Another candidate for DNC Chair was just on MSNBC making his case for himself, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. I've never heard of him before. But he closed out with this ....
Look, we've got a fight. We've also got to be fighting for our values. For far too long, Democratic strategy and policy has been organized completely around Republican strategy and policy.
It turns out that Rep. Tom Price, HHS nominee, doesn't like TPM much.
In today's hearing, Sen. Bill Nelson confronted Price with a 2012 story by TPM and another by Politico. The TPM piece was about Price's opposition to a ban on discriminating against people with preexisting conditions. The article was written by former TPMer Sahil Kapur, now of Bloomberg News. Pressed on the article, Price quipped, "Oh, well, now there's a reliable source," before denying the quote. As it happens, Politico had the same quote. TPM's story included a further discussion from an unnamed Price aide on why Price opposed the ban.
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You probably know about the story. Zeke Miller of Time magazine, part of the White House press pool, incorrectly reported in the White House pool report that the bust of Martin Luther King (first brought into the White House by President Obama) had been removed and replaced with one of Winston Churchill. This turned out to be wrong. A short time later Miller corrected the report. The White House has been using this as proof of media perfidy for the last three days. But on Hannity last night, Kellyanne Conway wildly upped the ante, telling Sean Hannity that Miller is personally responsible for putting her life in danger.
We now have a story from The Washington Post ("The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot") to match yesterday's from The Times ("Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides"). They are each a classic type for a major newspaper. Throw your biggest reportorial names at the story, talk to every one and put together an over-arching from-the-inside narrative. They are each fascinating, occasionally comic and in some ways horrifying reads. But there is an underlying, not-made-explicit message to both which is perhaps the most important. We are three days into the administration and the Trump White House leaks not so much like a sieve as a bucket with no bottom.
This is a really critical story on a number of levels. The debate over Obamacare has been shaped to a great extent over the last year by Aetna's decision to withdraw from exchanges in a number of states because, it claimed, it was losing money. But in a ruling today which blocked a proposed merger between Aetna and Humana, federal Judge John D. Bates held that Aetna's claim was bogus. Rather than being a business decision based on the inability to make a profit in those states, Bates ruled that Aetna had withdrawn from Obamacare exchanges at least in part as a strategy to threaten its way out of the anti-trust case.
Is history repeating itself? With Donald Trump's executive order to agencies to waive or delay any part of the Affordable Care Act that imposes a financial or regulatory burden, Obamacare's days appear numbered. The administration has begun a process that could lead to the disintegration of the exchanges even before Congress gets around to repealing the act, and well before it creates a viable replacement. Something very similar happened in Australia forty years ago -- and the results were not good for the conservatives who eliminated their national health system.
In his new announcement about cutting federal regulations, President Trump today said that when a company wants to "do something monstrous and special, you're going to have your approvals really fast."
You've likely seen the overnight headlines: US counter-intelligence agents have been scrutinizing Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia, both during the presidential campaign and on the crucial date of December 29th, 2016, the day President Obama leveled a series of new sanctions on Russian in response to their election year subversion campaign.
At a reception in the White Housea short time ago, according to the pool report, President Trump spotted FBI Director Comey and called out to him. Comey came over to Trump to shake his hand and then gave Trump a hug before shaking the Vice President's hand.
"He's become more famous than me," said Trump.
Late Update - 10:29 PM: The text above was based on the White House pool report. However, now having watched the video myself, 'hug' seems overstated. More like a pat on the shoulder from Trump and a word in the ear.
There is no precise way to count the number of people in a DC crowd on a given day, though crowd experts have formulas for making pretty good approximations. But we do have very precise numbers on the number of rides taken each day on the DC area subway system (the metro). And it's a decent apples to apples comparison for getting a broad sense of which inauguration crowd was bigger and how they matched up to yesterday's Women's March on Washington. So here are the numbers.
To see a full size version of the chart, click the title of this post.