Myeshia Johnson ‘very upset and hurt’ by Trump’s heartless phone call—Trump calls her a liar

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sargent La David Johnson who was killed in Niger, tells ABC News that she didn’t reply to Donald Trump’s sympathy-free phone call.

Stephanopoulos: What did you say to the president?

Johnson: I didn’t say anything. I just listened.

Stephanopoulos: But you were upset when you got off the phone.

Johnson: Oh, very upset and hurt. Very. It made me cry even worse.

It wasn’t until Trump claimed to have already talked to all the families of the fallen that his regime even put in the effort to learn these people’s names.

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy.

Is health insurance cheap if it doesn’t pay your bills? Under Trump, a lot more people will find out

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Thanks to Donald Trump, a lot more Americans will get to explore the question of whether cheap health coverage is really cheap if it doesn’t pay your medical bills. Trump’s recent healthcare executive order includes a push toward association health plans, which in theory allow small businesses to band together to provide cheaper insurance, but in practice have allowed fraud and mismanagement.

Robert Loiseau, who represented fraud victims in Texas, recalled their shock when they tried to receive care. “People bought insurance coverage because it was cheap and seemed to provide them with coverage they needed,” he said. “It had a veneer of legitimacy. But when they went to the doctor, they found out all of a sudden that their insurance company, their perceived insurance company, was in receivership and that they had no coverage.”

The Labor Department filed suit last year against a Florida woman and her company to recover

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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

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If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people—their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties—someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a Liberal.

—John F. Kennedy

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77 years ago today, liberals gave America the 8-hour work day and 40-hour work week under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of

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Daily Kos Radio is ALL-NEW at 9 AM ET!

Well, there’s still more work to be done in rehabbing the KITM World Headquarters. We were all set to soldier on, regardless, but then I got wind that Greg wasn’t going to be able to make it for today’s show, so I thought I’d spare you all the hammering and sawing, and pre-record today’s show.

We’ll just have to cover Trump’s Monday morning, 6 AM toilet rage-tweeting tomorrow. Though this is getting to be like that radio show in Groundhog Day.

Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET!

Podcasts! They’re hip! They’re hot! Everyone’s got one! But Daily Kos has had one since slightly after that point at which you would have been able to say that we had one before it was cool. Only we do ours over a live stream, every weekday morning from 9-11 ET. So the news is as fresh as the morning dew! Delivered

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Morning Digest: GOP struggles with fundraising in the race to hold a blue-leaning Florida House seat

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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FL-27: When longtime GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she was retiring, it was clear the GOP was in for a tough fight to hold this Miami-area seat. Still, while Florida’s 27th District shifted from 53-46 Obama all the way to 59-39 Clinton, Republicans still do well down-ballot here, so we expected Team Red to put up a stiff fight. But right now, it’s the Democratic candidates who are hoarding cash, while the Republican candidates are acting like all hope is lost.

When Raquel Regalado, a former member of the Miami-Dade County school board and the daughter of termed-out Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, was considering running, she looked like she’d

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Politicians panic over party positioning

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House GOP Fears Wave in 2018 as Money Woes Grow

The odds of Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker again are rising as Republican donors show frustration over the party’s stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.

Of the 53 House Republicans facing competitive races, according to Cook Political Report ratings, a whopping 21 have been outraised by at least one Democratic opponent in the just-completed fundraising quarter. That’s a stunningly high number this early in the cycle, one that illustrates just how favorable the political environment is for House Democrats….

The odds of a Democratic House takeover in 2018 have never looked greater this election cycle. One plugged-in House Democratic strategist, who has previously been circumspect about the party’s chances to win control of the lower chamber, put the chances of Nancy Pelosi again becoming speaker at a 7 (with 10 being the most

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