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Trump health chief: Senate will vote on ObamaCare repeal by August

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is predicting the Senate will vote on a bill to replace ObamaCare before Congress's August recess, …

Health Care

Spicer’s make-or-break briefing

With the president considering changes to his press operation, the White House press secretary is expected to return to the podium Friday.<p>Press secretary Sean Spicer’s tenure has been mesmerizing from the moment he walked to the podium on Jan. 21 to deliver an impassioned, and largely inaccurate, …

Trump Warning to Comey Prompts Questions on ‘Tapes’

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday warned James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director whom he fired this week, against leaking anything negative about him, saying that Mr. Comey “better hope” that there are no secret tapes of their conversations that the president could use in retaliation.<p>The …

The White House

Vice President Pence says ISIS is waging anti-Christian 'genocide'

Vice President Pence said Thursday that the reign of terror carried out by the Islamic State militant group should be labeled "genocide" against Christians.<p>"I believe that ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith, and it is time for the world to call it by …

Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Plans To Launch Voting Commission

More than three months after President Trump vowed to investigate unfounded claims that last November's election was tainted by as many as 5 million fraudulent votes, the White House has announced the creation of a presidential commission led by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate voter …

Government

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House did not anticipate that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to post photographs of an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the US, a White House official …

Donald Trump

Just 21% of Voters Approve of the New GOP Health Care Plan

Roughly one in five American voters approve of the health care plan the House of Representatives passed last Thursday, according to a new …

Trump Reveals He Asked Comey Whether He Was Under Investigation

U.S. news<p>President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, called ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat" and revealed he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia.<p>"I actually asked him" if I were under investigation, Trump …

The Fox News bill for settlement payments so far: $45 million

The costs of the Roger Ailes era at Fox News keep rising.<p>Ailes resigned in the summer of 2016, but Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox spent another $10 million on settlements in the first three months of 2017.<p>A corporate filing on Wednesday said that the costs were "related to settlements of …

Bill O'Reilly's Ex-Wife Said He Dragged Her Down A Flight Of Stairs

The story shares similarities to one his daughter once told a forensic examiner.<p>Jezebel’s J.K. Trotter has released excerpts from a 2011 affidavit in which Bill O’Reilly’s ex-wife swore that the former Fox News host once slammed her into a wall and then dragged her down a flight of stairs inside …

Domestic Violence

Sen. Mike Lee tweets Trump: Nominate Merrick Garland to replace Comey

Utah Sen. Mike Lee encouraged President Donald Trump on Thursday to resist Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.<p>Instead, the Republican senator suggested the president name a replacement for fired …

Donald Trump

Read President Trump's Letter Firing James Comey

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday evening, dismissing the former bureau chief in a letter addressing him directly.<p>“I have …

President Trump dismisses FBI Director Comey

By Devlin Barrett ,<p>Devlin Barrett<p>Reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Adam Entous and<p>Adam Entous<p>Reporter who wrote about national security, foreign policy and intelligence.<p>Bio<p>Philip Rucker<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump fired …

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Texas adoption bill OK's rejection of non-Christian parents

Many state-funded Texas adoption agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and now they are backing legislation being considered Tuesday by the state House designed to protect them from potential lawsuits.<p>The private organizations, which are paid by …

GOP Rep. Denham claims health care bill process was ‘bipartisan’

RIVERBANK, Calif. — Rep. Jeff Denham, facing ire in his California district over House Republicans’ health care vote last week, claimed on Tuesday that the bill was the product of a “bipartisan” process, despite the fact that no Democrats supported it.<p>Asked if he had read the bill at a community …

Judges Doubt Trump’s Travel-Ban Motives

On Monday, in Richmond, Virginia, before a thirteen-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the deputy Solicitor General, Jeffrey Wall, was defending President Donald Trump’s motives with regard to the Administration’s latest executive-order travel ban, when Judge Henry Floyd mentioned …

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Bill For U.S. To Rejoin World's Fair Group

The U.S. is poised to rejoin an international treaty organization that it left in 2001, after President Trump signed a bill titled the "U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act" into law. The signing comes as Minnesota looks to host a world's fair in 2023.<p>At first glance, the signing looks to be …

Donald Trump

GOP criticized for lack of women on health care leadership group

Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have now drawn no less than three viral flare-ups of outrage in the past two months among critics — each for the lack of women either among their ranks or at their decision-making tables.<p>First there was the widely shared photo of …

Trump May Be Spoiling For A Shutdown Fight, But It Could Spell Disaster In 2018

The White House and Congress reached a deal last week to keep the government open — at least until this fall.<p>But in reality, the compromise may well have just kicked the can down the road until September, when both sides may be spoiling for a fight amid the specter of a government shutdown.<p>The …

Trump-Friendly Company Buys Rights to Deliver Local News to 70 Percent of U.S.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Jared Kushner reportedly made a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group: The Trump campaign would provide …

White House Says President Trump 'Does Not Want to Smear' Michael Flynn

President Trump continues to defend former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because he “does not want to smear a good man,” White House …

HHS Secretary Tom Price: 'Absolutely offensive' to say there's no diversity in health care process

<b>(CNN) —</b> Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Monday disputed that there's a lack of diversity among the Republicans working on health care and called the charge "absolutely offensive."<p>Price was asked on the "The Mike Gallagher Show" about criticism of the Senate working group comprised …

Health Care

Four Reasons Why the Russia Story Isn't Fake News

First Read<p><i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter</i><p>After former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Capitol Hill Monday, …

Donald Trump

F.B.I. to Clarify Comey’s Testimony on Clinton Emails

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. on Tuesday clarified testimony last week by its director, James B. Comey, about how classified information ended up on the laptop of the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, hours before Mr. Comey was fired by President Trump.<p>Mr. Comey had told the Senate Judiciary …

Everything You Need To Know For Your First Trip To The Dispensary

Whether you're a veteran smoker or a total beginner, there's never been a better chance that you're going to be legally buying marijuana in the very …

Brains of depressed kids don’t react strongly to rewards

Brain waves show that clinically depressed children don’t respond to rewards the same way as other children do.<p>Previous research from the same group …

“Celebrity Apprentice” fans, rejoice! 15 things Trump apparently does and doesn’t have time for

<b>President-elect Donald Trump, right, greets Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, as he welcomes him to the stage during a rally at Hy-Vee Hall, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Des Moines. Branstad has accepted Trump's offer to become U.S. ambassador to China. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP)</b><p>There are only so …

Are You Fueling Stress and Anxiety, or Are You Practicing Freedom?

Constant access to phone, email, texts, tweets, and a 24 hour news cycle keeps us connected and up to date. And this access can keep our nervous systems vigilant.<p><b>We are capable of putting ourselves on alert first thing in the morning and keeping ourselves there until we fall asleep (if we can fall</b> …

Five Predictions for Political Tech and Social Media in 2017

After an election year where viral tweets, targeted ads and data caught were the focus, it’s time to look ahead on the calendar at what the next year could bring for political tech and social media. Here are five predictions for 2017: Online activity will become even more more partisan. In 2017, …

$1 Trillion Student Loan Problem Keeps Getting Worse

Americans are borrowing money again by adding to balances on their credit cards, mortgages, student and auto loans.<p>Total consumer debt at the end of 2013 was $11.52 trillion, and in the last three months of the year Americans increased debt levels by $241 billion–the largest quarter to quarter …