Partisan clash on Obamacare raises specter of government shutdown

Democrats accused President Trump of trying to sabotage the nation’s health-care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain. Trump’s decision, announced Friday after months of criticizing the payments as an insurance industry bailout, will throw in doubt the private insurance […]

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Germany’s Merkel faces tricky task to build government

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe’s biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.Sunday’s election left Merkel’s conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germany’s leader of the past 12 years. However, the result leaves no other party able […]

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Republicans are in full control of government but losing control of their party

Six months after seizing complete control of the federal government, the Republican Party stands divided as ever — plunged into a messy war among its factions that has escalated in recent weeks to crisis levels. Frustrated lawmakers are increasingly sounding off at a White House awash in turmoil and struggling to accomplish its legislative agenda. President Trump is scolding Republican […]

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Government seeks dismissal of suit over Trump’s businesses

Justice Department lawyers sought the dismissal Friday of a lawsuit alleging that Republican President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.The government filed papers in Manhattan federal court saying none of the plaintiffs had suffered an injury that would give them standing to bring such a lawsuit. It also said the relief […]

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Macron to unveil first French government

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to end the suspense over his first government on Wednesday after a 24-hour delay in unveiling what he has promised will be a new-look cabinet. On the campaign trail ahead of his election on May 7, Macron pledged a slimmed-down group of ministers of around 15 people, half of them women and including people […]

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How Government Secrets Are Declassified and Disclosed

The news that President Trump disclosed highly classified information about the Islamic State during a meeting with Russian officials, jeopardizing an ally’s intelligence source, has raised interest in legal issues surrounding disclosures of classified information. Who sets the rules for declassifications or disclosures? The classification system is regulated by executive orders, which presidents periodically update and replace. The current version […]

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Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

Kosovo’s government collapsed on Wednesday after losing a no-confidence vote, setting the scene for an early election after months of political deadlock over a border demarcation deal that critics say would mean a loss of territory for the tiny Balkan country. Prime Minister Isa Mustafa’s coalition government lost in a 78-34 vote, with three abstentions and five lawmakers not present. […]

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Ryan promises to keep government open but makes no promises on health care

House leaders told GOP lawmakers Saturday that they plan to devote their energy this week to keeping the federal government open, conspicuously avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care despite pledges to do so by conservatives and the White House. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), speaking on a conference call with GOP members, offered no specific plan […]

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Trump finds himself on the defensive on a pair of government transparency issues

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended President Trump’s decision to keep visitor logs to the White House complex under wraps, saying his predecessor’s policy amounted to “faux” government transparency. The Trump administration drew criticism from an array of watchdog groups when it announced Friday that it would end the Obama administration’s policy of making most visitor logs […]

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