How GOP sabotage is creating an unintended ‘Trump tax’

The best thing we can do… is let Obamacare explode. Let it be a disaster because we can blame that on the Democrats.” – President Trump Congressional Republicans may be hitting legislative roadblocks on their quest to enact repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but their efforts to sabotage the law by undermining health insurance markets are already achieving success. And the result is raising Americans’ health care costs – creating a Trump Tax. President Trump has outright admitted this sabotage should be the Republican strategy stating: “The best…

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Fashion writer shares more on what happened with Tiffany Trump at New York Fashion Week

One fashion writer is sharing more about what happened to Tiffany Trump at New York Fashion Week after several writers tweeted that no one wanted to sit with President Donald Trump’s daughter. Former Wall Street Journal style columnist Christina Binkley tweeted Monday, “Nobody wants to sit next to Tiffany Trump at Philipp Plein, so they moved and the seats by her are empty.” 5 things to know about Tiffany Trump before her Republican National Convention Address Tiffany Trump thanks Whoopi Goldberg after ‘View’ host offers to sit with her at…

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Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

US President Donald Trump has defended Vladimir Putin when questioned over allegations of murders carried out by the Russian state. In an interview with Fox News, he said: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” Mr Trump said he respected President Putin and would prefer to “get along with him”. He said he wanted help from Russia in the fight against “Islamic terrorism”. Excerpts of the interview with Bill O’Reilly, carried out at Mr Trump’s Florida home,…

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Trump bid to restore travel ban rejected

The US federal appeals court has rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate a travel ban blocked by a federal judge on Friday. The late night ruling means the travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard. The court gave the White House and the states challenging it a deadline of Monday to present more arguments. Two states argued that the travel ban, affecting people from seven mainly-Muslim countries, was unconstitutional. In its appeal, the Justice Department said Judge James Robart had overreached by “second guessing”…

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Flanagan signs GOP letter in support of Trump education secretary pick

Here is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has drawn heat for signing on to a letter from Republican officials from all 50 states supporting President Trump’s controversial pick of Betsy DeVos for education secretary. The letter to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate education committee, praised DeVos and urged a “swift confirmation process so that we together can get to work making classrooms a place for all children to thrive.” “We…

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Trump fires Sally Yates after acting US attorney general contradicted travel ban

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The White House said on Monday that Sally Yates had “betrayed” the department by refusing to enforce a legal order that was “designed to protect the citizens of the United States”. Trump drafted in Dana Boente, US attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, to replace Yates as acting attorney general. The president’s official appointee, anti-immigration hardliner Senator Jeff Sessions, is…

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Trump Replaces Acting Director of Immigration Enforcement

President Donald Trump replaced the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday night, shortly after he fired the acting attorney general, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed. Unlike the firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, the replacement of Acting ICE Director Daniel Ragsdale came with no explanation. Ragsdale was replaced by Thomas Homan, ICE’s executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations since 2013. “I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE,” John…

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Trump sacks defiant acting attorney general Sally Yates

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president’s executive order. A White House statement accused Ms Yates of “betraying” the justice department and being “weak on borders”. Mr Trump replaced her with Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr Boente said he was “honoured to serve President Trump” and immediately directed his department to enforce the controversial order. Mr…

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White House vows to fight media ‘tooth and nail’ over Trump coverage

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates. On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a “running war” with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out Friday for his swearing-in. White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set…

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Education leaders challenge Trump assertion that students are ‘deprived of all knowledge’

his first remarks on education after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump asserted in his inaugural address Friday that the nation’s education system is “flush with cash” and that its children are being “deprived of all knowledge.” Not deprived of some knowledge, or even most knowledge. But deprived of all knowledge. It is impossible to dismiss what he said as a misstatement, or that it was an off-the-cuff comment made in the heat of a campaign speech. Inaugural addresses are written for posterity, and every word is mulled over, reviewed…

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