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

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!"

Tom Cotton: House GOP Went Too Fast on Health Care, You Can’t Fix the Problem in Just 18 Days

Before the House was expected to vote on the American Health Care Act, Senator Tom Cotton had warned Republican colleagues that they shouldn’t be moving so fast on health care. Today he said on Face the Nation that this was a problem. He told John Dickerson that contrary to what some may think, this wasn’t just the Freedom Caucus that took the GOP Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan down. “To release a bill that was written in secret and expect to pass it in 18 days,” Cotton said, “I just don’t think was feasible.” He said the House moved “too fast” on this and next time they need a “more careful and deliberative approach” to fixing America’s health care system. Watch above, via CBS. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

One Dead, At Least 14 Injured in Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting

One person was killed and at least 14 more were injured at a nightclub in Cincinnati late last night. The shooting, according to WLWT, happened at the Cameo Nightclub and was reported around 1 am. The horrifying scene has been described as “chaotic.” Authorities have said there’s no indication thus far this was terrorism-related. It’s unclear yet whether there was just one shooter or several. Ohio Governor John Kasich put out a statement on the shooting this morning: You can watch WLWT’s report above. [image via screengrab]