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Senate Parliamentarian Deals GOP Repeal-Only Plan A Blow

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The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that the Senate’s bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act without providing for a replacement cannot proceed under the Senate’s reconciliation rules, making it even less likely that the body will be able to pass any health care form bill before the beginning of the summer recess: Several key […]

Sean Spicer Out As White House Press Secretary

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A big but not unexpected personnel change at the White House.

Trump Administration Seeking To Undermine Robert Mueller’s Investigation

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Robert Mueller seems to be getting closer to the President, and the Administration is responding by seeking to undermine his investigation.

Senate To Move Ahead On Health Care Reform Votes That Seem Unlikely To Succeed

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The Senate isn’t giving up in its efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that it seems clear that the votes aren’t there.

John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

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Sad news about a Washington stalwart.

Jon Huntsman Nominated To Be Ambassador To Russia

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A good choice for an important position.

Trump And Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Meeting At G-20

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Is there anyone in the Trump Administration or family who hasn’t held undisclosed meetings with Russians?

Donald Trump Fails The Leadership Test Again

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President Trump’s reaction to the failure of health care reform efforts in the Senate demonstrates yet again that he doesn’t know how to be President.

Senate GOP’s Plan C On Health Care Dies In Less Than A Day

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What looks like it will be the Senate GOP’s last effort on the issue of health care reform died less than a day after being put on the table.

McConnell Pulls The Plug On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

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With the defection of two more Senators, the latest effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act has gone down in flames.

Americans Favor Obamacare Over GOP Replacements Two-To-One

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New polling indicates that the Affordable Care Act has gained in popularity with the American public, while Republican reform efforts are viewed overwhelmingly negatively.

Trump Continues To Slump In The Polls

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With the Administration’s six-month point approaching, Donald Trump continues to lag in the polls.

Trump Reportedly Won’t Visit Britain Until He Gets Better Press Coverage

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President Trump is apparently saying that he will delay his expected state visit to the United Kingdom until he gets better coverage from the British press: Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a “better reception”. The US President asked the Prime Minister to […]

Senate Health Care Debate Delayed Due To McCain Surgery

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With the fate of the Senate health care reform bill hanging in the balance, the Senate will delay consideration of the bill due to the unexpected absence of one Senator.

Senate GOP Releases Revised Version Of Obamacare ‘Repeal And Replace’ Bill

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Senate Republicans have introduced their latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Bill Murphy Holds Huge Lead In Race To Succeed Chris Christie In New Jersey

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A new poll shows the Democratic candidate for New Jersey Governor has a seemingly insurmountable lead over his Republican opponent, who just happens to be Chris Christie’s Lieutenant Governor: The latest poll in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor shows Democratic nominee Phil Murphy with a commanding 27-point lead over Republican […]

Justice Dept. Fails To Comply With Court Order To Release Details On Sessions Russia Contacts

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NPR is reporting that the Justice Department has failed to comply with a Federal District Court’s Order that it provide a list of the Attorney General’s contacts with Russian officials: In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts […]

White House Under Siege As Russia Revelations Continue

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Six months of revelations about ties to Russia is taking its toll on White House staffers.

Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

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Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

McConnell Delays Senate’s Summer Recess Two Weeks

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In a sign that the ongoing health care reform debate inside the Senate GOP Caucus is not going well, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this afternoon that the Senate’s August recess would be delayed two weeks: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would cut the chamber’s August recess in half, saying […]

That Donald Trump Jr. Meeting Is Looking More And More Like Collusion

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The revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with someone represented as being a Russian government official just keep getting worse.

Senate GOP Faces Another Make Or Break Week On Health Care Reform

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The Senate GOP’s effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act is headed for a bumpy ride.

Senate Returns To Work No Closer To A Health Care Deal

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The Senate is back from its recess, but no closer to a health care bill that has any realistic chance of passing.

Australian Journalist’s Trump Takedown Goes Viral

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An Australian television reporter’s comments about President Trump’s impact on the recently concluded G-20 summit have gone viral: In an Australian news broadcast that seems to have resonated with Americans, a political journalist delivered a scathing evaluation of President Trump’s performance last week at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The journalist, Chris Uhlmann, […]

A Solid June Jobs Report Signals Bounce Back From Slump In May

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The June Jobs Report was significantly better than what we saw in May but on the whole not different from what we’ve seen for the last three years or so.

Democrats Battling Over Party’s Future

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After seven years that mostly consisted of losing elections, there’s a battle going on over which direction the party should head.

GOP Senators Facing Health Care Blowback At Home

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Senate Republicans are back home and hearing from their constituents on health care reform. It’s not going well for them.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

Anthony Kennedy Drops A Big Hint About Potential Retirement in 2018

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Justice Kennedy is telling prospective law clerks for the term that beings in October 2018 that he is considering retiring at the end of the term that begins this October.

States Resist Giving Data To Trump’s ‘Voter Integrity’ Commission

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More than twenty states are resisting requests for data from a ‘voter integrity’ Commission built on President Trump’s lie that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Republican Health Care Chaos

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The Senate left for vacation without a viable path forward on health care reform, and the road ahead seems treacherous and hard to navigate.

The New York Post On Trump’s Tweets

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The New York Post has published an editorial on President Trump’s latest Twitter tirade: Stop. Just stop. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. The editorial links to a Post article about Trump’s attacks on Mika Brezinski yesterday and pretty much says all that needs to be said. Incidentally, a report yesterday on MSNBC stated that […]

German Parliament Approves Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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The German Parliament has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, a somewhat surprising move ahead of Federal elections in this fall: BERLIN — When Sarah Kermer proposed to her girlfriend in March, she knew she was in love, but she did not know when, if ever, Germany would allow them to marry. The […]

Sarah Palin Sues The New York Times For Defamation

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Sarah Palin has filed a defamation suit against The New York Times alleging defamation in an Editorial linking her to the January 2011 shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. From the facts alleged, she appears to have a good case.

Supreme Court Reaffirms Obergefell, Orders Gay Couples Be Treated Equally On Birth Certificates

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On the second anniversary of its decision in Obergefell, the Supreme Court struck another blow in favor of LGBT rights.

Another Deplorable Trump Twitter Tirade

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Once again, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack women, embarrass himself, and embarrass the nation he purports to represent.

Federal Government Ends Effort To Strip Redskins Of Their Trademarks

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In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Federal Government is ending its defense of an effort to revoke the trademarks of the Washington Redskins.

Rex Tillerson Clashing With White House Over Personnel And Other Issues

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is apparently chafing under a White House that isn’t letting him do his job.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Are Historically Bad And Only Likely To Get Worse

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Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in more than eighty years.

Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Most Americans Oppose The Senate’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

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The GOP’s effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare faces another roadblock, namely the fact that the American public doesn’t support their replacement plan.

Trump Golf Courses Displaying Fake Time Magazine Cover Featuring Donald Trump

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Donald Trump’s golf courses are displaying something that literally is fake news.

Senate GOP Delays Vote On Health Care Reform

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A big setback for Republican efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Baker Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

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The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a Colorado baker in a case that will determine if claims of religious liberty and free expression outweigh the application of generally applicable laws against discrimination.

CBO Score Casts Even More Doubt On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

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Once again, a bad CBO score is casting doubt on a Republican health care reform bill.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bar On Secular Aid To Church-Run Schools

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The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not exclude church-run schools from an aid program with a wholly secular purpose.

The End Of An Era At The Supreme Court

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In addition to marking the end of the October 2016 term of the Supreme Court, today also marked the end of an era in the Supreme Court Press Room. After some 58 years covering the Supreme Court of the United States, a career that has covered Court’s overseen a body led by Chief Justices Earl […]

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

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There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from […]

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