Even some Republicans balk at Trump’s ‘draconian,’ ‘make-believe debate’ of a budget

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s attempts to act happy about Donald Trump’s budget aren’t being imitated by the members of his caucus. In fact, Republicans sound unhappy about a lot of things in the budget:

Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals “draconian.” […]

GOP Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina questioned the rosy economic projections that allow the budget to balance over a decade even without touching Social Security or Medicare.

“Part of what’s going on here is supposedly you can put these different pieces of the puzzle together in a way that you don’t touch entitlements, but the reality is you can’t,” Sanford said. “So it creates a lie that we all then either address or don’t address, but it makes for a make-believe debate that I find frustrating.”

There you’ve got one Republican saying Trump goes

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House Republicans battle over whether to screw American consumers just to appease the big banks

Once again, House Republicans are locked in battle with each other over just how much they can screw their own voters and still get away with it. This time it’s their effort to repeal a clause of the Dodd-Frank law that caps the fees banks can charge retailers for processing debit card transactions. The Screw All Regulations caucus, including Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas-of-course), wants to do away with those limits because freedomz; other House Republicans are worried that voting to bring back yet another way banks can gouge Americans might, regardless of the raw appeal of again screwing their constituents for no good reason, come back to bite the party.

“If Durbin is repealed, two major companies will have over 80 percent share of the market [and] will dictate the price of routing fees — all to the detriment of consumers,” Ross said, referring to the banking fee cap’s nickname for

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GOP congressional candidate running against Democrat Rob Quist in MT cinches his saddle to Trump

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Matt Volz and Nicholas Riccardi report from Montana on the May 25 special election for the state’s single congressional seat vacated by Republican Ryan Zinke in March when he accepted appointment as secretary of the Interior Department, a post that typically is filled by a Westerner whichever party is in power:

When Donald Trump visited to Montana last year ahead of the state’s Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party’s likely presidential nominee. Gianforte later reluctantly pledged support for Trump, but tried to distance himself from him during an unsuccessful campaign to unseat the state’s Democratic governor.

Now, the multimillionaire technology entrepreneur is trying to win an open seat in Congress and has gone all in on Trump.

Gianforte has co-opted the president’s

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Cartoon: Taxcutiva

It seems like a lifetime ago that the House Republicans passed their awful American Health Care Act. While the Donald Trump/Russia debacle has been rapidly unfolding let’s not forget about legislation that could, um, kill people. That’s what happens when you provide health care “access” that could keep the old, poor and sick from affording actual care.

There are so many things wrong with the current Republican healthcare bill, let’s hope some sanity prevails in the Senate. I’m not holding my breath, since that counts as a pre-existing condition. Sure, Obamacare is flawed, but at least it isn’t truly cruel like AHCA. Oh wait, I forgot, the House Republican plan would protect 5% of people with pre-existing conditions. Gee, thanks, fellers!

This plan is nothing more than a huge redistribution of wealth from programs that actually help people to a big fat tax cut for the

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Senate Judiciary Committee requests Comey memos—and Trump’s recordings of those conversations

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The Senate Judiciary Committee, a group of lawmakers which, unlike the Intelligence Committee, does not suffer the disadvantage of being led by Republican Richard Burr, is now asking the FBI to turn over ex-director James Comey’s memos on his meetings with Donald Trump. They’re also asking the White House to turn over whatever recordings they themselves took of the conversations.

Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey. […]
In order for the Committee to fully assess these allegations, we are also asking that the White House please provide the Committee all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI’s investigation of alleged ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia, or the Clinton email investigation, including all recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda.

The letters are signed by committee chair Sen.

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Now that White House done celebrating Trumpcare ‘victory,’ they’re hoping Senate can fix it

Donald Trump grinned and posed and bragged in the White House Rose Garden after House Republicans passed a vicious bill that would strip access to health care from 24 million people if it became law … but his own top officials not only say that’s a very big if, they’re pressuring Senate Republicans to change the bill dramatically.

“The bill that passed out of the House is most likely not going to be the bill that is put in front of the president,” Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday. […]

Priebus told Fox News that President Donald Trump expects the Senate to make “improvements,” which would then have to be hashed out with the House before the president could sign a bill into law. 

So was all that posturing last Thursday really just to make Trump feel like he got a win?

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Now that White House done celebrating Trumpcare ‘victory,’ they’re hoping Senate can fix it

Donald Trump grinned and posed and bragged in the White House Rose Garden after House Republicans passed a vicious bill that would strip access to health care from 24 million people if it became law … but his own top officials not only say that’s a very big if, they’re pressuring Senate Republicans to change the bill dramatically.

“The bill that passed out of the House is most likely not going to be the bill that is put in front of the president,” Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday. […]

Priebus told Fox News that President Donald Trump expects the Senate to make “improvements,” which would then have to be hashed out with the House before the president could sign a bill into law. 

So was all that posturing last Thursday really just to make Trump feel like he got a win?

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