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Handicapping Trumps first 100 days

More :Politico

Trump’s campaign promises have run into trouble with his own party — even his own Cabinet members — before he even takes the oath of office.

Donald Trump’s presidency will ultimately be measured by whether he can transform the bombastic, details-free campaign style that propelled him to victory into substantive policy actions that look like success to the American people.

The obstacles are already piling up: Building the U.S.-Mexico wall requires money that isn’t there. Repealing Obamacare is an easy vote, but Republicans are thoroughly divided about how to replace it. Pulling out of a trade deal takes little more than a signature. But negotiating new ones — on Trump’s terms — will require more diplomatic skill and compromise than Trump has shown at any point during his remarkable run for the presidency.

The barriers to real policy success are innumerable and unpredictable. From tax reform to national security challenges to economic uncertainties, Trump’s campaign promises have run into trouble with his own party — even his own Cabinet members — before he even takes the oath of office.

One hundred days is an arbitrary period of time to assess a new presidency — blame FDR and the New Deal for that one. Nonetheless, POLITICO assigned its policy reporting teams to handicap the road ahead for the first 100 days of the Trump administration, identifying the policy ideas, the leaders and the obstacles that will be used to define success or failure of the new White House.


The vision: Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which he has repeatedly called a “disaster.” He says he’ll replace it with cheaper and better insurance for “everybody.” But Trump splits with congressional Republicans who want to overhaul Medicare by partially privatizing it. He sides with Republicans on proposals to turn Medicaid, the health care program geared to the poor, into lump-sum state payments — an idea that Democrats abhor. He also wants to allow government health programs to negotiate drug prices, a stance sure to alienate Republicans and the powerful drug lobby.

Key leaders: Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan; Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services secretary; Seema Verma, Trump’s pick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Outlook for the first 100 days: Trump has promised executive actions on Day One to begin rolling back Obama’s health law. Many health officials also expect action in the near term to prop up the Obamacare exchanges so they don’t implode during the transition period. The timeline for congressional action on repeal-and-replace legislation is extremely iffy: Trump has indicated his administration would submit its own plan “almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter” when his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services is confirmed.

Obstacles: Devising a plan that satisfies conservative Republicans implacably opposed to a major federal role (or expense) in health care, while winning over at least eight Senate Democrats needed to pass legislation, will be daunting — especially without upending his own base by taking health coverage away from 20 million people, including many of his voters.

The vision: Trump has promised to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector, beef up the enforcement of existing trade deals and punish companies that move jobs overseas. His top priorities include pulling out of trade agreements like the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated and hoped to get ratified before leaving office, and renegotiating NAFTA. Trump and members of his incoming Cabinet say they’re not against trade but see a need for stronger deals, preferably bilateral agreements.

With a triumvirate of China hawks leading his trade policy, Trump is pledging to challenge China’s use of tariffs, subsidies and other barriers to gain an unfair trade advantage. Trump also says he wants to cut the U.S. trade deficit by boosting exports and reducing imports, and he wants to slap hefty tariffs on imports of products from companies that move factories elsewhere.

Key leaders: Leading Trump’s trade policy will be trade attorney Robert Lighthizer as U.S. trade representative, economics professor Peter Navarro as head of the newly formed National Trade Council and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary. While USTR traditionally takes the lead in negotiating trade policy, Trump has said that Ross, at Commerce, will be the chief architect of his agenda.

Many Goodbyes For Obama In Last Days Of Presidency

The 5 craziest hours in the White House

Ready: (Relative) calm before chaos
The 90-plus permanent White House staffers and a few trusted contractors show up around 4 a.m. — some sleep on cots at their workstations — ready to execute the battle plan devised by the chief usher. Although this will be Chief Usher Angella Reid’s first transition, staff turnover at the residence is rare, so most of these folks have done this at least once before.

The kitchen staffers are among the very few who are not pulled into moving duty, because they are already scrambling to create breakfast, the traditional congressional coffee, afternoon snacks, dinner for who-knows-how-many and preparations for the next day’s social events.

(To be clear, we are talking about the residence staff, not the administrative staff. The press secretary does not make the First Family’s beds, and policy advisers do not arrange the president’s sock drawer. However, they probably will schlep their own boxes to their new offices in the East and West wings.)

More at link :WaPo

Member of Republican leadership booted off stage back home in red district over Obamacare repeal

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, did not have a kind reception at an MLK Day speech back home in Spokane. It seems her constituents are concerned about her plans for their health care.
Thousands of people gathered at the rally before the planned march through downtown Spokane.
Spokane Mayor David Condon and McMorris Rodgers, the U.S. Representative from Washington's 5th congressional district, both spoke at the rally about unity.
During the rally, attendees were heard booing McMorris Rodgers, yelling the word "liar" and chanting about saving healthcare.

Joe.My.God found the video (you can watch it below). What local station KXLY did not report are the frequent calls of "bullshit" answering McMorris Rodgers’ claims that she's their representative and “advocate.”


Obama makes appearance at final White House press briefing

Obama praises Josh Earnest.

Lady Liberty Depicted as Woman of Color on U.S. Currency


Nina Turner: Trump tweets on John Lewis 'insensitive...

Republicans, in lather over question of Trump's legitimacy, want wait for it Obama to 'step up'


From the Department of You Can’t Make This Crap Up: Republicans are having a major meltdown over questions—particularly from civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis—over the legitimacy of a Trump presidency, and they want President Obama to “step up” and do something about it. (Warning, choking danger: Do not have food or liquids in your mouth while reading this.)

Donald Trump's team is still plenty steamed after a leading House Democrat described Trump as an illegitimate president - and there are now calls for President Barack Obama to act.

Trump's incoming White House chief of staff says the congressman, civil rights leader John Lewis of Georgia, is being "irresponsible" and has started a "firestorm."

Reince Priebus tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama should "step up" and "call it what it is - it's wrong what is happening, it's wrong how some of these Democrats are treating President-elect Trump."

Indeed. It’s time for Barack Obama to step up—for the tiny fingered, popular vote losing puppet of Putin, who spent eight years leading the “birther” jag-off movement—and defend Trump’s legitimacy. He should get right on that.


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Trump sinks drug stocks

Video : CNNMoney

Shares of Big Pharma companies and biotechs fell after President-elect Donald Trump put them on notice because of big price hikes for medications.Source: CNNMoney
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