Republicans coming around to the idea that they won’t repeal Obamacare

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Republicans aren’t admitting that they’ve been full of shit for the past seven years, running on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare while never actually doing the work to come up with a plan for it, since they never thought they’d have to. But now with the thing that they didn’t think could happen—Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House—they are admitting that the promise they’ve been running on for seven years is probably not going to happen.

“Personally, I don’t” see it, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said. “I just don’t know how you can reconcile a bill you’ve taken two whiffs at already and couldn’t get the votes.”
Some sound almost resigned to the new reality. “I’d say it’s 50-50,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said of the prospect the law will remain in place. […]

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Republicans coming around to the idea that they won’t repeal Obamacare

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Republicans aren’t admitting that they’ve been full of shit for the past seven years, running on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare while never actually doing the work to come up with a plan for it, since they never thought they’d have to. But now with the thing that they didn’t think could happen—Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House—they are admitting that the promise they’ve been running on for seven years is probably not going to happen.

“Personally, I don’t” see it, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said. “I just don’t know how you can reconcile a bill you’ve taken two whiffs at already and couldn’t get the votes.”
Some sound almost resigned to the new reality. “I’d say it’s 50-50,” Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said of the prospect the law will remain in place. […]

Even if Republicans try again next

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Trump still stoking that war with Mitch McConnell over the filibuster

It’s not easy for Donald Trump to learn things, and when he has learned something, he absolutely cannot let it go, no more than he can let go of grudges. So when he learned about a thing called the “filibuster” in the Senate and that it could get in the way of his dictatorial desires, the grudge part kicked in. Granted, his grasp of the concept has been kind of fluid and his math—how to get to 50 votes—an ongoing challenge, he’s got his teeth in this one. It’s fueling his rage, and his civil war against Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans, and he’s going to vent about to everyone including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“I thought that when I got to the Oval Office, I would have a bill sitting on my desk, repeal and replace, a beautiful health care bill, and it didn’t happen,” he said

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Senate Republicans admit they don’t give a damn about the deficit, or accountability, in new budget

Senate Republicans released their budget resolution for the next fiscal year. In it, they abandon—to a degree—the idea of repealing Obamacare and finally admit to the world that they don’t care about deficits. At all.

The 89-page plan, which the Senate Budget Committee spent months drafting, sets up the special power of budget reconciliation GOP leaders can use to advance tax reform with just a 50-vote threshold in the Senate. Nov. 13 is the tentative deadline for tax writers to submit their plans for an overhaul to the budget panel.

Under the budget proposal, Republican tax writers can add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, giving lawmakers more flexibility as they attempt a once-in-a-generation revamp of the U.S. tax code. With more wiggle room to slash revenue, GOP legislators hope they will be able to go even lower on tax rates for individuals

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Trump doubles down on excuse for Trumpcare failure, repeating the myth of a hospitalized senator

Everyone knows that the truth and Donald Trump have just a passing acquaintance, but this is getting kind of ridiculous. On Wednesday, Trump insisted that Trumpcare has all the votes it needs, just that they ran into a time problem and a temporary vote count problem. He insisted that one of the yes votes was in the hospital, and that’s why they couldn’t come up with the requisite 50 votes this week. But there’s no one in the hospital, as was widely reported after Trump made that assertion Wednesday.

Trump either hasn’t gotten that news, or he likes this excuse for failure, because even after he was debunked he’s still at it!

“We have the votes, but reconciliation is a disaster,” Trump told Fox & Friends in an interview that aired Thursday morning. “But as you know, it ends on Friday. So we don’t have enough time, because we have

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Math is very hard for Donald Trump

Watching the wheels grind along in Donald Trump’s brain via his tweets is particularly painful when it comes to the Senate and legislative procedure and, well, math.

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The yes vote in the hospital is apparently Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), who isn’t in the hospital but has been sick, but also isn’t the reason that they couldn’t have a Trumpcare vote. They couldn’t have the vote because there plain wasn’t support for it. Which he still is struggling to comprehend, as the next tweet demonstrates.

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Mitch McConnell had a very, very bad Tuesday

Some days, even in America in 2017, there’s just a little bit of just desserts delivered to the most deserving. For example, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Tuesday. It was a day that just might have finally exposed McConnell as less than the brilliant political strategist and tactician that he’s long been reputed to be. Here’s a recap of his day: he had to admit defeat on the latest Trumpcare zombie, Graham-Cassidy, conceding that he could not whip enough votes; he lost one of his top senators, a committee chairman, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) who declared that he’s retiring; his candidate in the special election in Alabama, Sen. Luther Strange, lost by ten points to Roy Moore, a guy who makes Ted Cruz look reasonable.

And on top of all that, he’s got Donald Trump who is privately mocking and publicly bashing him at every opportunity.

Trump spent much of

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