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Kellyanne Conway vs. Stephanopoulos on Medicaid: “Able-Bodied Americans Should See If There Are Other Options”


ABC News' George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with President Trump's counselor. "Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, the sick, disabled, also children and pregnant women, it took it and went way above the poverty line to many able-bodied Americans who … should at least see if there are other options for them," Conway said about the GOP health plan. She added: "If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they'll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do." Transcript: STEPHANOPOULOS: So these senators are the ones saying these are Medicaid cuts. Is the president prepared to put more money back into Medicaid? CONWAY: The president is prepared to have a conversation, a discussion, a negotiation with those senators and others. I would point out for the few who say that they're currently a no, you're talking about 45 or more who are currently yeses. So that tells you something. Secondly, I… STEPHANOPOULOS: You don't have 45 yeses, Kellyanne. There are several — several of those senators are not (AUDIO GAP) have not come out and said they're going to support the bill. CONWAY: We'', we heard from — we also heard the House bill was never going to pass. We heard this guy can never get elected. We're very confident that the Senate bill will get through and that we're going to have health care reform that literally takes away these draconian Obamacare taxes, taxes on medical devices, prescription drugs. But let me get back to Medicaid for a second, because I can't just let it sit there unanswered, George. If you're currently in Medicaid, if you became a Medicaid recipient through the Obamacare expansion, you're grandfathered in. We're talking about in the future. You know, Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, the elderly, the sick, the disabled also children, and pregnant women, it took it and it went way above the poverty line and opened it up to many able-bodied Americans who should probably find other — should at least see if there are other options for them. If they're able-bodied and they want to work, then they'll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do, so… STEPHANOPOULOS: Kellyanne, hold on a second. There's no way you can say that a 15-year-old on Medicaid today is not going to be affected by the cuts in the future. CONWAY: I didn't say that.

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Susan Collins: “It Makes Absolutely No Sense To Eliminate Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood”


Sunday on ABC's 'This Week,' Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins told George Stephanopoulos that it made "absolutely no sense" for Rpeublicans to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. That is a part of the latest incarnation of the GOP's plan to repeal Obamacare. Collins is one of several Republican senators who have expressed reservations about supporting the bill. STEPHANOPOULOS: So that means — if that's true, and if that is confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office, you're a no? COLLINS: I want to wait to see the CBO analysis. But I have very serious concerns about the bill. STEPHANOPOULOS: You also have concerns about Planned Parenthood. This bill would deny funding of Planned Parenthood for a year. I know you're planning on introducing an amendment with Senator Murkowski that would restore the funding for Planned Parenthood. If that amendment fails, will you oppose final passage? COLLINS: Well, first, let me say that it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. There already are long-standing restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion. So that's not what this debate is about. And Planned Parenthood is an important provider of health care services, including family planning and cancer screenings for millions of Americans, particularly women. And they should be allowed to choose the health provider that they want. That's one of the issues that I care deeply about. But there are many others as well.

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Schumer: 50/50 Chance Senate Will Pass Republican Health Bill


Senate Miknority Leader Chuck Schumer gives Republicans a 50/50 shot at passing their Obamacare repeal bill: STEPHANOPOULOS: Are they going to pass this bill? SCHUMER: I think it's 50-50. First Democrats, we are doing everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class. I think they have at best a 50-50 chance of passing this bill, to get three senators to vote no. You can say yes, you can say no, it's probably 50-50. But the bill is just devastating. And that's what's making it so hard for them to pass it. Here's what it does. It kills the middle class and gives money to the wealthy. And let's not forget one thing, George. The hard, hard right, these thousand very wealthy people have such dominance in the Republican Party, they have had two goals for decades. One, reduce taxes on the rich. People who make over $1 million get an average of a $57,000 tax cut. Two, destroy the social safety for the middle class of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This is the first step where they're doing that in the Senate bill. So that's why there is such pressure on these Republicans, this narrow group of wealthy people with power. But the American people are crying out and saying no.

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‘This Week’ Panel: Looking Forward To Comey Testimony, Climate Change Debate


ABC's 'This Week' Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with Republican strategist and ABC News contributor Alex Castellanos, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg, former Obama Communications Director, former State Department spokesperson and CNN contributor Jen Psaki, and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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Jen Psaki: Trump Missed Opportunity To Be A “Truth-Teller” On Climate Change


Former Obama administration spokesperson Jen Psaki criticizes President Trump for missing the opportunity to be a "truth-teller" when it comes to the issue of climate change. JEN PSAKI: Look, I think right now the Democrats have their backs up because they feel that Trump has not reached out to them. He hasn't made any effort to include them on health care and on many different issues. Climate change could have actually been an interesting moment for Trump. He's had a mixed record on this over the past. The fact is, as a business guy, he could have gone out there and said, I'm going to level with the American public. I'm going to truth tell. This is where growth is and where the opportunity is. Democrats probably would have embraced that. That could've been a moment. He didn't do that; he went to the base, a very small political base. So, yes, Democrats' backs are up. Progressives are excited out there. It's going to take a lot to get them back to the table.

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Katrina vanden Heuvel: “Democrats Are Making A Mistake With Russia, Russia, Russia All The Time”


'The Nation' editor Katrina vanden Heuvel urges Democrats to build a "bold, inclusive, populist agenda," adding that: "Democrats are making a mistake going in Russia, Russia, Russia all the time." 'The Nation' is one of the Left's leading publications. Vanden Heuvel continued: "Don't let this ]Russia ting] overtake everything. And I think that that's about a party of one that needs to be about proposition, not simply opposition. Resistance is not enough. Building political power will demand something more." KATRINA VANDEN HEUVAL, "THE NATION": So, of course we need an independent investigation into alleged Russian hacking and collusion. STEPHANOPOULOS: Alleged? VANDEN HEUVAL: And we have a special counsel now, which is there. And any president can't be happy to have a special counsel four months into his presidency. But I think Democrats are making a mistake going in Russia, Russia, Russia all the time. For two reasons. One, you're distracting from the Donald Trump and Republicans' mean-spirited, predatory agenda — tax cuts for the richest, hurting the working class, building a military defense budget, squandering diplomacy, and deregulating the economy for the sake of the richest. I think Democrats have to have a bold, inclusive, populist agenda. Get it out into the country, fight on health care, fight on jobs, fight on a different engagement with the world. And make sure that the climate issue is understood to be about economics but shafting working people. STEPHANOPOULOS: So don't let this overtake everything. VANDEN HEUVAL: Don't let this overtake it. And I think that that's about a party of one that needs to be about proposition, not simply opposition. Resistance is not enough. Building political power will demand something more.

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Alex Castellanos: There’s More Evidence That James Comey Colluded With Russia Than Trump


During ABC's 'This Week' roundtable, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos quipped that following the revelation that as FBI director, James Comey based part of an investigation on a piece of Russian disinformation, there is now more evidence that Comey colluded with Russia to influence the election than did President Trump. ALEX CASTELLANOS, ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think so far there's more evidence that James Comey colluded with the Russians than the Trump campaign. He's the one who acted on… (CROSSTALK) (LAUGHTER) CASTELLANOS: He's the one who acted on what he knew to be fake Russian intelligence. I think this is going to be a big dust-up for the Trump administration, once again. And what does it do? It distracts from anything they try to accomplish. But as far as real evidence of any collusion on the campaign's part, we have yet to see any. STEPHANOPOULOS: So what do they do about it? CASTELLANOS: In their unique and inimitable style, nothing, chaos, there is no war room, as Jonathan Karl said. They take another beating. And this is — the Trump administration seems to run a very small family business, not a large U.S. government. And it makes it very difficult to deal with ordinarily what would be small political threats.

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Al Gore: Weather Lately Out Of The “Book Of Revelation”


The Apocalypse of Al: Former Vice President Al Gore made the round on Sunday morning's political talk shows this week, warning that President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty will lead to the end of the world. On ABC's 'This Week,' he lamented that watching the daily weather report was like "taking a nature walk through the Book of Revelations," a line which he has used verbatim before. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So, does it really make all that much difference, then, if the United States pulls out of Paris climate accord. Remember back, you know, the United States under George W. Bush pulled out of Kyoto, yet the innovation continued after that. AL GORE: Well, we lost a lot of time when the U.S. did not join the rest of the world community then. And while it is true that we have the sustainability revolution underway, and it's very exciting, it has the magnitude of the industrial revolution but the speed of the digital revolution. But we're still not changing fast enough, because it's not just the scientific community warning us now, it's mother nature. Every night on the TV news is like a nature hike through the book of revelation. 70 percent of Florida is in drought right now. Missouri just declared an emergency with another one of these historic climate-related downpours. We have had 11 once in a 1,000 year downpours in less than ten years in the United States. So, we have to move faster. It's good news that the rest of the world is, it's good news that states and cities and businesses are, but we need presidential leadership. We're going to — since he's not going to lead, the American people are stepping up. Gore also appeared on CNN's 'State of the Union':

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DHS Secretary John Kelly: We Might Ban Laptops On International Flights


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks with Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace about terrorist threats to aviation. "I might," he said. "That's a quick answer." "There's a real threat," he said. "There are numerous threats to aviation. That is what these terrorists are obsessed with — knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly a U.S. carrier full of U.S. folks, people. It is real." Kelly's full 'Fox News Sunday' interview:

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