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Gutfeld: Even When Trump Loses, He Ends Up Winning

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During his monologue on Saturday’s “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” host Greg Gutfeld reacted to President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him and the fallout following the claim. “Maybe Trump wasn’t totally wrong after all. Maybe he was just half wrong, which makes him half right– which among politicians makes him a genius,” Gutfeld stated. “This doesn’t vindicate Trump, but it does not not vindicate him,” he added. “He may have been wrong specifically but generally speaking, what happened is enough smoke to maybe look like fire. For Trump, that’s a win. It’s funny, even when he’s losing he ends up winning because the nuttiness of his enemies makes him right by comparison.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Mexicans Who Help Build Donald Trump’s Wall Are ‘Traitors,’ Top Archdiocese Says

Mexicans who help build President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.

In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government.

“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.

On Tuesday, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall. But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.

Trump says he wants to build the wall to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S. southern border. He has pledged Mexico will pay for the wall, which the Mexican government adamantly says it will not do.

The Desde la fe editorial, which was published online, said the barrier would only feed prejudice and discrimination.

“In practice, signing up for a project that is a serious affront to dignity is shooting yourself in the foot,” it wrote. Mexican cement maker Cemex has said it is open to providing quotes to supply raw materials for the wall but will not take part in the bidding process to build it.

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, another company specializing in construction materials, has also signaled readiness to work on the project.

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Everyone’s Laughing At This Fox News Tweet About Trump’s ‘Weekend Working’

Donald Trump visited a golf course for the 12th time in his nine-week presidency over the weekend, but Fox News saw events differently: 

News Alert: @POTUS spending weekend working at the White House. pic.twitter.com/kAtZVQE2Mr

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 26, 2017

Needless to say, folks on Twitter thought the network missed the cut on this one. 

Here’s some of the reaction: 

WHOA. This is a first for a U.S. President, right? https://t.co/TFdA6fdfnz

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 27, 2017

.@FoxNews fixed it for you pic.twitter.com/u5A1Y8gbJr

— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) March 26, 2017

@FoxNews wow he only golfed for some of the weekend instead of all weekend gee whiz

— Lev Novak (@LevNovak) March 26, 2017

@pattonoswalt This is hilarious, because there are multiple reports thats not the case. https://t.co/JxulDuBqel

— emu (@Hrd_a_rumr) March 27, 2017

So much for Fox/Pravda spin that he spent the weekend “working.” Honestly, I’m not sure what “work” is for Trump. Tweeting? https://t.co/21CxbzE9gC

— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) March 27, 2017

@FoxNews @POTUS Then why was he at his golf course in Virginia with cleats and golf gloves yet again? #FakeNewsAlert pic.twitter.com/IUIHxx5sUH

— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) March 26, 2017

I find it simultaneously amusing, pathetic and telling that trump working is breaking news.And like everything else from Fox, it’s a lie. https://t.co/OuUWJd5UGH

— FemDem2021 (@FemDem2021) March 27, 2017

He was at his golf course earlier today. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/2KSGl8qddr

— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) March 26, 2017

Check that. He went to his VA golf course to not only play golf, but to watch it on TV. What President has time to do that? @POTUS @FoxNews

— lawhawk (@lawhawk) March 26, 2017

.@FoxNews @POTUS “Working” pic.twitter.com/y8gH7QmAGa

— Jonathon Jackson (@jonathonj1970) March 27, 2017

@LeftofWherever Takes break from Florida Vacation to take vacation in Virginia https://t.co/p190A6pjJq

— The Pretender (@NewaHailu) March 26, 2017

No he didn’t. But if he did is that really news? https://t.co/Fu1Uh4DEpU

— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) March 26, 2017

Fixed it for you. @FoxNews @POTUS pic.twitter.com/rdBvn5eMLf

— david nuzzy nussbaum (@theNuzzy) March 26, 2017

@FoxNews @POTUS That’s a news alert? I thought that was part of the freaking job.

— Maria Langer (@mlanger) March 26, 2017

@darth @FoxNews @POTUS That propaganda schtick isn’t working so well. Hahaha.

— chkncharge (@chkncharge) March 26, 2017

@FoxNews @POTUS you spelled GOLFING wrong. pic.twitter.com/es0Jbp5mrK

— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) March 26, 2017

@FoxNews @POTUS the fact that this is as News Alert now that Trump is POTUS is hilarious.

— JW (@JW_Ruhestand) March 26, 2017

1) Even if this were true, why would it be news?
2) Not even true. https://t.co/6oHfunGbMj https://t.co/zvOYcyWcmG

— Chuds MacKenzie (@ChudsMacKenzie) March 26, 2017

@FoxNews You know it’s trouble when we need a report that our President will be working during this weekend. #DoYourJob

— Michael Murphy (@BreadTanner) March 27, 2017

@pattonoswalt Live shot of him working pic.twitter.com/Z8NWzxk1eB

— Rep. Jackie Sharp (@JackieSharp) March 27, 2017

@AdamParkhomenko sad how @FoxNews misspelled “Golfing” in this tweet #truth https://t.co/y7KSMdkXd0

— Jonah Rodriguez (@Jonah_Rodriguez) March 27, 2017

@FoxNews @POTUS Golfing away from the White House is actually the opposite of ‘Spending the weekend working at the White House.

— Paul Le Comte (@five15design) March 27, 2017

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Elizabeth Warren Supports Filibuster on Gorsuch Nomination: ‘Way Outside the Mainstream’

Elizabeth Warren Supports Filibuster on Gorsuch Nomination: ‘Way Outside the Mainstream’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said last week that she supports a filibuster to stop the Supreme Court nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, claiming that he is “way outside the mainstream.”

Jeanine Pirro tells Trump to reach out to Democrats and forget Republicans

Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro is demanding that Trump forget the Republicans and reach out to Democrats to “make America great,” because he’s such a great negotiator, he’s the only one who can . . .

Here’s The ‘Little Birdie’ Who Betrayed Rick On ‘The Walking Dead’

Birds are usually majestic, beautiful creatures. 

Usually.

But this week on “The Walking Dead,” we found out that a “little birdie” became a lying backstabber and betrayed Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) ― and that birdie deserves to be exposed!

From the synopsis for the second half of Season 7, we knew someone or multiple people would betray Rick Grimes. AMC warned us, “We’ll see treachery from people we trust.”

This week, it happened.

While talking with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who we learn has been taken captive by the Saviors, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) says the aforementioned “little birdie” has told him that Rick is “up to no good.”

The identity of this “little birdie” has remained a mystery, until now …

Right away, one possible candidate comes to mind: Gregory (Xander Berkeley), the leader at Hilltop. But here’s why it’s probably not him:

Yes, in “The Walking Dead” comics, Gregory does go to Negan and tell him about the plans to attack the Saviors. In this episode, however, we see him apparently setting out to go to the Saviors’ headquarters after the scene where Negan tells Sasha about the “little birdie.”

The birdie could be Gregory, but because of that timeline, another candidate is more likely.

Uh huh. The junkyard people stink, and it’s not just because they’re surrounded by garbage.

On Sunday, Rick and the group forcibly take guns from the Oceanside community after Tara (Alanna Masterson) spills the beans about its location. (Nice going, Tara.) The group plans on giving the guns to the junkyard people to get them to fight the Saviors. Now, it seems Rick may be gathering guns that’ll be used on his own group.

It makes sense. The group’s leader, Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), straight up tells Rick that they like to take things. They don’t like to work for stuff. Negan may have cut them a sweet deal, and now they get guns from Rick on top of whatever Negan gave them, too.

Plus, that group is just weird. The apocalypse has been going on for years, sure, but all of a sudden you forget how to talk like normal people? 

Who would put their faith in a group like that?

This isn’t a random guess, either. Online rumors say there are sightings of the junkyard people firing on Rick’s group during production. If that’s the case, it’s more evidence that they are the little birds.

And let’s not forget about this …

What’s that in the background at the junkyard? It’s birds, people. And they’re far away, so they look little. Do you need more proof than that?

“The Walking Dead” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Breitbart News Daily: Ryan Under Fire


On the Monday edition of Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM Eastern, Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow will continue our discussion of President Trump’s first 100 days. Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matt Boyle will discuss the fallout from Speaker Paul Ryan’s failed Obamacare replacement bill, which came under intense criticism from all quarters and was been dubbed “Ryancare,” “Obamacare-Lite,” and “RINO-care” by critics. The bill’s demise has renewed calls for Ryan to step down from his speakership. We’ll also hear from Dan Gainor, the Vice President of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, about the mainstream media’s latest antics. Breitbart business and finance editor John Carney will weigh in on the future prospects of Trump’s tax and regulation reform agenda. Live from London, Rome, and Jerusalem, Breitbart correspondents will provide updates on the latest international news. Breitbart News Daily is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. SiriusXM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the conservative news show of record.” Follow Breitbart News on Twitter for live updates during the show. Listeners may call into the show at: 866-957-2874.

Here’s How Trump Could Make Obamacare Better – Or Worse

It’s President Donald Trump’s health care system now. The question is: What’s he going to do with it?

After the collapse of the GOP effort to repeal the Barack Obama administrations’s Affordable Care Act and enact a different set of reforms to the health care system Friday, Trump inherited programs that aren’t going anywhere and that serve tens of millions of Americans.

Trump reacted to his defeat by practically threatening to stand aside and do nothing to address the shortcomings of the law, like rising premiums and declining choices of insurers in some states. “The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he said at the White House Friday. He made a similar statement on Twitter the next day.

ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017

Despite claims by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that the Affordable Care Act is unfixable, the Trump administration has tools at its disposal it could use to make the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges more attractive to health insurers and potentially less costly for consumers. Or Trump could go in the other direction and undermine the law to bolster their case for “replacing” it later.

“I’m quite confident that unless the administration decides to not steward the exchanges because they have some draconian negotiating strategy that the exchanges will be fine next year,” said Andy Slavitt, who oversaw the exchanges as acting administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama.

“If they choose to screw with them, they control all the branches of government and I think they’ll be judged very harshly,” Slavitt said.

The White House and Department of Health and Human Services so far have sent mixed messages to the industry and consumers about what to expect.

The program doesn’t work for consumers if there are no insurers participating.
Larry Levitt, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Trump issued an executive order on his inauguration day directing federal agencies to relax Affordable Care Act rules, and the IRS responded by announcing it wouldn’t reject tax returns that failed to include information about health coverage under the law’s individual mandate, for example.

But the administration also has taken some steps to quiet anxiety among health insurers that the exchanges next year won’t function properly and that losses some have suffered ― and that drove some insurance companies out of the market entirely ― will continue. Insurers have until late June to decide whether to sell policies on the exchanges next year.

And the key to shoring up the health insurance exchanges right now is catering to the carriers, even if those same changes make the law less consumer-friendly.

“The program doesn’t work for consumers if there are no insurers participating,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

There are limits to how much improvement, or damage, Trump could make to the health insurance exchanges, but there are several key actions that will go a long way to determining whether his administration wants to make the markets work better or worse.

How To Make It Better

Pay the subsidies

In addition to the tax credits the Affordable Care Act offers to low- and middle-income households to reduce their monthly health insurance premiums, the law provides extra subsidies to the poorest enrollees that cut their out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments.

These subsidies are paid to health insurance companies directly, and the law requires them to reduce eligible customers’ cost-sharing whether the federal government makes the payments or not. And nonpayment isn’t a theoretical problem; it’s a real one.

House Republicans sued the Obama administration in 2014 to halt these payments, arguing the funding needs congressional approval it didn’t receive. A federal judge sided with House Republicans last year, prompting an appeal from Obama’s Justice Department. When Trump took office, his administration became the defendant, so he and congressional leaders got the court’s permission to delay the proceedings.

What they do next is crucial. If House Republicans drop the lawsuit or appropriate the money to keep the subsidies flowing, it not only would make sure low-income families keep their benefits, but it would quell a major source of worry for insurance companies.

Enforce the mandate

The individual mandate (and the fines taxpayers owe if they aren’t covered and don’t qualify for an exemption) is the least popular part of the Affordable Care Act, especially among Republicans. But it’s also vital for keeping the exchanges operating, because it pushes people with less medical need into the insurance pool, where their premiums offset the costs of treating sicker people.

The IRS announcement earlier this year made insurers nervous, but a strong signal now from the administration that it will make people comply with the law could alleviate that. “It’s insurer perceptions that matter here. If they’re not confident that this market is going to work, then they’re going to run for the exits or raise premiums,” Levitt said.

Work with the states

Alaska and Minnesota already are taking matters into their own hands to improve the health insurance markets in their states. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has invited states to apply for “waivers” the Affordable Care Act created that could give them flexibility to redesign the exchanges themselves.

“That gets states more engaged,” Slavitt said. “It creates different solutions and, as far as I’m concerned, so long as you’re meeting the core requirement of covering more people with high-quality benefits, let the states experiment.”

One form that could take, Levitt explained, is helping states set up “reinsurance” funds like the one in Alaska. These compensate insurers that experience higher-than-expected costs, which allows them to charge lower premiums. And lower premiums mean less federal spending on tax credits, so these programs can actually save the federal government money, Levitt said.

Sign up more people

Enrollment on the health insurance exchanges dipped this year, partly because the Trump administration halted some outreach and advertising the Obama administration planned for the end of the 2017 sign-up period.

They could choose a different path for the coming enrollment campaign and work to sign up more customers, especially younger, healthier ones, which would strengthen the market for everybody, Levitt said.

“It’s potentially the most stabilizing thing the Trump administration could do,” Levitt said.

Be flexible with insurers

Not all consumers would like this, but Price has some leeway to allow health insurance companies to offer policies with fewer benefits, which would lower premiums in exchange for less coverage.

The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to cover 10 “essential health benefits,” like hospitalizations and prescription drugs, but gives the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to specify how that works.

Price would, for example, allow insurers to sell policies that only cover generic prescription drugs or that set limits on how many rehabilitation service visits a patient could have in a year, Levitt said.

“There are tradeoffs and consequences in all these changes,” Levitt said. “There’s a big difference between taking administrative steps to sabotage the law and moving it in a more conservative direction,” he said.

They control all the branches of government and I think they’ll be judged very harshly.
Andy Slavitt, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

How To Make It Worse

Cut off the subsidies

If Trump gives in on the House Republican lawsuit or if Congress refuses to fund the cost-sharing reductions, it could blow up the insurance exchanges quickly. Health insurance companies might be able to leave the markets right away, tossing millions off their plans to prevent facing billions of dollars in losses. And they wouldn’t come back.

“If they wanted to destroy the insurance market immediately, then the easiest thing they could do would be to stop paying,” said Timothy Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University Law School.

Ignore the mandate

Trump could continue along the path the IRS started by making clear to the public that his administration won’t penalize people who don’t get health coverage.

“Weakening the individual mandate could very well sabotage the individual insurance market,” Levitt said.

“Insurers would perceive weakening the individual mandate as a sign that the administration is trying to sabotage the law,” he said. Fear that healthier consumers would opt out without the threat of a fine would spook insurers into avoiding the exchanges, he said.

Let enrollment stagnate

The next sign-up period for the health insurance exchanges begins Nov. 1. The administration could choose to pick up where Obama’s team left off and engage in a nationwide campaign to publicize health insurance enrollment and help people apply for coverage.

Or they could scale back this work, as they did early this year, and leave enrollees to their own devices, which would result in lower enrollment overall and likely make the insurance pool sicker, because those with the greatest health care needs would be the most prone to sign up without help or reminders. 

“It will be Secretary Price’s legacy forever if he acts in ways that are destructive to the American people. And he knows that people will die if they lose their coverage,” Slavitt said.

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