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

‘Bullshit Factory’: On CNN, Ex-Obama Speechwriter Says CNN Puts on ‘Stupid’ Trump Surrogates

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett appeared on CNN this morning and took a moment to critique the network for putting “stupid” people defending President Trump on the air. Brian Stelter asked about his issues with cable news, and Lovett said that while Stelter in particular has consistently called out Sean Hannity, CNN comes out with panels that are “smart person, smart person, smart person, stupid person, smart person, smart person, smart person, bullshit factory.” RELATED: CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: Trump ‘Has Succeeded by Bullshitting’ He said he’s not insulting all Trump supporters, just saying that the pro-Trump people who appear on CNN are “terrible representatives of the views of conservatives” and they’re “not intellectually honest people.” “The same criticism you direct at Hannity,” Lovett told Stelter, “you could direct at the people that CNN puts on the air.” In talking about the Continue reading "‘Bullshit Factory’: On CNN, Ex-Obama Speechwriter Says CNN Puts on ‘Stupid’ Trump Surrogates"

Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He Thinks He’s Bad for America

CBS Sunday Morning today featured a piece from Ted Koppel on America’s serious divisions and a back-and-forth between Koppel and Fox News’ Sean Hannity on the subject. Koppel opened by talking about the “alternate universes” Americans are living in these days, running clips of people like Hannity, John Oliver, and Tomi Lahren in talking about the people who are “driving the country further and further apart.” Part of Koppel’s report focused on the rise of conservative media and the influence it’s played on the current state of American politics, citing Rush Limbaugh in particular. In the snippet of the interview that aired during the segment, Hannity told Koppel that he needs to give the American people a little more credit––that they can distinguish between news and opinion programming. He sensed Koppel’s cynicism and asked, “You think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?” Koppel Continue reading "Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He Thinks He’s Bad for America"

Chris Wallace to Priebus: Trump Didn’t Reach Out to Democrats on Health Care, Why’s He Blaming Them?

Chris Wallace pressed White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus this morning on why President Trump would blame Democrats for the health care bill tanking when he “never reached out to Democrats, he never offered Democrats a compromise.” Priebus actually said that “it would be nice to get some Democrats on board” and called the president’s tweet taking a shot at the House Freedom Caucus “100 percent correct.” He said, “I think the president’s disappointed in the number of people that he thought were loyal to him that weren’t.” Priebus reiterated Trump’s desire to work with moderate Democrats and said he doesn’t want to be a “partisan president.” Watch above, via Fox. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

House Freedom Caucus Chair Reacts to Trump Calling Them Out on Twitter

Mark Meadows, the Republican leader of the House Freedom Caucus, reacted on ABC’s This Week this morning to President Trump calling out the caucus in a tweet: Some Republicans in Congress have leveled harsher criticisms at the caucus. Meadows did not have words of criticism for the president, telling George Stephanopoulos that there’s been a lot of discussion in the past 48 hours about how Republicans can come together to ‘get this over the finish line.” He said that Democrats shouldn’t be applauding this because America’s health care system still requires some serious changes. Meadows admitted he’s done some “self-critiquing” lately, but said this isn’t the end of the Continue reading "House Freedom Caucus Chair Reacts to Trump Calling Them Out on Twitter"

Priebus: Trump Doesn’t Want Paul Ryan to Step Down, Tweet About Judge Jeanine’s Show ‘Coincidental’

This morning on Fox News Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus addressed the fact that President Trump promoted a Fox News program that began with the host calling for Paul Ryan to step down as Speaker. Yesterday Trump tweeted that everyone should watch Judge Jeanine Pirro‘s show and she led her program going off on Ryan. Chris Wallace asked Priebus, “Does the president want Paul Ryan to resign as Speaker?” Priebus said no and told Wallace the tweet was “more coincidental.” Wallace responded, “Come on.” Priebus insisted that “there was no pre-planning here” and said that the president was simply doing Pirro a “favor” by promoting her show. Watch above, via Fox. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

CNN’s Dana Bash to Kasich: Was Your Party ‘Selling a Lie’ on Health Care?

CNN’s Dana Bash asked Governor John Kasich this morning if the Republicans have been “selling a lie” on health care. She posed this question after showing video of her pressing Paul Ryan Friday on how after taking control of Congress and the White House––partly on promises to repeal and replace Obamacare––that they couldn’t do it. Kasich lamented the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, saying that the GOP should have reached across the aisle and worked with the Democrats from the start. When Bash said that right now Democrats “are determined not to work with Republicans,” Kasich said “that’s pathetic” and warned that it’ll be the American people who end up “pay[ing] the price for politics.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac