Mar 27, 2017

Freedom Caucus: We helped Trump by rejecting Trumpcare

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Alysaa Farah, spokeswoman for the Freedom Caucus, launched a Tweetstorm Monday outlining "a few AHCA" thoughts in a series of 9 tweets:

"If you're writing the Freedom Caucus killed the AHCA, you're ignoring a dozen + moderates who were 'Nos' - including a Committee Chairman... any1 familiar w/ Cap Hill knows the public # of moderate "no's" was likely a fraction of those that'd be no once the bill started going down... From the get-go, this bill lacked the coalition support needed: everyone from Heritage to Club 4 Growth to AARP opposed the AHCA... There is no excuse for Republicans passing a plan that fails to bring down premiums ASAP. That is our obligation. Period... 'Governing' doesn't mean passing bad policy. The AHCA was poorly rolled out, pushed thru on an artificial deadline & bad 4 American families... By failing to undo large portions of Obamacare, the AHCA would've made the GOP complicit in further entrenching the disaster of Obamacare... Politically, the GOP should thank the cons & mods who helped stop this bill 4 not sending them in midterms w/ higher premiums under AHCA... The HFC roots for Trump's success. The group could not in good conscience send him into '20 reelection w/back-to-back yrs of higher premiums."

Quick take: Farah argues that the Freedom Caucus didn't kill the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan. Rather, it helped prevent a bad healthcare bill from further entrenching "the disaster of Obamacare," and the GOP should thank those who prevented it from becoming law.

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George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla. seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

4 takeaways from the Nevada Democratic debate

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The relative civility of the last eight Democratic debates was thrown by the wayside Wednesday night, the first debate to feature the billionaire "boogeyman," Michael Bloomberg, whose massive advertising buys and polling surge have drawn the ire of the entire field.

The big picture: Pete Buttigieg captured the state of the race early on, noting that after Super Tuesday, the "two most polarizing figures on this stage" — Bloomberg and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — could be the only ones left competing for the nomination. The rest of candidates fought to stop that momentum.

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."