wednesday cited a terror attack outside Britain's Parliament as justification for President Donald Trump’s blocked travel ban, although the culprit was a U.K. citizen who would not have been affected by the President's desired travel restrictions. “The war is real and that’s why executive orders like president Trump’s travel moratorium are so important,” Gorka, a deputy assistant to the President whose counterterrorism expertise has been heavily criticized, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.The U.K. has confirmed that the man who killed three and injured 10 in Westminster was a British-born man named Khalid Masood, 52.Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries would not have prevented Masood from traveling to the United States. The ban, laid out in a fresh executive order by the President after its previous iteration stalled in the courts, was blocked by multiple federal judges this month on grounds of religious discrimination. Watch a clip of Gorka’s Hannity appearance below:.@SebGorka called the London attack "just one more tragic piece of evidence of how very real the threat is to America and to her allies."— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 23, 2017

McCarthy: 'We'll Have The Votes' When We Bring Obamacare Repeal To Floor

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 08:29:48 PM
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Thursday that Republicans will "have the votes" to pass their bill repealing and replacing Obamacare when they bring the legislation to the House floor. "It's our hope that we'd be voting tomorrow after debate," McCarthy told CNN's Dana Bash. "If we vote tomorrow it'd be a very good thing."He said that Republicans will be "prepared to move forward tomorrow.""Look, we're going to get this done," McCarthy said."What if you don't?" Bash asked."Well, I know we'll get this done," McCarthy said. "When we bring it to the floor, we'll have the votes, and we're going to get this done.""Right now that will be tomorrow morning?" Bash pressed."Well, we'll start the debate tomorrow morning," McCarthy said.The White House insisted on Thursday that it remained optimistic about the bill's chances amid reports that the vote would be delayed until Friday at the earliest as Republican leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it.

GOP Rep. After Health Bill Vote Delay: 'We're Clearly Not Quite Over The Line'

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 09:09:00 PM
As it became clear that the House would not vote on President Donald Trump’s preferred bill to replace Obamacare Thursday, a Republican congressman admitted “we’re clearly not quite over the line.” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) is a member of the 170-member Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus that has largely lined up behind the American Health Care Act. He has said he will support the bill.“We’re still working toward getting them,” he told MSNBC’s Kate Snow, referring to Republican congressional votes. “I think it actually got better today, but we're clearly not quite over the line.” “Sometimes when you put people in from one side of the wagon, people from the other side fall out,” he continued. “It's a tricky deal. And the fact that it has to be done through reconciliation, with very strict rules, there's only certain things that we can send to the Senate that they can pick up with 51 votes. It's a struggle to get it right."House Republican leaders attempted to swing some conservative votes Wednesday and Thursday by promising that the Senate’s version of the bill would strip away Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits, which mandate that insurance plans cover basics like hospital stays, prescription drugs and maternity care.Meanwhile, moderate Republicans have warned against rushing the process with arbitrary deadlines. Thursday is the seven-year anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law.“Is it a defeat for the Trump administration?” Snow asked. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expected a vote would occur by nighttime.“No, not yet,” Cole said.“If it ends up that we're not able to do something, then it would be,” he continued. “But to be fair to the President, it would be more of a defeat of the Republican conference.”

Missed The Memo? Trump Says House Will Vote On O'Care Repeal Bill Today

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 08:04:18 PM
President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon said that the House would vote later in the day on the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, amid reports that the vote would not take place until Friday at the earliest as leaders scrambled to secure enough votes for its passage. "Today the House is voting to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare," Trump said in a listening session with truckers and CEOs. "We'll see what happens. It's going to be a very close vote."He said that the vote will be close "not because Obamacare is good" but because of "politics.""It's no good. Everybody knows it's no good," Trump said. "It's only politics, because we have a great bill. And I think we have a very good chance."Several outlets reported Thursday that the vote had been delayed by at least a day:NEWS - No AHCA vote today, per GOP source. Still possible tomorrow— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) March 23, 2017Scalise's office: Procedural votes at 8 pm, votes are now expected in the House tomorrow.— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) March 23, 2017Breaking: No vote on healthcare today per @kasie— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) March 23, 2017Trump, amid the furor, spent his afternoon honking the horn of an 18-wheeler truck parked on the White House lawn.

Trump Hops Into A Big-Rig Amid Frenzy Around Health Care Bill (VIDEO)

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 08:19:57 PM
While House Republican leaders and the White House worked furiously to whip up support for the GOP's health care bill, President Donald Trump was busy tooting his own horn. Well, a truck's horn.Trump climbed into the driver's seat of a truck on the South lawn of the White House as he spoke with truck drivers and truck company CEOs about health care, according to various reports. Truckin' at the WH. Pres Trump about to welcome truckers and trucking execs to discuss healthcare matters. (Pool photo by @JaredRizzi)— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 23, 2017Trucks on the White House's South Lawn— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) March 23, 2017Trump also joked that the media would be "happy" if he fell getting out of the truck, according to one account."If I ever fell, they'd be happy," says Pres Trump of the media watching him step out of the truck cab.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 23, 2017Trump then got into one of the trucks, joked as if he were driving the truck and honked the horn to applause from the crowd.Here's video from moments ago of President Trump climbing into a Mack truck, honking the horn & pretending to drive it.— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 23, 2017


Thursday March 23rd, 2017 07:41:46 PM
Reports coming out that the vote on the House GOP's Obamacare repeal vote will be postponed. Nothing official yet. But it's looking mighty unrealistic that this is happening today. Here's the latest from TPM's Tierney Sneed.

Ethics Panel Defers Probe Into GOPer's Finances, Signals DOJ Looking Into It

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 07:24:34 PM
The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it is deferring its investigation into Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), signaling that the Department of Justice may be conducting its own probe into alleged campaign finance violations. "The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, unanimously voted on March 22, 2017, to defer consideration of this matter at this time," the committee said in a statement.That deferral signals that the Justice Department may be conducting its own investigation into the allegations.The House Ethics Committee cited in its statement a referral it received from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) on Aug. 31, 2016, regarding Hunter.On Aug. 26, 2016, the OCE ordered the transmission to the committee of a report on allegations that Hunter "converted funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use.""There is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Hunter converted campaign funds to personal use to pay expenses that were not legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures," the OCE said. "He may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law."The Department of Justice declined to comment to TPM. Hunter's office did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.His attorneys, Elliot S. Berke and Gregory A. Vega, told NBC 7 San Diego, however, that Hunter "maintains that to the extent any mistakes were made they were strictly inadvertent and unintentional.""He took corrective action in consultation with the FEC and, ultimately, he and his wife personally repaid the campaign approximately $60,000," they said in the statement. "Congressman Hunter intends to cooperate fully with the government on this investigation."

HOLD EVERYTHING! GOP Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 09:04:00 PM
Alice Ollstein contributed reporting. They blinked.In a major setback for the Republicans' years-long effort to repeal Obamacare, GOP leaders were forced to delay a House vote planned for Thursday as negotiations continued around the legislation. The delay comes after the conservative hardliners who have been resisting the legislation emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump with no clear deal to win over their votes.According to various reports, the floor vote on the American Health Care Act will be pushed until at least Friday, with a meeting with the full House GOP conference slated for Thursday evening, followed by a procedural vote to make way for the final bill.As the White House negotiated Thursday with members of the conservative hardline House Freedom Caucus, more and more members of Republicans' moderate flank came out of the woodwork to say they oppose the repeal bill due to the rightward direction in which it was heading. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told CNN shortly after the vote was delayed that leadership hoped to re-schedule the vote for Friday.We'll have conference a little later this evening, bring people together about where we are," McCarthy said. "We've made progress today. And it's our hope that we'd be voting tomorrow, after debate."Leadership had hoped to bring the bill up for a floor vote Thursday—the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's passage. Under former President Obama, Republicans took dozens of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, launched well-funded lawsuits designed to cripple it, and pledged to dismantle the law over multiple campaign cycles. But in that time, lawmakers also failed to come to a consensus around a single replacement plan and since Trump's election, the caucus has erupted into fight after fight over the basic questions of how Republicans should approach health care.Thursday's chaos suggested those fissures are denying Republicans the 216 votes they need to pass the bill in the House.The conservatives met among themselves mid-day Thursday to discuss their next moves, and moderates tickled in and out of meetings with the House GOP leadership. The GOP whip team has also been huddled behind closed doors with leadership, with House Speaker Paul Ryan still expected to participate in his weekly press Thursday afternoon. House Speaker Paul Ryan repeatedly postponed his weekly Thursday press conference.Meanwhile, less than two hours before the vote was officially delayed, White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted at his daily press briefing that it would happen Thursday night. The White House later spun the delay with an assurance it would happen Friday morning instead.White House spokeswoman says there will be vote tomorrow. "It's for scheduling so no one has to be up at 3am." Hmmm— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) March 23, 2017The major point of discussion has been the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's Essential Health Benefits provision, which conservatives have been pushing for, arguing that the current form the legislation won't lower premiums. Up until recently, leadership had argued that repealing the benefits would violate the Senate rules for the type of process, known as reconciliation, they seek to use to pass the bill."That's in discussion, clearly the major request from the members of the House Freedom Caucus," House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) told reporters in gaggle earlier Thursday.After meeting with the White House on Thursday morning, Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) huddled with his caucus behind closed doors, emerging three hours later to tell a reporters that there are still enough "no" votes to kill the bill. "We're committed to stay as long as it takes to takes this done, because we promised it to the American people," he said, noting that Thursday was always an "artificial deadline" imposed by GOP leaders. "Whether the vote is tonight, tomorrow, or five days from now, the president will get a victory." Other Freedom Caucus members, including Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), seemed to enjoy the power the group was wielding by withholding their votes on the bill. "Two or three weeks ago, our leadership said they needed to work with the moderates because they knew the conservatives were just going to fall in line. Well I guess they learned today that that's not the way to negotiate," he said. "Maybe they will learn something from what happened today."Labrador said he would "love to start over" rather than continue to amend the bill currently on the table. Meadows didn't go this far, but told CNN that his group wants a focus on "Obamacare mandates, the Obamacare rules" in the reconciliation legislation, rather than see those elements of the ACA tackled administratively, as was leadership's initial plan.Beyond the question of whether such a provision would fly under the Senate's parliamentary rules, it also risks the loss of moderate votes, who were already uncomfortable with the GOP bill's massive cuts to Medicaid.

Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees

Friday August 5th, 2016 05:28:29 PM Lauren C. Williams
A Labor Department investigation found preliminary evidence of gender discrimination at Microsoft. The post Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top

Friday August 5th, 2016 04:07:43 PM Alejandro Davila Fragoso
In less than a decade Brazil went from miraculous growth to a historic collapse. The post Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets

Friday August 5th, 2016 03:13:24 PM Aaron Rupar
Fact is he has nothing to gloat about. The post Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:54:26 PM Bryce Covert
Context clues. The post Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:11:17 PM Josh Israel, Evan Popp
While the list does not include any women, it does include five Steves. The post Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July

Friday August 5th, 2016 12:30:43 PM Bryce Covert
Analysts had expected 180,000 jobs to be added. The post Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind

Thursday August 4th, 2016 09:07:48 PM Lauren C. Williams
Racial and gender diversity in retail has jumped significantly since 2014. The post Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents

Thursday August 4th, 2016 02:50:26 PM Bryce Covert
Many states haven't passed a single law or program that would make life easier for parents. The post The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 08:00:58 PM Alan Pyke
Gov. Brownback might finally be facing a revolt from Kansas Republicans. The post The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 07:37:28 PM Casey Quinlan
This Columbia University student, who was disciplined for sexual assault, is arguing that he is the victim of "anti-male bias." The post Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 02:32:31 PM Ian Millhiser
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed his party’s racist presidential nominee. Now that nominee has publicly humiliated Ryan by refusing to endorse the speaker back. Sad! The post Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 03:28:49 PM Laurel Raymond
The Trump family's reactions place the blame for the harassment squarely on the victim's shoulders. The post Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories

Monday August 1st, 2016 06:06:54 PM Bryce Covert
The state will be the first in the country to ban employers from asking prospective hires for their salary histories. The post Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof.

Monday August 1st, 2016 03:03:53 PM Bryce Covert
New data shows the effort to pass paid sick leave laws is working. The post The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students

Monday August 1st, 2016 12:15:24 PM Casey Quinlan
Teachers can help students with ADHD if they set aside stereotypes. The post 6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy

Friday July 29th, 2016 02:52:29 PM Bryce Covert
The economy would benefit in particular from some unique policy platforms Clinton has proposed. The post Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks

Thursday July 28th, 2016 03:18:08 PM Casey Quinlan
A Kentucky politician is unhappy with her daughter's school after she noticed it bans cornrows and dreadlocks. The post A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years

Thursday July 28th, 2016 02:58:37 PM Bryce Covert
The country's consumer watchdog issued brand new regulations to crack down on debt collectors. The post Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign

Thursday July 28th, 2016 12:46:21 AM Alice Ollstein
"There is a widespread alienation and disinterest in politics." The post Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Wednesday July 27th, 2016 08:37:17 PM Evan Popp
The move could help begin to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The post New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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