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Senate Republicans have tolerated Trump’s controversies. His treatment of Sessions is different. – Washington Post

Washington PostSenate Republicans have tolerated Trump's controversies. His treatment of Sessions is different.Washington PostSen. John Cornyn counts Attorney General Jeff Sessions as one of his best friends in Washington, and their wives are even closer, making the couples regular double-date partners. “We occasionally get together to break bread,” the Senate majority whip ...Senate GOP … [Read more...]

Texas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex them – Texas Tribune

ReutersTexas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex themTexas TribuneAmong several bills that seek to curb the power of local regulations, the Senate on Wednesday tentatively passed Senate Bill 6, which would allow residents of areas up for possible annexation by cities to hold a referendum on whether the annexation can ...Texas Senate votes to curb transgender … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama rises above racist jabs to empower women – CNN International

CNN InternationalMichelle Obama rises above racist jabs to empower womenCNN InternationalShe stayed away from current politics, but did mention the campaign slogan of her husband, former President Barack Obama. "It was never 'yes he can'; it was 'yes we can,'" Obama said. "When we put so much on a person, on a leader, we absolve ourselves ...Michelle Obama … [Read more...]

The GOP tried to troll Hillary Clinton. It backfired spectacularly. – Washington Post

Washington PostThe GOP tried to troll Hillary Clinton. It backfired spectacularly.Washington Post“Our health care system is collapsing, but Democrats refuse to bring anything to the table. Where's THEIR plan? ... Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former president Bill Clinton acknowledging issues with the health-care system. The GOP then took a shot at ...Hillary Clinton fires back after official GOP … [Read more...]

Cruz Amendment to Senate Health-Care Bill Now Dividing GOP – New York Magazine

New York MagazineCruz Amendment to Senate Health-Care Bill Now Dividing GOPNew York Magazine“I would say that if we voted on the Cruz proposal, it would be in the neighborhood of 37 to 15 against, 37 no votes and 15 yeses, and that's probably generous,” said a GOP aide familiar with the Senate negotiations. “Nobody wants to go home and say to ...and more » … [Read more...]

Gorsuch already making conservative mark on Supreme Court, amid Kennedy rumors – Fox News

Fox NewsGorsuch already making conservative mark on Supreme Court, amid Kennedy rumorsFox NewsThe newest member of the Supreme Court already is making his mark after just three months on the job, effectively restoring a conservative tilt to the bench in decision after decision – amid mounting speculation over whether President Trump could soon ...and more » … [Read more...]

Why Won’t the Democrats Challenge Trump on North Korea? – The Atlantic

The AtlanticWhy Won't the Democrats Challenge Trump on North Korea?The AtlanticAfter Kim tested an intercontinental ballistic missile this week, Politico reported that “Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to increase pressure on North Korea and China.” In May, every ... In March, the ...Trump puts North Korea on notice: US weighing 'pretty … [Read more...]

More Democrats embrace universal coverage — and the GOP goes on the attack – Washington Post

Washington PostMore Democrats embrace universal coverage — and the GOP goes on the attackWashington PostRepublicans have noticed — and have begun to attack. Facing a widespread voter backlash over the House and Senate repeal bills, they're trying to make universal coverage a political anchor for Democrats by asking if they can seriously defend trillions ...and more » … [Read more...]

Trump: Obama Should Have Punished Russia, Which Might Be Innocent – New York Magazine

New York MagazineTrump: Obama Should Have Punished Russia, Which Might Be InnocentNew York MagazineDonald Trump appears before the media in Poland. Photo: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images. Lawyers have a concept called “arguing in the alternative,” in which a counsel makes a series of mutually exclusive defenses against the prosecution's case. … [Read more...]

Donald Trump just defined what being ‘modern day presidential’ president looks like – CNN International

Daily BeastDonald Trump just defined what being 'modern day presidential' president looks likeCNN InternationalHe refused to say definitively that Russia was behind the meddling into the 2016 election. He attacked former President Barack Obama for "choking" when confronted with intelligence regarding Russian hacking. (And yes, this is the same intelligence that ...President … [Read more...]

Senate health care plan: Recess isn’t helping McConnell’s hunt for 50 votes – CNN International

PoliticoSenate health care plan: Recess isn't helping McConnell's hunt for 50 votesCNN InternationalSenate Republicans are back in their home states for a weeklong break, and already, some of them have gotten an earful on the controversial GOP legislation to dismantle Obamacare. The message from their home-state constituents: Don't you dare vote for ...Senate Obamacare repeal vote … [Read more...]

Senator, Un(Interrupted): Kamala Harris’s Rise Among Democrats – New York Times

New York TimesSenator, Un(Interrupted): Kamala Harris's Rise Among DemocratsNew York TimesMs. Harris's brushes with national attention predate her Senate election, with a notable cameo from President Obama in 2013. After an event then, he was compelled to apologize after telling a group of Democrats that, in addition to being “brilliant ...and more » … [Read more...]

Trump Says ‘I Think It Was Russia’ And ‘Others Also’ In Election Meddling – NPR

NPRTrump Says 'I Think It Was Russia' And 'Others Also' In Election MeddlingNPRPresident Trump reaffirmed America's commitment to a core NATO defense policy and discussed Russia's meddling in the U.S. election Thursday, in remarks to reporters and in an address delivered during a brief visit to Poland. Appearing next to Polish ...Trump pivots to attack Obama when asked … [Read more...]

President Trump angrily lashes out at ‘Morning Joe’ hosts on Twitter – Washington Post

Washington PostPresident Trump angrily lashes out at 'Morning Joe' hosts on TwitterWashington PostPresident Trump lashed out at the hosts of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” in two vicious tweets Thursday morning, calling Mika Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy” and claiming that she had a facelift late last year. Trump also called Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe” and ...Today in Entertainment: President … [Read more...]

Why Hillary Clinton won’t admit that she made mistakes – Recode

RecodeWhy Hillary Clinton won't admit that she made mistakesRecode“This is one of the first times in 25 years that Hillary Clinton has not had to be a professional politician,” Traister said. “There was a viral video that went around before the election of 25 years of Hillary being asked the same question, which was ...and more » … [Read more...]

If these two Republicans can’t agree, the Senate can’t pass its health-care bill – Washington Post

Washington PostIf these two Republicans can't agree, the Senate can't pass its health-care billWashington PostThey came to the Senate together amid less fanfare than some of their 2010 classmates, with lower profiles that didn't lead to presidential bids. But Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio) and Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) were intellectual forces inside the Republican ...How Governors From Both … [Read more...]

Health care state-of-play: More meetings, but only among Republicans – CNN

CNNHealth care state-of-play: More meetings, but only among RepublicansCNNMore and more Senators talking about postponing or not repealing at all some of the Obamacare taxes -- most notably the 3.8% tax on net investment income for people who earn more than $200K (which would be repealed retroactively in the Senate bill).Republicans frustrated as their to-do list growsPoliticoThe Daily 202: Even … [Read more...]

Obama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here’s why. – Washington Post

Washington PostObama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here's why.Washington PostThis past weekend, The Washington Post published a new account of the Obama administration's struggle to respond to Russian covert activity during the 2016 election — and new details on the intelligence and internal debate about retaliation. One ...and more » … [Read more...]