Trump’s proposed foreign policy would, intentionally or no, aid Vladimir Putin in ways the Russian dictator could only dream about before Trump. Trump has repeatedly expressed wild admiration for Putin personally; his campaign staff and businesses have extensive ties to Russian interests. (Just yesterday, the New York Times reported the existence of a handwritten ledger documenting $12.7 million in payments to Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, from Ukraine's pro-Russian deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych).
The US did not pay a $400 million “ransom” to Iran. Here’s what actually happened.
WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for hostages, were in fact the money was owed to Iran based on a military purchase in 1979 that was never delivered.
The press thought Trump’s first 30 minutes were his best. They were his worst.
The press needs to do its job, not the voters’ job. The first 30 minutes was called for Trump in the debate. Eventhough the author agrees that stylistically this was Trumps' best portion of the debate, factually it was his worst. He was wrong on NAFTA, trade, jobs.
Whatever is actually in Trump’s tax returns is worse than what the New York Times says
Trump is making clear that whatever is really in his tax returns would be devastating to his campaign. NYTimes took a gamble speculating on Donald's returns. All Donald had to do was release his returns and prove NYTimes wrong. He hasn't!
The Trump and Clinton campaigns finally had a substantive climate debate
The energy advisers to the two campaigns squared off. It wasn’t half bad. The hour-long debate featured its share of depressing nonsense, like when Cramer waffled on whether humans are causing global warming. (Spoiler: They are.) But the discussion was genuinely substantive, and the advisers delved into issues like the Paris climate deal, nuclear power, and (oh yes) transmission policy.
“The mandate penalties are not working”: an expert explains what is broken with Obamacare
There are a few challenges. Enrollment continues to fall short of expectations, which is contributing to instability. We’ve got all of the sickest people, who are highest need, and they enrolled in 2014. Each year, the marketplaces have continued to not pick up enough healthy people to create a stable risk pool. That’s one big issue.
Trump does have an Obamacare replacement plan – and it would cause 21 million to lose coverage
In broad terms, Trump's plan looks a lot like the dozen or so other Republican Obamacare repeal plans that have come out over the past few years. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to go back to refusing coverage for preexisting conditions, a key barrier to coverage before Obamacare's coverage expansion.
Bernie Sanders said he would work with Donald Trump. Then he saw Trump’s infrastructure plan.
At first, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s tone with Donald Trump was conciliatory: “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” he said in a statement after Election Day. Then he saw Trump’s infrastructure plan. Sanders’s tone changed; he tweeted that the president-elect’s plan for infrastructure is a “scam,” proving just how difficult working with a Trump administration will be in practice:
Bernie Sanders: “It is not good enough for someone to say, 'I'm a woman! Vote for me!’”
What Sanders’s remarks about "identity politics" say about the Democratic Party’s future. Having the party embrace both gender and racial diversity is a necessary first step, Sanders said. But if “identity politics” means promoting black and female candidates who don’t have “the guts to take on the oligarchy,” Sanders argued, it’s largely beside the point.
Don’t let Donald Trump’s antics distract you from what’s really important
He’s paying fraud fines and collecting bribes — and distracting you with Hamilton tweets. The truth is that nothing about the Hamilton story – is in any way important to how he runs the country. By contrast, foreign governments directly putting money into Donald Trump’s pocket is very important. The fact that these attempted bribes are being paid to a man who is also paying out millions of dollars to avoid standing trial for his corrupt business practices is very important.