Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) writes in a Fox News op-ed Monday that, despite the "conventional wisdom on the cocktail circuit" and the chatter in the "elite salons of Washington," ObamaCare can still be repealed.
"The only reason we can't accomplish both objectives [to slow healthcare spending and repeal ObamaCare] is political will — because Washington needs a Beltway-sized reality check," he writes.
Though ostensibly a policy primer, Jindal's op-ed also doubles as a campaign pitch tuned to the key of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) Both politicians are believed to be considering White House bids, though Jindal has yet to gain a fraction of the attention heaped on Cruz and other potential candidates. So in taking up Cruz's ObamaCare repeal mantle and, like Cruz, offering plenty of dogmatic red meat — the op-ed bashes "Beltway insiders," and includes lines like "we are not willing to quit on the idea of America" — Jindal is angling to present himself to conservative voters as a viable alternative in 2016.
Unlike most other Republicans calling for ObamaCare repeal, Jindal has offered his own plan to replace the law. Yet hitching his hopes to the increasingly unpopular idea of ObamaCare repeal may turn out to be a myopic approach. Jon Terbush
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.