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On the roster: Ryan goes for bite-sized bills to replace ObamaCare – Power Play: Hoeven and speaks the next steps – FBI-Director-in 2016, the maneuvers are investigated – Chaffetz warns watchdog to trump criticism – Ka-ching!
RYAN GOES FOR BITE-SIZED BILLS TO REPLACE OBAMACARE
Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan says that Republicans will “definitely not” a replacement for ObamaCare on Donald Trump‘s Desk before the end of April.
Or perhaps we should say “replacement.”
The biggest mystery in Washington these days is not Russian spies, or who is Trump, tap for the Supreme court. The real head-scratcher: how Republican ObamaCare replacement.
First of all, the GOP was planning to eat dessert first. They wanted the repeal of the law, bringing the political and tax advantages all at once, but delayed the actual termination of benefits for at least two years while they worked out a plan.
But an outcry among conservatives, who felt the danger of creeping repeal and Trump the apparent consent is Congressional policy wonks sent back to the drawing Board.
“Repeal and eventually replace you” seems to be dead, at least for the time being.
Slowly lifting Hiking had obvious political advantages. First of all, it would be allowed, to avoid Republicans, the significant errors in the reporting of how they built consensus on a new plan. Secondly, the delay of the fight over, what would you have gone in your place, to take up a lot more bandwidth for the Republicans other political priorities, such as taxes, border security and infrastructure. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, twinning, removal and replacement is risky.
Do you remember our analogy about choosing a restaurant. If a group is trying to decide where to eat dinner and she is given three opportunities to say the new Indian place, Applebee’s, or “something else” “something else” is an easy winner. This is because everyone believes in the group that your preferred result could be obtained.
Ryan’s original plan was, essentially, to vote, to the Republicans, you eat wanted to go in the first place, and then start the debate about where to go, when everyone was in the car.
To speak as soon as you start thinking about the specifics of the ObamaCare exchanges, you begin to compromise, to vote for the repeal. Maine’s moderate Sen. Susan Collins and Nebraska, conservative Sen. Ben Sasse, both want the law repealed, but not necessarily agree on the replacement. The GOP can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate on the repeal, and execute a simultaneous replacement dramatically increases the chance of customer loss.
Ryan finally has his hand showed.
In what would be one of the most ambitious law planned legislative projects in the memory of Ryan and his team to us is not a “comprehensive” plan, but rather a suite of related invoices as a replacement package.
This is a reversal of the decades of Congress-a practice where important or complicated legislation, like ObamaCare itself, or two failed bids to immigration reform are heaped in huge piles. The Republicans had a good fun with the Democrats about the length of ObamaCare: the 2,700 pages of the opaque Beltwayeze.
But both parties knew that the secret to passing was unpopular or controversial things the size. Properly written and with enough filling that you could hide, a black bear, in one of these bills.
In the old days, bills in the legislative back rooms were and delivered, will be reviewed any time, by the members or the public. The legislature could fixes the voice for this community, and then to go home and the good people in your district to tell the story they wanted to.
Now, it is control at every stage. Closed sessions, in turn, in leakfests on social media. Activists and journalists pore design on the language and the voters react in real time to various abuses that you see in the plans.
In a nod to the new reality, Ryan a a suggests, a series of smaller bills to pass time. It is also an allusion to the fact that the Republicans repealed can act alone, you need to Senate Democrats ” to help you, to replace you.
The risks are still significant. Democrats have a lot to hinder more opportunities, the majority so that the possibility of a legislative swamp really is. The safety net here is that if Democrats and the opposition Republicans can block successful key components that management can use to delay replacement.
What happens if the next three months promise to be a wild far-reaching battle over the law. Ryan and his Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell stand before the task, to avoid what happened eight years ago, where the early impetus for ObamaCare stalled and eventually turned into a politically bruising slog.
But as they say, in Triadelphia: you know how you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
POWER PLAY: HOEVEN AND SPEAKS THE NEXT STEPS
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N. D., speaks with Chris Stirewalt about the repeal of Obamacare, set in motion by a key Senate vote this week, and shows who he hopes to be tapped to fill the Trump of the last open Cabinet position: Minister for agriculture. HERE IS A LOOK AT.
THE RULES: SOLO ARTIST
“I continue to have it as a rule that one man of discernment is better fitted to analyze and the qualities adapted to particular offices, than a body of men, the same, or perhaps even of superior discernment.” – Alexander Hamilton, writing about the power of the President to make appointments in the Federalist No. 76.
TIME OUT: “PASS BOLDLY INTO THE OTHER WORLD”
The most famous Irish writer, James Joycewho died on this day in 1941, is buried in Switzerland. Why? The story concerns Joyce the Nazi sympathies and resentment for the country that worships him now. Irish Central: “By the time the Germans in Paris marched were, Joyce was already in the non-occupied Vichy section of France…As he had during the First world war, Joyce turned to Switzerland for safe haven…Joyce had a duodenal ulcer is well over a year…it perforated and he was rushed to the hospital…Brian Cosgrove , in his “Irishman’s Diary’ column in the Irish Times on January 10, 2012, noted that Nora, Joyce, offered to the Irish government, the return of James’ body. “It’s still shocking to learn,” wrote Cosgrove, “is that apparently, our then government under [Prime Minister of Ireland Eamon de Valera] Weis, the Irish chargé d’affaires in Zurich, not to Joyce’s funeral.”
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FBI DIRECTOR IN THE YEAR 2016, THE MANEUVERS TO BE INVESTIGATED
WaPo: “The justice Department inspector General review broad allegations of wrongdoing with FBI Director James B. Comey and how he handled the probe of Hillary Clinton‘s E-Mail practices, the general inspector announced on Thursday. The investigation is far-reaching, comprehensive Comey various letters and public statements on the subject, and whether the FBI or other justice employees, plays, non-public information that, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. The inspector-General of the announcement drew praise from those who race on both sides of the political aisle and a spotlight on Comey, which proved to be a controversial figure, during the 2016 -.”
Comey informed Trump on the potential of the Russian efforts to blackmail, bribery – The hill: “FBI Director James Comey informed President Donald Trump on a two-page summary of the dirty dossier request, Russia had compromising information about the real estate mogul, CNN reported on Thursday. This is contrary to claims from members of the Trump, the transition team and other news agencies that the intelligence officials never informed Trump on the two-page Addendum to a classified report toPresident Obama and leaders in Congress about the Russian efforts to interference in the presidential election.”
Ignatius: Flynn, called the Russian Ambassador ‘several times’ how to hacking-report-deleted – WaPo: “According to the statement of a high-ranking U.S. government officials, [Donald Trump’s pick for National security Advisor, Michael Flynn] called on the Russian AmbassadorSergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials, as well as other measures in retaliation for the hackers. What Flynn has to say, and it is undercutting the US sanctions? The Logan Act (although never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from the correspondence that intend to influence a foreign government on the “dispute” with the United States. Was injured his soul? The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
CHAFFETZ WARNS WATCHDOG TO TRUMP CRITICISM
NYT: “The Republican Chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Thursday issued a stern letter, including a veiled threat of an investigation by the Federal government, top-of-ethics-monitor, this week said that PresidentDonald J. Trump‘s commitment to confront its potential conflicts of interest. In an unusual action against the independent Office of Government Ethics, representativeJason Chaffetz of Utah accused the office of Director, Walter M. Shaub Jr, ” blurs the line between public relations and official ethical guidelines.’ He pointed to a bizarre series of Twitter posts, the the office at the end of November, congratulated Mr Trump for the submission of its business — even if Mr Trump had no such obligation… Mr. Chaffetz letter of Mr. Shaub momentum a doubt mentioned a day earlier about Mr. Trump, the ethics plan, including the retention of sons, his own share in his business Empire and put it in a trust managed by his two adults.”
“I think [President-elect Trump] will continue to do so, and I think he is probably a little more restrained in his tweets, probably, but it’s all relative.” – Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan in a CNN town hall to answer if he thought Trump would continue to tweet as President.
Trump labor Secretary, CKE CEO Andrew Puzder hearing is delayed, probably in the next month – The Hill
Trump’s approval rating drops to new low as the inauguration approaches – Gallup
Eliana Johnson reports that Christie plans to comeback to trump team – Politically
Carson pushed through Warren to insure that “not one dollar’ HUD money goes to a trump card – the Boston Globe
C-SPAN broadcast, interrupted by the Russian-propaganda-channel – NYT
Obama ends the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cuban refugees – AP
Obama makes policy defeats for the inability to win “the PR battle” – CBS News
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, will be the purchaser of the largest house in Washington, D.C. – WaPo
Trump’s tweet on L. L. Bean shows dangers of other brands in the political cross hairs – NYT
Vice President-elect Mike Pence joins Lord Sunday, the next government, the agenda of the next week, the first celebrations. And the outgoing Director of the CIA, John Brennan describes in his tenure as head of America’s top intel Agency in the midst of all the recent scandals. Watch “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.
#mediabuzz – Host Howard Kurtz has the latest take on the week’s media coverage. At #mediabuzz on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
FROM THE STANDS
“I’ve always wondered whether BC is used to show the” before Christ“, then why is his birth usually given, such as @ 4 – 3 BC? Seems to me that the day of his birth would begin an AD. I know there was no 0 year, but I have never read where Christ’s birth was in 1 BC, it is always earlier, and I never really understood. Many thanks to you and Dana keep up the good work!” – Don Ripley, Floresville, Texas
[Ed. Note: Here, is, of course, you’re referring to the newly created Bokosky , as a rule, so-called, for our faithful correspondents Geno Bokosky, West Virginian transplanted to the West coast. The rule States: mid-term report is the correct use of the terms “CE” and “BCE” in the quote in other stores. For the actual first “year of the Lord” we know not exactly. The best historical records indicates that Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in what we would now about 5 AD, but we will never know for sure. We owe the starting point of our current 2,017 years, to a 6. Century Scythian monk named Dionysius Humble, who was back to work to try to establish the dates for the Easter celebrations. As he has on the date, we can’t be exactly sure. The influential English monk, known to history as the Venerable Bede popularized Dionysius’ count in the 8thcentury, and have the time of marking, by the way, ever since.]
“Please don’t tell me that the study on baboon farts financed by taxpayers. It’s a smelly mess in the Congress could.” – Ron House, Clyde, Ohio
[Ed. Note: Quite ripe, Mr house…]
“The whole business of who is and is not a ‘war criminal’ is one that we have always treated the care with very much, not (as it already tried, countless times) one of our presidents or generals, or other brands-a ” war criminals.’ Who is or a war criminal is not depends on who is in power, or who has won the war.” –Bill Bilyeu, Reno, Nev.
[Ed. Note: Not to be cynical, Mr. Bilyeu, but war criminals only come from the side of the losers. History rightly remembers the lengths to which our nation went in the course of the second world war, to hold fair trials for the Nazi and Imperial Japanese war criminals. I saw “judgment at Nuremberg” just the other day and was reminded of the powerful example for the world. Justice Robert Jackson’s service as chief Prosecutor, stands with John Adams’ defense of British soldiers was perpetrated, the Boston massacre as a towering evidence of the American belief in the rule of law. I recommend to you “A train of powder” by Rebecca West, reported on the study. Your excellent writing and the sense of history is a gift for the generations to come. But we also know that, had the axis powers been victorious, the allied commanders would have your no doubt be called war criminals. And, in some cases, you might even be guilty. The bombing of Dresden, Germany exceeded, for example, far any military purpose. But 25,000 civilians may be unnecessary to be killed often forgotten as part of the war effort, which succeeded the victory over a ” genocidal tyrant trying to enslave the continent. For 100 years, the international community has tried to regulate war. It is open to dispute, success in the prevention of conflicts or, at least, the extensions, the truth about the prevention and prosecution of atrocities remains: If the Americans want to see American-style justice for war crimes, we must always first of all, the war to win.]
“As a further correction to the output of Franklin Roosevelt, His first inauguration was on 4. In March of 1933. The twentieth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the inauguration of the 20th century. January was adopted in 1933, but did not take effect until his second term. Therefore, his first term of office ran from 3/4/33 to 1/20/37.” – Marshall Morris, Portland, Ore.
[Ed. Note: I want you to know, Mr. Morris, Dana Perino , has already offered her thorough apology for the wrong answer. I asked, a tribute of various smoked meat for the reparation. You and other readers who have pointed out what I always knew: we enjoy one of the most intelligent public in the business. Thank you.]
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Bristol [Va.] Herald Courier: “the LEBANON, Va. — After the cart, the fifth and last wheelbarrow of three cents in the Lebanon in Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday,Nick Stafford felt the burn in his arms. Awkward, Stafford a smoke break, took in the DMV Parking lot…The 300,000 pennies Cedar Bluff, Virginia man took the DMV Wednesday morning to pay sales tax on the two new cars weighed 1.600 pounds… Back in September, he wanted to know which of its four houses is comprised of two Virginia counties, he should Corvette list at the time of licensing, his son, the new. He tried to call the Lebanon, DMV, but was routed to a call center in Richmond… If Stafford called the number he was given, he said, the staff at the DMV told him the phone line was not used for the public… Stafford filed three lawsuits in Russell County General District Court: two against certain employees in the Lebanon DMV and the DMV itself. On Tuesday, a judge in the lawsuits at the request of the state…”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“All of a sudden, as we have seen, [Democrats] to get interested in Russian cyber-warfare, which seemed to be from the administration extremely casual, until you lost the elections in November.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report” with BretBaier.”
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Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, DC in addition, he is the author of the daily “Fox News First political news note and hosts “Power Play,” a feature video series, on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including “The Kelly File”, “special report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.