Elizabeth Warren’s excellent opening gambit on Medicare for All

(CNN)Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have set themselves apart from the Democratic presidential field in explicitly advocating Medicare for All proposals. Under their plans, an expanded Medicare system would fully cover everyone in the country. There would be no co-pays, deductibles and premiums and no private insurance. The first part of her plan proposes cutting administrative costs. The administrative costs of private insurers are more than 25% of what they pay out in benefits each year. By contrast, the administrative costs of Medicare are less than 3% of what is paid in benefits. The potential savings from getting administrative costs for the whole system down to that of Medicare is close to $3 trillion over the next decade. Join …

What ‘Saturday Night Live’ got horribly wrong

(CNN)“Saturday Night Live”‘s portrayal of Donald Trump’s presidency has ranged from hilariously insightful to downright disappointing. But the cold open for this week’s show, which depicted Trump at a rally in New Mexico, got it wrong in several major ways. “SNL” even mocked “Bikers for Trump” as being dimwitted people who do nothing but ride their motorcycles, with a leather vest clad biker, played by Mikey Day, declaring that riding is “kinda the only thing we do.” There was also Aidy Bryant as a Trump devotee, who screamed out upon taking the stage, “I love you and I worship you as the one true white lord.” She then spewed a nonsensical conspiracy about the title of Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” actually …

What Shepard Smith’s departure means for Trump’s support

(CNN)When Shepard Smith announced Friday that he was leaving Fox News, he revealed something important about the state of conservative politics: there is little room for anyone who questions the status quo within most parts of the Republican universe. It appears Smith didn’t like the continued pro-Trump spin that is so prevalent at the network, and so he left. And this is what President Trump is counting on — continued conservative support amid his political tailspin. Public opinion is turning against him, with growing national support for impeachment as well as Trump’s removal from office. The President’s efforts to stop the investigation only make things worse. His controversial decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, though apparently unrelated to the …