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McConnell on Tax Bill: We've Got 50 Votes

Senate majority leader says GOP leaders convinced enough holdouts

(Newser) - "We have the votes." So declared Mitch McConnell Friday on the GOP's bid to push a $1.4 trillion tax bill through the Senate. The final vote in the chamber is expected to come later Friday. The Senate majority leader's comment came soon after the No.... More »

For GOP, the Perils of 'Trumpism Without Trump'

Democrats have a great night in Virginia and elsewhere

(Newser) - The dust is settled on Tuesday night's election results , and most pundits are declaring them worthy of a big celebration for Democrats. The big win, of course, came in Virginia, where Ralph Northam fended off Ed Gillespie in the governor's race, though there's disagreement on how much... More »

Trump's Deal With Democrats Leaves GOP 'Shell-Shocked'

President stuns his own party by agreeing with Schumer, Pelosi on debt ceiling

(Newser) - Nobody, it seems, saw it coming. In a meeting with leaders of both parties Wednesday, President Trump bucked the GOP and cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government open and lift the debt ceiling. Consider that prior to the meeting, Paul Ryan called the idea of a three-month... More »

Trump's DACA Decision Also Threatens GOP

Republicans at odds over program's end

(Newser) - President Trump's expected decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a six-month delay may not simply split apart families. The move, expected to be announced Tuesday, may also further divide a splintered Republican Party, reports Politico . While GOP lawmakers including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep.... More »

GOP Lawmaker Takes Step Toward Killing Mueller Probe

Rep. Ron DeSantis suggests investigation is a 'fishing expedition'

(Newser) - A Florida Republican is looking to halt funding for Robert Mueller's special investigation into ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia and bar review of all matters before Trump's campaign kicked off. The amendment put forth by Rep. Ron DeSantis would block Mueller from investigating "... More »

WH Memo: Trump 'Entirely Correct' on Charlottesville

Talking points call on GOP to back what he said about 'both sides' acting 'inappropriately'

(Newser) - Republicans including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio were quick to speak out against President Trump's comments Tuesday that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. But that wasn't at all what the White House had planned. A memo of talking... More »

Jeff Flake 'Has Gone Bulworth on Us'

Arizona GOP senator goes after Trump in new book, but takes flak himself

(Newser) - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has a new book out, and it's drawing more attention than the usual political tome. The Republican is critical of his own party, the conservative movement, and, most of all, President Trump. "Volatile unpredictability is not a virtue," he writes in Conscience of ... More »

House Eats at ObamaCare. Here's What Comes Next

Get ready to learn more about 'reconciliation'

(Newser) - "Hopefully we're going to have a wonderful day, and a wonderful vote," said President Trump Thursday morning. His wish was granted: The House voted 217-213 to pass an updated version of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's ObamaCare replacement. The Wall Street Journal reports 216... More »

GOP Wins Kansas Race, but Dems See Silver Lining

Ron Estes' victory for congressional seat was by much slimmer margin than hoped

(Newser) - "We've sent a message that no Republican district is safe." Strong words from Democrat James Thompson, who ceded the congressional seat for Kansas' 4th District on Tuesday night to opponent Ron Estes after a fierce push by the GOP to win Estes the seat, Politico reports. Although... More »

GOP Pulls Out All Stops to Win Kansas Special Election

President Trump even sent out tweet promoting Ron Estes for congressional seat

(Newser) - There's no place like home when you're from Kansas, though Republicans vying to take hold of a congressional seat left empty by Rep. Mike Pompeo when he left to head President Trump's CIA hope they'll still feel that way after Tuesday's special election. The GOP... More »

2 Numbers Should Scare Trump, Republicans

Cook report: Approval ratings among GOP, independents suggest midterm trouble

(Newser) - The non-partisan Cook Political Report has a sober warning for President Trump and Republicans: If things stay on their current track, the midterm elections in 2018 could be "disastrous" for them. The forecast has two numbers to watch: Trump's approval ratings among Republicans (currently 85% at Gallup) and... More »

Hospitals, Doctors Slam GOP Health Bill

Meanwhile, measure clears House Ways and Means Committee in 23-16 vote

(Newser) - The GOP's replacement plan for ObamaCare isn't getting a universal thumbs-up , but it cleared one of its first hurdles early Thursday, the Hill reports. In a session that lasted more than 16 hours and went past 4am, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure in a... More »

Town Hall Venting: 'What Kind of Insurance Do You Have'

Trump's view of the anger is similar to that of Obama's

(Newser) - Angry constituents confronting Republican lawmakers at town hall meetings continue to make headlines. Here's a look at what both sides are saying:
  • It's one thing President Trump has in common with former President Obama: The latter's White House also shrugged off town hall chaos as the work
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Obscure Act, Used Only Once, Could Undo Obama Rules

House Republicans voted to repeal 2 regulations

(Newser) - Moving to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure 228-194 Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted 235-187 to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments... More »

GOP Advances 2 Nominees With No Democrats Present

After Democratic boycott, Finance Committee Republicans change the rules

(Newser) - Democrats found a way Tuesday to use the Senate's own rules to stall two of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, Republicans retaliated in the simplest of ways: They changed those rules. As a result, the names of Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee... More »

Lawmakers Battle Over Student Painting of Cops as Animals

Some Republicans want it removed from Capitol

(Newser) - For six months, Untitled #1 hung in a hallway of the Capitol among hundreds of other winning artworks from the high school Congressional Arts Competition without much fuss. Then came a tug-of-war. The painting by Missouri's David Pulphus—a collage of scenes, showing two police officers with what appear... More »

GOP May Use 'Arcane' Process to Dismantle ObamaCare

Budget reconciliation could expedite ACA's demise—but what comes next?

(Newser) - With the GOP now running Congress and Donald Trump looking for a full repeal on his first day in office, ObamaCare appears to be in dire straits, and the New York Times explains how Republicans could use a process called budget reconciliation to streamline its dismantling. Although the rewriting... More »

Obama: We Will Take Action on Russian Hacking

He accuses GOP of hypocrisy over Moscow interference

(Newser) - President Obama says America will "take action" in response to Russian election hacking, and he's aiming to have an official White House report on the matter before Donald Trump takes office next month. Action needs to be taken "when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity... More »

NC Dems 'Freaking Out' After GOPers Call Surprise Session

Republicans pull 11th-hour move to try to limit powers of Governor-elect Roy Cooper

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a meeting about hurricane relief, but a Wednesday gathering of North Carolina legislators left Democrats "freaking out," as Business Insider puts it. A General Assembly special session was suddenly extended by the GOP into a second special session after the hurricane talk, and... More »

GOP Keeps Control of Senate; Rubio, McCain Are Back

Democrats struggled to flip seats

(Newser) - Democrats' hopes of gaining control of the Senate were dashed Tuesday with losses in a handful of contested states. Going into the night, Democrats needed to flip five seats (or four with a Hillary Clinton victory), but Pat Toomey won re-election in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, Richard Burr in... More »

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