by Andrew Kliman and Anne Jaclard
Donald “The Art of the Deal” Trump lost—bigly. Despite his threats against Republicans who refused to vote for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and despite his ultimatum that he was done negotiating and the bill had to be voted on immediately, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives withdrew the bill yesterday afternoon, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, conceded on national television that Obamacare remains “the law of the land” for the foreseeable future.
It had become clear that Trump would fail to get the bill through the Senate, where the Republican majority is slim. But he also failed to get it through the House, where they have a whopping majority. He even failed in his effort to force through a vote of the AHCA, even though it would lose, so that he would have a record of which Republican representatives to persecute for daring to defy him. In the end, he acquiesced to Ryan’s plea that the bill be withdrawn, thereby allowing some Republicans to avoid taking responsibility for depriving their constituents of their health insurance, and others to avoid taking responsibility for passing something less extreme than the total elimination of all features of Obamacare.
by Anne Jaclard
Donald Trump’s second “Muslim ban” was to go into effect tomorrow, March 16, but it was just stayed by a federal judge in Hawaii, who considers that its Constitutional violations are substantially the same as the first ban’s legal defects. Hawaii is one of several states that are suing to invalidate the law. The federal court there acted first, and its stay has, at least temporarily, prevented the new law from going into effect throughout the U.S. Read More
by Andrew Kliman
Yesterday morning, two days after Donald Trump’s White House barred major media organizations from its daily press briefing, members of Marxist-Humanist Initiative joined hundreds of other protesters in an emergency demonstration for freedom of the press. Protesters gathered at the offices of the New York Times, after which they marched to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, and then back to the Times.
Many demonstrators wore tape across their mouths. The demonstration was called by Get Organized BK!, a Resistance group in Brooklyn.
The protest took place amid Donald Trump’s repeated denunciations of “fake news” media and the “lying press,” calling them the “enemy of the American people.” Steve Bannon, his white-nationalist security adviser, has made similar comments. “Lying press” is a direct translation of lügenpresse, a term used by the Nazi regime in Germany to discredit the news media.
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