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Source: The Week

Why is the government shutting down The same reason it always does.

Today 10:50 GMT

It is fitting somehow that President Trump’s announcement that he would be "proud" to shut down parts of the federal government in the hope of securing funds for a border wall came just as a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

We could simply invest the executive with the power to approve funding for federal agencies if Congress does not present him with a budget.

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Source: The Week

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets it

Today 09:54 GMT

That's why it's so heartening to see leftist champion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) considering backing a primary challenge to fellow New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D), who recently beat Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Editor's note: A previous version of this article misstated the direction of the donation between Lee and Ocasio-Cortez. It's going to be a fight, so let's have that fight — as AOC would have it, in fair elections.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump made the conservative dream of remaking the federal judiciary true

Today 10:50 GMT

Yet there is one area in which Trump has made the long-held dreams of his conservative supporters come true: the remaking of the federal judiciary.

The presidency of Donald Trump has had very mixed results for those of his supporters who hoped he would deliver conservative policy priorities. Trump’s scandals and high-octane promotion of white identity politics have sucked up all the available oxygen.

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Source: Fox News

Comey asked about Obama's awareness of Hillary Clinton's missing emails, House GOP transcript shows

Today 07:00 GMT

Transcripts of former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door testimony before House Republicans has raised questions over how Barack Obama could have determined that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server didn't imperil national security if the FBI never briefed him on the investigation.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Ky., asked Comey if he had ever spoken with Obama about the Clinton email investigation, to which the ex-FBI chief replied, “No.”

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Source: The Week

Republicans have become their own caricature of postmodernism

Today 10:50 GMT

If there is any political faction that behaves like the most hysterically exaggerated caricature of postmodernism, it is the current Republican Party.

Let us at least be clear that if anyone is introducing moral relativism into American society, and undermining shared understandings of basic facts, it is the Republican Party.

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Source: Fox News

Why some conservatives don't like the ruling against ObamaCare

Today 07:00 GMT

Conservatives who have long despised ObamaCare might be expected to rejoice now that a federal judge in Texas has ruled the law unconstitutional.

"No one opposes ObamaCare more than we do," says The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, but the ruling "is likely to be overturned on appeal and may boomerang politically on Republicans." Conservatives who have long despised ObamaCare might be expected to rejoice now that a federal judge in Texas has ruled the law unconstitutional.

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Source: Common Domain

Texas ruling over Obamacare is wrong to claim that without the insurance mandate, the health-care law can’t survive

Monday 23:40 GMT

The ruling by a federal judge in Texas that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional — and therefore the entire law is invalid — whistles past a new economic reality.

With or without the mandate, the insurance markets created by the ACA are stable and providing coverage for millions of Americans who otherwise would be courting financial ruin when a health crisis strikes.

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Source: Fox News

‘SNL' is tougher on Trump than past presidents, but NBC won’t let up anytime soon, experts say

Tuesday 02:25 GMT

McCall says Trump is an easy target and mocking him fits the “political objectives of the ‘SNL’ hierarchy,” so viewers shouldn’t expect the NBC program to tone it down anytime soon since it's not illegal to lampoon the president.

The Washington Post recently examined at how past presidents have handled being parodied by “SNL,” which noted that Ford didn’t appreciate being portrayed as a klutz but “embraced the shtick” for the most part – which is the strategy of most presidents.

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Source: Common Domain

The Texas Obamacare ruling’s biggest impact could be on insurance costs

Monday 10:49 GMT

A Texas judge’s ruling late Friday that the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring everyone be insured is unconstitutional and therefore the law doesn’t stand will almost certainly not stand on appeal, as most legal scholars agree.

J.B. Silvers is a professor of health finance at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management & School of Medicine.

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Source: Fox News

Steve Hilton: Hey, Trump haters (on both sides) could you just admit that this is a successful presidency?

Tuesday 02:24 GMT

Look, the point here is this: We'll never persuade the Trump haters on the left and the right to change their feelings about the president.

Even for a day or so over Christmas - that on the facts, on policy, on the substance, that this is, so far, a pretty successful presidency?

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Source: Common Domain

California Upends 2020 Democratic Primary Calendar

Tuesday 07:09 GMT

When Iowa Democrats hold their February 2020 presidential caucuses, millions of Californians will already have their primary ballots.

Following the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary—two predominately-white electorates that are the traditional vetters of presidential candidates—at least six of the next nine states on the 2020 calendar will take Democrats through a swath of states where black and Hispanic Democrats dominate primary elections, including Texas.

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Source: Common Domain

Ryan Zinke’s Departure Unlikely to Shift Agency’s Direction

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

Many of Ryan Zinke’s biggest policy changes remain unfinished as he prepares to depart as head of the Interior Department, though his deputy and possible successor appears likely to continue along a similar route.

While the Trump administration would be unlikely to nominate a candidate with fundamentally different priorities, Democratic lawmakers and interest groups could use the confirmation process to call for a shift in approach.

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Source: The Guradian

Beto O'Rourke poses growing threat to fellow Democrats with 2020 hopes

Tuesday 02:24 GMT

Beto O’Rourke, the congressman who fell just shy of defeating the Texas senator Ted Cruz, appears to be the exception and his 2020 prospects are already sending ripples through what promises to be a remarkable and intense contest.

A meeting between O’Rourke and Obama, held last month at the former president’s Washington office, intensified speculation over the prospects of a Beto 2020 campaign. Some activists said the Texan was winning over voters and activists in key battleground states long before he became a serious threat to any likely Democratic opponents.

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Source: Fox News

Obama pushes for ObamaCare enrollments after Texas judge deems law unconstitutional

Monday 00:34 GMT

California and other several other stated with opposing views on ObamaCare are likely to challenge the new ruling through an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor dealt a blow to Obama’s 2012 health care initiative on Friday after 20 states, including Texas, argued that they had been hurt by a jump in the numbers of people utilizing state-backed insurance.

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Source: Fox News

Dr. Marc Siegel: ObamaCare is here for now, but needs to become more effective to survive

Monday 08:58 GMT

Whether or not it is ultimately deemed unconstitutional, the Affordable Care Act must evolve into something more effective and actually affordable or it will not survive.

While Saturday was the last day for signing up for ObamaCare through healthcare.gov for 2019, people can still enroll through state exchanges in Rhode Island until Dec. 23 and enrollment ends in January in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Washington, D.C.. Nearly 12 million people have signed up for ObamaCare – officially known as the Affordable Care Act – this year.


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