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Can You Believe It?

Can you believe Mitch McConnell would introduce a revised health care bill that guts Medicaid, allows insurers to sell worthless plans, eliminates employer and individual mandates, and cuts off coverage for more than 2.5 million Planned Parenthood patients – and that he would then claim this is a new, improved version of Trumpcare?

Can you believe Trump saying he has no time to watch television, even though he tweets endless rants against CNN?

Can you believe Trump Jr. claiming he met with the Russians to discuss adoption?

Can you believe anything that Trump Nation says?

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

Hit of the Week: Tim Kaine’s bold critique of the Trumps’ collusion with Russia – which, if proven, would be “moving into perjury, false statements and even into potentially treason.”

Miss of the Week: Paul Ryan’s failure to criticize Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians or to even say he wouldn’t take such a meeting himself.

House Race of the Week

Though perhaps not as vulnerable as Darrell Issa or Steve Knight, Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) is climbing the charts. In 2016, he won reelection by less than 3.5%. Since then, he has enraged his constituents by flip-flopping on Trumpcare: one day before the House vote, he said he was “undecided,” even though he had quietly co-sponsored a crucial amendment to win moderate support for the bill. Trumpcare would devastate Denham’s constituents, 40% of whom are on Medi-Cal.


Donald Trump has built his political career on the allure of “shiny objects” – on his ability to keep changing the subject whenever he gets in trouble. He did this repeatedly during the 2016 campaign, and he’s still doing it. When the Russia investigation gets too hot, he goes after Mika Brzezkinski. When Trumpcare is headed for the rocks, he broadcasts a Wrestlemania video attacking CNN. If we hope to take our country back, we have to keep our eyes on the prize and off the shiny objects. We must focus not on Trump’s antics but on the very real damage he and the Republican Congress are doing to our people and our democracy.