CBO lands on repeal-and-delay with a thud:
— 32 million more uninsured
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 19, 2017
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017
Not just the motion to proceed, but the healthcare bill itself. At least in this current version, it’s dead.
Mind you, these senators won’t back it because it’s not “conservative” enough. Stay tuned for developments.
Not conservative enough for two more senators. That’s only 48 votes.
Details to follow in the morning.
You have to know what they sound like to get the joke, but it works!
— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) July 14, 2017
HHS Secretary Tom Price, teabagger orthopedic surgeon, tells Jonathan Karl he is very, very perplexed as to why a prominent insurance industry group came out against Ted Cruz’s nuclear bomb of a health care amendment “There’s no doubt there’s significant problems with the current system,” Karl said. “But if you look at the Republican plan to… Continue Reading →
Trump voters on Trumpcare:
Mika said the New York Times’ Peter Alexander reports he was at the White House today asking about Jared Kushner’s security clearance — “and the White House had no comment. Again.” “And no answer to our letter, and on you go,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. “Why would the White House not respond to that question? Americans… Continue Reading →
Another one of Trump’s unqualified pet neo-Nazis:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 13, 2017
On Fox News’ Outnumbered, Meghan McCain bashed Trump officials, including Mike Pence for lying to the American people for their repeated denials over meeting with people connected to the Russian government during the campaign. After former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tried to downplay the Trump Jr. emails that prove a willingness to collude… Continue Reading →
On June 11, alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich published an article attacking an assistant to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, claiming the previously low-profile civil servant wanted to “sabotage” President Donald Trump.
The piece described Eric Ciaramella as “pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia” and alleged, with no evidence, that he was possibly responsible for high-level leaks. The response to the piece included online threats of violence against Ciaramella, which contributed to his decision to leave his job at the the National Security Council a few weeks early, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Although the harassment was not the only factor, one of the two sources said they “distinctly got the impression” that the departure was premature, partially because of “right-wing” harassment.
Ciaramella is not alone. Cernovich, who claims his Twitter feed receives over 100 million views every month, has been relentless in his criticism of McMaster and those around him. Cernovich’s writings and tweets have included false information, but sometimes they include details that only someone on the inside could know. For example, his tweets about Ciaramella were so specific that they documented meetings and lunches the NSC staffer had with certain people.
After Ciaramella left the NSC, Cernovich turned his attacks on Twitter against his prospective successor, who has not been publicly announced.
Career civil servants often endure stressful working conditions, but in the Trump White House, some of them face online trolling from alt-right bloggers who seek to portray them as clandestine partisans plotting to sabotage the president’s agenda. The online attacks often cite information that appears to be provided by unnamed White House officials or Trump loyalists.
Bannon and Miller, no doubt.