CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Monday said he regretted the role he played in amplifying the coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server after a report last week that found "no persuasive evidence" of classified information being systematically or deliberately mishandled. read more
House Democrats are facing a time crunch to quickly wrap up their investigation into allegations President Trump abused his office in pushing Ukraine to probe his political rivals, prompting growing expectations that votes on impeaching Trump could slip closer to the end of the year.
Some Democrats had hoped that a narrow probe -- focused on whether Trump put on ice efforts to bolster relations with Ukraine and provide US military aid to the country until it carried through with a political favor -- could conclude swiftly, with a potential vote to impeach Trump by Thanksgiving.
But that has proven to be more complicated than it seemed: Each witness has so far provided more leads and rescheduling of several witnesses and others because they needed to retain lawyers. There are several more time-consuming steps such as trying to bring in big names like John Bolton, then holding increasingly demanded public hearings before a report or any votes in the House.
Amid House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, a near-record-high 34% of Americans cite the government, poor leadership or politicians as the most important problem currently facing the U.S. This latest reading marks an 11-percentage-point increase since September and is just one point shy of the all-time high Gallup has recorded for mentions of government, from February, after the government shutdown ended. read more
Urban Institute: Policymakers, including candidates in the 2020 presidential campaign and members of Congress, have proposed a variety of options to address the shortcomings of the current health care system. These range from improvements to the Affordable Care Act to robust single-payer reform. There are numerous challenging trade-offs when choosing an approach to health care reform, including covering the uninsured, improving the affordability of health care, and raising the government funding required to implement them. The public and policymakers alike need more information about the potential effects of various health reform proposals. This study, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, analyzes eight health care reforms and their potential effects on health insurance coverage and spending. Each of the analyzed reform proposals makes health insurance considerably more affordable by reducing people's premiums and cost sharing. Some reforms also reduce US health care costs, and all require additional federal dollars. read more
WSJ: Dems and the media for 3 years used a fog of facts and speculation when there was never a shred of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and flooded the zone with a flurry of scattershot claims in their campaign against Justice Kavanaugh. Bear these tactics in mind as we confront the left's new impeachment push.
Motive matters, but what matters more is the accuracy of the complaint itself. The real news of the past few weeks has been the steady accumulation of evidence that its central claim is totally wrong: There is simply no evidence that Mr. Trump engaged in a "quid pro quo" by withholding aid to Ukraine unless it "opened an investigation" into former Vice President Joe Biden.
The written record has already refuted the complaint, and anything further is theater ... the left is again counting on the public getting lost in a swirl of innuendo without regard to the actual facts.
But facts matter, especially when it comes to impeachment.