Republican senators bussed to White House to talk to Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on his Trumpcare bill brought out a wave of “I’m opposed to this bill” from some surprising quarters. Like Kansas’s Jerry Moran, who is not anywhere near even moderate in his politics, but says the “bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support.” Less surprisingly, Shelley Moore Capito (WV) tweets that it “doesn’t do enough to combat opioid epidemic, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, harms rural health care providers.” She has three heavy lifts she’s laying down as her line, so that’s a big deal.

Susan Collins (ME), too, is saying she’s not going to budge, whatever they do with the bill, telling reporters after McConnell announced his delay, “It’s difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill.” Rob Portman (OH) is opposed to this version but expresses his willingness to keep working. Nevada’s Dean Heller has been pretty mum. Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski says she’s ready to start working with Democrats on a whole new bill.

So with that in mind, check out who had to sit next to popular vote loser Donald Trump in the hastily-convened White House meeting, which is still going on.

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.@realDonaldTrump meets with GOP members of the Senate to discuss healthcare. #HealthcareBill pic.twitter.com/MHBvsMLS0D

— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) June 27, 2017

There’s Heller, Collins, and Murkowski planted right there by Trump, and not looking so thrilled at the proximity. Trump might not be providing the pep talk McConnell was hoping for. “If we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like and that’s OK,” he told the senators while reporters were still in the room. It could be an entirely different message once the doors were closed, but that doesn’t sound like he’s particularly engaged.

McConnell’s new plan, by the way, is to have a revisions made and the bill ready to go back to the CBO by Friday. That’s not a lot of time for a balance to be struck here.

Make your Republican Senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to ripping health care away from millions of Americans. No on Trumpcare. Then, tell us how it went.

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At one point in Donald Trump’s nascent administration, Republicans and White House aides alike tried to dismiss the Don’s tweets as a “just tweets.” But by June 6, the inimitable press secretary Sean Spicer was endorsing Trump’s thumbsy missives as “official statements.”

Last Friday, the White House went beyond simply calling Trump’s tweets “official,” actually quoting from his Twitter feed in response to an inquiry from the House Intelligence Committee:

“Dear Congressman Conaway and Ranking Member Schiff,” wrote Trump’s legislative affairs director, Marc Short, on official White House letterhead. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: ‘With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” (emphasis added)

Let’s just ignore the obvious obfuscation of “I have no idea” and also the reporting that the White House counsel reviewed the language of that tweet he deployed. Beyond all that, the White House is now responding to official Congressional inquiries with letters quoting “statements”—otherwise known as tweets—from Trump. In other words, Trump’s tweets are now synonymous with official White House statements, and not just because Spicey says so.

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Do you know people who like to watch horror movies? It’s puzzling why people want to have the bejeezus scared out of them, but to each his own. When it comes to politics, however, fear is a useful thing. In fact, there’s no better way to divert the attention of people away from, for example, the fact that you’re about to take health coverage from their family than by telling them a scary story that preys on their pre-existing fears. That’s the Trump campaign and presidency in a nutshell. Recently, the Daily Caller—founded by Bill O’Reilly’s replacement, Tucker Carlson—offered a textbook example of how it’s done.

Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using The Wrong Gender Pronouns

Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

That panic-inducing headline and introduction appeared atop a Daily Caller article. Big, bad, trans bullies—and their mollycoddling progressive allies—are going to police language and throw people in the clink if they fail to use “they” when they are supposed to. At least that’s what this right-wing website is peddling to its readers. It’s a mad, mad world out there, and the only way to stop our cultural decline is to vote against liberals and for the party led by a man who believes he can put his short fingers up any short skirt he likes, with or without the consent of the person wearing it.

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