FLASHBACK: Earlier this Year, Graham, Cassidy, Heller Said CBO Scores Vital to Vetting Health Care Bills

This week, Senate Republicans once against exposed their partisan hypocrisy by recklessly dismissing the need for a full CBO score of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care bill before voting on it, even though–as recently as this summer–Senators Dean Heller, Lindsay Graham, Bill Cassidy, and many others said they needed a CBO score to evaluate health care bills.

Without a CBO score, basic information such as how many people will lose coverage, how much premiums will increase, and how much more care for common pre-existing conditions will increase will not be known. The Senate GOP’s game plan is to keep Americans in the dark — because they know the more the American people learn about their latest Trumpcare plan, the more they hate it.

“The same senators trying to ram this latest disastrous Trumpcare bill though Congress were — just months ago — eloquently explaining why a comprehensive analysis by the Congressional Budget Office […]

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First Cornyn, now Cruz admit that they are playing politics with the American people’s healthcare

“The second Republican Senator in as many days just admitted the truth: they and Donald Trump are endangering the healthcare of the American people in order to practice the most cynical form of partisan politics imaginable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Yesterday John Cornyn said it would be a ‘luxury’ to know if the Senate would vote to take coverage from 22 or 32 million Americans, and now Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to put the next year’s elections ahead of the well-being of American families.”

Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz warns: Failure to act on Obamacare will hurt GOP in 2018
by Anna Giaritelli

Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lashed out at Senate Republicans on Friday for their inaction in healthcare reform legislation, and said it could result in real problems for the GOP in the mid-term elections.

Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Cruz on Friday if senators are worried […]

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Eddie Vale Statement On Cruz’s Commitment to SCOTUS Obstructionism

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on Ted Cruz’s indication he’ll carry on Republicans’ unprecedented obstructionism with respect to the Supreme Court vacancy:

“For a self-described ‘principled conservative,’ servile Trump puppy dog Ted Cruz sure spends a lot of time obstructing the democratic process and ignoring his constitutional obligations. The Republican Party’s disdain for any form of compromise created Trump, and Cruz is making it clear that the Party of Trump isn’t changing.”

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No Big Deal! The GOP Is Just Less United Than Ever

Tonight, Donald Trump should be doing a victory lap, celebrating the GOP nomination, and bringing together the party to win. Instead, no matter how many times he insists that Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse him last night was “no big deal!” the story coming out of the Republican Trump National Convention will be that the party is less united than ever.

History will remember the 2016 RNC as the year that the Humpty Trumpty finally broke the GOP into pieces and gave a voice to its most extreme, red-meat base. Even their unadulterated hate for the other party wasn’t enough — all of Reince’s men can try, but they can’t put the Republican Party back together again in time for November.

Here’s what will go down in history from the convention”

A “rigged system” against rules fights:

lots of booing:

and of course “vote your conscience”:

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Ted Cruz Torches Trump’s Convention

Earlier in the week, Donald Trump did an hour-long interview with the Golf Channel as counter-programming to his own convention.

Tonight, Trump decided to keep the counter-programming in house, by letting Ted Cruz go up on stage off-script and refuse to endorse him.

Let’s just say people won’t be talking about Mike Pence’s acceptance speech tomorrow:

Pence is going to have to do or say something pretty interesting to compete with Cruz news.
10:48 PM – 20 Jul 2016

Some #RNCinCLE officials are mad as fire that Cruz failed to endorse Trump
10:53 PM – 20 Jul 2016

Trump campaign expected Cruz to talk for 10 minutes. Cruz’ prepared remarks went 9 minutes. He spoke for 23 minutes.
10:37 PM – 20 Jul 2016

The look on the Trumps faces as they watched Cruz’s speech
10:40 PM – 20 Jul 2016

Just spoke to a source who says witnessed the head […]

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Day Three: Make America Reactionary Again

Donald Trump’s insurgent campaign has often been compared to that of Barry Goldwater’s far-right run in 1964. The speakers featured on Trump’s “Make America First Again” night would have fit right in at a Republican convention held a generation ago–though there are no records of Goldwater delegates calling for the execution of Lyndon Johnson. Three different Trump advisers have called for Clinton executed or as one phrased it, “put in the firing range.” But hey, “all press is good press” in the eyes of Trump, apparently including reports of plagiarized speeches and banana republic style calls for extrajudicial political murders. 

Politicians peddling anti-choice, anti-immigrant, and anti-gay rhetoric will be prominently featured on Wednesday night. Throw in some political corruption, a bit of state-run media, and some pro-smoking propaganda and tonight will be nearly indistinguishable from the politics of the mid-twentieth century.

Of course, the common thread between each of tonight’s […]

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Night Of The Living Ted

Just when you thought it was over, Ted Cruz joined his faithful sidekick Glenn Beck to announce that he’s lyin’ in wait for an election night miracle in Nebraska.

As Reince Priebus frantically tries to bring Republicans together behind Trump, “Washington’s most hated man” stubbornly refuses to endorse his party’s presumptive nominee. Ted can’t help but stoke the remaining embers of the GOP’s dumpster fire primary.

Don’t worry Reince, we’ve still got you covered with the Bailey’s.

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More Like Ted Lose, Amirite?

With tonight’s big Trump win in Indiana, you can tack “presumptive Republican presidential nominee” on to Donald Trump’s long list of glaringly unpresidential descriptors. Here are a few others: conspiracy theorist, hate and fearmongerer, misogynistforeign policy amateur, and GOP xenophobe-in-chief.

So better chug whatever Bailey’s you’ve got left in your corn flakes, Reince, because the time has come for you and the rest of the Republican Party — yes, even the #NeverTrumpers — to get on board the Trump Train and unite behind Donald Trump as your party’s nominee.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement on tonight’s GOP primary result in Indiana: 

“Donald Trump has at every turn disqualified himself from being commander in chief. And yet, he’s consolidated the GOP into the Party of Trump, actively promoting a platform of alienation and division. It’s a lose-lose situation, but Republicans only have themselves — and their months of Trump-enabling — […]

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Trump Rolls The Competition, Marches On Toward Nomination

After Trump’s dominating performance last week in New York, he’s on track to secure commanding victories against Ted Cruz and John Kasich across five states tonight and head into Indiana next Tuesday with a majority of wins under his belt. The hastily arranged Cruz-Kasich alliance, which neither candidate seems intent on following too closely, might be too little, too late for the anti-Trump forces to stave off another delegate-rich win for Trump. Even then, there are signs that Trump is the second choice candidate for both Cruz and Kasich supporters, meaning this effort could all be futile.

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican primary results:
“Donald Trump has secured another sweeping series of victories this evening, taking the “Republican front-runner” tag a few steps closer to becoming the ‘presumptive nominee.’ While the Republican establishment still seek out Ted Cruz as an alternative at their pipe-dream contested […]

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Ted ‘Government Shutdown’ Cruz Perfect For Pat ‘Won’t Do His Job’ Toomey

Today, Pat Toomey voted for Ted Cruz in the Pennsylvania primary. Cruz may be more polished than Donald Trump, but he’s no less extreme.

Ted ‘Government Shutdown’ Cruz is the perfect fit for Senator Pat Toomey. Not only did Sen. Toomey help Sen. Cruz  do $16 million of damage to Pennsylvania’s economy by voting to close government doors in 2013, he also helped cause one of the longest confirmation delays in history for his own judicial nominee. And they’re at it again: by refusing to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Senators Toomey and Cruz are putting partisanship ahead of their constitutional duties.

“On issues from foreign policy to women’s health care access, Ted Cruz has proven he is every bit as extreme and unfit for the presidency as Donald Trump. Sen. Toomey’s support for these same dangerous policies shows his true #EventuallyTrump colors — too extreme and partisan for the Keystone State,” said […]

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