Trump predicts Obamacare will ‘explode’ as he blames Democrats for Trumpcare failure

Following the devastating setback of failing to get health care reform passed, President Donald Trump blamed Democrats and said his administration will now wait for Obamacare to “explode” in order to reach a bipartisan deal. “With no Democrats on board, we couldn’t quite get there, we’re just a very small number of votes short,” said…

Trump’s Homeland Security pick opposes some of his controversial plans

“We passed legislation on the defense bill prohibiting torture, including waterboarding. Do you intend to follow that law?” Sen. John McCain asked Gen. John Kelly during the hearing to confirm him as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. “Absolutely, senator,” Kelly replied. Kelly, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security,…

Clinton-Trump round 2 and consumers

Pool/Getty Images The second presidential debate had everything you were expecting, including discussion of the lewd language in the video that everyone was talking about over the weekend. But along with all the mature-audiences stuff, Clinton-Trump round 2 also offered occasional detours into economic, kitchen-table issues raised via questions submitted online and by undecided voters…

Trump’s tax deduction change upsets charities

Donald Trump’s new tax plan would lower the amount of itemized deductions that taxpayers could claim, upsetting charities. ©lev radin/Shutterstock.com A group that advocates for nonprofit organizations is not very charitable in its analysis of Donald J. Trump’s latest tax proposal. The Alliance for Charitable Reform says the Republican presidential candidate’s decision to change his…

Clinton, Kaine release tax returns

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine today released their 2015 tax returns. They also, no surprise, took the opportunity to call out Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate, for refusing to let the public see any of his tax filings. Trump continues to say he won’t reveal what’s on his…

Trump dumps 0% tax-rate proposal

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images When Donald J. Trump issued his original tax plan in September of last year, the then-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination promised that some Americans wouldn’t owe any tax at all. In a speech Monday before the Detroit Economic Club, the now nominee erased that no-tax option. Original plan had a 0% rate…

Melania’s alleged plagiarism highlights dangers

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Internet had a field day with Melania Trump’s convention speech this week, following the discovery that passages showed striking similarities to both Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic convention and Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” (The Trump campaign has so far denied charges of plagiarism.) The…

Trump, VP pick split on Social Security

Steve Sands/Getty Images If you’re watching the Republican Party national convention for clues about how to invest or what is going to happen to Social Security, don’t bother. When it comes to Social Security, the country’s largest retirement account, the Republican convention platform draft declares that “as the party of America’s future, (they) accept the…

The Republican convention and your job

A worker carries a sign for the Louisiana delegation amid preparations for the arrival of visitors and delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. DOMINICK REUTER/Getty Images The Republican platform proposal drafted for this week’s party convention in Cleveland has stirred some controversy over its far-right positions on issues of the family and marriage,…

Trump tax plan and the GOP platform

A political party’s platform is its formal set of principles and how its members plan to implement them. The Republican Party will sign off on its 2016 platform this week in Cleveland. In its last presidential election year platform, the Grand Old Party aimed for a new start, “with profound changes in the way government operates;…