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Republicans Gain 2 Key Votes for Final Tax Bill

Rubio, Corker make passage of tax bill increasingly likely

(Newser) - It now appears Republicans will have the votes to pass their major tax overhaul next week. USA Today reports Sen. Marco Rubio flipped to a "yes" on Friday a day after saying he wouldn't support the tax bill without an increase in the child tax credit. A senior... More »

With Congress Back, GOP Has 6 Potential Problems

Half-a-dozen Republican senators are wavering on tax reform, enough to kill it

(Newser) - Congress returned to work on Monday after the holiday break, and the stretch between now and Christmas promises to be a chaotic one. The main issue is that Republicans want to have their tax-overhaul plan on President Trump's desk before the year is out. That would be dicey enough... More »

One US Representative Is Worth More than $476M

Jared Polis tops list of wealthiest members of Congress

(Newser) - Most members of Congress are millionaires, but which ones are the millionaire-iest? That's the question 24/7 Wall St. set out to answer, compiling a list of the 25 wealthiest members of Congress based on data from the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics' Opensecrets.org. Eighteen of the lawmakers on... More »

Don't Overlook One Key Point in the Flake-Trump Fight

President still enjoys the public support of virtually every Republican member of Congress

(Newser) - President Trump took a public drubbing from outgoing Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker on Tuesday, but he doesn't sound fazed by the criticism from his fellow Republicans. "The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being... More »

Corker Makes Dour Prediction About Trump's Legacy

Senator says president will be remembered for 'debasing our country'

(Newser) - President Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a meeting with GOP senators, but his feud with one of them in particular heated up in advance. In appearances on morning talk shows, Bob Corker said the president should leave senators alone to work on a tax plan. “I... More »

Tillerson Denies Castration, but Not Calling President 'Moron'

The secretary of state bemoans the 'destructive games' of Washington DC

(Newser) - The question of whether the secretary of state called the president of the United States a "moron" remains open, with Rex Tillerson once again declining to put the matter to rest. On CNN's State of the Union Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked Tillerson about reports from last week... More »

Trump Has a New Nickname for His New Enemy

Meet 'Liddle' Bob Corker

(Newser) - President Trump's feud with Republican Sen. Bob Corker is apparently still on, based on the new nickname the president bestowed upon Corker Tuesday morning. "The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation," Trump tweeted . "Was made to sound a fool, and that'... More »

Trump Confidant: 'We Are in Pressure Cooker Territory'

'Washington Post,' 'Politico' report on efforts to keep president's temper in check

(Newser) - The Washington Post and Politico have similar stories Tuesday about President Trump, specifically on how aides scramble and strategize to keep his temper in check and limit potentially damaging outbursts. The Post account, based on interviews with 18 people inside and outside the White House, suggests the task has been... More »

GOP Senator Calls White House 'Adult Day Care Center'

Just the latest barrage in the war of words between Donald Trump and a leader of his own party

(Newser) - Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack another senior senator from his own party, but this time the senator is swinging back, sparking a remarkable war of words for a party still struggling to find its legislative footing. On Sunday morning, Bob Corker, the longtime senator from Tennessee and... More »

Did Tillerson's Statement Just Make Things Worse?

Gist of coverage is that his ties with Trump remain irreparably damaged

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson made the unusual move Wednesday of calling a news conference to refute reports that he's on the outs with President Trump and came close to resigning his post as secretary of state. So it's safe to say Tillerson is in DC for a while? Don't... More »

Sen. Bob Corker Is Retiring

Is Peyton Manning a possible replacement?

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Corker announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of his term in 2018 after 12 years in the US Senate, CNN reports. The Tennessee Republican and head of the Senate foreign relations committee says he made the decision "after much thought, consideration, and family discussion over... More »

Republican Senator Questions Trump's Stability

He hasn't shown competence, Bob Corker says

(Newser) - Another Republican senator is openly questioning President Trump's ability to lead the nation. Tennessee's Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday that Trump "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," NPR... More »

Senators Vow to Write Their Own Health Bill

They say they're not going to be rushed

(Newser) - ObamaCare is "dead," President Trump declared after the House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act Thursday—but before he can sign the death warrant, a bigger battle looms in the Senate. Republican senators say they're going to craft their own ObamaCare replacement bill, and with the... More »

Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt... More »

McCain Blames Russian Airstrikes on Obama

As do other Republicans

(Newser) - Russia launched airstrikes against Syria Wednesday, and John McCain was quick to blame it on Obama. "It did not have to be this way—but this is the inevitable consequence of hollow words, red lines crossed, tarnished moral influence, leading from behind, and a total lack of American leadership"... More »

FHFA: $600K Not Enough for Fannie, Freddie CEOs

Agency says better compensation needed to attract, keep top talent

(Newser) - Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton and Fannie Mae CEO Tim Mayopoulos each earn a base salary of $600,000, plus money added to their retirement plans, under a 2012 salary cap put in place by the regulatory Federal Housing Finance Agency, Politico reports. But that may not be enough to... More »

Senate Panel: We Have an Iran Bill

And they're optimistic it'll pass this afternoon

(Newser) - "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity." So said Sen. Bob Corker this morning in revealing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republicans and Democrats have arrived at a compromise on a bill that would give Congress... More »

Bob Corker Is 'Senator to Watch'

Tennessee Republican will play a big role in foreign policy decisions

(Newser) - With Republicans about to get to work in the Senate with their new majority, George Will of the Washington Post singles out Tennessee's Bob Corker as the perhaps the most important senator in the coming year. The reason has nothing to do with the 2016 presidential race: Will is... More »

Senate Republicans Shoot Down Minimum Wage Hike

Vote fails to clear filibuster, 54-42, with all but one Republican dissenting

(Newser) - Senate Republicans today blocked a Democratic bill that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional elections. The legislation by Sen. Tom Harkin would have gradually raised the $7.25 hourly minimum to... More »

UAW Appeals Tennessee Loss, Slams Sen. Bob Corker

Union says he unfairly swayed vote

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers is challenging last week's close vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected the UAW's bid to represent them. In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special... More »

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