Where are Republicans now that Trump’s yanked security clearances from former top officials?

Hello there, very serious media people! You may have noticed that yesterday the White House announced that Donald Trump had decided to revoke the security clearances of former top government officials who had dared to criticize him. This is the very same action that House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed as “trolling” that wouldn’t happen when Trump first floated it. Similarly, Sen. Bob Corker, with the courage of someone who’s retiring and also won’t take any hard votes against Trump anyway, had strong words back in July:

“I can’t even believe that somebody at the White House thought up something like this,” Corker said during an interview on MSNBC. “I mean, when you’re going to start taking retribution against people who are your political enemies in this manner, that’s the kind of thing that happens in Venezuela.”

“So you just don’t do that. I can’t believe they even allowed it

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The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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It’s not just tax cuts for the super-rich day, it’s day 33 without Children’s Health funding

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Somebody’s hair really needs to be on fire on Capitol Hill. Preferably, everybody’s. House Speaker Paul Ryan and team introduced what should be called the “Tax Cuts for Donald Trump and Cronies” bill with big fanfare and a press conference today. No one in the traditional media bothered to remind them of the fact that they aren’t even competent enough to fund a program that has massive bipartisan support and is providing health care to 9 million children.

It is a fundamental failure in governing and morality on the part of the Republican Congress. While they don’t seem to give a damn, the people who are charged with taking care of children are on full alert.

The children most at risk of losing CHIP coverage soon are likely those who reside in states running out of funds quickly with separate CHIP programs. At least six states—Arizona, California, the District of Columbia,

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Ryan sidelines questions about Trump’s mental fitness for something far more important: tax cuts

Wherein House Speaker Paul Ryan proves how uniquely useless he is when it come to showing any kind of leadership when it comes to Donald Trump. After Trump’s five-tweet rant against “liddle’” Bob Corker Tuesday morning, Ryan weighs in with: Nothing to see here.

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Translation:

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Just to piggyback on Corker’s paraphrased point, Paul Ryan will also be remembered for his debasement of our nation. He’ll be remembered as the guy who had a chance to help save

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Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

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They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

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They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Republicans in disarray insist that fighting Trump is ‘healthy’

The first six months of the Trump presidency will go down as the least productive, most tumultuous ever for a unified government. The Republican House, Senate, and White House should be a juggernaut of dystopian productivity. Instead, we’re heading into the August recess with the Senate two weeks earlier than planned, having taken taken precautions to make sure Trump can’t make recess appointments while they’re away. What Republicans have managed to achieve in the past few months has been done without any help from the administration or to actually isolate and hamper Trump.

Among its more notable successes this year, and against Mr. Trump’s objections, Congress passed a tough Russia sanctions bill with a veto-proof majority, which the president begrudgingly signed this week. Congress also approved a law to help veterans get health care—a bipartisan, bicameral, messy but ultimately successful effort that came together with zero involvement from the administration.

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Republicans get ready for next internal war: The debt ceiling

It’s a laugh riot being a Republican congressional leader, and they deserve every headache it brings them. The next big headache, provided they can stave off popular vote loser Donald Trump’s insistence that they bring back Obamacare repeal, is a very serious one: the debt ceiling. Leadership has decided they want a “clean” hike, with no spending cuts attached. You know what that means.

Republican congressional leaders are quietly preparing to pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase, according to multiple senior GOP sources — setting the stage for a high-risk showdown with rank-and-file Republicans this fall. […]
GOP lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are calling for any debt ceiling hike to be accompanied by spending cuts or fiscal reforms — the same demand they made repeatedly during Barack Obama’s two terms.

That means McConnell (R-Ky.) and Ryan (R-Wis.) will have to rely on Democrats and enough moderate

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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Party that controls every branch of government has a new plan for winning: ‘Deflect and pivot’

What happens when you’re House Speaker Paul Ryan and you’ve suffered the worse legislative defeat in modern times, AND that defeat is your own party’s fault? You tell your concerned members not to do some soul searching and determine whether the path that you are collectively on is leading you to an abyss, but instead, literally, to “deflect and pivot.”

When constituents ask why Republicans haven’t finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed.
To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand-delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of unified Republican government under President Donald Trump.

Another way leadership hopes to help its members

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