The New Yorker is Sitting on Unreleased Recordings of the Scaramucci Meltdown

Yesterday, New Yorker writer, Ryan Lizza published an extraordinary account of a call he had with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. During the call, the newly installed comms chief denounced — in very vulgar terms — his chief West Wing rivals, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On CNN’s New Day, Lizza said there were recordings of the call and — get this — the magazine is apparently sitting on even more stuff which the two men agreed would be officially “off the record.” The news was buried in the bottom of Axios’ indispensable morning email. Per Axios:
A New Yorker spokesperson tells us: “Late in the conversation, Scaramucci requested that one part be off the record, and we respected that. The rest was on the record. Today (Thursday), Ryan and Scaramucci had another conversation and Scaramucci was clear and agreed that Continue reading "The New Yorker is Sitting on Unreleased Recordings of the Scaramucci Meltdown"

Maggie Haberman: Senate GOP ‘Actively Angry’ Over Sessions Treatment, Don’t Fear Trump

The failure of the Senate Heath Care “Skinny Repeal” Bill last night may very well have grave political repercussions for both Capital Hill Republicans and President Donald Trump considering how vocal they have both been in their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.  On CNN’s New Day this morning, NY Times reporter and CNN Contributor Maggie Haberman provided a pithy assessment on the current political impact that we though was worth sharing. Before assessing how last night’s failed vote impacts the GOP, Haberman first assailed the Democrats for their “inability to move forward, figure out their own agenda and figure out a way to capitalize on what has been several Republican stumbles.” But she then added that, in her esteem, the Dems were likely taking their cues from an increasingly deteriorative relationship between Capital Hill Republicans and the White House. You’re seeing a group of Continue reading "Maggie Haberman: Senate GOP ‘Actively Angry’ Over Sessions Treatment, Don’t Fear Trump"

Watch: The Dramatic Moment John McCain Killed Health Care

The GOP’s seven year quest to repeal Obamacare finally, FINALLY ended (probably) last night in a dramatic floor vote. With Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski firmly in the no camp, the latest iteration of the effort, the so-called skinny repeal was brought down by a dramatic no vote from Senator John McCain. At about 1:30 a.m. Friday morning, the 80-year-old McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, strolled into the Senate floor, and said simply “no” — along with a thumbs down. The moment evoked gasps in the chamber as a stone-faced Mitch McConnell stood by. McCain then walked off the Senate floor. The moment was captured in a bit of unusually riveting television on C-Span. For McCain, who had been the decisive vote in allowing debate to proceed Continue reading "Watch: The Dramatic Moment John McCain Killed Health Care"

‘Let Obamacare Implode!’ Trump Reacts to Failed ‘Skinny Repeal’ Vote in Senate

Early Friday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to weigh in on the Senate’s latest failed effort to repeal Obamacare. His tweet pointed out that three GOP Senators, Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ), joined Senate Democrats in their opposition to the “skinny repeal” bill. Vice President Mike Pence was on the Senate floor trying to keep the party together, particularly the Arizona senator who came back to Washington D.C. just one week after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. In the end, Pence fell short, resulting in a 49-51 vote. This vote was a major blow to the agenda of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Party, and President Trump, all who’ve campaigned Continue reading "‘Let Obamacare Implode!’ Trump Reacts to Failed ‘Skinny Repeal’ Vote in Senate"

Trevor Noah Defends Jeff Sessions: The Only One Who Can Drive the White House Clown Car

On Thursday night, Trevor Noah sided with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the ongoing feud with President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump’s anger makes no sense,” he said. “Sessions had to recuse himself from an investigation into the Trump campaign because he was part of the Trump campaign. You can’t investigate yourself. It’s one of those things that’s best done by another person, like surgery or haircuts.” Noah asserted that the reason why Trump is lashing out at Sessions now despite his recusal occurring back in March was because Special Counsel Robert Mueller “has his hand on the thermostat and he is turning it way up.” “Because Jeff Sessions can’t protect Trump from Mueller, Trump now wants to get rid of Sessions,” he said. “The only problem is the tiny man has big friends.” The Daily Show host was referring to Republicans on Capitol Hill who have promised Continue reading "Trevor Noah Defends Jeff Sessions: The Only One Who Can Drive the White House Clown Car"

BREAKING: Senate Votes Down Obamacare ‘Skinny Repeal’ 51-49, McCain Casts Decisive Vote

In a dramatic late-night vote, the Senate struck down the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare by a 51-49 margin. The key vote was cast by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who returned to the Senate this week after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. McCain made a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday in which he called for bipartisanship and denounced the process by which his fellow Republicans were trying to push Obamacare repeal through. Sen. Susan Collins (R-MN) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) broke from their party and voted against the measure, as they did earlier in the week on the motion to proceed — which passed 51-50 (with Vice President Mike Pence‘s tiebreaking vote) and paved the way for the past several days of Senate floor debates. But this time, they were joined by McCain, who left everyone in suspense by telling reporters “Wait for Continue reading "BREAKING: Senate Votes Down Obamacare ‘Skinny Repeal’ 51-49, McCain Casts Decisive Vote"

David Frum on WH Drama: We’ve Never Seen ‘A President Acting on The Part of The First Lady’

On Thursday night, The Atlantic senior editor David Frum made an interesting comparison, aligning President Donald Trump with former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Frum began by slamming Anthony Scaramucci for his reaction to his published interview with The New Yorker, tweeting “I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.” “White House Commutations Directors shouldn’t trust reporters,” Frum told The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell. “If they do, that’s not an excuse. That actually makes the problem worse.” He then invoked the contentious firing of Don Regan, who served as Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan. “First Lady Nancy Reagan thought that Don Regan was disserving President [Ronald] Reagan in a number of ways,” Frum said. “And she then conducted a campaign in the press that ultimately led…to his resignation. The reason she did that was because the president Continue reading "David Frum on WH Drama: We’ve Never Seen ‘A President Acting on The Part of The First Lady’"