CBO Blames Trump: Sees 20% Surge In 2018 Obamacare Premiums If Subsidies Removed

At the request of Nancy Pelosi, the Congressional Budget Office has just released a study intended to better understand the potential economic impacts that would result from the cancellation of taxpayer funded Obamacare subsidies (a.k.a. “cost-sharing reductions” or “CSRs”).

Source: CBO Blames Trump: Sees 20% Surge In 2018 Obamacare Premiums If Subsidies Removed

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren’t enough geopolitical stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of “sleepy, vacationy” Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he’s preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC .

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The Friendliest Lawsuit Ever Filed Against the Justice Department

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I filed a lawsuit. It may be the friendliest lawsuit ever filed against the Justice Department. I filed it because I believe President Trump lied before Congress about data kept by his Justice Department, and I want to find out whether I’m right.

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Trump: “We Have A Military Option For Venezuela”

Having made the week for Vix buyers quite profitable, President Trump – whose North Korea rhetoric sent market volatility soaring in the past week – appeared ready to spread the love among long-suffering oil bulls, when on Friday afternoon Trump refused to rule out a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, and said that the US has a military option in the insolvent, quasi civil war Latin American nation. “I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club discussing recent events in Venezuela. ” We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary ,” Trump said after a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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Trump’s Opioid Commission Had Some Stunningly Good Recommendations. He Ignored Them for 80s Drug War Nostalgia.

The Trump administration will not declare a public health emergency on the opioid epidemic, dismissing the top recommendation his own blue-ribbon commission called for a week ago . The commission argued such a declaration was critical to unlock emergency funding and expand treatment.

Source: Trump’s Opioid Commission Had Some Stunningly Good Recommendations. He Ignored Them for 80s Drug War Nostalgia.

Cooler Foreign Policy Heads Than Trump Have Been Calling for North Korea Regime Change for Years

A few things have happened since yesterday afternoon’s blunt warning from President Donald Trump that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” One is that North Korea promptly made an explicit threat to United States territory in Guam, musing about creating “an enveloping fire at the areas around” the island’s extensive U.S. military assets using “medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.” This was not the first such threat from Pyongyang, though it was more explicit than most, and certainly the first to come just hours after a sitting U.S. president invoked the imagery of nuclear holocaust.

Source: Cooler Foreign Policy Heads Than Trump Have Been Calling for North Korea Regime Change for Years