“Despite Donald Trump’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, a record-breaking number of Americans enrolled in Obamacare insurance plans in the early days of open enrollment, a new report indicates.
“The reason I say it’s revealing is that one phrase: “I am not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing.” Clearly, what Trump would love to be doing is persecuting his defeated political rival. Whether he would love to do that out of simple sadism or because he thinks it would effectively intimidate those who are investigating him or simply to muddy the waters is unknown. To do it based upon discredited disinformation created by Fox News and various Republican operatives, working together in what has basically become his personal propaganda operation, makes it all the more chilling. This is the work of a dictator in a banana republic, not the elected leader of a major Western democracy. MORE
“Democrats across the country, reeling from last year’s election loss, are investing their hopes in novice candidates like Walbridge—not just to make gains in a bellwether state like Virginia and send a message to Trump, but to claw out of the enormous hole that their long, nationwide neglect of local races has dug for the party.” MORE
“Trump Jr. took the meeting, which was also attended by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, after being told that the information on Clinton was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,’’ according to emails he released in response to the Times’ reporting.” MORE