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What do you do if you have just a single catchphrase -- like, say, "You're fired!" -- and you need something fresh, something resonant, to hold the public's interest? If you are President Trump, you borrow a song title from Elton John -- "Rocket Man" -- and start using it as a nickname for North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un even though it doesn't make any sense at all and makes you sound like someone's awkward dad trying to be cool.
On Monday, Senator Rand Paul said the Graham-Cassidy bill will not repeal Obamacare. This is the same faulty argument I heard from a few self-proclaimed principled conservatives in 1996 when we successfully challenged President Bill Clinton to keep his promise to end welfare as we know it. They said we promised in the election to end welfare -- not, as Senator Paul now puts it, to "rearrange the furniture a bit."
Since white ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, demonstrators have taken to the streets every night. Largely peaceful in the daytime and sometimes turning violent after dark, the protests have reignited the national conversation over race, police conduct and the use of the deadly force.
There's perhaps no clearer snapshot of the disconnect in D.C. than a week in which a small group of Democratic senators comes out swinging for a single-payer healthcare system, only to be blindsided by the news that a far larger pool of Republican senators are coalescing around yet another effort -- the disastrous Graham-Cassidy bill -- to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Backstage looks at celebrities are fraught with peril -- especially one as aware of the image she creates and projects as Lady Gaga. That's why a feature-length Netflix documentary devoted to a year in her life, "Gaga: Five Foot Two," never quite feels as spontaneous or illuminating as the access would suggest, unless you're totally gaga about Gaga.