The group’s impeachment draft would face many challenges if it were referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. Republican leaders have kept their distance from calls to remove Rosenstein from office, and Democrats have argued that the GOP’s clashes with the deputy attorney general are little more than a pretext to weaken Mueller’s efforts.
So far, hard evidence of such an acceleration has yet to appear in economic data … And while there are pockets of the economy where investment is picking up … corporate spending on buying back stock is increasing at a far faster clip, prompting a debate about whether the law is returning money to the overall economy or just rewarding a small segment of investors.
About 15.5% of adults are uninsured, by Commonwealth’s count, up roughly three percentage points from the same time in 2016. That represents an increase of about 4 million people, the organization said. .. Lower-income families saw the biggest coverage losses. … Commonwealth attributes the increase largely to the way Congress and the Trump administration has handled the ACA.
* TENSIONS BETWEEN TRUMP AND KELLY RUN HIGH: CNN reports that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is denying a report that he called Trump an “idiot.” But:
Tensions between Kelly and Trump have been brewing for weeks if not months. …”The President hates reading these stories,” an official said. “He hates it.” Officials have long believed it’s just a matter of when, rather than if, Kelly would be fired or pushed aside. The report … capped off weeks of what sources have described as a growing disconnect between Kelly and Trump.
Somebody from inside the “fine tuned machine” that is the Trump White House is leaking this stuff.
* TRUMP UNDERCUTS CASE FOR MUSLIM BAN: The White House solicitor general told the Supreme Court that Trump had disavowed his call for a Muslim ban (the policy now targets particular countries). But, asked by reporters if he apologizes for the ban, Trump said this:
“There’s no reason to apologize. Our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster. They’re laughed at all over the world — they’re laughed at for their stupidity, and we have to have strong immigration laws. … There’s nothing to apologize for.”
We all know that the administration changed the policy to target countries only to get as close as possible to a Muslim ban that would pass legal muster. The intent didn’t change at all.
* TRUMP’S MENTAL HEALTH UNDER SCRUTINY: Today at the National Press Club, a group of mental-health experts is convening a panel to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month with a discussion of how to put standards in place for evaluating the mental fitness of presidents and others in power, including, of course, one Donald J. Trump. Seems timely!
*THE GOP TAX CUT IS KANSAS REDUX: Paul Krugman runs through all the ways the GOP tax cut is failing to produce its promised effects — and comments:
The effects of the Trump tax cut are already looking like the effects of the Brownback tax cut in Kansas, the Bush tax cut and every other much-hyped tax cut of the past three decades: big talk, big promises, but no results aside from a swollen budget deficit. You might think that the G.O.P. would eventually learn something from this experience, realize that tax cuts aren’t magical, and come up with some different ideas.
On the other hand, if the real goal is simply to lower top earners’ tax burden, why would Republicans need new ideas?
* AND TRUMP’S LIES HIT THE 3,000 MARK: The Post fact-checking team has just updated its tally of Trump’s false and misleading statements. The grand total: 3,001, in 466 days:
That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day. When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. Slowly, the average number of claims has been creeping up. Indeed, since we last updated this tally two months ago, the president has averaged about 9 claims a day.
Maybe Trump’s lies are escalating because he doesn’t believe he pays any price for them?