Mulvaney on Health Care Fight: Washington Is ‘More Broken’ Than Trump Thought

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press today that the failure of the Republican Congress to pass the American Health Care Act shows “Washington was a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was.” He said “the powers that be in Washington” won the day, saying that it wasn’t just the Freedom Caucus but moderates that opposed the bill too. Mulvaney concluded, “This place was a lot more rotten than we thought that it was, and that I thought it was, because I’ve been here for six years. I know the Freedom Caucus. I helped found it. I never thought it would come to this.” Watch above, via NBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Report: Trump Surrogate Boris Epshteyn Is Stepping Down From White House Role

boris-epstein Reports are indicating that Boris Epshteyn is about to step down from his position as a media surrogate and communications director for President Trump. Epshteyn was a frequent stand-in for Trump throughout the 2016 election, and has continued to defend the president as a member of the new administration. However, White House officials have told Politico that “we are exploring opportunities within the administration,” and Epshteyn will be withdrawing from his high-profile position. Epshteyn is known for having a boisterous TV persona that has been described as “combative” by the media on occasions. He once pled guilty to assaulting a man at an Arizona bar, and Politico described how the Trump surrogate was known for generating friction between the campaign and media staff. [Image via screengrab] — —
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Report: Tomi Lahren Has Been ‘Banned Permanently’ from TheBlaze

tomi-lahren-1 Last week Tomi Lahren‘s TheBlaze show was suspended, and now there’s a report out she may be out at the network permanently. New York Post‘s Page Six reports that Lahren has been “banned permanently,” and one insider close to Glenn Beck said, “Glenn is reminding the world of his conservative principles by sidelining Tomi after she insulted conservatives by calling them hypocrites.” If you haven’t already heard, Lahren recently revealed on The View that she’s pro-choice because it would be hypocritical for her to not feel that way when she’s a proponent of limited government. Beck publicly called out Lahren but did not say whether she was out at TheBlaze. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Rep. Charlie Dent on Report That Trump Told Him He’s ‘Destroying’ the GOP: ‘I’m Not Gonna Deny That’

Congressman Charlie Dent today did not deny a report that President Trump told him that he’s “destroying the Republican party” during a discussion on health care before the bill was pulled from the House floor. An in-depth piece from New York Times Magazine today features this little snippet from one of Trump’s meetings with Republicans to try and find unity on the AHCA:
Later in the day, Trump hosted another meeting with the moderates, where Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania informed Trump that he remained a “no.” According to an attendee, Trump angrily informed Dent that he was “destroying the Republican Party” and “was going to take down tax reform — and I’m going to blame you.”
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Rep. Charlie Dent on Report That Trump Told Him He’s ‘Destroying’ the GOP: ‘I’m Not Gonna Deny That’

Congressman Charlie Dent today did not deny a report that President Trump told him that he’s “destroying the Republican party” during a discussion on health care before the bill was pulled from the House floor. An in-depth piece from New York Times Magazine today features this little snippet from one of Trump’s meetings with Republicans to try and find unity on the AHCA:
Later in the day, Trump hosted another meeting with the moderates, where Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania informed Trump that he remained a “no.” According to an attendee, Trump angrily informed Dent that he was “destroying the Republican Party” and “was going to take down tax reform — and I’m going to blame you.”
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SHOCKER: Trump Shows Government Can’t Run Like a Business!

Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 1.16.41 PM Of all the silly, wrongheaded one-liners I’ve heard from conservatives over the years, “government should run like a business” ranks near the top. And for these folks, President Trump was their champion. Trump campaigned as a faux populist and outsider who would “drain the swamp” (which really meant replacing it to instill a much larger swamp), routinely railing against the bloated government bureaucracy and inefficiency. Having covered nearly two dozen Trump rallies on the campaign trail, Trump tossed out fairy dust to his supporters: he’d swoop into Washington, and with the mere touch of the Donald, bing, bing, bing, winning! And in 65 days, Trump’s gotten quite the crash course on running government like a business. While trying to unilaterally pass autocratic, xenophobic executive actions, Trump was shocked to learn there are checks and balances embedded in U.S. government that wouldn’t allow him to do whatever he pleases. When Continue reading "SHOCKER: Trump Shows Government Can’t Run Like a Business!"