Democrats Aided GOP Bill’s Demise

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the defeat of his bid to overturn the 2010 Affordable Care Act and enact Republican policy in its place. In some ways he may have been right. Supporters of the health law popularly known as Obamacare launched an all-out campaign for its survival, keeping Democrats unified in opposition to its repeal, and identifying and […]

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GOP controls federal government but struggles to govern

The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted […]

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Donald Trump is giving a lot of mixed messages about whom to blame on health care

Republicans’ blame game for their failure to pass a health-care bill is in full swing. And — in a sharp contrast from Friday, when he pointed the finger at Democrats — President Trump is turning his fire at his own party. Here’s what he tweeted Sunday morning. It’s a mixed message, to say the least. On Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to […]

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GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington

The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted […]

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A new dynamic may be emerging in the House

President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan made it a binary choice: You’re either for their health-care legislation or you’re for “Obamacare.” From Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) to Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), spanning the party’s ideological spectrum, the answer came back Friday: No, it’s much more complex. It was filled with several different options and possible routes ahead, and dozens […]

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Paul Ryan’s High-Profile Failure

It should have been a crowning moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Wisconsin Republican had campaigned, both as a congressman and as a vice presidential nominee, on repealing and replacing Obamacare, and he finally had what he needed to do it: control of both chambers of Congress and a Republican president equally determined to kill President Barack Obama’s landmark […]

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With Obamacare repeal dreams dashed, what can GOP accomplish?

Republicans suffered a bruising, self-inflicted blow Friday when they tanked their own health care bill and gave up on that long-held priority. The question now is whether the GOP can recover and accomplish other items on the congressional agenda — whether it’s passing spending bills to keep the government open or enacting sweeping tax reform. “They lost their first major legislative fight and did […]

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Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure or he’ll move on

President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation’s health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative priorities. The president, through his aides in a closed-door meeting, signaled that the time for negotiations was over with rank-and-file […]

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