The key players in Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Obamacare

It wouldn’t be 2017 if congressional Republicans weren’t a few votes shy of passing legislation to kill Obamacare. And it wouldn’t be 2017 if there weren’t dual cases to made that they might actually succeed — and that the likelihood of success looks extremely thin. The advent of the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan means the GOP has another chance to rebound from its […]

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Republicans jolted by and Democrats wary of, Trump’s overtures to opposing party

Political tremors seized both major parties on Thursday in the wake of President Trump’s sudden alignment with congressional Democrats, leaving Republicans alarmed about the unraveling of their relationship with the White House and uncertain about the prospects for their policy ambitions this fall. In the span of 48 hours, Trump cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government funded […]

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Trump Republicans Invigorate, and Complicate, Party’s Fight for Senate

An anti-immigration Republican who is a fervent supporter of President Trump announced on Tuesday that he will challenge Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, a move that solidifies the president’s stamp on the emerging electoral landscape for 2018. The announcement by Representative Lou Barletta gives Republicans a relatively well-known challenger to Mr. Casey as the party tries to take advantage […]

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Republicans Sued for ‘Racketeering’ Over Trumpcare’s Failure

Congressional Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act—so a former Trump volunteer wants to repeal his donations to the party. Robert Heghmann is a former Trump campaign volunteer, and a sworn enemy of ObamaCare. In a lawsuit filed in Virginia’s Eastern District Court on Thursday, Heghmann says he and fellow Republicans had donated to the GOP with the understanding […]

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Trump and the Republicans just can’t stop running against Hillary Clinton

The national political debate is consumed with allegations of collusion with a foreign government, playing dirty in the election and giving preferential treatment to family and friends. Familiar charges, no doubt, but there is a twist: In each of these cases, President Trump and his allies are making the accusations, and their target is Hillary Clinton — the Democrat vanquished […]

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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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Republicans’ health-care split goes all the way to the party’s soul

For decades, the Republican Party has stood for small government and pledged — if given the opportunity — it would safeguard the country’s financial future by cutting trillions of dollars from federal entitlement programs.  That chance finally came this week. The party balked. At the heart of the failed Senate effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act were irreconcilable […]

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‘Not Right Now’: Republicans and the Art of Not Talking About Trump

Haven’t seen it. Couldn’t tell you. Ask my office. Congressional Republicans, well practiced by now in the craft of protecting an administration stalked by scandal, generally retreated to form on Tuesday when confronted with the extraordinary latest: an email last year, embraced by the president’s son, affirming the Russian government’s support for the Trump campaign and promising damaging information on […]

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