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Midday Briefing: As Investigation Tightens, Trump Lashes Out

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 15, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 15, 2017 |

This is how the day in politics began:

Bob Mueller, who has not spoken one word publicly since being named the special prosecutor, is nevertheless being attacked by people on Twitter with clumsy fingers.

And people with stupid faces.

This quick video is pretty great, even if it is just one more of 100 examples that everything Trump warned about Clinton is happening under his presidency.

The good news is, no matter what the Republicans are saying publicly about Donald Trump, they don’t trust him, either, which is why the Senate just overwhelmingly voted to take away Donald Trump’s power to ease sanctions on Russia while also passing a new set of sanctions.

The vote of 97 to 2 is a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s posture on Russia and his resistance to the intelligence community’s assessment that the country was behind efforts to influence the election he won.

If Trump didn’t collude with Russia, then why wouldn’t Congress trust Trump with Russian sanctions? Huh? Huh?

Meanwhile, the Republicans are still pushing forward their healthcare bill. House Republicans are pissed at Donald Trump for throwing them under the bus by privately calling their bill “mean” behind closed doors, but that is exactly what it is. To wit:

The Senate, however, is trying to put a better face on the same bill with a few cosmetic changes that do not change the results of the bill.

Those backdroom deals are designed to appeal to people like West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito. If she votes for this bill, this is what happens in her state (via USA Today):

West Virginia’s uninsured rate would double by 2021 under the GOP plan after being cut by two-thirds under the ACA, and the beleaguered rural hospital system would see tens of millions of dollars in increased bad debt as people without insurance flood emergency rooms. The state would also be one of the five hardest hit in terms of job loss.

She will 100 percent still vote for it.

And don’t think because you have private insurance that you won’t be affected. Lifetime caps will be imposed on millions of employer plans.

It’s no wonder the Republicans are too ashamed to show it to the public, which Orrin Hatch outright concedes.

Who cares what the public thinks? What matters is that we get a majority!

Come on, Adam. Don’t pretend for a second that the AHCA is getting things done on “behalf of the American people.” It’s getting things done on “behalf of wealthy American people.” Period. (I don’t mean to single out Kinzinger, but it infuriates me when anyone who voted for the AHCA suggests they’re doing the work of the American people, when only 19 percent support the AHCA).

You know what? We probably deserve it: