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Trump’s plan to let Obamacare fail won’t work—unless he decides to actively sabotage it

After the latest GOP Obamacare repeal bill went down in flames this week, US president Donald Trump latched onto a new scheme: Just let Obamacare collapse. “I’m not going to own it,” he said of Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the health-care law. “We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
If that’s his plan, he’ll be waiting a long time. Obamacare isn’t failing at all. The law will only run into serious trouble if Trump sabotages it.

A Russian Developer Helps Out the Kremlin on Occasion. Was He a Conduit to Trump?

Aras Agalarov at the opening of a new concert hall in Moscow that was developed by his company, the Crocus Group. Credit Vitaliy Belousov/Sputnik, via Associated Press
MOSCOW — Russian Island, near the port city of Vladivostok in the far east, was a decaying former military base and home to a scattering of cattle when President Vladimir V. Putin suddenly envisioned it as a $1.2 billion campus where he could welcome heads of state for an Asia-Pacific conference.

PUTIN COULDN’T HAVE PLANNED TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION BETTER HIMSELF, SAYS FORMER RUSSIAN SPY

Donald Trump Jr. (center) hugs his father, Donald Trump, after he accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016. Donald Jr.’s wife, Vanessa walks past.
MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

As the controversy centering on Donald Trump Jr.’s relations with a Kremlin-linked lawyer descends into farce, a former Soviet sleeper agent has waded into the debate with his claims that Russia could not have planted a less competent administration in the U.S. than President Donald Trump’s.

Trump Plans Giveaways to His Buddy Putin

If Donald Trump were smart, he’d be listening to his advisors. He’s not.

As President Donald Trump lashes out at former President Barack Obama for failing to take a harder line against Russia for election meddling, Trump’s own advisers are struggling to convince him that Russia still poses a threat, according to multiple senior administration officials…

Trump Questions Putin on Election Meddling at Eagerly Awaited Encounter

President Trump met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.
STEPHEN CROWLEY / THE NEW YORK TIMES
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, DAVID E. SANGER and GLENN THRUSH
JULY 7, 2017
HAMBURG, Germany — President Trump questioned President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, using their epic first face-to-face meeting to directly raise what has become a vexing political issue for the White House.

So much for the idea of a Trump-Putin “bromance”

Can Donald Trump relight the fire with his Russian brother Vladimir Putin?

Once upon a time they were a mutual admiration society. In 2013, Trump expressed hope that Putin would attend his Miss Universe contest in Moscow and wondered if he would become “my new best friend.” In 2015, he compared Putin favorably to President Obama.

“In terms of leadership, he [Putin] is getting an ‘A,'” he told Bill O’Reilly. Putin returned the favor in 2016 by calling Trump “talented and brilliant.”

‘Morning Joe’ Row Is Fresh Sign of TV’s Iron Grip on Trump

President Trump’s fractious relationship with the political news media is exemplified by his history with the hosts of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
MSNBC
JUNE 30, 2017
Mediator
By JIM RUTENBERG
There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media maelstrom involving President Trump: about his sensitivity to criticism, his impulsivity, the way he talks about women and the ease with which he can still hurl the basest of insults.

The Health-Care Debacle Has Exposed Republicans for Who They Are

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to force a vote on his health-care bill went foul from the start. The “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” devised in secret, turned out to be as harsh and as unpopular as its House counterpart. It stripped health insurance from 22 million people, raising most people’s premiums, particularly those of older and low-wage workers, and gutted Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for the very rich. There is no real mystery as to why this was a hard sell.

Former NATO Ambassador Shoots Down Republican Attempts to Blame Obama for the Russian Election Hack

Two Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee tried Wednesday to pick up on President Donald Trump’s recent claim that former President Barack Obama failed to act against Russian interference in the 2016 election. But Nicholas Burns, a former top State Department official testifying at the committee’s hearing on Russian meddling in European elections, was having none of it.

The must-see video of 'Trump' having tantrum at children's school goes viral

Donald Trump’s Achilles’ Heel and/or the soft, dark, underbelly of his weakness is clearly his ego. So, it would make sense that one way for the frustrated and angry American people to get back at him would be to mock his fragile, legend-in-his-own-mind, immature self-importance. Donald Trump has been called the man-child/boy-president and been spoofed all over the Internet with images of him as a grown toddler. You can see some of those images here.

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