GOP lawmakers and major donors warn of a 2018 ‘bloodbath’ if they don’t pass tax cuts for rich

On Face the Nation this weekend, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham mused at what will happen to Republicans in the midterms if they fail as miserably at passing tax cuts as they did at repealing health care: “We’re dead.”

“If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018,” Graham said. “And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat.”

“It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it,” he added.

At an exclusive Koch network gathering in New York last week of 100-plus major donors, the talk was no less dire. The Washington Post‘s Sean Sullivan writes:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) warned that Republicans could face a “Watergate-level blowout” in the midterm elections if they don’t make major legislative strides on taxes and

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Trump’s pick for drug czar blocked the DEA from fighting the opioid epidemic

In the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic, Congress virtually shut down a key way the Drug Enforcement Administration can stop drug companies, pharmacies, or doctors from flooding towns with prescription painkillers. Just a few years ago, the DEA was aggressively going after drug companies and pharmacies for distributing suspiciously large numbers of pills, but an April 2016 law sponsored in Congress by the man Donald Trump has nominated as his drug czar and passed by unanimous consent made that enforcement much more difficult.

A bombshell Washington Post investigative piece by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein shows how key former DEA employees cashed in by going to work for the drug companies and more or less wrote a law sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), a law changing the standard the DEA has to meet to shut down a company’s drug shipments. The end result:

John Mulrooney, the chief DEA administrative

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See you in court, state AGs tell Trump over Obamacare sabotage

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Two state attorneys general are already preparing to sue Donald Trump over his Obamacare sabotage. California’s Xavier Becerra and New York’s Eric Schneiderman have stated their intention to take this to court. In Schneiderman’s full statement, he said:

“Hundreds of thousands of New York families rely on the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for their health care—and again and again, President Trump has threatened to cut off these subsidies to undermine our healthcare system and force Congress to the negotiating table. That’s unacceptable.
“I will not allow President Trump to once again use New York families as political pawns in his dangerous, partisan campaign to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act at any cost.”

He then goes on to point out that federal courts have allowed the states to intervene in a case challenging the legality of the payments, first brought by then-House Speaker John Boehner and defended by

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Cartoon: Kill-A-Kid for Congress

While the nation has been busy paying attention to everything from our president mocking a senator’s height to a horrific mass shooting, congressional Republicans quietly let funding for health coverage for 9 million children slip away. In defense of lawmakers in Congress, they actually weren’t focusing on Trump’s tweets and shootings, they were focusing on repealing Obamacare.

At the end of September, Congress missed the deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Funding lapsed on September 30 for a health insurance program that covers 9 million children. CHIP helps lower and middle-income families who can’t afford health insurance and is attributed with dramatically lowering the rates of uninsured kids. (You know, so they won’t, um, die.)

The reason Congress missed the deadline is because the grand legislative body was focused on repealing health care for many millions more, they just didn’t have the time.

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‘Pro-life’ congressman will resign this month after reports he urged mistress to have an abortion

Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-05) announced he would not seek re-election after reports surfaced that he not only had an affair, but that he urged his mistress to have an abortion when the pair thought she might be pregnant (she wasn’t). Murphy is one of the most vocal so-called “pro-life” members of Congress. Just this week he co-sponsored a bill restricting women’s access to abortion:

Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and has voted to impose more restrictions on abortion access. Earlier this week, Murphy voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which “would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” according to GovTrack.

Within hours of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s publishing of text messages between Murphy and his mistress, which seemed to confirm he had urged her to have an abortion, he announced he would not run for re-election in 2018. Turns out, he’s

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We continue to block reasonable gun restrictions because domestic terrorism has powerful lobbyists

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The primary reason the United States does not have common-sense laws seeking to prevent would-be domestic terrorists from obtaining the weapons of mass murder is because the domestic terrorism lobby remains one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Attention is being thrust back on the gun lobby as lawmakers give gun control measures a fresh look in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting – the deadliest in modern U.S. history. Gun rights groups overwhelmingly support GOP candidates, contributing $5.9 million into Republican campaigns in the 2016 election cycle, compared with $106,000 to those of Democrats. It’s also the most money gun lobbyists have given in a campaign year since at least 1990.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives —

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After Las Vegas massacre, Republicans back off planned vote to loosen restrictions on gun silencers

Republicans were set to schedule a vote on two laws making it easier to purchase gun silencers and allow conceal-carry gun owners to carry their weapons from state-to-state. Politico reports they are abandoning one, if not both of those votes for the time being. 

A controversial bill to loosen restrictions on purchasing gun silencers won’t be reaching the House floor anytime soon following a horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and hundreds more wounded, according to GOP sources.

Another bill to allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns with them to another state could also be impacted by the tragedy, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this bill has been tabled because of senseless gun violence:

That bill, introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), has been approved by the Natural Resources Committee and was

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