A Trump Country Democrat joins with liberals Claire McCaskill, a Democrat representing the red state of Missouri, announced today that she intends to join the more liberal members of the Senate in filibustering Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant since Antonin Scalia’s death. She cites a “rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations.” No on Gorsuch: https://t.co/LfP5n4QyNC — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) March…"Claire McCaskill announces she’ll filibuster Neil Gorsuch"
Multiple sources tell me that former Obama adviser Zeke Emanuel was at the White House Thursday, meeting with staff about what comes next on health care. I’m told the meeting included a discussion of funding for reinsurance — one of the programs that protects insurers against exceptionally large financial losses if they have a handful of really high-cost medical claims to pay out. This is not the first meeting Emanuel has taken at the White…"An Obamacare adviser walks into the Trump White House…"
It’s finally happening. Here’s why. After years of abhorrent conditions and abuses, New York City will shut down the notoriously troubled Rikers Island jail. “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. “It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions along the way. But it will happen.” The details of what will come to replace Rikers Island are still unclear. As the New…"New York City is officially closing the infamously troubled Rikers Island jail"
The eighth-worst city in the world for congestion is facing a looming infrastructure crisis. On Thursday night, a massive fire under an elevated section of one of Atlanta’s major highways, I-85, caused a portion of the road to collapse. Drivers had already been directed away from the fire and off the highway before the collapse. No injuries have been reported, and the fire was subsequently extinguished. Trucks from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, bringing foam typically…"Atlanta’s roads already needed help. Then a bridge collapsed."
The FBI has released 27 never-before-seen photos of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The Pentagon attack was one of three coordinated terrorist attacks that day — 189 people died at the Pentagon alone. American Airlines Flight 77 was traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11, 2001, when it was hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists. At 9:37 am ET, the Boeing 757 plane struck the west wall of the…"Photos: FBI publishes never-before-seen images of 9/11 Pentagon terrorist attack"
“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it.” So begins a Thursday statement from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, about his client’s willingness to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The implication is that Flynn has vital information about the ties between Trump and Russia, and that he did some questionable stuff while working for…"Michael Flynn’s immunity request, explained"
House Republicans haven’t just failed to repeal Obamacare — their attempts to do so seem to have also caused the law’s popularity to skyrocket, making the path to future repeal even tougher to achieve. A new poll released on Friday by McClatchy-Marist found support for Obamacare repeal plummeting, particularly among Republicans. In just one month, the number of Republican voters who want the law abolished dropped from 68 percent to 57 percent — an 11-point…"Poll: GOP support for Obamacare repeal plummets by 11 points"
In the past 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced both the creation of a brand-new settlement in the occupied West Bank (widely reported as the first new, officially sanctioned settlement in 20 years), and promised to curtail settlement activity, in deference to President Donald Trump’s wishes. Netanyahu, in other words, is trying to have it both ways. The Israeli prime minister wants to appease his right-wing political coalition in the Knesset, Israel’s…"Netanyahu wants Trump to believe he’s curtailing settlements even as he launches a new one"
An executive order sent the message climate change doesn’t matter and the NIH was threatened with an imminent budget cut. Since the election, the science community has been grappling with a bleak question: Would Donald Trump — occasional climate change denier, anti-vaccination flirt, and conspiracy theorist — be the “most anti-science” president we’ve ever had? This week, we got a better sense of what his science policy is going to look like. The series of…"5 ways Trump and the GOP disparaged science this week"
President Trump’s Russia problems are getting worse here at home, with the FBI conducting a formal criminal probe into his campaign’s ties to Moscow and his disgraced former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, seeking an immunity deal in exchange for his cooperation with the House and Senate panels conducting Trump/Russia investigations of their own. That would be more than enough in and of itself for an embattled president already facing historically low approval ratings. Unfortunately…"The most powerful members of the Trump administration disagree with him about Russia"