Trump Backs a Deal

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Good Friday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
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The Upshot

How Medicare for All Would Affect You

Under a plan proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday, all Americans would get government-funded health insurance: “Medicare for all.” What that would mean for you as a consumer depends on whether you currently have insurance, and if so how you’re covered.
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President Trump visited Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday to assess the damage after Hurricane Irma.

Trump Hands Out Hoagies and Reassurances in Storm-Battered Florida


The president praised the government’s response to the Hurricane Irma.

Michael Morell, a former deputy director at the C.I.A., resigned as a fellow at Harvard on Thursday.

Ex-C.I.A. Official Resigns as Harvard Fellow After It Courts Chelsea Manning


Michael J. Morell, a former deputy director at the C.I.A., said he objected to the fellowship offer to Ms. Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information.

Critics say Rex W. Tillerson is still acting like a corporate executive and not the secretary of state.

Diplomacy? Tillerson Says His Top Priority Is Efficiency


Critics say Rex W. Tillerson is still acting like a corporate executive and not the secretary of state.

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the Republican chairman of the Finance Committee, at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Tax Overhaul to Be Unveiled This Month May Be Less Than Advertised


Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah warned that a tax overhaul promised for the week of Sept. 25 may be only “guidance” or “signposts” for tax legislation.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont held a news conference with Democrats to announce a “Medicare for all” plan on Wednesday.

‘Medicare for All’: Is It Popular? And Is It the Same as Britain’s System?


Senator Bernie Sanders argued that most Americans want Medicare for all, while critics say similar systems in other countries produce worse outcomes.

Antonio Inoki, a 74-year-old lawmaker, was once one of Japan’s best-known professional wrestlers. He says he wants to establish peace with North Korea “through sports diplomacy.”

Japan’s Dennis Rodman? An Ex-Wrestler, Politician and 32-Time Guest of North Korea


Antonio Inoki, a former athlete with a taste for self-promotion, is also a lawmaker who visits North Korea every year. His goal: “peace through sports diplomacy.”

President Trump at the White House on Monday.

Trump to Hold Call With Jewish Leaders Ahead of High Holy Days


Despite friction with rabbinical groups, President Trump will hold a conference call on Friday with Jewish leaders ahead of the High Holy Days.

Voters who were 18 to 29 represented 10.6 percent of the electorate in the Sixth Congressional District race in Georgia in the spring, up from 6 percent in the 2014 midterms. But the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff still lost.

How Much Can the Youth Vote Actually Help Democrats?


The young are typically much less likely to vote, but signs suggest participation levels could soon rise.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
John Podhoretz in Commentary:
“With this deal, Trump has betrayed his core followers and a significant campaign promise — the most startling such turnabout since the first President Bush went back on his ‘read my lips, no new taxes’ pledge.”
Mr. Podhoretz says he supports President Trump’s move to strike a deal with Democrats on replacing the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that temporarily shields from deportation 800,000 young immigrants who are in the United States illegally. But nonetheless, he says that he sees it as a betrayal of the president’s core supporters. Mr. Trump is “abandoning his true believers in favor of an explicitly anti-ideological, antipartisan approach,” he writes. Mr. Podhoretz sees no grand strategy in the president’s plans: “He is not a systematic man. He is an improviser.” Read more »
From the Left
Ben Mathis-Lilley and Osita Nwanevu in Slate:
“There’s no particular way this helps Democrats proactively gain political capital.”
The Slate analysts focused on the perspective of the Democrats, the political ramifications and likelihood of achieving preferred policy outcomes through a potential bipartisan deal with the Trump administration. The writers suggest that the Democrats “have some political capital to spare at the moment, especially on an issue that could conceivably end up depressing the far right’s enthusiasm.” But ultimately they advise caution, arguing that even a political and policy win for Democrats risks provoking Mr. Trump to take another undesirable action “just to appease the more rabid factions of his base.” Read more »
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