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"...a number of conservative wins, including the elimination of essential health benefits"

Meadows reported Thursday night that, while he was still leaning no, there are a number of conservative wins in the new legislation, including the elimination of “essential health benefits” that require insurers to cover basic health care services. There also were certain “assurances” that the president and his staff made that could persuade conservatives, he added, though he wouldn’t elaborate.

When Meadows was asked about Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, and how walking away from a negotiation was textbook Trump, Meadows said that in order to get the best deal, “you always have to be ready to walk away from any negotiation.”

“Yeah, I read his book too,” Meadows said, acknowledging that “the bill has improved.”

What conservatives view as improvements, however, are clear losses for moderates. A large bloc of rank-and-file Republicans could flee from the bill, especially if it’s clear by Friday afternoon that Republicans, as is likely, don’t have the votes for passage.


Looking for a source for this other than this tweet:

(He's Capitol bureau chief for Politico).


Just in case you are not already squirming enough over Trump...


Keith Olbermann: "Sigh."






Police called to Ohio Taco Bell to settle dispute over "Fire" or "Mild" sauce

Police called to Ohio Taco Bell to settle dispute over 'Fire' or 'Mild' sauce


When they arrived, officers saw that the line was backed up by several car lengths, and asked the frustrated Taco Bell customer what the problem was.

According to the South Euclid police, she told officers the reason for the holdup was that Taco Bell was out of "Mild" sauce, her preferred condiment, and had only "Fire" sauce on hand.

She was also frustrated that Taco Bell would not give her the meal she ordered at half-price for the inconvenience she was facing.

Police advised the woman that this customer service matter "was not likely going to be resolved at the drive-thru window, and suggested she return the next day to speak to a manager."

Art of the Deal UPDATE: Freedom Caucus tells master debater Trump to go "F" himself

House Conservatives Remain Opposed To Trump’s Health Care Bill With Hours To Go
The deadline is near, but no deal has been struck.


A last-minute attempt by President Donald Trump to corral conservative votes for his health care overhaul has fallen short.

The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus ― a band of conservative lawmakers who have opposed the bill ― said that “no deal” had been reached after a White House meeting on Thursday.

Should the Freedom Caucus continue to oppose the bill, its fate would be in serious jeopardy. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) can afford to lose no more than 21 votes. And with conservatives opposed, the number of House members unwilling to back the bill looks to be well above that total.

“There aren’t enough votes as of 1:30 p.m.,” said the Freedom Caucus chair, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Nunes Apologizes to Intel. Committee Members - But Won't Explain His Stunt



After the Thursday morning meeting, Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.), one of the committee's Democrats, told reporters that Nunes had apologized to committee members. Another committee source confirms that Nunes did express his regrets but adds that Nunes would not tell committee members where the information he cited had come from. Nunes did promise, according to this source, that he would share the material with his colleagues on Friday.

This is an important point. According to the committee source, Nunes did not tell his staffers about this information prior to his Wednesday press conferences. He went rogue. That would suggest that the information was given to him directly—which would be an unusual occurrence. In most cases involving an intelligence community official or employee bringing information to the committee, a staffer would handle the matter first. There has been widespread speculation among intelligence world observers that the White House may have sent the material Nunes' way. So its origins could be a telling piece of information.

Nunes' disclosure on Wednesday created a major rift in a committee already racked with tension. After Nunes' press conferences, Schiff declared that he had "grave concerns" and suggested Nunes was acting as a "surrogate for Trump". He questioned whether Nunes could be a fair and independent manager of the Russia-Trump probe. "A credible investigation cannot be conducted this way," he said in a statement.

Nunes and other Republicans on the committee have downplayed the Trump-Russia scandal. At Monday's hearing, they focused almost entirely on the subject of the leak of classified information that revealed that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied when he denied he had spoken to the Russian ambassador about the sanctions Obama imposed on Russia for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. (Right after the hearing, Nunes even said he had never heard of Carter Page and Roger Stone, two main figures in the scandal.) Democrats, on the other hand, zeroed in on Russia's attack on the election and the connections between Trump associates and Russia. After Nunes' press conferences on Wednesday, Schiff insisted that there is more than circumstantial evidence now" of coordination between Moscow and Trump associates. (On Wednesday night, CNN reported the FBI "has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign."

"Best to let Republicans vote on the legislation and suffer whatever political consequences ensue"

Progressives Plan Day Of Obamacare Activism As House Prepares To Vote On Repeal


House Democrats have decided not to throw up last-minute procedural obstacles to delay the bill, according to Politico. The caucus has instead calculated that it is best to let Republicans vote on the legislation and suffer whatever political consequences ensue.

Democrats Exploring Deal With McConnell On Gorsuch Nomination

Democrats Exploring Deal With McConnell On Gorsuch Nomination

WASHINGTON ― Democratic senators are quietly contemplating cutting a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): giving him an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if he restores the 60-vote requirement for advancing district and circuit court nominees.

That’s just one proposal being floated as part of ongoing conversations between more than half a dozen Senate Democrats, according to two Democratic aides familiar with the talks. Another proposal is offering to confirm Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from McConnell to preserve the 60-vote threshold just for future Supreme Court nominees, a source told The Huffington Post, and which Politico also reported on Wednesday.

So far, the talks remain very preliminary. Leadership isn’t a part of the group exploring such an arrangement, and there haven’t been any conversations with McConnell himself or other GOP senators. Instead, it is more of an organic dialogue among rank-and-file Democrats looking ahead to Gorsuch’s confirmation vote in the next two weeks.

But the objective among these Democrats is to preserve the filibuster ― the party’s only real leverage while in the minority, with the fear being that McConnell will remove it if Gorsuch’s nomination is blocked. The thinking among the group is that McConnell will end up just shy of the 60 votes he needs to advance the Gorsuch nomination, with all 52 Republicans likely to vote for him and a handful of moderate Democrats likely to join. McConnell has hinted that he’s prepared to nix the filibuster rule altogether if he can’t hit 60 votes. That would mean that going forward, it would only take 51 votes to advance a Supreme Court nominee.


Trump regrets that Nunes news conference "probably got obliterated by what's happened in London"

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