Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead weeks ago. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states “implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power […]

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Why Trump’s threat to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea is extraordinary

President Trump took to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and, in his maiden speech there, called the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man,” decried “loser terrorists” and said certain parts of the world are “in fact, going to hell.” But Trump’s perhaps oddly chosen colloquialisms masked what was a pretty astounding escalation of his rhetoric when […]

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The key players in Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Obamacare

It wouldn’t be 2017 if congressional Republicans weren’t a few votes shy of passing legislation to kill Obamacare. And it wouldn’t be 2017 if there weren’t dual cases to made that they might actually succeed — and that the likelihood of success looks extremely thin. The advent of the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan means the GOP has another chance to rebound from its […]

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Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry

President Trump’s legal team is wrestling with how much to cooperate with the special counsel looking into Russian election interference, an internal debate that led to an angry confrontation last week between two White House lawyers and that could shape the course of the investigation. At the heart of the clash is an issue that has challenged multiple presidents during […]

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Bewildered by That Rarest of Sightings in Washington — Bipartisanship

Bipartisanship can be disorienting. That’s why Washington has seemed so perplexed over the past 10 days. An unexpected outbreak of cooperation between President Trump and the two top congressional Democrats has upended the established order and left lawmakers grasping to divine the significance, especially Republicans who saw themselves as a strong ruling majority. “You’ve got an unconventional president who is […]

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Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership

If “war” against the Republican establishment is what former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon wants, then war is what he will get. Deep-pocketed supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders have resolved to fight a protracted battle over the next year for the soul of the party in congressional primaries. “It’s shaping up to […]

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Trump and Democrats strike DACA deal. Yes? No?

At 6:11 Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted that despite news reports to the contrary, he and Democratic congressional leaders had reached “no deal” on protections for young undocumented immigrants brought here as children. At 6:20 a.m., after a night of fretting by his supporters, he tweeted that the big, beautiful border wall he had long promised “will continue to be built.” Then, […]

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