Democratic control of Senate moves from preposterous to possible

The possibility that Democrats could win the Senate in 2018 seemed preposterous a year ago given President Trump’s stunning victory and the basic math facing a party defending three times as many seats as Republicans in November’s midterm elections. Not anymore. The debate has grown over Democrats’ chances of capturing control of the agenda and holding power over Trump’s nominations, […]

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Pence Quiet After Trump’s Reported ‘S**thole’ Comments

Vice President Mike Pence has yet to make a statement, of any kind, following the wave of reports of President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” and other perceived racist comments. Trump reportedly described Haiti and African nations as “shitholes” and asked why more people from countries like Norway cannot immigrate to the U.S. during a meeting on immigration reform on Thursday, […]

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Congress reacts to Trump’s “sh*thole countries” comment

After President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers Thursday, “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” and then went on to say, “We should bring in more people from places like Norway,” members of Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, mostly distanced themselves from the president. Here’s what some of them had to say: Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida It wasn’t just […]

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Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor

Rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the Trump administration said Thursday it will allow states to require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program’s half-century history. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said requiring work or community involvement can make a positive difference in people’s lives and […]

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White House: No deal yet on immigration

A bipartisan group of senators working to resolve the status of young undocumented immigrants, border security and restrictions on legal migration has offered an opening bid on an agreement and is seeking support from fellow senators and President Trump. Six senators working on immigration issues “have an agreement in principle. We’re shopping it to our colleagues,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) […]

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Democrats go it alone on Russia probe after partisan breakdowns

Democrats are striking out on their own this week over all but one of the congressional investigations into Russian meddling, independently releasing reports and transcripts, and attacking Republicans they accuse of intentionally undermining active probes in deference to President Trump. Senior Democratic officials in the Senate, frustrated by what they consider a Republican campaign to discredit the law enforcement and […]

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DACA negotiations: Key questions to avoiding a shutdown

For all the ongoing negotiations, groups, and proposals related to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, senior Republicans in both chambers have shifted gears fully to the idea that the government will need to be funded on January 19 without a DACA solution. Even the most optimistic say the chance of any agreement on immigration proposals coming together […]

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Trump administration opts for speed over accuracy in implementing new tax law

The Trump administration is pushing American businesses to withhold less in taxes from paychecks by February, aiming to quickly deliver the boost in take-home pay that Republicans promised their tax law would bring. But the rush could expose millions of workers to the risk of underpaying taxes to the government now, which means they might owe more than they are […]

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President Winfrey? No way, says Trump: “I’ll beat Oprah”

President Winfrey? No way, says political prognosticator Donald Trump. “I’ll beat Oprah,” the president declared flatly at a White House meeting Tuesday — though he quickly added, “I don’t think she’s going to run.” Asked about all the presidential speculation suddenly swirling around Winfrey, the typically pugilistic Trump steered clear of nasty nicknames and colorful insults while sizing up such […]

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