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Senators Say They Have Bipartisan Deal To Save Obamacare Subsidies

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Republican Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray say they’ve reached a bipartisan deal to fix an important part of the Affordable Care Act.

Susan Collins Forgoes Bid For Maine Governor, Will Run For Re-Election Instead

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Susan Collins will stay in the Senate rather than running for Governor of Maine next year.

Republicans Reluctant To Act On ‘Bump Stocks,’ Hoping The ATF Will Act For Them

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After initially signaling support for a bill banning ‘bump stocks,’ Republicans in Congress now appear to be hoping someone else will act for them.

Steve Bannon Declares War On The Senate GOP

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Former Trump aide Steve Bannon is declaring war on Republicans in the Senate.

Dianne Feinstein To Run For Fifth Term

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California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced yesterday that she will run for a fifth term in 2018, ending months of speculation about her political future: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced on Monday morning that she will run for reelection in 2018. “I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate […]

Republicans In Congress Open To Banning Bump Stocks

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Don’t hold your breath, but the Las Vegas shooting may actually prompt Congress to do something.

Supreme Court Appears Split In Political Gerrymandering Case

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The Supreme Court appears split on the question of whether or not partisan Gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

Is Roy Moore’s Victory The Opening Battle In A Republican Civil War?

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Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama is raising fears of a wider battle in the Republican Party heading into 2018.

Three Months After Shooting, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise Returns To Congress

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who represents the 1st Congressional District in Louisiana,returned to the House of Representatives today after being seriously injured three months ago when a gunman opened fire at a practice session for the Republican half of the annual Congressional baseball game: WASHINGTON — Walking gingerly and on two canes, Representative Steve Scalise, […]

Republicans Unveil Broad Outlines Of Tax Reform Package

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Republicans finally unveiled the outlines of a tax reform package yesterday, but the devil is in the still to be determined details.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Allowing Dreamers To Stay In The U.S.

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Another poll shows the vast majority of Americans want Congress to act to help the people covered by DACA.

Tennessee’s Bob Corker Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018

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Bob Corker, who has served in the Senate since winning election in 2006, announced yesterday that he would not stand for re-election.

Roy Moore Wins Alabama Republican Senate Runoff

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Despite, or perhaps because of, his bigoted, radical, far-right positions on the issues, Roy Moore beat the sitting Senator from Alabama in a runoff election that essentially guarantees that he will win the General Election later this year.

John McCain Says His Cancer Prognosis Is Poor

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Speaking about his cancer treatment for the first time, Senator John McCain paints a grim picture.

Latest Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Affordable Care Act Basically Dead

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The latest effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act appears to be dead.

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Likely Dead As McCain Announces Opposition

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The GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears to suffer a fatal blow as Senator John McCain announced his opposition to what is the last gasp of that effort in the Senate.

Fate Of Latest Attempt To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare Remains Unclear

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Senate Republicans have ten days to act on their last-ditch attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare, and it’s not at all clear if they have the votes to do so.

Senate Republicans Considering One Last Effort To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

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Senate Republicans are considering one more last-ditch effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell Open To Eliminating ‘Blue Slips’ For Judicial Nominees

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The Senate appears ready to get rid of another procedural move designed to block judicial nominees.

Pete Domenici, Long-Serving New Mexico Senator, Dies At 85

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Pete Dominici, who served as Senator from New Mexico for more than thirty years, died earlier this week at age of 85: Pete V. Domenici, the former six-term Republican senator from New Mexico whose mastery of budget and tax issues and energy policy made him one of the Senate’s most influential members, died on Wednesday […]

Democrats Say They Reached A Deal With Trump On DACA

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Trump makes a DACA deal, apparently.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars

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Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.

Most Americans Want Dreamers To Have Pathway To Citizenship

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Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay in the country, and most of them also support allowing them to eventually become citizens.

Laws That Forbid Americans From Joining In Boycotts Violate The First Amendment

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Arguments advanced by those advocating a bill that would prevent Americans from participating in a boycott of Israel would not violate the First Amendment appear to be without merit.

Retirements By Capitol Hill Republicans Starting To Pile Up

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A recent uptick in retirements from Congressional Republicans is leading some Republicans to become concerned about the party’s prospects in 2018.

Republicans Have Lost The Gamble They Took On Donald Trump

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Republicans on Capitol Hill and elsewhere were gambling when they lined up behind Donald Trump. So far, they’ve lost.

Steve Bannon Is Going To War Against The Republican Congress

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Steve Bannon may be out of the White House, but his efforts to continue pushing President Trump, and the Republican Party, even further to the populist far-right continues.

Dept. Of Justice Declines To Charge Lois Lerner In Connection With I.R.S. Targeting Scandal

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Despite pleas from conservative lawmakers, the Dept. of Justice will not reopen the case against former I.R.S. official Lois Lerner.

Senate Republicans Accept Defeat On Obamacare ‘Repeal And Replace’

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The effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act is dead for now.

Eliminating The Debt Ceiling: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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Perhaps it’s time to consider getting rid of the debt ceiling entirely.

Donald Trump And The Art Of The Bad Deal

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Donald Trump made a deal with Democrats on spending and the debt ceiling, but it was an exceedingly bad one.

Trump Administration Announces End Of DACA, With Six Month Delay

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The Trump Administration announced today that the program that provided deportation relief to nearly a million people brought to the United States as children would end unless Congress acts to save it.

The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

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As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.

Trump’s Decision On DACA Expected Tuesday

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President Trump is threatening to end a program that has benefited at least 750,000 innocent people.

Donald Trump Still Has Russia On His Brain, And He’s Still Trying To Limit Investigations

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President Trump remains obsessed with the Russian investigation and continues to try to shut it down.

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Mexico Is Supposed To Pay For

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Donald Trump is threatening to shut the government down if Congress doesn’t pay for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

Trump And McConnell Are In A Cold War, And The GOP Agenda Is In Danger

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They may both be Republicans, but the relationship between the President and the Senate Majority Leader is bad and seems to be getting worse.

What It Takes To Be A Congressman’s Driver

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Politico has published an eight-page memorandum reportedly given to Congressional office and campaign workers who drive Indiana Republican Congressman Todd Rikta to and from appointments: Empty his trash. Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready. And don’t bother with “unnecessary conversation” — the congressman doesn’t have time for your chitchat. Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious […]

Disgraced Former Justice Roy Moore Leads Poll For GOP Senate Nomination In Alabama

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Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was twice removed from the bench due to his willful failure to follow the orders of a Federal District Court, is leading in a new poll of the Republican primary for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Former Alabama Supreme […]

Senate Blocks Trump’s Ability To Make Recess Appointments

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Even members of his own party don’t trust Donald Trump enough to make it possible for him to make recess appointments.

Trump Endorses Plan To Cut Legal Immigration By Half

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The President has endorsed a bill that would cut legal immigration in half.

Americans Want Congress To Move On From Trying To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

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A new poll shows that most Americans want Republicans want to move on from their failed effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Once Again Fails On Health Care Reform

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Seven years of rhetoric on health care reform ended early this morning with a narrow vote on a bill that even Republicans didn’t really support.

Senate Votes To Proceed On Health Care Bill That Doesn’t Exist Yet

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In a vote close enough to require the Vice-President to cast a tie-breaking vote, the Senate voted to proceed to debate on a health care bill even though nobody seems to know what bill they’ll ultimately be voting on.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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