The biggest defeat of Donald Trump’s early presidency — the health-care reform effort getting pulled from the House floor on Friday — revealed a lack of a mandate and a lack of numbers. The lack of a mandate: Despite winning in November, President Trump lost the popular vote; his current job-approval rating sits between the high 30s and low 40s; and the health-care bill he championed wasn’t popular at all. The lack of numbers: Despite controlling Congress, Republicans hold 52 Senate seats (which means they can’t block unified Democratic filibusters), and they enjoy a 237-193 majority in the House (which can vanish if about half of the 30-40 House Freedom Caucus members don’t play ball).

(via After Health Care Defeat, Trump’s Two Options Are Bad and Worse – NBC News)

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