White House seeks to weaken ACA’s individual mandate

White House officials have prepared an executive order that would weaken the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that taxpayers demonstrate proof of insurance, according to people briefed on the matter, suggesting they will issue it if congressional Republicans cannot achieve the same goal through the tax reform process.President Trump supports abolishing the insurance requirement, called the individual mandate, but he cannot eliminate it unilaterally because […]

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Trump on military death, and taxes

President Donald Trump’s boast that he surpasses his predecessors in consoling families of the fallen proved empty this past week as many stepped forward to say they’d never heard from him after losing their loved ones in military service. The suddenly fraught and politically charged subject overshadowed other misfires from the president, on taxes, hurricane relief and more. A look […]

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Brazile: I Found ‘No Evidence’ That Dem Primaries Were ‘Rigged’

Donna Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), on Sunday said she found no evidence “whatsoever” that the 2016 primary process was “rigged.” “I found no evidence, none whatsoever,” Brazile said on ABC News’ “This Week.” Brazile claimed the only thing she found “was this memorandum that prevented the DNC from running its own operation.” In a piece in Politico […]

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Tax bill raises red flags for Senate GOP

The House Republican tax reform package has put Senate Republicans in a tough spot, much like the House-passed ObamaCare repeal bill did earlier this year. The legislation is expected to pass the House, starting a tougher battle in the Senate, where Republicans control 52 seats and can’t pass a bill if they suffer more than two defections and Democrats remain […]

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Commerce Secretary’s Offshore Ties to Putin ‘Cronies’

After becoming commerce secretary, Wilbur L. Ross Jr. retained investments in a shipping firm he once controlled that has significant business ties to a Russian oligarch subject to American sanctions and President Vladimir V. Putin’s son-in-law, according to newly disclosed documents. The shipper, Navigator Holdings, earns millions of dollars a year transporting gas for one of its top clients, a giant […]

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Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Bring Charges in Flynn Investigation

The pressure on Flynn is the latest signal that Mueller is moving at a rapid, and steady, pace in his investigation. Last week, investigators unsealed indictments of Manafort and Manafort’s business partner Rick Gates. They pleaded not guilty. Mueller is applying renewed pressure on Flynn following his indictment of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, three sources familiar with the investigation […]

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Conservative Republicans demand Mueller recuse himself over uranium deal

Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who wrote the resolution, accuses Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he was serving […]

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Republicans’ tax overhaul pitch faces skeptical public

Republican lawmakers face a skeptical public as they embark on selling a major tax overhaul plan with tepid support before its release and most Americans critical of President Trump’s tax restructuring efforts so far, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. A third of Americans support Trump’s tax plan, while 50 percent oppose it, a 17-point negative margin driven by overwhelming […]

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Trump pushes DOJ on Clinton, won’t rule out firing Sessions

President Donald Trump said he is “disappointed” with the Justice Department and won’t rule out firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if Sessions won’t investigate Democrats. “Honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House on his 12-day trip to Asia. His comments came after he launched a multi-part Twitter attack criticizing his former […]

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