Democrats Vow Rapid Action After Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge
- Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of U.S. residents, drawing sharp condemnation from some medical professionals and a vow for action by top Democrats.
- U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, needed to be eviscerated after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.
- They contended that overturning the law would throw millions off health insurance rolls by reversing Medicaid expansion, ending tax credits that help people and empowering insurers to once again deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Biden is considering running for president — but friends say the 76-year-old is concerned about his age
- As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
- Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate.
- One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
- Ronald Reagan was 73 when he won the White House a second time, making him the oldest person to win a presidential election.
CNN Poll: Looking to 2020, Beto O'Rourke on the horizon
- WASHINGTON (CNN) - As candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 begin to declare their intentions, a handful of potential candidates hold on to most of the early support, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, and Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is a new addition to the top tier.
- O'Rourke, the only candidate to make significant gains since CNN last polled on the race in October, said late last month that he hasn't ruled out a run for president, a shift from his flat denials of a run for the White House during his unsuccessful campaign for Senate earlier this year.
- Whoever may emerge from the Democratic nomination fight, just over half of all adults (51%) say they think Trump will lose his re-election bid, that's up from 47% who said so in October before the midterm elections saw sharp Republican losses in House races across the country.
15 times Fox News, its hosts, and contributors publicly apologized in 2018
- While Fox Business host Stuart Varney quickly changed the subject without challenging Gohmert's assertions, he apologized for and disavowed Gohmert's remarks in the following hour of his show.
- After Fox presented the photo as the players kneeling during a segment on the Eagles not attending the White House following their 2018 Super Bowl win, multiple players including tight end Zach Ertz were quick to call on Fox to apologize.
- Fox mistakenly aired a graphic honoring singer Aretha Franklin that included a photo of a different artist, Patti LaBelle, presented as Franklin in the background.
- However, Fox's statement explaining the graphic mix-up was confusing considering Franklin and LaBelle did not appear together at that White House event.
- Former Trump deputy campaign manager and Fox News contributor David Bossie told Joel Payne, a black Democratic strategist, he was "out of his cotton-picking mind" during a debate over racism.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos forced to cancel $150 million in student loans after losing court battle
- In a statement, the Department said it has identified nearly 15,000 borrowers who are eligible to have their debt forgiven based on their attendance at a school that closed between November 1, 2013, and December 4, 2018.
- Around half of these borrowers, the Department said, had attended Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
- — a for-profit education company that shut down in April 2015.
- The Department will begin notifying eligible borrowers about their debt forgiveness on December 14.
- It should take around 30 to 90 days for the company handling their student loans to complete the cancellation process, though the department noted that some cases might take longer.
- DeVos, who in May effectively killed a government team that investigated for-profit colleges, wanted to see the borrower relief program terminated.
- Democrats took her to court after she announced in June 2017 that she would pause the program.
California just made a change to its voting process that could have a seismic impact on the 2020 presidential race
- The nation's most populous liberal state has moved its presidential nominating contest to early in the 2020 calendar, a shift its leaders hope will give it maximum impact on the selection of a Democratic nominee and push candidates to address progressive issues such as climate change.
- The prospect of competing in California and other Super Tuesday states means candidates likely cannot afford to wait to raise money and build an organization, suggesting a flurry of campaign announcements could come early next year, strategists say.
- That is why Jeff Link, a Democratic strategist in Iowa who has worked for the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and Obama, argues that early voting in California will make the initial primary states even more relevant, as those voters will be looking to identify front-runners.
Here are 18 times Obama got unapologetically political in 2018
- In Trump's first year, the former president avoided criticizing his successor and rarely appeared in public, even as Democrats craved his voice and input amid an array of controversial statements and policies from the White House.
- Obama rejected the GOP's attempts to take credit for the state of the economy during a midterm-election rally in Nevada in late October.
- At a rally for Florida Democrats in early November just days before the midterm elections, the former president rebuked hecklers who interrupted his speech multiple times.
- After the 2018 midterm elections, which saw Democrats retake the House of Representatives, Obama issued a statement congratulating everyone who participated.
- After the 2018 midterms, Obama met with potential Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in his Washington, DC, offices: Andrew Gillum and Beto O'Rourke.
'Crypto Congressman' Floats Blockchain to Help Fund Trump's Border Wall
- Yesterday, US Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) stated in an interview with NPR that blockchain technology could potentially be used as a means to fund the border wall that has become little more than a political football in Congress, with President Donald Trump recently threatening a government shutdown if congressional Democrats fail to deliver funding for the national security project on which he based his presidential campaign.
- Davidson and other Republicans have been investigating alternative means to fund the wall if federal funding fails to materialize.
- A number of monied interests in the United States have supported Donald Trump and his border wall strategy with funding and moral support throughout his presidency.
- Smart contracts could be developed for funds to be released based on certain milestones, or the equivalent of Treasury bonds could for the first time be issued on a blockchain.
Trump vexes GOP with wall negotiations in the face of a shutdown
- On Tuesday, the President clashed with Democratic leaders over $5 billion in funding a US-Mexico border wall he said he wants as part of an agreement to keep the government open.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed he was "optimistic" a resolution would be found and the government would remain open.
- The big question is how House GOP leaders, in their final days in the majority, will proceed.
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pressed by CNN's Manu Raju, said House Republicans have the votes to approve Trump's $5 billion in wall funding, but they have yet to schedule a vote as leadership debates the merits of doing so in the face of Senate defeat.
- Less than two weeks remain before agencies including the Treasury Department, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department could see a halt to their funding over the issue, as Congress hits a deadline for seven appropriations bills that still need to be passed.
Beto O'Rourke is not qualified to run for president. And that's why he might be the best bet for the Democrats
- Historically speaking, most presidents do not have experience that would help them run a country on their resumes before entering office.
- The late George H.W. Bush was, at least on paper, one of the most qualified Americans to be the president.
- Resumes aren't the only thing, or even the main thing, that Americans consider when they're voting.Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)The people who lost to those presidents were, in many cases, just as qualified.
- The Republican field of presidential candidates in 2016 included current and former governors, senators, business execs, attorneys, and cabinet members.
- And like the Republicans before them, the Democrats in 2020 enter the race without a favorite candidate.
- Look back at that list of former presidents for people who lost races on their way up: Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush.