Bannon rallies the GOP base against McConnell’s establishment: ‘This is our war’

Heading into his big Monday meeting with Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a nice shout out from his nemesis Steve Bannon. The Associated Press writes:

Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart News after helping Trump win the presidency and serving in the West Wing, is committed to dumping McConnell, R-Ky. In a speech to religious conservatives Saturday, Bannon put on notice some of those incumbents who are at risk of a challenge from his flank of the party. He said the lawmakers possibly can avoid that wrath if they disavow McConnell and meet other conditions.

“This is our war,” Bannon said. “The establishment started it. …You all are gonna finish it.”

The White House wasn’t offering much pre-meeting love either.

The senators’ weeklong recess also drew criticism from the White House: “They’re on another vacation right now. I think that we would all be a lot better off if the

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Trump and McConnell assure everyone things are copacetic: ‘We are together totally’

There’s no way to overstate what a show of desperation took place in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon during a joint press conference between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

For his part, Trump touted how many tremendous successes he’s had—including an “A+” rating from a former Clinton administration official on the administration’s response to hurricane relief. But after bragging about his work on judicial nominations—which he boasted “will set records” then moments later said Democrats were “holding up beyond comprehension” (yes, one second, Trump was having tremendous success and, the next second, Democrats were blocking him at every turn)—Trump managed to finally say what they were really there for.

“Just so you understand, the Republican party is very very unified,” he said, pointing the finger at Democrats for the GOP majority’s every failure. “When we get things approved, we have to go through hell because we have no Democrat support.”

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Seven out of 10 Americans are telling Trump he’s delusional on Obamacare sabotage

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump still seems to be operating under the assumption that no one is going to blame him when he destroys Obamacare. On this, as on most things, Trump is delusional.

Seven in ten Americans (71 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while one in five (21 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later. The vast majority of Democrats (93 percent) say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work, as do about three-fourths (74 percent) of independents. Republicans are more divided in their opinions of what the Trump administration should do next. About half of Republicans (48 percent) say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law

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View from the Left: Republicans stand by as the nation goes to hell

After GOP Sen. Bob Corker raised the prospect last week that Donald Trump could propel us into World War III, House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to the horrific prospect this week with the fierce urgency of whatever.

They should just “talk it out” amongst themselves, Ryan told reporters Wednesday.

It was a revelation of sorts in the sense that it was hard to imagine Ryan carving out an even more useless space for himself in Washington than he has already been occupying. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson wrote:

So how does Ryan imagine a Corker/Trump conversation might unfold? Over dinner, Corker accuses the president of being a chaotic, directionless, shallow liar who could start a nuclear war. Trump passes the peas and attacks Corker for being short. This is, after all, the way gentlemen resolve their differences.

Trump, who has consistently fumed over the nettlesome nature of being president,

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Trump goes nuclear on Obamacare

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump is on a rage binge, taking out a very big chunk of his aggressions on the American public by doing what he can to destroy the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday he issued executive orders intended to weaken Obamacare markets by siphoning off healthy participants into cheaper, skimpier plans. Now, Politico reports, he’s pulling the plug on cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers.

The decision, which leaked out only hours after Trump signed an executive order calling for new regulations to encourage cheap, loosely regulated health plans—delivered a double whammy to Obamacare after months of failed GOP efforts to repeal the law. With open enrollment for the 2018 plan year set to launch in two weeks, the moves seem aimed at dismantling the law through executive actions.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the decision in a statement emailed to reporters at 10:47

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Trump takes his rage out on Obamacare, again, with new executive orders

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Thwarted by the Republican Congress’s inability to take health insurance away from millions of people, Donald Trump is continuing his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act from the inside. He’s expected to sign executive orders on Thursday intended to siphon off healthy Obamacare enrollees into skimpy cheaper plans. The order will loosen rules for what these plans have to cover and who they have to cover, like people with pre-existing conditions. The cumulative effect of the new rules he’s ordering will be to damage Obamacare’s regulated markets, leaving just the sickest, most expensive patients there. A press release issued by the White House in advance of his signing the orders is short on details, heavy on rhetoric attacking Obamacare, but generally follows what previous leaks and news reports have suggested he will do.

He’s got a three-bladed hatchet that he’s taking to the law, one that

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Right-wing activists pledge to hit McConnell with a ‘scorched-earth disaster’ in 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is just starting to get a look at the freight train of discontent headed his way after pledging for nearly a decade to deliver legislation without ever putting an ounce of thought into how to actualize his promises.

Not only did a host of conservative leaders send him a letter saying, “It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside,” one group went even further to provide McConnell with a window into his future. The Washington Post writes:

Addressing reporters in a conference room inside the Capitol Hill office of FreedomWorks, a hard-right organization, five of the activists said that if McConnell does not step aside, they will wage an effort against him in next year’s midterm elections that will take the form of television ads and other advocacy in individual campaigns where his allies are on the ballot.

“If Mitch McConnell

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