On Thursday afternoon, House Republicans abruptly canceled a vote on their bill to begin repealing and replacing Obamacare after agreement could not be reached between the White House, working with House leadership, and conservative members of the Freedom Caucus. Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he desperately wants to "get to yes." But President Trump has now sent the message that he's done negotiating and if the House GOP doesn't want to vote for the bill, he'll just leave Obamacare in place and move on to other agenda items. Talk about some seriously high-stakes political poker!
As House Republicans left a conference meeting on Thursday night, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave his shortest statement ever, saying that a vote will come Friday.
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Take a guess how UPS saves millions of miles and millions of gallons of fuel...it's actually a decent metaphor for the best way to deal with political decisions as well.
What a wonderful story...the kind of stuff I'd like to see with more of our jails, though I'm not naive enough to believe that this will save every, or even most, prisoners.