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‘How can you say that?’: Jake Tapper corners Paul Ryan for claiming Trump on ‘same page’ with health care

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday grilled Speaker of the House Paul Ryan over the GOP healthcare plan, wondering how he can insist Donald Trump is “on the same page” as House Republicans when the president seems hesitant to publicly support the bill.

Discussing the problems with Obamacare, Ryan railed against the original mandate, which Tapper noted was originally a Republican idea to enforce “personal responsibility” and outlaw freeloaders, or “people who can afford health insurance but don’t buy it.”

“Why should poor schmucks like us, who actually buy health insurance, subsidize them?” Tapper asked.

Ryan waxed poetic about his healthcare plan, relying on talking points about “increasing choice” and providing “access” to more people, before insisting that the problem is that it takes “twelve sentences” to explain why the GOP plan will work.

Tapper then asked about waning support for the GOP healthcare plan, pressing the speaker about the Trump administration’s apparent distancing from the House plan.

“You say that you and the White House are on the exact same page, how can you say that with all the distancing that we see?” Tapper asked, later repeating, “You really think that you and the White House are on the exact same page?”

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Tapper noted that Trump failed to mention the plan Wednesday in Michigan. Ryan argued the president was making an announcement on cafe standards and didn’t want to “step all over that story with something on healthcare.”

“Seems like a guy that can bring up more than one subject in a speech,” Tapper shot back.

Watch the interview below, via CNN:

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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Here’s why ‘electability’ is a sucker’s bet in the 2020 primaries

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Primary candidates fight hard to be seen as the person best positioned to beat an incumbent, but electability is only clear in hindsight.  It isn’t quantifiable. Voters may work backwards, concluding that the candidate they personally prefer is also the most likely to win.

It’s a perception often grounded in lazy conventional wisdom. CBS reports that in key 2020 battleground states, “the belief that [Joe Biden]] could fare best against President Trump is currently propelling [him] in the early Democratic nomination race.” That belief is common despite the fact that the former Vice President is well known for being overly handsy and putting his foot in his mouth, has previously run two notably bad presidential campaigns and has been dogged by accusations of plagiarism dating back to law school.

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‘It can be hacked’: Election experts already see red flags in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination process

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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