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Republican who wants journalists jailed for publishing leaks revealed classified intel during...

Source: RawStory

Republican who wants journalists jailed for publishing leaks revealed classified intel during Russia hearing

24 MAR 2017 AT 13:26 ET

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King (NY) leaked classified information during Monday’s public hearing on the FBI investigation into connections between Pres. Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.

According to Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker, in a little-noticed moment of the five-hour hearing, King revealed to the world what members of the House Intelligence Committee could only read in a classified report, “that historically Russians have supported Republicans.”

A Democrat on the Intelligence Committee told Lizza that this revelation has been the subject of a major debate among the 16 spy agencies that are known collectively as the intelligence community or IC, but that debate has been kept out of the public eye. Republicans, the House member said, would not want the public to know that Russia considers the U.S. a weaker adversary under GOP rule.

“I was really taken aback that it came up in the hearing,” said the representative. “I might just observe to you, if there was such a conclusion, you can bet that the Republicans would have pushed back very, very hard about such a conclusion. And I don’t want to say more than that.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/republican-who-wants-journalists-jailed-for-publishing-leaks-revealed-classified-intel-during-russia-hearing/

Paul Ryan rushed to the White House to tell Trump he does not have the votes to repeal Obamacare

Paul Ryan rushed to the White House to tell President Trump he does not have the votes to pass the repeal of Obamacare


WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, facing a revolt among conservative and moderate Republicans, rushed to the White House Friday afternoon to inform President Trump he did not have the votes to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to decide whether to pull the bill from consideration.

The president and the speaker faced the humiliating prospect of a major defeat on legislation promised for seven years, since the landmark health legislation was signed into law. President Trump had demanded a vote regardless, which has been scheduled for Friday afternoon. But House leaders were leaning against such a public loss.

The House opened debate Friday on what would have been one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in years, a bill that would have rolled back a major, established social welfare program, a feat that is almost unheard of.

The Republican legislation, called the American Health Care Act, would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that almost everyone have health care, replacing it with a system of age-based tax credits to purchase health insurance — a shift that would save the government hundreds of billions of dollars and would cut taxes, but could leave 24 million more Americans without coverage in a decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.


Pro-Trump Sites Take Aim At Ryan As Obamacare Repeal Bill Hangs In Balance

By ALLEGRA KIRKLAND Published MARCH 24, 2017, 12:54 PM EDT

Defenders of President Donald Trump were taking aim at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the hours before Republicans were scheduled to vote Friday on their troubled Obamacare repeal bill.

Both Drudge Report and Breitbart News, conservative news sites that full-throatedly backed Trump’s campaign, prominently criticized the American Health Care Act and distanced the White House from it on their homepages.

Pundit Ann Coulter brought her characteristic light touch to the conversation, telling Fox News' Tucker Carlson in a late Wednesday interview that Trump was following "Paul Ryan's priorities."

"I will not hold the Emperor God Trump responsible for this Obamacare-lite bill, but for Pete's sake," Coulter exclaimed.

“House Sets Risky Health Vote: Pass It To Know What’s In It,” read the splash at the Drudge Report Thursday morning, below a photograph of a sheepish-looking Ryan. The sub-headline was a not-so-subtle reference to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) 2010 remark about Obamacare, which she said voters needed to weigh after the “fog of the controversy” over the law had dissipated. Her comment was seized on for for years by critics who said the law was overly complicated.


Can Trump Roll the House Freedom Caucus?

Can Trump Roll the House Freedom Caucus?

March 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

Playbook: “There are signs in the Freedom Caucus that their bloc of ‘no’ votes is dwindling. They are expected to hold a bunch of members against the bill — but not nearly as many as they previously thought. Many of them huddled until late in the Capitol, trying to get their bearings and decide whether they really have the gumption to cross Trump. (Many of them don’t care about the president or his threats. Same goes for many of the moderates against the legislation.)”

“But some members of the conservative group who were opposed to the bill seem eager to please their president — despite their loud and staunch opposition. Watch what Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) does. If he votes yes, he’ll be seen as easy to roll. The Freedom Caucus drove a hard bargain. And yes, they’ve won some significant concessions. But if they flip, they’ll show they can be cowed just by the president walking away. That’s a good preview of his power, and a show in the shift of the dynamics in D.C.”



Do Senate Republicans Want This Bill to Pass?

March 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “Don’t miss what Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, tweeted last night: ‘FYI: The Byrd Rule is actually a law.’ Translation for those unfamiliar with Senate arcana: The legislation that House Republicans are trying to pass probably don’t meet the rules that can avoid a Senate filibuster.”

“Think about it, Cornyn is warning his House colleagues that this legislation can’t pass the Senate. And that’s precisely what Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated earlier this month: ‘I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, ‘Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.'”



Is Steve Bannon Sabotaging the Health Bill?

March 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

Gabriel Sherman: “The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare would be a stinging defeat for Trump. But it would be an even bigger defeat for Paul Ryan, who has all but staked his Speakership on passing this bill. And in the hall of mirrors that is Washington, the big winner to emerge out of the health-care debacle could be Steve Bannon. That’s because Bannon has been waging war against Ryan for years. For Bannon, Ryan is the embodiment of the ‘globalist-corporatist’ Republican elite. A failed bill would be Bannon’s best chance yet to topple Ryan and advance his nationalist-populist economic agenda.”

“Publicly, Bannon has been working to help the bill pass. But privately he’s talked it down in recent days. According to a source close to the White House, Bannon said that he’s unhappy with the Ryan bill because it ‘doesn’t drive down costs’ and was ‘written by the insurance industry.’ While the bill strips away many of Obamacare’s provisions, it does not go as far as Bannon would wish to ‘deconstruct the administrative state’ in the realm of health care. Furthermore, Bannon has been distancing himself from the bill to insulate himself from political fallout of it failing. He’s told people that Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn — a West Wing rival — has run point on it.”



The GOP Has a Nuclear Option on Health Care

March 24, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

Rick Klein and Shushannah Walshe: “Want to really blow up the Senate – and fast? A new proposal is emerging that would likely do just that, and it has nothing to do with Senate Democrats’ vow to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A proposal is being pushed by some Senate Republicans that would seek to ensure that a House-passed bill could be passed intact by only a simple majority of senators.”

“How would that work? Well, the vice president, of course, is the president of the Senate. The thinking goes that if the Senate parliamentarian ruled that parts of the bill can’t be folded into budget reconciliation, Vice President Mike Pence could simply overrule that. Sen. Rand Paul wants the White House to make that commitment now: ‘That alone, I think, would break the logjam,’ he told reporters Thursday. Perhaps, but that’s not all it would break. This would be the executive branch’s changing the rules of the upper legislative body. Filibusters could be broken, perhaps in any circumstance, at the whim of the vice president. In honor of a certain former veep, that would be a BFD.”



Republicans Unsure Health Care Bill Can Pass Hours Before Vote


Things are still extremely shaky for the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is slated for a late Friday afternoon vote in the House of Representatives. An unscheduled trip by Speaker Paul Ryan to the White House to meet with President Trump suggests that even leadership isn't sure it has the votes.

A last-minute package of amendments designed to appease both hardline conservatives and moderates has alienated some of both, and Republican leaders and the President are signaling uncertainty about the bill's passage. The morning also saw a major defection: House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).

"Honestly, I'm not sure we've landed it," Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), the chair of the 170-member Republican Study Committee, told reporters Friday morning. "I'm hopeful we can get there today but at this point I don't know how many we are short."

With hours to go before the vote, and with their own and their party's reputation on the line, Republicans were unsure who among them would back the legislation and who would oppose it.


GOP 'NO' Vote On O'Care Repeal Pleads: 'Please Stopping Calling Hourly'

By MATT SHUHAM Published MARCH 24, 2017, 12:37 PM EDT

A New Jersey Republican congressman has asked his constituents to stop calling his office to advocate against the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill – because he’s already committed to voting against it.

“My vote is a NO so please stopping calling hourly,” Rep. Frank LoBiondo wrote on Twitter. “Won't be arm-twisted to yes.”



LoBiondo said in a statement on Wednesday that he would vote against the White House's and House Republican leadership’s preferred bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Simply put, this bill does not meet the standards of what was promised,” he said. “It is not as good as or better than what we currently have. Accordingly, I will vote no on this healthcare plan.”

On Friday, in a post on his Facebook page, LoBiondo said the changes made to the bill Thursday – seen as an effort to wrangle votes from the conservative wing of the party – “STRENGTHEN MY NO VOTE.”


'The Republican Party is a Disgrace' 'They Can't Govern' : Fox's Stuart Varney Hammers GOP

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