Daybreaker

February 7, 2017

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Conservatives Sound The Alarm: Why Is Obamacare Repeal Taking So Long?

The Gist: With the Affordable Care Act squarely in their sights, conservative lawmakers and activists are beginning to wonder why the GOP leadership in Congress isn't pulling the trigger.

Here's What Obama Has Been Up To Post-White House (VIDEO)

The Gist: Former President Obama was serious when he said that he would go on a vacation after leaving the White House.

Politico: SNL's Sketch Angered Trump Because Spicer Was Played By A Woman

The Gist: Though White House press secretary Sean Spicer seemed to take "Saturday Night Live's" impression of him in stride, his boss is reportedly not so happy about it.


From The Reporter's Notebook


White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that President Donald Trump is "doing what he can" for national security and media coverage doesn't reflect the "wide degree of support" he claimed Trump's policies have garnered, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. He took potshots at a New York Times report about tactical misfires during Trump's first weeks in office, calling it "not an accurate portrayal of what's really happening" in the White House and saying the publication owes Trump “an apology.” But senior vice president for communications Eileen Murphy told TPM via email that the White House had not contacted the New York Times with any requested corrections to the story.



Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall: "People continue to marvel how a city-bred, godless libertine who was born to great wealth could become and remain the political avatar of small town and rural voters of middling means. The answer is simple. Despite all their differences, Trump meets his voters in a common perception (real or not) of being shunned, ignored and disrespected by 'elites'. In short, his politics and his connection with his core voters is based on grievance. This is a profound and enduring connection. This part of his constituency likely amounts to only 25% or 30% of the electorate at most. But it is a powerful anchor on the right. His ability to emerge undamaged from an almost endless series of outrages and ridiculousnesses is based on this connection. To paraphrase McLuhan, with Trump, the medium is the message and Trump is the medium."


Say What?!



"Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage."

- White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that President Donald Trump just wants terror attacks—as well as the "success that he's had" in his first weeks in office—to get the media coverage they "should be" given.


BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: "I think the women's marches were effective as a show of strength and to rally the troops in opposition, but these marches also need to lead to more sustained actions. I also think that if all the people who marched or who supported the marchers had voted, then maybe they would not have needed to march in the first place. (Not that most of the marchers did not also vote, but we know that it wouldn't have taken very many votes to have prevented Trump from taking power.) Sadly, there are quite a few on the left who get more energized by being dissenters than by constructive participation. I think that demonstrations that turn violent are counter-productive. They cause a huge negative reaction. And it is going to get harder to keep the disrupters away from the demonstrations, so people might consider that there are more productive ways to oppose what is going on than demonstrating."

Related: WH Releases List Of 78 Terror Attacks It Says Are Ignored By Media

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What We're Reading


Syrian refugees find a home in Trump country (The Washington Post)

Do You Control Your Passion, or Does Your Passion Control You? (New York Magazine)