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Jake Tapper: Republicans Defending Gianforte Assault "need To Re-examine How Much You Truly Love The Constitution"

  • JAKE TAPPER (HOST):  So far very few members of the Republican party in Montana or Washington, D.C.
  • Those public officials finding it difficult these days to muster the courage to strongly condemn a politician committing assault on a reporter.
  • Fox & Friends parrots Montana GOP congressional candidate's defense for assaulting reporter
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 7:09 am

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: When The Brown Shirts Are Welcome In Your Party…

  • xA night where Dems lose Montana by 7 is consistent with a map you might see if Dems were close to taking the House.
  • xFor all the journos out there outraged that a candidate physically attacked one of your own, and the GOP Party doesnt seem to even care 1/2— Sarah Feinberg (@FeinbergSarah) May 25, 2017
  • Obamacare repeal is in trouble in the Senate, and a nonpartisan analysis of the House’s repeal legislation issued Wednesday only reinforced that reality.
  • Within minutes of the release of the report showing 23 million fewer Americans would be insured over a decade, two Senate Republicans blasted the estimate and the House bill, underscoring just how much the legislation will have to change to get through the upper chamber.
rss@dailykos.com (Greg Dworkin) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 6:43 am

Trump Declines To Affirm NATO's Article 5

  • Updated at 5:07 p.m.BRUSSELS — President Trump did not explicitly endorse the mutual-aid clause of the North Atlantic Treaty at the NATO summit on Thursday despite previous indications that he was planning to do so, keeping in place the cloud of ambiguity hanging over the relationship between the United States and the alliance.Speaking in front of a 9/11 and Article 5 Memorial at the new NATO headquarters, Trump praised NATO’s response to the 9/11 attacks and spoke of “the commitments that bind us together as one.” But he did not specifically commit to honor Article 5, which stipulates that other NATO allies must come to the aid of an ally under attack if it is invoked.
  • “We remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2001,” Trump said.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 4:45 am

Fox Host Defends Ben Carson's Claim That Poverty Is A "state Of Mind," Citing "tough Love … In The Animal Kingdom"

  • CHARLES PAYNE: I think he was being totally honest, Neil, and he didn't say poverty in and of itself was a state of mind.
  • Your fortunes, your life depends on a check, a bimonthly check coming and occasional other programs out there.
  • CAVUTO: But anything that hints that you can't work your way out of this, or you can't somehow take direction in your life and move from this, even when it came to the push for welfare to work under Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton, it's said to be a very callous solution.
  • PAYNE: It's -- I see it more tough love, and I think it's best probably exhibited in the animal kingdom, when eagles build their nests in such a way that as they take away the comfort and only thorns are left, the birds eventually fly on their own.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 4:07 am

Daily Kos Montana Special Election Open Thread

  • Democratic organizations, meanwhile, put in just $650,000 for Quist, though the candidate’s own fundraising was exceptionally strong.
  • In the end, while Democrats once again wound up moving the needle back toward blue, it wasn’t far enough to overcome Montana’s strong red tilt.
  • Fortunately for Democrats, Trump did screw up at least one appointment, since Georgia’s traditionally dark red 6th District has turned into a very competitive race.
  • And in addition to sending grassroots enthusiasm through the roof, Trump has also inspired huge numbers of Democratic candidates to jump into House races across the country.
rss@dailykos.com (David Nir) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 3:40 am

Republicans Reckon With A Rushed Health-Care Vote

  • House Republicans can’t say they weren’t warned.As party leaders rushed to pass their American Health Care Act earlier this month, they ignored a chorus of calls—from Democrats, yes, but also from independent analysts and some in their own party—to wait for a final assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, a customary step before voting on any major legislation.
  • On Wednesday, the CBO confirmed what Republicans didn’t want to hear: Their changes to the bill had made only modest improvements to the number of people who could lose coverage (23 million instead of 24 million) and to the average cost of premiums, but they had made insurance all but unaffordable for people with preexisting conditions in states that wriggled out of Obamacare’s requirements.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 1:43 am

<meta Charset="utf-8" /><b Id="docs-internal-guid-ea65f00a-421e-5bb1-53b0-7ae0ae60903e">Sinclair Owned Station In Montana Won't Air Recording Of Gianforte Assault</b>

  • Local Montana station KECI has not aired the audio recording of Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
  • HuffPost first reported the lack of coverage from KECI on May 25 following widespread condemnation of Gianforte’s actions.
  • If Montana residents tuned into the local news Wednesday night on NBC affiliate KECI, they wouldn’t have heard an audio recording of Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, even as it got widespread airplay on national television and online.
  • “NBC Montana takes pride in reporting only verifiable facts from independent, reliable sources, officials and documents, regardless of what is reported by other media outlets,” anchor Laurel Staples explained to the 10 p.m.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 1:03 am

Open Thread For Night Owls: Ethics Monitor Can't Take On Trump Regime Without A Stronger Arsenal

  • Eliza Newlin Carney at The American Prospect writes—Ethics Watchdog Can Only Do So Much.
  • For more than 30 years, watchdogs have pleaded in vain with Congress to strengthen the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), an independent agency set up in the wake of Watergate to ward off executive branch conflicts of interest.
  • But Donald Trump’s determination to throw those conventions out the window, and his administration’s moves to not only reject OGE’s advice but block it from doing its job, have made it impossible to ignore just how tightly the ethics agency’s hands are tied—as OGE Director Walter M.
  • The fight centers on Shaub’s request in April that all agencies hand over information on how many ethics waivers have been granted to onetime lobbyists who now have administration positions.
rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 12:38 am

Live Coverage Of The Montana Special Election

  • ReutersWhat happens if, as expected, Greg Gianforte wins tonight?The Republican is running in a state that Donald Trump won by 20 points, and Ryan Zinke by 16 points.
  • "Expulsion almost always requires breaking the law and being convicted of it," says Don Ritchie, the official U.S.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan today sounded a similar theme today, as my colleague Clare Foran reported.
The Editors / The Atlantic | May 25, 2017, 10:38 pm

Dana Loesch On Gianforte Assault: "The Media … Is Culpable"

  • DANA LOESCH: First off, you can believe two things simultaneously.
  • LOESCH: Tucker, I have been seeing this, I know you've seen this too, for ten years now.
  • Right-wing media jump to defend Montana candidate after he assaults a reporter
  • CNN's John Avlon: GOP candidate's alleged assault of reporter related to "atmosphere" from Trump attacking press
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 25, 2017, 10:03 pm

Daily Kos Montana Special Election Liveblog Thread #2

  • Polls closed tonight in Montana at 10 PM ET, where voters are choosing a successor to former Republican Rep.
  • Gianforte stunned the political world when he physically attacked a reporter the day before Election Day and was charged with assault.
  • Robert Yoon of Inside Elections has put together a helpful look at the key counties to watch as the returns come in.
  • If you’re just joining us, Quist and Gianforte have 47% apiece, with Quist ahead by less than 1,000 votes.
rss@dailykos.com (David Nir) / Daily Kos | May 25, 2017, 9:36 pm

Congressional Budget Office Score Of Health Care Bill Is More Bad News For GOP

  • The Congressional Budget Office came out with its score for the revised version of the American Health Care Act, the replacement for the Affordable Care Act that barely passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, and it’s most assuredly not good news for the bill:
  • WASHINGTON — A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under President Barack Obama’s health law — and 23 million more in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.
  • Under the House bill, the number of uninsured would be slightly lower, but deficits would be somewhat higher, than the budget office estimated before Republican leaders made a series of changes to win enough votes for passage.
  • In many states, insurance costs could soar for consumers who are sick or have pre-existing conditions, while premiums would fall for the healthy, the new estimate concludes.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | May 25, 2017, 8:33 pm

<i>The Atlantic </i> Politics & Policy Daily: Indefinite Article

  • House Republicans can’t say they weren’t warned.As party leaders rushed to pass their American Health Care Act earlier this month, they ignored a chorus of calls—from Democrats, yes, but also from independent analysts and some in their own party—to wait for a final assessment from the Congressional Budget Office, a customary step before voting on any major legislation.
  • On Wednesday, the CBO confirmed what Republicans didn’t want to hear: Their changes to the bill had made only modest improvements to the number of people who could lose coverage (23 million instead of 24 million) and to the average cost of premiums, but they had made insurance all but unaffordable for people with preexisting conditions in states that wriggled out of Obamacare’s requirements.
  • What Happens Now?: Thursday’s highly anticipated special election in Montana was thrown into question after a Montana sheriff's office cited Republican candidate Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault.
  • Trump’s Defender: President Trump tapped a longtime ally to represent him in the federal probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election: New York attorney Marc Kasowitz.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic | May 25, 2017, 7:28 pm

Fox Panel Cheers On Gianforte Assault: "Snowflake" Reporter Got "Montana Justice"

  • O'NEILL: I believe it was The Guardian, if I'm wrong  -- same tactics, same ambush tactics --  granted I'm not condoning the body slam.
  • Jake Tapper: Republicans defending Gianforte assault "need to re-examine how much you truly love the Constitution"
  • Right-wing media jump to defend Montana candidate after he assaults a reporter
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 25, 2017, 6:59 pm

GOP US House Candidate Gianforte Still Hasn’t Apologized 24 Hours After Assaulting Reporter

  • It’s been nearly 24 hours since GOP US House candidate from Montana, Greg Gianforte, brutally assaulted Ben Jacobs, a reporter with the Guardian newspaper, in front of three witnesses while Jacobs was recording audio of the attack.
  • And in all that time, Gianforte has still not apologize to Jacobs for sending him to the hospital.
  • This all came about because Jacobs walked into a room where Gianforte was about to be interviewed by the local Fox affiliate.
  • According to Jacobs and the three witnesses from Fox News, Gianforte then put his hands around Jacobs’ next to choke him, lifted Jacobs off the ground and slammed him on the ground.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog | May 25, 2017, 6:46 pm