"Vote me out! I'm not changing."
As Politico described back in February:
The conference call, which involved several political activists, was recorded by one of the activists, and Manchin can be heard responding to various questions and challenges.
But as the town hall conversation got chippy — and activists on the call brought up points of disagreement . . .
Manchin and Trumpcare
Senator Manchin was interviewed last night by Politico and had some things to say about the health care package passed yesterday by the House:
Saying Obamacare had helped treat people addicted to opioids and extended insurance coverage to 20 million people, Manchin said he has warned Trump that the . . .
Here's another fact-challenged tweet from President Trump on Thursday:
I want to help our miners while the Democrats are blocking their healthcare.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2017
As fact checker Politifact explained later that day:
Trump’s tweet that "Democrats are blocking their . . .
Manchin in the middle
Senator Manchin sees himself as the man in the middle looking for compromise to solve the problems that perplex the country. His view of Washington puts him between the increasingly conservative Republican Party whose strength in the state has been growing and his own Democratic Party which he sees as out of touch with everyday West . . .
Which is do you think is more likely to happen?
A. President Trump relocates his tie factory in West Virginia
B. President Trump signs expanded background checks on the public and private sale of guns
I realize that even with Trump's unpredictable record so far, both are longshots. That said, I think a tie . . .
Precipitating a government shutdown?
The Huffington Post warns that the funding for the coal retirees could be a major stumbling point in the passage of a budget:
A permanent funding fix for retired coal miners’ health benefits may be in trouble. And so could the federal government’s operation after the end of next . . .
The NY Times discusses the Trump presidency and Manchin's role
Sunday's New York Times Magazine featured a long article by Robert Draper, "Trump vs. Congress: Now What?" In the article Draper discussed the role that the West Virginia senator might play:
The Senate Democrat who, to outward appearances, . . .