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Trump promises ‘big surprise’ on stalled health-care bill

6 hours 25 min ago

A day after Senate Republicans pulled plans to vote on their health-care bill this week, President Trump promised a surprise on the matter, though he did not specify what. “Health care is working along very well. … We're gonna have a big surprise," Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. "We have a […]
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Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to visit France for Bastille Day on July 14

10 hours 12 min ago

President Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to visit and plans to travel to France to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 at an event that will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I to fight alongside France and other allies. “President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s […]
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Democrats’ ‘resistance’ calls for a July 4 recess push to kill GOP’s bill

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 20:08
The moment that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Republicans that there could be no vote on the party's health-care bill this week, Senate Democrats were in a familiar position — headed to a protest. In the “Senate swamp,” a well-kept lawn across from the Capitol, hundreds of activists from Planned Parenthood, AFSCME, and […]
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White House spokeswoman unloads on media over CNN retraction

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 16:33
Senate Republicans have walked away from their plans to vote on their health-care bill this week, and the Trump administration believes the Syrian regime is planning another chemical weapons attack against its own people. But at the first opportunity during Tuesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted the media in […]
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Senators take the health-care debate to Capitol steps

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 22:42
On Monday night, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) gathered colleagues on the steps outside the Senate, where they talked for hours into a Facebook feed as activists filed in and out to watch the debate. The tone alternated between grim stories of people who would lose access to Medicaid, and in-jokes between the senators. “We've brought […]
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White House says Syria’s Assad preparing another chemical attack, warns of ‘heavy’ penalty

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 22:20
The White House issued an ominous warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday night, pledging that his regime would pay a "heavy price" if it carried out another chemical attack this year. In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the United States had detected evidence of preparations for a chemical […]
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Kushner adds defense attorney Abbe Lowell to Russia-investigation legal team

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 19:30

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, has retained storied white-collar defense lawyer Abbe Lowell to advise him in the ongoing Russia investigation, a White House official confirmed. Lowell, a lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke, has defended a number of high-profile clients and was chief counsel to House Democrats during impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. […]
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Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump travel ban to go into effect and agrees to hear the case in the fall

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 10:35
The case was at the Supreme Court because two federal appellate courts had ruled against President Trump’s travel policy, which would impose a 90-day pause in travel from citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The president’s travel order has been one of the most controversial of the Trump administration, as the first […]
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Supreme Court sides with Missouri church in major church-state decision over use of public funds

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 10:18
Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., wanted to participate in a state program that reimbursed the cost of rubberizing the surface of playgrounds. But the state said that was not allowed. The exclusion raised big questions about how to uphold the Constitution’s prohibition on government support for religion without discriminating against those who are religious. […]
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Supreme Court will take case on baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to gay couple

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 09:39
The Supreme Court said it will consider next term whether a Denver baker unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. Lower courts had ruled that Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, had violated Colorado’s public accommodations law, which prohibits refusing service to customers based on factors such […]
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White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion

Sun, 25/06/2017 - 11:56
The White House blamed the Obama administration Sunday for failing to tackle possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Trump's predecessor for an issue currently facing the president himself as part of a widening FBI probe. Appearing on ABC's “This Week” on Sunday morning, Kellyanne Conway, […]
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Koch network withholding support of Senate health-care bill, pushing for changes

Sat, 24/06/2017 - 20:01

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Koch network is working with conservative allies behind the scenes to make changes to the Senate health-care bill that was unveiled this week, declining to endorse the measure as it stands. As hundreds of donors gathered Saturday for a three-day seminar organized by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, leaders from the constellation […]
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Koch network unveils partnership with Deion Sanders to launch summer meeting

Sat, 24/06/2017 - 16:21
Colorado Springs — The Koch network kicked off its summer meeting here Saturday by announcing a partnership with former NFL star Deion Sanders to tackle poverty in Dallas. The network, led by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, is best known for spending hundreds of millions every election cycle on politics but also backs nonpolitical philanthropic activities. […]
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Trump acts out firing his VA secretary if new reforms are not implemented successfully

Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:09

President Trump on Friday pantomimed killing off his veterans affairs secretary should he fail to successfully implement new reforms at the long-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs. At a ceremony in the East Room of the White House where he signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, Trump said, “I have no doubt it will be […]
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Putin denied meddling in the U.S. election. The CIA caught him doing just that.

Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly — and often tauntingly — denied that his government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Earlier this month he said that the cyber campaign might have been the work of “patriotically minded” Russian hackers he likened to “artists” who take to canvases to express their moods and political […]
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An inside listen into Obama’s struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Fri, 23/06/2017 - 08:18

The Washington Post published a captivating story Friday that offers a deep look inside the Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The details and timeline add insight into where the United States stands with Russia and what President Trump faces today. The story raises “Can He Do That?” questions for both the […]
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Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe

Fri, 23/06/2017 - 08:05

President Trump laid out his belief that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is biased in the expanding Russia investigation and suggested in an interview broadcast Friday morning that he may eventually need to step down. Asked by Fox News Channel whether Mueller should "recuse himself from the investigation," Trump said three times "we'll have to see," […]
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Trump says he has no ‘tapes’ of Comey conversations

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 13:08

President Trump said Thursday that he does not have "tapes" of his private conversations with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, finally ending a mystery of his own creation that began last month when he suggested that he had privately recorded their talks. Trump on May 12 floated the idea that he had an audio record […]
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Trump mocks Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 10:49

The Democratic Party's charged debate about whether it needs a new generation of leaders included a new voice on Thursday: President Trump. Trump mocked the twin faces of the Democrats in Washington — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — in a Thursday morning tweet, facetiously urging them to stay […]
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Trump: Russian interference is ‘all a big Dem HOAX!’

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 10:25
President Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election “all a big Dem HOAX” and accused former president Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough last year to “stop” Russian interference. In morning tweets, Trump opined on the Russia probe and sought to assert his innocence, even as special counsel Robert S. […]
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