When President Donald Trump arrived in small-town Monaca, Pa., recently for an official White House event to promote his administration’s energy goals, he took it as an opportunity to focus on what he loves most: his campaign plans. The president’s preview of his fall campaign message drew on a tangled web of unresolved issues he promises to sort out during a second term: winning against China, even though his trade war is already denting the U.S. economy; finishing a southwest border wall, which has only been reinforced or replaced in certain areas since he took office; approving pipelines, even though existing proposals sit waiting for approval in his current term; and fighting “massive” deficits with top U.S. trading partners, even though most have expanded since he took office. Story Continued Below “I’ve more than fulfilled my promises,” Trump boasted at the gathering last month. “But we’re going to produce more and … [Read more...] about Trump’s fall: More rallies, more promises, more Dem attacks
Gop unveils massive tax cut plan
Elissa Slotkin has learned that climate change is both a national emergency and a political opportunity. As an assistant secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, she helped lead the Pentagon’s first study of how climate change threatens U.S. military bases. Then as a Democratic candidate for Congress in 2018, she attacked her Republican opponent for questioning the scientific consensus on climate change—and that’s one reason she’s now a Democratic member of Congress. “We talk about the weather all the time in Michigan, and we all know it’s getting weird,” she says. “To most people, straight-out denial feels extreme.”Story Continued Below But even though Slotkin has shown how the climate crisis can be a winning issue, she’s not on board with the most prominent progressive effort to make it a national issue, the Green New Deal, backed by her more famous House classmate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She thinks … [Read more...] about Climate change could be a problem in 2020 … for Democrats
Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press Updated 5:22 pm PDT, Monday, May 13, 2019 Enough Republican state senators returned to the Oregon Senate in Salem on Monday, May 13, 2019, to end a standoff in its fifth day, in which GOP senators kept the Senate from reaching a quorum. Seen here, from left in the foreground, are Republican senators Fred Girod, Dennis Linthicum, Herman Baertschiger, Jr., Tim Knopp and Kim Thatcher as they listen on Monday to debate on an education-tax bill. less Enough Republican state senators returned to the Oregon Senate in Salem on Monday, May 13, 2019, to end a standoff in its fifth day, in which GOP senators kept the Senate from reaching a quorum. Seen here, from ... more Photo: Andrew Selsky, AP Photo: Andrew Selsky, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Education tax bill passes after deal to end GOP protest
Eliza Relman, provided by Published 1:01 pm CDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage Who is Kamala Harris? Current job: US Senator from California. Running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate. Age: 54 Family: Harris is married to lawyer Douglas Emhoff. Hometown: Oakland, California Political party: Democratic Previous jobs: Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017. San Francisco District Attorney from 2004 to 2011. Who is Kamala Harris' direct competition for the nomination? Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Kamala Harris’ lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party. Former V.P. Joe Biden: Biden is a strong candidate overall, and 71 percent of likely Democratic voters who would be satisfied with Kamala Harris as nominee would also be satisfied with Joe Biden as the nominee. Not only is that quite high, it’s even … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how she stacks up against the competition.
Progressive House Democrats will unveil their much-hyped “Medicare for All” legislation Wednesday, providing the most detailed blueprint yet for how they would upend the health care system to guarantee coverage for every American — a long-sought progressive dream that is already shaping the Democratic race to challenge President Donald Trump. The bill, co-sponsored by just over 100 House Democrats, doesn’t include a price tag or specific proposals for financing the new system, which analysts estimate would cost tens of trillions of dollars over a decade. The lead sponsor, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, said she will release a separate list of suggested funding mechanisms, including a tax on high earners or mandated employer contributions. Story Continued Below The proposal calls for a two-year transformation of Medicare into a universal single-payer system, eliminating nearly all private health plans. It would also expand Medicare coverage to include … [Read more...] about House Democrats to release ‘Medicare for All’ bill — without a price tag