06.28.2017 - 10:22 PM EDT

One premise or hope of ACA supporters has been the belief that once new access to health care had been extended it would be politically difficult or even impossible to claw it back. This is the political logic which has guarded Medicare and Social Security for decades.

06.28.2017 - 6:29 PM EDT

Last year I told you we were shifting our business model to a greater reliance on subscription revenue and as a core part of that decision redoubling our commitment to investigative reporting, muckraking in the TPM tradition and original reporting of all sorts. You, our readers, have matched our hopes and ambitions. So today I sent this staff announcement to the TPM team, explaining two key staffing moves as we build toward those goals.


As we get the new TPM Investigations Desk off the ground, I have two big staff announcements.

06.28.2017 - 2:18 PM EDT

He always chokes. After threatening, Trump team won’t file DOJ complaint against Comey after all.

06.28.2017 - 2:00 PM EDT

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06.28.2017 - 1:23 PM EDT

We’ve discussed several times in recent days the legislative principle of safety in numbers. No one wants to face the full weight of public pressure alone or be left standing when the music stops. Just as much, no one wants to stick their neck out for an unpopular piece of legislation when it’s not going to pass anyway. Sure enough, when McConnell (at least temporarily) pulled the legislation yesterday, three more senators came forward to say they were also nos all along.

06.28.2017 - 1:01 PM EDT

Trump was right. Now they really are laughing at us. Or rather, laughing at Trump and Wilbur Ross.

06.27.2017 - 8:07 PM EDT

Before discussing the events of today in the Senate, I want to note a subsidiary issue, a matter of press coverage. But this is not a secondary issue in terms of importance. Let me also preface this by saying I’m going to focus on another journalist: CNN’s Dana Bash. I don’t know Dana. But I’ve relied on her reporting on CNN for years. So this isn’t meant as an attack on her. To me it is simply an illustration of a broader failure of coverage.

With that, here goes.

06.27.2017 - 6:30 PM EDT

I’m about to write up some thoughts about the collapse (for now) of the Senate Trumpcare effort. But we still need to make this June goal for membership sign ups. Long day. Good day. But we still need to meet this goal. Thinking about? Make this the day you stop thinking and just join our team. Click here. Thank you.

06.27.2017 - 6:08 PM EDT

What are investigators investigating about Jared Kushner? A lot. Here’s our run-down of the different categories of things they’re looking at and why he’s picked up one of the DC lawyers you hire when you’re probably going to trial or pulling out all the stops to avoid it.

06.27.2017 - 3:39 PM EDT

It’s worth taking a moment and watching this exchange a short time ago with Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at today’s briefing. The amount of whining, pathological lying and entitlement are close to mind-boggling. After the jump.

06.27.2017 - 12:54 PM EDT

Yesterday we had the big CBO score of the Senate Trumpcare bill. Now The Center for American Progress has taken the CBO study and used Kaiser Family Foundation, Census and CMS data to break the 22 million topline number down for states and districts.

Here’s the breakdown for each state. 

06.27.2017 - 9:02 AM EDT

I wanted to start the morning with a brief update on the latest developments with the Republican Senate’s drive to pass Trumpcare.

For the last several days I’ve been saying that I thought it was much more likely than not that McConnell would succeed in passing the Trumpcare bill this week, even as I said over the weekend that McConnell was running into more turbulence than I’d expected. Yesterday evening the tide turned. The odds of passing the bill this week now seem stacked against McConnell. This is a critical breakthrough for the opponents of the bill and the 22-24 million people who stand to lose their health care coverage. But so far it’s only a limited and temporary victory if it even happens, which is no sure thing.

Let’s run through the key developments.

First Lady Melania Trump, whose signature position is her stance against bullying on social...
President Donald Trump’s attack Thursday morning on “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance was apparently...
After the President sent out a vicious tweet attacking MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and...
MSNBC on Thursday responded to President Donald Trump’s vicious personal attack on “Morning Joe”...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly verbally exploded at the head of the President’s...

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