Republican lawmaker whose previous claim to fame was ducky pajamas embraces insane murder conspiracy

Sean Hannity and a legion of far-right conspiracy theorists are not backing down from claiming that Seth Rich, the young Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in 2016 (probably by Hillary Clinton in troll-land; in a botched robbery according to the police), was WikiLeaks’ source of DNC emails. They’re bringing added grief to Rich’s family and attacking anyone who gets in their way, and now they have a Republican member of Congress backing them up:

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Well, if it’s on THE INTERNET, okay then. There’s nothing fake out there. Morgan Freeman really did die in 2012 … and 2010

It’s not like there are entire sites dedicated to investigating and debunking false information on the internet, and … hey, look,

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Senate Republicans catching a clue that saving themselves politically could mean saving Obamacare

The healthcare industry is in full-on panic mode over the Trump regime’s continuing sabotage of Obamacare, which means they’re in full-on pressure mode with Congress—specifically with the Senate, where they apparently believe their only hope for sanity lies.

Senate Republicans face increasing pressure to rescue health insurance markets and protect coverage for millions of Americans amid growing fears the Trump administration is going to let the markets collapse.
In recent days, leading hospitals, physician groups, health insurers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have pleaded with the Senate to step in, effectively going around the White House.

“Congress must take action now,” the groups warned in a letter to Republican and Democratic Senate leaders. “At this point, only congressional action can help consumers.” […]

In addition to the healthcare groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, state insurance regulators — Republicans and Democrats — also are pleading

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Texas moves forward with a range of anti-abortion bills, including a ban on insurance coverage

Slowly but surely, states with Republican majority leadership are working toward ending women’s access to abortion—and they are looking to do it by any means necessary. Last week in Iowa, Republicans managed to pass a law which will result in preventing low-income women from using their state-provided insurance at any provider that offers abortion services. This has resulted in the closing of four Planned Parenthood clinics that serve more than 15,000 patients in the state.

And in Texas, the state Senate is looking to ban abortion coverage in health insurance—nearly everywhere. The ban includes private insurance plans as well as in plans offered to state employees or anyone participating in the Affordable Care Act. Basically, they want zero access to abortions and think women should pay for abortion coverage under separate insurance plans. On Monday night the legislation, House Bill 3124, was added to a Senate bill which had support from all Republicans and one Democrat. 

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Health care for children is on the chopping block in Donald Trump’s budget

Congressional Republicans have put the smooth functioning of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at risk by not renewing its funding in time for states to plan their budgets. But Donald Trump is taking the next step

President Donald Trump’s budget plans to cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.

Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” gets through as-is. It would hit children’s health care hard and break Trump’s campaign promise to “save” Medicaid “without cuts.”

Hey, we have a record number of kids with health coverage. What can we do about that? Don’t worry, budget director Mick Mulvaney has lots of ideas! And it seems that Trump has conveniently forgotten

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As investigations close in, members of Team Trump are lawyering up—and it’ll cost them

Hey, remember when the government ethics office was warning Team Trump that they really, really ought to pay attention to the mountain of ethics rules and federal laws that apply to incoming government officials because it could save them a lot of time and cash later and Team Trump was all, ya know, whateverz? Well guess what? Bill’s comin’ due.

White House aides bracing for subpoenas and grand jury summons have already begun making inquiries for legal help to navigate the unfamiliar terrain, according to lawyers who have been contacted, opening critical lines of communication in a bid to avoid serious harm to their reputations and careers, and perhaps even jail time. […]
As Mueller’s probe launches, Washington has been on a crash course relearning the rules of the road for how executive branch aides can fund their legal help, short of paying in full. The Washington Post reported Friday that

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Mitch McConnell wants to talk Trumpcare in quiet rooms

You might think that the example of the process of getting Trumpcare and Zombie Trumpcare through the House—and the massive opposition to it among the general populace—would have made Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell approach the whole thing with a bit more transparency, and a tad more democracy (at least within the regular Senate procedures).

And you would think wrong. He’s not doing any of that. He’s trying to keep it all a big secret.

At a meeting of his health care working group last Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican excused all nonleadership staffers after expressing annoyance over the number of leaks about the private discussions, GOP senators and aides told Roll Call.
He was particularly frustrated with a report that cited a verbatim conversation that took place during a prior meeting, according to one lawmaker who spoke on the condition of anonymity. […]

Republican leadership has faced criticism for the manner in which

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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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