With or without Trump, GOP insurgency plans for a civil war in 2018 midterms

The next Republican revolution began last week on a bright blue bus parked at a nighttime rally in Montgomery, Ala., days before a firebrand GOP candidate won the state’s Senate primary. But unlike previous Republican revolutionaries, the hard-line figures who stepped out to cheers did not want to yank the party to the right on age-old issues such as taxes […]

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Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead weeks ago. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states “implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power […]

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Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership

If “war” against the Republican establishment is what former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon wants, then war is what he will get. Deep-pocketed supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP leaders have resolved to fight a protracted battle over the next year for the soul of the party in congressional primaries. “It’s shaping up to […]

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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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With brutal Sept. to-do list, GOP already clashing over Harvey relief, debt limit

President Trump and congressional Republicans return to work this week facing enormous pressure to achieve major policy victories and fulfill such basic acts of governance as providing disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, avoiding a default on the nation’s debt and keeping federal agencies open.So far, there is little evidence of a path to success.On Sunday, a proposal […]

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