GOP Voters Love Same Attack on Syria They Hated Under Obama

Today’s polling news offers a pretty good data point for the theory of “asymmetric polarization,” the idea that GOP ideological extremism and/or antipathy for Democrats — not some equally culpable bipartisan lurch into the void — is responsible for the poor tone of contemporary politics. Donald Trump’s cruise-missile attack on …

Democrats In Illinois Just Unseated A Whole Bunch Of Republicans

In a spate of local elections last week in Illinois, Democrats picked up seats in places they’ve never won before. The city of Kankakee elected its first African-American, Democratic mayor. West Deerfield Township will be led entirely by Democrats for the first time. Elgin Township voted for“a complete changeover,”flipping to …

South Dakota GOP repeals voter-approved anti-corruption law

The measure, which passed with more than 51% backing in November, would have created an independent ethics commission, limited lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, banned officials from joining lobbying firms for two years after leaving office and created so-called “Democracy vouchers” for registered voters to steer toward their preferred candidates. Gov. …

Former Trump campaign chairman to register as foreign agent

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did on behalf of political interests in Ukraine, led at the time by a pro-Russian political party, his spokesman said Wednesday. Manafort is the second Trump campaign adviser …

Russia story keeps getting worse for President Trump

The first, an exclusive to CNN, revealed that a number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees who have seen classified documents see no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, further suggesting Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, misled Trump (and the public) …

Trump Reverses Himself On 6 Major Issues In 2 Days

President Donald Trump has reversed himself on at least six major issues this week, pulling back on long-held promises supported by his base. Four of these reversals alone came in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday: Trump said the Chinese are “not currency manipulators.” Just last week, he …

Trump: I May Sabotage Obamacare Until Democrats Repeal It

On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he plans to use the powers of his office to jeopardize health-care access for millions of low-income people, while destabilizing America’s insurance markets — because he believes that voters will blame the ensuing chaos on the Democratic Party, leaving Chuck Schumer desperate to negotiate …

AARP to Trump voters: This isn’t the change you expected

The advocacy organization is running a radio ad challenging Trump’s identity as a change agent and arguing that the bill to be decided in the House of Representatives on Friday serves as an “age tax” on the elderly. “You walked into the voting booth. You thought it through. You cast …

HFC member Amash suggests time for Ryan ouster, blasts Trump

“We need either a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new speaker,” Amash said while answering a question about the perpetual gridlock in Washington. The Michigan Republican also laced into President Donald Trump, hewing close to a strategy of blasting Republican leaders like Ryan and Trump, …

Leaks reveal a disorganized, rudderless Trump presidency

For an administration that supposedly hates the press so much, the people in it sure do like to blab a lot. All administrations leak and are beset by process stories, but this one threatens to consume itself before it turns 100 days old. Just this week, we have been treated …

Republicans avoid town halls after health care votes

Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania appear to be the only swing-district Republicans who voted for their party’s bill to replace Obamacare who will directly face constituents over the April recess, according to a USA TODAY analysis of scheduled town halls compiled by Townhallproject.com. cxenseparse_end cxenseparse_start Fourteen Republicans …

Breaking: Panicked White House forbids reporting on Russia briefing

Earlier, we reported that a senior U.S. official says that Russia knew, in advance, of Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, despite Donald Trump’s initial insistence that Russia was not involved. Since then, the White House has taken a very unusual step that was described in this baffling pool …

Paul Ryan Could Lose Another Trumpcare Vote Tuesday In Kansas

A special election Tuesday in a conservative Republican Kansas Congressional district could figure in another GOP attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The GOP is worried it might lose Kansas’ seemingly safe Fourth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives  that had been held by Mike …

Sean Spicer just called Russia an “ally”

One of the things that Donald Trump’s token military strike on a Syrian air base was supposed to accomplish was to erode the narrative that Trump is weak on Russia, despite the fact that Trump informed Russia of the strike before he told our own Congress. Further damaging that message …