Ever since the legislative battle over the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care has dominated the political landscape in the United States. First, the bruising fight to enact the Affordable Care Act. It was followed by the equally bruising battle over its implementation, which has lingered on. Early on, it brought with it dramatic electoral losses by Democrats at both the federal and state levels, which handed Republicans control of both chambers of Congress as well as many governorships and state legislatures.RELATED READ: This free test can measure your intelligence in 10 minutesYet after two years of full-on assaults on the health law under unified Republican control in Washington, D.C., health care was once more a dominant issue for most voters. This time around, health care appears to have helped Democrats with significant increases in the House of Representatives as well as many state races. As Republicans expand their majority in the Senate and with President … [Read more...] about The votes have been counted, the results are (mostly) in: What’s next for health care?
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NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, swooped into Tennessee on Sunday for a rally with Republican Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn, an event interrupted repeatedly by a group of activists who were later hauled away by security, attendees or police out of the Nashville venue. Interruptions from the seven demonstrators began as state Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden sought to introduce U.S. Rep. Blackburn, a staunch conservative and sometimes GOP firebrand who is squaring off with former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen in a close campaign that's generated national attention. As several demonstrators began shouting, the Republican throng at country music artist Ray Stevens' CabaRay Showroom chanted back with "USA, USA, USA" in an effort to drown out the protesters. Protesters were escorted, dragged or carried out. When Blackburn asked for a moment of silence in memory of 11 people killed Saturday in a Pittsburgh synagogue by a gunman shouting anti-Semitic … [Read more...] about Demonstrators erupt at Blackburn Senate rally with Graham
Republican women have faced a conundrum repeatedly in the last two years. In the cases of Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Brett Kavanaugh, the question facing them has been whether to support a male Republican leader accused of sexual assault – or to press for male accountability. That was evident most recently when Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine, spoke for 45 minutes on the Senate floor earlier this month. Collins explained why she voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.MORE NEWS: Are the 'Proud Boys' coming to Washington Square Park next month?The length and detail of her speech reflected her quandary. If she voted no, she would disappoint her fellow Republicans. If she voted yes, women might see her as a gender traitor, one who did not, as a popular hashtag describes, #BelieveSurvivors. The rapid succession of such cases has likely led some to question whether someone can both be … [Read more...] about Republican women are just fine, thank you, with being Republican
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — Democrats are seizing on a report detailing a nearly dollar-for-dollar balance between two decades of tax cuts benefiting the wealthiest one percent and proposed GOP spending cuts to the nation’s social safety net programs. It could provide new fuel to Democratic candidates just two weeks before the midterm elections and comes on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments last week about the need to overhaul entitlement programs in order to reduce the federal deficit. Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee issued the study, based on calculations by the non-profit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, late last week. It shows that the estimated $2 trillion cost of the Bush and Trump-era tax cuts through 2025 is the same amount which Republicans have proposed cutting from … [Read more...] about Democrats find new ways to talk about entitlement cuts in campaign’s closing days
Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post Published 3:20 am PDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 President Donald Trump at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2018. President Donald Trump at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2018. President Donald Trump at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker. Trump seeks to make the election about him, even if some don't want it to be 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is not on the ballot this … [Read more...] about Trump seeks to make the election about him, even if some don’t want it to be