In the age of President Trump it is necessary to preface this article with a disclaimer. As potentially game-changing developments are always only a presidential tweet away, the information in this article is correct as of the middle of the president's first foreign trip. Various investigations into the Trump campaign are, of course, still ongoing. When the Justice Department appointed a Special Council to investigate President Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia, speculation about a presidential impeachment or some other way of removing Trump from office reached fever pitch in the US and around the world. According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Germans don't think Donald Trump won't finish his first term. And in the US, many politicians, pundits and experts mused about impeachment, which is significant in itself. - What you need to know about special counsel Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign - Trump asked ex-FBI chief to drop Flynn probe - Opinion: A … [Read more...] about Think Donald Trump will be impeached soon? Think again
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A simple tax reform isn't enough for Donald Trump. It has to be the "greatest in American history." Anything less, and he won't do it. The last president to finally manage to get a comprehensive tax reform through Congress was Ronald Reagan some 30 years ago. All his successors tried to do the same and failed. Now Trump wants to convince a clear majority of deputies to agree to his draft bill. Read: Trump administration unveils massive tax cuts Even before being in office for 100 days, he wants to "surpass" his role model, Reagan. But Reagan knew how to win people over. And in his second term, he was able to compromise with the political opposition, and form coalitions. But that's exactly what Trump can't do. He polarizes - even within his own party. Therefore, little would be left of his tax reform bill. Is it even worth looking at? No details Yes and no. Yes, because Donald Trump was elected mainly because many Americans attributed him with a high degree … [Read more...] about Opinion: Donald Trump’s unlikely tax reform
As of Wednesday evening, the crowdfunding initiative by former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson had raised over $27,000 dollars (23,000 euros) - a sliver of the $1 billion goal she had set on August 18 that would be enough to purchase a controlling share of Twitter and ban Donald Trump from his preferred communication tool. Plame used the hashtags #BuyTwitter and #BanTrump when she launched the initiative on GoFundMe last week. Plame's statement on the donation pace lists the "horrible things" that Trump has done on Twitter, such as "emboldening white supremacists" and "promoting violence against journalists," before writing that Trump's nuclear twitter tirade against North Korea took it "to a dangerous new level." "It's time to shut him down," she wrote. President Trump has favored his private Twitter account over the official POTUS one as a policy communication tool. He has tweeted at all hours of the day on political decisions that have ranged from banning … [Read more...] about Ex-CIA agent looks to kick Donald Trump off Twitter by crowdfunding
US President Donald Trump's administration announced on Friday that more employers will now be able to obtain an exemption from providing no-cost birth control for women on the grounds of religious or moral objections. The long-expected revision is Trump's latest step towards rolling back former US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. The healthcare law required most companies to cover birth control for women as preventative care. Officials said two new federal rules would now allow any non-profit or for-profit entity to obtain the exemption to the contraception mandate on "the basis of moral conviction." The revision also allows publically traded companies to obtain an exemption. Previously, the exemption only applied to religiously-affiliated nonprofit groups, houses of worship and private companies closely held by religious groups. Read more: Don't be afraid of the pill It remained unclear exactly how many women would lose contraception coverage and … [Read more...] about US President Donald Trump expands birth control exemption for employers
Obamacare: Replacing and repealing Obamacare, former President Barack Obama's signature health care reform officially called the Affordable Care Act, was a top campaign issue for Donald Trump. As important, however, is the fact that the issue has been rallying cry for Republicans long before Trump took to the political stage. Both taken together are a fairly solid indicator that Obamacare in its current form will likely be repealed and replaced by Republicans in Congress. That Donald Trump signed an executive order pertaining to Obamacare on Inauguration Day only underlines the importance of this issue to his administration, even if the order itself, as experts have argued, was rather vague and without any clear impact. While it thus seems highly likely that the Republican-controlled Congress will do away with Obamacare, the entire process could take some time. "They maybe able to come with a legislative package in the first 100 days, but it may take longer than that to figure … [Read more...] about Will President Donald Trump deliver on four key promises?
DW: You argue that US President Donald Trump is less an anomaly than commonly thought. This may sound strange to many people who have observed him and his behavior not just during the campaign but also since becoming president. Why do you think that? Christopher Newfield: A lot of his positions on policy matters are the same as the right-wing of the Republican Party. His gender attitudes, his antagonism towards abortion - he is now trying to defund Planned Parenthood, which not only provides abortions but also provides basic birth control for low-income people. His interest in privatization using public money to give to private contractors to renew our infrastructure, appointing a Wall Street banker, who profited quite a bit from the housing crisis in 2008/2009, as secretary of the treasury for example. He is very Republican mainstream in the content of the views. I think what people are shocked by is the way that he promulgates the views, the publicity style, that is quite … [Read more...] about ‘Treat Donald Trump like a normal politician who is wrong about everything’
Almost six months after Donald Trump was sworn in - backed by a Republican majority in the House and Senate - the president and the GOP still have no signature legislative success to their names. The starkest symbol of their failure to govern is their inability to deliver on Trump's promise to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and replace it with a Republican version of health care reform. What makes the ongoing legislative health care debacle more embarrassing and consequential than, for instance, President Trump's uphill struggle to build a wall along the Mexican border, is that abolishing Obama's signature piece of legislation - unlike the president's border wall idea - was a longstanding Republican policy. Getting rid of "Obamacare" has been the joint rallying cry for Republican legislators across the country for years now. Little room for schadenfreude And while it may seem ironic that their effort towards fulfilling their "repeal and … [Read more...] about Opinion: Congressional Republicans have joined Donald Trump’s amateur hour
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the senate's GOP caucus to the White House and called out the handful lawmakers who voted against Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare. During a White House lunch, Trump said that none of the GOP senators should leave town over the summer until they pass a new health care bill, adding that any Republican who opposes debating the legislation was effectively "fine with Obamacare." Read more: Opinion: Congressional Republicans have joined Donald Trump’s amateur hour Despite the Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the senate, Trump's proposed bill failed to gather the 50 votes needed to pass. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, Jerry Moran, of Kansas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul, of Kentucky all said they would vote against the bill for various reasons. "For seven years you promised the American people you would repeal Obamacare. People are hurting and frankly … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to GOP senators: Don’t leave town until health care proposals pass
US President Donald Trump is looking for a suitable candidate to take over the US Federal Reserve Bank, which is by many accounts the second most important position in America after the president. But the casting for the job is a throwback to his days on the reality TV show "The Apprentice" when he played himself, Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and businessman. In the show, he selected candidates from a group of applicants who were then allowed to work for him as an "apprentice." The process was long and accompanied by as much spectacle as possible. As president, Trump is now staging what the political website The Hill mockingly called "Central Bank Apprentice." For months, Trump has been tossing out names — such as Gary Cohn, formerly the number two at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and who was seen as a favorite for the position for several months — only to drop them unceremoniously. Trump then spontaneously let Republican senators have a say by a show … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to new Fed boss: You’re hired!
Republican Senator Jeff Flake took aim at US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as Flake announced that he would not run for re-election in 2018. "There are times we must risk our careers. Now is such a time," the Arizona senator said in a speech on the Senate floor. He criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under Trump, decrying the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that is dragging down politics. "We must stop pretending that the degradation of politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal," the senator said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Flake's decision not to seek re-election was "probably a good move," arguing that he lacks enough support from voters in Arizona. Flake, who has served in the Senate since 2013, has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. He became the second Republican to announce he would not be running for re-election next year, joining … [Read more...] about US President Donald Trump in war of words with Republican senators