Trump, Ryan Lose the Game of Chicken

After telling House Republicans that it was today or never, that they either vote for the Obamacare replacement bill or they're going to leave Obamacare in place and move on to other things, Trump and Paul Ryan lost that game of chicken and pulled the bill rather than lose the vote. … [Read more...]

Wiles Has a Banner Day of WTF

Rick Wiles had what was, even for him, a red letter day when it comes to making bizarre statements. In one radio show he claimed that Rep. Nunes had vindicated Trump's wiretap lie (wrong), that the London attack was a false flag to distract from that, and that Obama is hiding out on a Polynesian island to avoid arrest. … [Read more...]

Trump Voters Doubling Down on Their Support

Trump's approval ratings are at historic lows for a president this early in his term, but those who voted for him are not only sticking by him, the litany of lies, scandals and stupid things he's said has actually made them like him more, not less. … [Read more...]

Finally, a Teacher is Fired for Bullying Student Over Pledge of Allegiance

Since the American Humanist Association began asking students to come forward if they are not allowed to refuse to say the pledge of allegiance in public schools, we've seen many such cases around the country. Finally, one bullying teacher has been fired over it. … [Read more...]

Trump Lies in Interview About His Lies

I don't know how Time magazine managed to get Donald Trump to do an interview specifically about his total disregard for the truth, but they did. And they pitched it to him as exactly that. Predictably, he said a lot of false things while claiming he never says false things. But his main argument was that in each case, he read it somewhere and is therefore absolved of any responsibility for whether it's true or not. A couple examples. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Vote on Friday, May Let Obamacare Stay

In a truly stunning development, Donald Trump demanded that the House schedule a vote on the health care bill today even though it's not likely to pass. And his budget director says that if that vote fails, he is prepared to move on to other things and leave Obamacare alone. … [Read more...]

CBO: Amendments to Republican Health Care Bill Make It Worse

The Congressional Budget Office updated its scoring on the Republican Obamacare replacement bill to include changes made earlier this week in an attempt to win over the votes of those who don't like the bill. The conclusion: Those changes make the bill worse, not better. … [Read more...]

Trump: Paul Manafort? Never Heard of the Guy

Now that it's been proven that former Trump campaign chairman was paid by a Russian billionaire and that he explicitly said that his work would benefit Vladimir Putin directly, Trump and his people are pretending that Manafort barely existed and had little to do with the campaign. First, the evidence against Manafort: … [Read more...]

Root: Ignore the Victims of the Healthcare Bill

Deranged Trump sycophant Wayne Allyn Root, former VP candidate for the Libertarian Party, has some advice for Trump: Ignore the 24 million people who will lose insurance because of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill because those people wouldn't vote for him anyway. … [Read more...]

Trump Sycophants Play Pretend After Bizarre Nunes ‘Revelations’

It was an absolutely bizarre scene on Wednesday as Rep. Devin Nunes went to the White House to inform the target of his committee's investigation about "new" evidence that had come to light. Even more bizarre, though entirely predictable, was the extremely dishonest reaction from right-wing pundits. … [Read more...]

Ryan, Trump Fail to Pass Obamacare Replacement Bill

After swearing for days that there would be a vote on Thursday in the House on the Obamacare replacement bill, and that they had the votes to pass it, the Republican leadership had to cancel the vote, primarily because the far-right Tea Partiers in the chamber don't think the bill is sadistic enough yet. … [Read more...]

Why Trump is Both Terrible At and Uninterested In Diplomacy

We knew during the campaign that Donald Trump knows less than nothing about foreign policy and diplomacy, but it has become clear in only the first few weeks of his presidency that he's both terrible at it and completely disinterested in it. James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders at Foreign Affairs explain why: … [Read more...]