McConnell Says Democrats’ Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature

Senator Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats were a tad premature in exuberantly celebrating the surprise spending deal they struck last week with President Trump. “Let’s put it this way,” Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, said Monday in an interview for The New York Times podcast “The New Washington.” “The deal is not quite as good as my counterpart thought it was.” The […]

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Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the ‘biggest mistake in modern political history’

Former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon believes the firing of FBI director James B. Comey by President Trump was the biggest mistake “maybe in modern political history.” Bannon made the statement during an online segment of his interview with “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday. The statement was extraordinary considering all the political mistakes made in “modern history,” including but not limited to […]

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Senators eye defense bill as a way to challenge Trump’s foreign policy

Rank-and-file senators are eyeing the annual defense bill the Senate will take up this week as a chance to challenge President Trump’s recent controversial moves on national security — but thus far, Republican leaders have resisted their efforts. Senators of both parties are drafting amendments that would step up sanctions against North Korea, roll back Trump’s order to ban transgender […]

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Backlash to Trump’s bipartisanship signals warning for GOP

Republicans who dared to cut deals with Democrats have long had to fear retribution from conservative activists like Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. He had railed against a 2015 debt-ceiling compromise as “absurd,” and as recently as March called for President Trump to use the vote to “create real reforms” to cut spending. But when Trump shocked […]

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Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP

President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.The law is a first installment in replenishing depleted federal emergency coffers. Trump signed it Friday as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and as Texas picks up the pieces after the […]

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Sanders prepares to reveal ‘Medicare for all’ bill

First, consider this: It’s the summer of 2019 and a dozen Democratic presidential candidates are gathered onstage for a debate somewhere in the Midwest. The network moderator concludes her introductions and tees up the opening question. “Who here tonight supports moving the United States toward a single-payer, or ‘Medicare for all,’ taxpayer-funded health care system?” Pause it there and rewind […]

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Senate report blasts Trump’s foreign policy

The Senate Appropriations Committee tore into the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy in a new report, criticizing the White House’s proposed State Department budget as reflective of an “apparent doctrine of retreat” abroad. The unusually harsh language appeared in the report attached to spending legislation for the State Department and foreign operations that totals $51 billion, roughly $11 billion more in […]

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