Scaramucci took winding path but finally landed a top job with Trump

NEW YORK — To avoid the pitfalls of politics, Anthony Scaramucci, the talkative Wall Street financier picked by President Trump Friday to lead his communications strategy, often advises those close to him to have thick... Read More
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Trump’s ‘Axis of Adults’ Is Breaking Apart

If you thought grownups like Mattis, McMaster and Tillerson were secretly running the administration, think again. At a town hall for National Security Council staffers last week, their boss, H.R. McMaster, had a message for... Read More
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McCain’s primary rival urges him to step aside after diagnosis — and suggests she could replace him

A day after news came out about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) #brain cancer diagnosis, his onetime political opponent urged the ailing senator to think about his political future sooner rather than later — and expressed interest in the... Read More
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Dems need council of war

by Brent Budowsky Democrats should convene a council of political war shortly after Labor Day to mobilize the full force and power of the party and the base that has been leading the resistance to... Read More
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Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade

Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East. The global... Read More

DeVos Protests In Denver; House To Make Cuts To Education

In this week’s edition of our education news roundup, we take you from school vouchers to AP exams to community college. Betsy DeVos speaks to American Legislative Exchange Council Protests greeted the education secretary in... Read More

Donald Trump Insists He Has The ‘Complete Power’ To Pardon, As Russia Probe Persists

President Donald Trump claimed he had the “complete” ability to pardon and appeared to be trying to redirect attention from a probe into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia in a series of tweets... Read More

‘In Some Respects, We’re A Nation in Crisis Right Now,’ Former CIA Director Says

Leaving federal government service after decades can be, well, liberating. Just ask James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the former leader of the Central Intelligence Agency. They unloaded on President... Read More

Looking for normalcy in Washington? Don’t look to Trump and his White House.

Anyone searching for signs of normalcy in President Trump’s administration would have come up empty this week. Instead, the president used his days to demonstrate disdain for the structures of constitutional government, a misunderstanding of... Read More

New Yorker Cartoonist Breaks Down The Details Of His Scathing Trump Takedowns

To the untrained eye, #political cartoons appear so clean, simple and perfect they seem to have been dropped into the world that way, fully formed and ready to go. But of course, plenty of time,... Read More

Plans To Replace Or Fix Obamcare Still Leave Out Some In Rural America

Aaron Albaugh peers out from under the brim of his cowboy hat, surveying the acres of hay fields in front of him. The fourth-generation rancher is raising about 450 cattle this year, in this remote... Read More

6-Month Update for Trump Voters

by Robert Reich So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you? 1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and... Read More
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Vladimir Putin: ‘I may not leave Russian presidency’

Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader replied, to laughter and applause... Read More

Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport “In good weather with a light wind, the approach was fairly easy to manage, once you got the hang, but with the unpredictable winds and rain in bad weather or during a typhoon, it... Read More
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Former CBO Directors Confront Assaults on Agency

All eight former directors of the Congressional Budget Office — Democrats and Republicans alike — sent a letter to Congress on Friday protesting the ongoing attacks on the agency’s integrity and urging that Congress continue... Read More

If Trump Pardons, It Could Be a Crime

President Trump and his lawyers have discussed whether he could pardon his relatives and aides to undercut, or even end, the special counsel’s investigation into charges that his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the... Read More

A Conversation with the New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump’s Favorite Foe

One of the saving graces of the Trump era is the journalism it has inspired. #Maggie Haberman is a tireless, keen-eyed example. As part of the New York Times’ White House team, she has repeatedly... Read More
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Some parts of GOP health bill violate Senate rules

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday that some parts of the Senate health care bill do not comply with budget rules, meaning that if they’re included in the bill, they’ll need 60 votes to pass. (They... Read More

Should You Feel Sorry for Sean Spicer? – POLITICO Magazine

Nope. Absolutely not. The White House attracts all manner of toadies, suckups and flatterers seeking the president’s favor, but never did any staffer demean, degrade and humble himself to the chief executive the way outgoing... Read More
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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer. by Marshall Allen ProPublica This... Read More
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State pension age to increase seven years earlier than planned

Britons born between 1970 and 1978 will have to wait an extra year, until they are 68, to claim their state pension, the government has announced. David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, announced the... Read More

Trump’s embrace of Russia making top advisers wary

WASHINGTON – President #Donald Trump’s persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the... Read More

What We Learned From Obamacare Repeal Fail and What It Could Mean Going Forward

With the collapse – for now – of GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, there’s plenty of blame to go around. But, there are also important lessons to take about why it failed and what it... Read More
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Freedom Caucus to try to force vote on Obamacare repeal

House conservatives are launching a late effort to force their colleagues to vote on an outright repeal of Obamacare. Leaders of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday evening will jump-start a process intended to... Read More
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CNN interview turns into a train wreck as Trump booster fumbles to explain Trump’s ‘wins’

n a segment about the White House launching bids against anti-Trump Republicans, CNN host Brooke Baldwin managed to impale Trump booster and Senate wannabee Kelli Ward on the president’s lack of concrete “wins” in his... Read More

WAAH. NO. WAAAAH: Mitch McConnell whines about people celebrating the defeat of his unpopular Trumpcare bill

enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attempted to blame Democrats for the failure of the law known as Trumpcare that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. During a speech on the Senate floor... Read More
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Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care

The blame in the Senate’s health care omnishambles is attaching to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and understandably so — he wrote the bill, he designed the process, he owns the result. But the absence of... Read More
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Criticize Trump at your peril, Republican candidates. Just ask Kim Guadagno

TRENTON —  Already trailing badly in the polls, Republican New Jersey governor candidate Kim Guadagno has been hit with another devastating 1-2 punch: She’s lost the confidence of a pair of deep-pocketed GOP groups that spend big on... Read More
Image: US President Donald J. Trump participates in a health care discussion with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady

Trump’s erratic leadership is killing the GOP’s agenda

While two Senate Republicans were effectively killing the latest iteration of the Senate health-care bill on Monday night, President Trump was having dinner with a group of other GOP senators — the wrong ones, it... Read More

Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow – The Washington Post

President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials. The program... Read More