One of the key developments in a new administration comes when people come to understand who the key power players and influencers are in that administration. Who has the President's ear? Who can get things done?
With that in mind, the Palestinian political leadership is making every effort to get President-Elect Trump to reconsider his plan to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. To achieve this critical goal they have reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence over Trump to rescind the decision.
On Monday I wrote that the answer to attacks on journalism is always more journalism. I want to share some concrete steps in that direction. Today we are announcing our first editorial expansion in more than four years. We are beginning by adding a new editor to our team and a planned three additional reporters to build out our investigative reporting team.
I get a kick sometimes about just how shameless and ridiculous members of Congress can be. TPM Reader LB is represented by newly elected Rep. Tom Garrett Jr. in Virginia's 5th district. Here's what she heard ...
I am a physician, really worried about the effect of the repeal of the ACA on my patients. I have been calling Garrett, my Republican Rep from Charlottesville area of VA to see what his position is. His staff tell me that “We have not discussed this with the representative yet” – which of course is the same thing as saying he is running away from having a position.
Obamacare hasn't come up in staff meetings?
Here's an amazing exchange between Sen. Warren and Rep Price, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Warren asks Price to commit to fulfilling President-Elect Trump's promise not to cut Medicare or Medicaid.
Price repeatedly insists that dollars are the "wrong metric" when it comes to cuts. Transcript after the jump.
We're seeing more and more instances of pro-Obamacare crowds showing up at district meetings with Republican representatives and Senators. Here's the latest, in Texas, with far-right Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady.
Are seeing this in your district or state? Let us know. We're interested in every detail.
As Allegra Kirkland details on our page, President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning, who will now get out of Leavenworth in May of this year rather than in 2045. I want to make two observations about the case. The first is that we are a nation of law, and that is a very good thing, but that we have done very bad -- even evil -- things and it has taken dissenters willing to break the law in order to awaken us to a higher morality. I am thinking of the Abolitionists who died and went to jail to protest slavery and the draft resisters against the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the infamous Pentagon Papers, might well have gone to jail if not for Richard Nixon's malfeasance.
Whatever the pros and cons of President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, we should have more pardons, many more, than fewer. As I wrote back in late 2008, the presidential pardon power has in recent decades shriveled almost to nothing. In recent years, most presidential pardons have been handed out to people who committed relatively minor offenses and had already served their sentences years in the past.
We've seen tons of polls and articles showing that Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in the history of polling and in all likelihood in the history of the country. In a sense that's not terribly surprising since his favorability was extremely low throughout the campaign and he actually lost the popular vote by about 2 percentage points. But there's something more to it than that. He's gotten more unpopular through the course of the transition.
The Congressional Budget Office, Congress's official 'scoring' body, has produced a report on Obamacare repeal and says it will result in 32 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026. 32 million! Rates would go up 20-25 percent in the first year and then double again by 2026.