We're now learning that President-Elect Trump wanted a full Soviet-style inaugural parade, with tanks, missiles and missile launchers. The Pentagon nixed that idea but agreed to a jet fighter flyover. In an interview published Wednesday morning Trump had spoken about his desire to hold military parades during his presidency. But this is the first sign he had tried to hold a Soviet style military parade for his inauguration.
Over the years one of the great pleasures of running TPM for David Kurtz and I is how many great young journalists have come through the organization, how we've been able to have some role in bringing their talents to the fore and the great careers they've gone on to at a whole slew of great news organizations like The Washington Post, Salon, The New Republic, The New York Times, NBC, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Propublica, Politico, Huffington Post, NowThisNews and just a slew of other pubs. What is a particular pleasure is being able to welcome one of our greats home.
Yesterday, I announced we were adding a new editor to our team as part of our expansion. David Taintor first joined TPM just out of college as an intern in the fall of 2010. We hired him as a full time staffer right out of his internship. And he worked his way up to reporter before leaving in 2013. We are now really excited, happy and lucky to be bringing him back as our new News Editor. David rejoins us from NBC News. He'll join Catherine Thompson, David Kurtz and me as our team of editors going into this new phase of the organizations history.
David will be rejoining TPM in early February.
On the last full day of the Obama presidency and on the eve of President-Elect Trump's inauguration, let's look at where the new President starts in the public's estimation. The answer is, Trump is really unpopular and has gotten more unpopular as the transition has gone on.
We have some new numbers.
If you're comfortably ensconced in a health insurance plan through your job and don't think the Obamacare repeal and replace debate will directly affect you, give a close look at the plan that HHS nominee Tom Price has been pushing for years to dismantle the employer-based health insurance system. It would end employer-based insurance as we know it, but it barely came up in Price's first round of Senate hearings yesterday. Super important. Worth a read.
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.