On Supreme Court Split, Senators Agree: It’s Bad for the Country

One by one, the senators shuffled to the lectern on Wednesday, explaining themselves grimly, reflecting on the specter of mutually assured destruction and wondering aloud how the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch had delivered the institution to this moment. It was the eve of two seminal votes for the Capitol’s upper chamber: an expected Democratic filibuster of […]

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Senate plunges toward historic rules change in Supreme Court standoff

The Senate plowed Tuesday toward a historic and bitter showdown over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, with a parade of lawmakers taking to the Senate floor to deliver politically charged speeches for and against the president’s pick as a final vote neared. There was no sign of compromise as the chamber formally opened debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch, who Senate […]

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McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is claiming he has the votes necessary to thwart a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as a showdown draws near that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. “They seem determined to head into the abyss,” the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats as debate began Tuesday over Judge […]

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Republican Health Proposal Would Undermine Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions

Throughout the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and Republican congressional leaders have insisted they would retain a crucial, popular part of the health law: the promise that people can buy insurance even if they’ve had illnesses in the past. Their efforts foundered last month, when a House health bill had to be pulled from […]

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Trump Is Ready for Tax Cuts, but His Treasury Department Isn’t

After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative initiative, a tax overhaul. “Obviously, we’re driving the train on this,” said Sean Spicer, the president’s spokesman. But two and a half months after taking office, President Trump does not appear to have the personnel in place to get an overhaul […]

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Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama. From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president. It hasn’t […]

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