Trump promises tax reform and in the same article, one of the Republicans involved in Obamacare "repeal and replace" suggests that pre-existing conditions will be protected by the replacement legislation.
I understand this is a politically hard problem, but protecting preexisting conditions is one of the things that makes the individual mandate a necessity. Otherwise people don't sign up for health insurance until they get sick. And government has no legitimate power to impose an individual mandate on people.
This is why I want repeal first. Get rid of the mess that's in place now. Then we can debate what comes after it.
So much for Obama's claim of no foreign terror attacks on US soil
Of course, this was far from the first such attack, but it is the first conviction. The Obama Administration resisted admitting to terrorist attacks, preferring to call them by euphemisms and blame them on something else, but this one was undeniable.
After a judge issued a temporary restraining order concerning revocation of visas, the Trump State Department immediately reversed the revocation. Never mind that the order is a temporary one, that the judge isn't known for excellent legal reasoning, or that the State Department is still staffed by 8 years worth of Obama civil service folks. They followed the judge's ruling and reversed their action until the courts could sort out whether it was legal or not.
Remmeber when the Obama Administration respected the ruling of the courts in their executive amnesty cases? No? Good, because I don't either. I remember the Department of Justice lawyers lying to the court and refusing to provide lists of people who had received the "executive amnesty" work permits and getting chastised by the judge. That is NOT what the rule of law looks like.
The European plan was basically to replace Europe's aging population with supposedly young, vigorous Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East, where those people would have large families who would grow up and assimilate into the European cultures of the nations they settled in.
People, and cultures, do not work like that. As Jerry Pournelle is fond of saying, immigration without assimilation is invasion.
Gun control, in particular, seems to be a billionaire's obsession rather than an actual grass roots cause. It's always been a little slim on genuine volunteers, but lately it's been on life support paid for by Bloomberg.
Pausebuster paper failed to follow data and rigor standards
In science-speak, "the results could not be replicated" is about one step short of an accusation of fraud. In this case fraud looks likely, with billions of dollars in government research funding at state, but it's hard to prove fraud because fraud relies on intent.
Still, at least one person involved in the paper was apparently pushing heavily for anything that would bias the results towards global warming.
They didn't bother to archive the data they used to produce their results, either, meaning the whole paper is completely impossible to replicate.
What we found out in Climategate is that the whole of the climate science operation is like this. Some more, some less, but buggy software, lost data, biased processes used to secure grant funding... the whole thing is corrupt, fraudulent, and politicized.
No one believes the "science" because it's not science.
Patterico rounds 'em up: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch did not found a "Fascism Forever" club in high school, Trump did not rename black history month, Trump did not reduce sanctions on Russia, but NBC did criticize Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for writing an op-ed that he didn't write.
Nearly half of Americans believe Trump is moving too fast, which means more than half either want him to move faster, think he's moving at the right pace, or just don't care. For bonus points, do the math from the article: 45% believe Trump should either move faster or is doing just fine. The remaining 7% "have no opinion", and the margin of error is not reporting. An honest headline could state, at best, a tie.
Pining for the old days when highway robbery was young...
They used to say "Your money or your life", and if you gave them your money, you could keep your life. Now they want your money, your property, and your life. The people responsible for this violent and eliminationist rhetoric should stop and give a good long think to what happens when the targets of their rhetoric decide to respond.
Trump files early for 2020 run, potentially disrupting 501(c)3 opposition
Crazy like a fox, if it works. I went into the 2016 general election with a bad case of the jitters over what Trump would actually do if he won. So far, my expectations have not just been exceeded, they have been blown away.
This is significant because it indicates Trump is actually achieving diplomatic success. Heads of state in the middle east are willing to go along with his initiatives. That's going to be a shock to people in the US who think he's nuts. Not everyone agrees with them.
It's also significant because it may actually solve the problem without putting Europe and the US at significant danger, and be better for the refugees as well. Setting up safe zones in the middle east will keep refugees closer to cultures, religions, and languages they are used to, and hopefully where their skills are capable of earning a living. Bringing the refugees to the US dumps them into a hostile environment on basically every front, and often forces the refugees onto permanent welfare for lack of ability to complete in the job market.
Any time you see anyone talking about a "Muslim immigrant ban", you know the person saying that hasn't done their homework. There is no "Muslim immigrant ban". There is a temporary halt to entry into the United States for people who come from a list of countries with a substantial terrorist problem. As implemented the list has nothing to do with religion, and so any attempt to label it a ban on "Muslims" is lying to you.
"Mothers Against Drunk Driving", as an advocacy group on this issue, is a terrible place to go for unbiased statistics on the problem. But there is an undeniable drunk driving problem -- it's one of those persistent problems that resists being solved because the only way to solve it is responsible behavior or absurd bans, and drunks are not really qualified to engage in responsible behavior.
Illinois gun owners and sportsmen will be facing many more taxes is new legislation passes. That state is far from friendly to gun owners already (remember, it contains Chicago!) so letting the state tax the right to keep and bear arms seems dangerous. The proposed taxes actually go further, taxing associations (membership fees in firearms-related organizations). Those organizations are a political headache for Illinois politicians who want gun control.
Sure, I've commented before the Koskinen is the public face rather than the person responsible for either the targeting or the coverup. But the person actually responsible (likely Wilkins, in addition to Lois Lerner and her crew) has already left the IRS. The only person who remains to serve as an example is Koskinen.