Trump’s promised border wall could waste billions of dollars, government watchdog finds

The Trump administration could waste billions of dollars building a wall on the United States’ southern border, one of President Trump’s cornerstone campaign promises. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) out Monday, the administration has failed to consider costly factors like varying terrain and land ownership in the area.

The report also found that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), which is tasked with building the wall, selected lo...

During unhinged speech, Trump suggests he may still lock up Hillary and mimics MS-13 stabbings

President Trump delivered a nearly 90-minute-long speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Thursday night in which he suggested he may yet lock up Hillary Clinton and smeared immigrants as violent murderers.

When Trump mentioned Clinton, the crowd broke out in “lock her up!” chants. Trump responded by saying, “Some things just take a little bit longer.” He then complained that his Justice Department “only wants to go after Republicans. You look at the ki...

Susan Collins backs move to limit transparency for Trump Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — a Republican who has positioned herself as a moderate but who has voted for virtually all of Donald Trump’s far-right judicial nominees — said last month that she would not back a Supreme Court nominee who “demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 ruling that enshrined abortion rights. But it does not appear that she is very interested in finding out what Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh actually thinks about...

Trump has no clue how people buy groceries

During a speech at a rally in Florida on Tuesday, President Trump indicated he thinks a photo ID card is needed to make purchases at grocery stores.

While making a case for a nationwide voter ID law, Trump said, “you know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card — you need ID.”

But as most Americans are well aware, an ID card is not usually needed to buy groceries. Customers can use cash. And in many cases, even if they use...

Trump’s poor grasp of health care policy was on full display in Iowa

During a roundtable event on workforce development in Iowa on Thursday, President Trump touted association health care plans.

“[Secretary of Labor] Alex Acosta has come up with incredible health care plans through the Department of Labor, association plans, where you associate, where you have groups, and you go out and get tremendous health care at a very small cost,” Trump said. “It is across state lines. You can compete all over the country, they compete, they wa...

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick to replace Anthony Kennedy?

If you could grow a judge in a vat, and design every moment of their life to appeal perfectly to the Republican establishment, the man who would emerge fully-formed from that vat would be Brett Kavanaugh. A two-time Yale graduate, Kavanaugh clerked for the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, worked for Bill Clinton inquisitor Ken Starr, and served as one of President George W. Bush’s top White House aides.

Kavanaugh was a frequent opponent of President Barack Obama’s Envir...

Trump signals an end to Obamacare payment program, threatening sharply higher health premiums

The Trump administration is expected to end a critical Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance payment program that discourages insurers from cherry picking healthier enrollees by compensating them for sicker ones.

The move, should it happen, would rattle insurance companies at the very moment when they’re deciding whether to continue selling ACA plans and setting premiums for 2019.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story:

The suspension ...

5 types of judges Trump could pick to replace Justice Kennedy

So, that happened.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s occasional swing-voter, looked over at the racist goon in the White House and said “That’s exactly the sort of person I want to choose my successor.”

In fairness to Kennedy, he likely made this decision because the Trump administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to show conservatives that Trump will nominate the same kind of judges who would have been chosen by, say, Presid...

The courts are not going to save us from Donald Trump

Chief Justice John Roberts is either a very stupid man, or he believes that the rest of us are very stupid.

In the first paragraph of Roberts’ opinion in Trump v. Hawaii, handed down on Tuesday, the Chief writes one of the most literally unbelievable lines to appear in a Supreme Court opinion: “the President concluded that it was necessary to impose entry restrictions on nationals of countries that do not share adequate information for an informed entry determin...