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‘Political loser’: GOP campaign vet shreds Trump’s latest attempt to gut Obamacare during deadly pandemic

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Attorney Lloyd Green, who served as opposition research counsel to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign, thinks that President Donald Trump and his administration are making a colossal political error in their latest attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act.

Writing in The Daily Beast, Green argues that asking the Supreme Court to throw out all of Obamacare during a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans so far is political malpractice of the highest order.

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“Simply put, gutting Obamacare is a political loser,” he writes. “More than half of the U.S. favors leaving the ACA alone. Just a quarter want to see it struck down by the courts.”

The former GOP campaign operative also writes that throwing out Obamacare entirely will hammer Americans living in swing states.

“If Trump has his way with Obamacare, the ranks of the uninsured would more than double in Michigan and Pennsylvania,” he writes. “Florida would probably see a jump in uninsured by two-thirds. As for Wisconsin and Texas, the figure would swell by one-third. In case Trump and the Republicans have not noticed, Obama and Obamacare are now popular. Trump’s presidency burnished their image.”

Green notes that this attempt to strip Americans of health insurance during a pandemic follows a string of political miscalculations, including his campaign of “jock-sniffing dead Confederate generals.”

Read the whole column here.

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Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021

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There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.

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‘Deranged’ Trump pummeled for lying ‘practicing Catholic’ Joe Biden will ‘hurt God’

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President Donald Trump used a supposedly non-political event Thursday afternoon to attack his Democratic opponent with a lie, saying former Vice President Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected.

In the strange pronouncement on the tarmac in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump falsely claimed that Biden will "take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy."

A completely deranged Trump claims Joe Biden will "hurt God" if elected president pic.twitter.com/cJ8fbghmAm

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Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains when you’ll see Trump get indicted

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston appeared Thursday on CNN, where he explained when he believed President Donald Trump would be indicted.

After receiving a subpoena from New York prosecutors last year, Deutsche Bank reportedly handed over detailed records about their dealings with Trump, according to the New York Times. The subpoena indicates that the investigation of Trump's family business is more expansive than previously thought.

"Prosecutors already have the basic tax information on Donald Trump. Your state tax return is virtually identical to your federal return, and the IRS shares tax information with the state," Johnston explained to CNN host Brianna Keilar.

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