Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Was it just me or was it 3pm for like 8 hours today?
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- The federal government will allow states to impose work requirements on those enrolled in Medicaid. States will be allowed to apply for a waiver that will require “working-age, able-bodied adults,” enrolled in the program to either secure employment or volunteer in order to receive coverage. “The thought that a program designed for our most vulnerable citizens should be used as a vehicle to serve working-age, able-bodied adults does not make sense,” Seema Verma, head of HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a policy speech. [Washington Post]
- Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Rand Paul are pressing their party to include language in the tax bill that would repeal the Obamacare penalty. [The Hill]
- During a press conference in South Korea, Donald Trump was asked about tightening background checks for gun ownership. Trump said that if Stephen Willeford, the Texas man who pursued the Sutherland Springs shooter, didn’t have a gun, there would be more dead. “Instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead,” the President said. He added that additional gun control measures are “not going to help.” [CBS News]
- Apparently you can just lie about being a billionaire; Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has reportedly been doing that for over a decade. From one billionaire to another, I say way to fool them, old chap. [Talking Points Memo]
- The United States is now the only country that has not signed the Paris Climate Accord. [Slate]
- The Department of Justice has dropped their case against the woman who laughed at Jeff Sessions. [Huff Post]
- According to one poll, the Democratic Party is very unpopular right now. [CNN]
- Remember Kim Davis? She’s running for a second term. [AP]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: