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The Trump administration is now calling for the entire Affordable Care Act to be thrown out.

The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be scrapped, signaling a shift in the Justice Department's position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed," three Justice Department lawyers wrote to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the case. "[T]he United States is not urging that any portion of the district court's judgment be reversed."

The GOP-led states that initially brought the lawsuit, Texas v. United States, had called for the entire law to be invalidated because Congress eliminated its individual insurance mandate penalty — an argument that swayed U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee.

The Trump administration had previously argued that only elements of the ACA, like its protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, should be struck down but that other parts of the law could stand.


This is so cruel! Wasn't there a blue wave in 2018 because of healthcare? For people worried about the Mueller report, don't worry, Trump is going to sabotage himself.

The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers



The biggest lesson from the Mueller probe? It's about character. John Podesta

Beyond the president’s well-practiced braggadocio, what have we actually learned from Robert S. Mueller III’s 674-day investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president’s conduct and approach to national security once in office?

Well, we know that Russia’s campaign to help elect Donald Trump was a multimillion-dollar sophisticated campaign directed by the Kremlin and carried out by, among others, senior members of Russian military intelligence. Mueller indicted 26 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in that effort.We know that the Trump campaign and transition team were in contact with Russia-linked operatives more than 100 times and had at least 28 meetings.

We know that in July 2016, candidate Trump called on the Russians to continue to break U.S. law and, as uncovered by Mueller, we now know that they promptly did. Notwithstanding those facts, Mueller concluded that he could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Trump campaign and the Russians engaged in a criminal conspiracy. The public must await the release of the full report to understand Mueller’s reasoning on why the many contacts and the encouragement still fell short of criminal conspiracy.

Still, the biggest immediate lesson people can take away from this investigation is about the character of the two protagonists. Mueller conducted his service to the American public with the highest level of nonpartisan professionalism, integrity, respect for the rule of law and concern for our country’s national security. And then there is Trump. The American people would do well to remember the difference if Trump’s name is on the ballot in 2020.


Gary Kasparov on why proving collusion with Russia is hard.


The private-state nature of corrupt criminal dictatorships like Putin's Russia confounds law enforcement the way hybrid war confounds traditional military response.

Putin uses his oligarchs as emissaries to corrupt, cultivate, and compromise foreign business people and politicians. But they aren't officially state actors. It's a mafia using a nation for cover.

So Trump's campaign manager sharing data with a Ukrainian loyal to the Kremlin or a billionaire crony of Putin isn't "conspiring with Russia" only in the most technical, least accurate sense.

This pattern has repeated all over. Loans to Western politicians & parties with Russian backing, millions in donations from private citizens. Technically very little of it is "Russia," but it's always Putin.

Defending will require transparency, unity, and a commitment to strengthening the institutions Putin exploits so easily. It will also require fighting back on terms a mafia responds to.

As with Trump's power grabs post-election, there is a lot of work to do so that the letter of the law matches the spirit of the law. If winning an election after asking for and receiving the aid of a hostile foreign power isn't illegal, it sure as hell should be.

Campaign finance reform, full financial disclosure, eliminating potential conflicts of interest. Running for office or running a country for personal gain must be proscribed if real democracy is to survive.

Putin and his imitators are good at finding the gray areas of public/private, legal/illegal, media/propaganda, and they exploit every gap. Legal systems & news orgs in the free world are bound by strict rules & traditions of fair play.


There was an op ed in the NYT last year by exFBI agent Clint Watts on this subject. He wrote that Russia has decades of experience using influence campaigns and they always build in plausible deniability. They would never use an intelligence agent or state actor to approach a high profile person like Trump but businessmen, lawyers etc. This way if they’re discovered , it’s not the “Russian state “ that can be accused of doing the influencing.

Trump is still a corrupt, shit tier human being and nothing will change that.

Still a lot of investigating to do. Even without the Russia stuff there are plenty of reasons that prove that Trump is the worst President in my lifetime and shouldn't hold the office.

Barr was in a rush to shape public view of this report


Barr’s rush to use this short letter to shape public views of what Mueller found — *without* releasing *what Mueller found* — sheds more light on his unusual “this weekend” timeline

Sen Blumenthal said high probability of additional indictments of Trump's family

maybe not through the DOJ but in other districts. He's on Ari Melber right now.

Barr sent a letter to Congressional leaders saying he may be able to advise them of conclusions

Barr notified congressional leaders in a letter that said he is "reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principle conclusions as soon as this weekend."


Barr also says he intends to consult with Mueller and with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."

Peter Carr of the Special Counsel says they haven't provided any guidance on timing of report


Just to spell this out, the spokesman for the special counsel's office says they haven't provided any guidance on the timing of their report. Either someone has gotten a shop that doesn't leak to leak, or it's coming from other sources with undisclosed motivations.

Damn, Pete Buttigieg is impressive

He was just being grilled on Morning Joe and had well thought out policies and explained the pathways he'd use to get those policies passed. I didn't pay that much attention to him at first but the more I listen to him the more I like him.
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