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Can You Believe?

Can you believe the Senate voting to take up a Trumpcare bill without the slightest idea of what they would be voting on?

Can you believe Senator Rand Paul preaching about a “private right” to choose whether to have health insurance? Let’s have some consistency here, Senator: what about a woman’s right to choose reproductive health care?

Can you believe Trump treating the Boy Scouts’ national jamboree like an Aryan Youth rally? Just when you think he can’t sink any lower, he lowers the bar still further. The Scouts, to their credit, apologized for inviting such a rude guest.

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Joint Chiefs Chair General Joe Dunford’s message that there would be “no modifications” to the military’s transgender policy as a result of Trump’s proposed ban and that the DoD would continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect.”

Miss of the Week: Trump’s announcement – via Twitter! – that he would ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, reversing Department of Defense policy without consulting any senior military officials.

House Race of the Week

We’ve already focused once on embattled Orange County Representative Dana Rohrabacher, but he’s worth a second look. Putin’s favorite Congressman has been accused of violating the Magnitsky Act by trying to get Russia’s deputy general prosecutor Victor Grin removed from a U.S. sanctions list and of colluding with Grin to block Congressional efforts to expand those sanctions. As the Russia web gets more tangled, Rohrabacher might consider dropping his reelection bid to run for the Russian Duma instead.


I was deeply moved by two of my friends and former colleagues, John McCain and Mazie Hirono, bravely battling cancer while voting to protect millions of Americans from losing their health insurance. The Senate vote on “skinny repeal” was high drama but far too close. The American people won this round, but the battles go on.