Trump and Democrats blame Obama over Russia meddling

President Donald Trump and senior Democrats joined in blaming Barack Obama for not doing more to stop Russia interfering with the 2016 presidential election. In an early morning tweet, Trump appeared to acknowledge that Russia had meddled in the election. He has previously decried multiple investigations into alleged collusion between his officials and Russia as a “witch hunt.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as […]

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Even with no GOP Senate bill in sight, Democrats and allies begin mobilizing to fight it

Surrounded by several fellow Democrats in a meeting room in the Capitol Visitors Center, Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) lashed out Wednesday afternoon at Republican plans to refashion federal health policies, contending that they would “hit rural communities like a wrecking ball.” But the plans that Wyden was condemning at an all-Democratic hearing were not part of a Senate bill. In […]

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Democrats in Congress suing Trump, citing conflicts

Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Wednesday morning alleging that his continued ties to his business empire violate the U.S. Constitution. The unprecedented legal action accuses Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts or titles from foreign governments without congressional approval. The lawsuit […]

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Sessions Defends Trump as Democrats Accuse Him of `Stonewalling’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions played two starkly different roles as he fielded questions from lawmakers over the firing of FBI chief James Comey and alleged Russian connections to himself and other associates of Donald Trump. For Republicans at Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions was the nation’s top law enforcement officer, defending the president and declining to shed […]

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Trump Claims Historic Success, Despite ‘Obstructionist’ Democrats

President Donald Trump blamed “obstructionist” Democrats for slowing his agenda Monday, even as he lauded his success as historic.Meeting at the White House with his entire cabinet for the first time, Trump used his opening remarks to blame Democrats for delaying the meeting, saying the opposition party held up key appointments in the Senate to score political points. “They are […]

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Democrats confident they can block Trump’s agenda after spending-bill win

Democrats believe they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between President Trump and GOP […]

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White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump’s outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The proposal unveiled Wednesday would also repeal several […]

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Hill Republicans trying to avert a shutdown need Democrats — and Trump

Congressional Republicans are working aggressively to craft an agreement intended to keep the government open past April 28, but their bid to avert a shutdown hinges on courting Democrats wary of President Trump and skirting the wrath of hard-line conservatives and Trump himself. The murky path forward on government funding sparked unease Wednesday within the business community and at the […]

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Republicans, Democrats Agree on One Thing

Republicans and Democrats see eye to eye on at least one thing — both parties are experiencing sharp internal division. Three-quarters of Republicans and Republican-leaners say the Republican Party is split, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey Poll, while a majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaners say the same about their party. Just a quarter of Republicans, 24 percent, think the […]

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