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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he’s running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it’s unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

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According to The New York Times, Trump is “vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest.”

He thinks he can take the issue off the table by providing the GOP’s plan. Democrats, by contrast, want to work to fix the pieces of the law that exists to make it work better. Republicans have spent the past several years trying to take down parts of the law, but haven’t managed to unmake it entirely.

“But nervous Republicans worry that putting out a concrete plan with no chance of passage would only give the Democrats a target to pick apart over the next year,” The Times said. “The hard economic reality of fashioning a plan that lives up to the promises Mr. Trump has made would invariably involve trade-offs unpopular with many voters.

There is also a problem for the GOP in that the ACA is derived from a Republican plan already. It’s unclear how they’ll put together something Americans think will be the best alternative unless it gives free healthcare to everyone.

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‘This is INSANE’: National security experts shocked by Pompeo’s saber-rattling towards Turkey

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National security experts are floored seeing the warmongering coming from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said Monday that he was prepared to go to war with Turkey.

“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo told CNBC. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”

He didn't want to give specifics, however, saying he wanted to let the president announce things himself.

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The tangled web of Rudy Giuliani’s associations with questionable characters in the Ukraine scandal

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Washington Post political analyst Philip Bump has created a link analysis of the tangled web President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani finds himself caught in.

According to the report, Giuliani isn't only linked to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates indicted and arrested after lunch with them a few weeks ago. Giuliani is linked to a chorus of people now outed for being involved in the Ukraine scandal.

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White House personnel chief delivers a new blow to Trump: Top DHS candidates are not legally qualified

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President Donald Trump's quest to find an acting replacement for departed Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was dealt a significant blow on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House personnel office chief Sean Doocey has informed the president that he doesn't believe either of his top two picks are legally qualified to hold the position.

As the Journal notes, "federal statute that governs vacancies states that acting officials in cabinet-level positions must either be next in line for a position or hold a Senate-confirmed position." Neither Ken Cuccinelli, who heads the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nor Mark Morgan, who leads Customs and Border Protection, meet those standards, Doocey determined.

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