Bill Maher had strong words for President Donald Trump and his administration following Friday’s announcement that the GOP had pulled their replacement healthcare plan from the floor of the House. “The Trump approach to health care was never going to be repeal and replace,” Maher said during Friday’s episode of Real Time. “It was always bait and switch. “The last version, they had cut hospitalization, doctor visits, maternity, mental health, lab tests, prescr...
Lena Yelagina, owner of an apartment in Trump Tower that was listed for rental on Airbnb until early this month, has received a summons from the city of New York seeking a $1,000 fine for illegally advertising the unit. The fine, as reported by the New York Times, was levied under rules issued last year that ban not only short-term apartment rentals, but even the advertising of such opportunities. That rule hasn't yet had its intended effect, as many full New York apartments are still listed on ...
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner‘s new neighbors in Washington, D.C. are not happy with the couple’s presence. After an initially welcoming reception, residents of D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood have taken to writing emails to city officials protesting the installation of several “No Parking” signs that have extended past Trump and Kushner’s house to the fronts of their own homes to accommodate Secret Service vehicles, according to the Washington Post. “I st...
(DENVER) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It’s the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its weed market...
California’s government agency responsible for maintaining healthy air quality voted on Friday to adopt stricter emissions standards for automobiles, essentially daring President Donald Trump to confront the state in a legal battle over climate change. The unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board has the support of a number of top politicians in the state, including Gov. Jerry Brown and several mayors, all of whom have pledged to resist the President’s potentially damagin...
(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 t...
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump‘s accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn’t give up on anything easily. A look at how that sensational charge and a variety of other statements by the president — on the failed “Obama...
A member of President Donald Trump’s transition team says he needs to do more to roll back climate regulations — and fast. Myron Ebell, Trump’s former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition chief, said Friday at a conference held by the Heartland Institute that he was “anxious” for Trump to fulfill his promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and undo the scientific and legal basis for regulating carbon dioxide emissions. Trump has barely been in off...
Some accuse President Trump of betraying his working-class supporters when they mention the number of billionaires and former bankers in his Cabinet.  Nonsense! Trump cozying up to America’s financial oligarchy simply reflects his desire to appoint only the best and brightest; it’s not his fault that they all happen to be extremely wealthy and work for one particular investment bank. The real scandal came this morning when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dropped the following bo...
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) suffered a stunning defeat in the House of Representatives on Friday after GOP leaders pulled the bill from the floor. But that doesn’t mean the health law it was attempting to dismantle and supplant, Obamacare, is quite out of the woods. While it’s possible the demise of the House GOP health care bill, or Trumpcare, doesn’t preclude the Republican Congress from revisiting health care reform, the early signals don’t suggest it’s s...
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats on Friday for the failure of the GOP health care bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act. House Republicans withdrew the bill on Friday after it became clear they lacked the votes for it to pass, a development that served a major setback to their consistent promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has majorities in both the House and Senate. “Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today...
The decision to cancel a vote to repeal major chunks of the Affordable Care Act was a humbling moment for President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Their failure to repeal the law on Friday came on the heels of an intra-party revolt between conservatives and moderates, laying bare deep divisions in the GOP despite its control of Washington. Republicans seized the White House and both chambers of Congress on the core promise of repealing the controversial healthcare law, and proved unable to...
President Donald Trump faulted Democrats on Friday over the failure of the Republican health care bill. House Republicans withdrew the bill Friday, when it became clear they lacked the votes for it to pass — a blow to their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today, because we’ll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes,” Trum...
After continuously denying any communication to his father about the Trump business empire, Eric Trump now says he will give the President financial updates on the business every quarter. The President's son, who now runs the Trump Organization with his brother, Donald Jr., told Forbes about his plans to communicate with President Donald Trump about the financial status of the business immediately after denying he would do so. Trump told Forbes he would update the president "on the bottom line,...
During the phone calls, which came to House Speaker Paul Ryan at all hours, President Trump had one question more than any other: When can you get Obamacare repealed? The details didn’t much matter for Trump. He wanted a victory. It turned out that dismantling a law affecting one-sixth of the U.S. economy was a lot more popular as a slogan than as legislation, and that victory proved difficult to secure. Republicans’ made their first stab toward repeal on Friday, only to have the e...
Enlarge / President Donald Trump and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. (credit: White House) Charter CEO Tom Rutledge met with President Donald Trump today, and he made a splashy promise to "invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years." But Charter, the second biggest US cable company after Comcast, was already planning broadband expansions during the Obama administration. When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks 10 months ago, it a...
House Republicans and the White House were dealt an embarrassing blow Thursday as they were forced to reschedule the vote on their replacement for Obamacare to Friday afternoon. Still short on votes for the American Health Care Act, the White House and GOP leadership issued an ultimatum Thursday evening to those who have yet to support the bill, informing them that the time for negotiating is over: they can either vote for the first GOP repeal measure which stands a prayer of passing, or allow...
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Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S. President Richard Nixon operatives undertook dirty tricks, then broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate off...
Personal data from protesters' devices including photographs will be available to all the defendants' lawyers via a cloud portal