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16,529 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Following | 95,269 Followers | @JohnKingCNN | Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts. 1st job: Paper Delivery Boy. Current jobs: Dad, Host of CNN's "Inside Politics" and Chief National Correspondent. Fan of hoops & Red Sox.

‘Repeal and replace’ was once a unifier for the GOP. Now it’s an albatross.

For Republicans, Obamacare was always the great unifier. In a fractious party, everyone agreed that the Affordable Care Act was the wrong solution to what ailed the nation’s health-care system, with too much government and too little freedom for consumers.<p>Replacing Obamacare has become the party’s …

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Trump Will Not Block Comey From Testifying, White House Says

WASHINGTON — White House officials said on Monday that President Trump would not invoke executive privilege to try to block James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired, from testifying before Congress this week, clearing the way for a hearing that may be the most anticipated in Washington in …

Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.<p>At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the …

Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win

WASHINGTON — As Saudi Arabia’s leaders prepared to make a pitch to the White House for a visit by President Trump, a PowerPoint presentation was put together complete with slides describing Saudi demographics, investments in the United States and ambitious plans for reform.<p>Another slide showed …

Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.<p>Despite this warning, which came about a …

White House struggles to answer GOP questions on Capitol Hill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As the White House rushed to contain the fallout on Capitol Hill during a head-spinning week of controversies, one senator resorted to mime to describe his reaction.<p>He mimicked a cat, claws out, hanging on for dear life by clinging to a tree.<p>"We're all just like this," the …

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Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.<p>“I hope you can …

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A Look at the Candidates Trump Is Considering to Head the F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has broadened his search for a new F.B.I. director in recent days, moving to install a leader who would be viewed as independent from the White House amid the backlash over his abrupt dismissal of James B. Comey.<p>Four candidates will be interviewed Saturday, according to …

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Transcript: Interview with Donald Trump

<i>DONALD TRUMP, the President of the United States, along with Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and Gary Cohn, the director of the National</i> …

In Trump’s Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate

WASHINGTON — In dramatically casting aside James B. Comey, President Trump fired the man who may have helped make him president — and the man who potentially most threatened the future of his presidency.<p>Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an investigation bearing on …

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Obama defends Paris climate accord as Trump mulls ditching it

<b>Milan, Italy (CNN) —</b> Former US President Barack Obama praised his administration's record on climate change Tuesday, just as the Trump administration struggles with an internal rift over whether to pull out of the Paris climate accord.<p>The Paris Agreement was in part brokered by Obama and was seen …

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U.S. poised to expand military effort against Taliban in Afghanistan

President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban.<p>The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. …

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Can Republicans sell their health-care plans to a skeptical public?

It took a monumental effort by Republicans to sell one another on the health-care bill that narrowly passed the House on Thursday. It could take an even bigger effort to sell it to the public.<p>When the bill finally got through the House, President Trump and House Republicans staged a victory party …

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Conway: Trump 'worked the phones' to whip votes on healthcare

Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Saturday evening praised President Trump for helping secure support for the GOP legislation aimed at …

Georgia special election smashes all-time spending record

It's official: It will be the most expensive House race in U.S. history.<p>It’s official: Georgia’s special election will be the most expensive House race in U.S. history.<p>Candidates and outside groups have aired or reserved more than $29.7 million worth of TV ads in the race to replace Health and …

Blame it on Trumpcare

The House Republican vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act means the GOP now has to answer for every problem with the health care law.<p>Call it Obamacare, Trumpcare or GOPcare, but Republicans now own health care.<p>The House Republican vote Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable …

The insider and the outsider: McConnell and Trump try for a deal on health care

President Trump’s administration was still in its first hours when Mitch McConnell snagged an open seat next to him for a private chat at his inaugural luncheon. For more than 15 minutes, McConnell did most of the talking. The new president listened keenly.<p>Eleven days later, McConnell had a …

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The Next Step for the Republican Health Care Bill: A Skeptical Senate

WASHINGTON — As House Republicans on Thursday shoved their health care bill across the finish line, stuffing it with amendments and extra dollars to secure a hard-won majority, the lawmakers who will inherit the legislation delivered their own message from across the Capitol:<p>That’s cute.<p>On the …

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What the GOP's Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018

Most of the House Republicans whose districts have recently voted for Democratic presidential candidates supported the Obamacare-replacement bill. That might have been a risky move.<p><i>Updated at 9:04 p.m. ET</i><p>In a gamble that looks poised to shape the 2018 midterm landscape, the vast majority of House …

How the House got a health-care bill after Trump and Ryan stepped back

The rescue effort that pulled the Republicans back from the brink of failure on health care began quietly, with two House members who are not exactly household names trying to find common ground on a little-noticed issue.<p>They were Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), a leader of the moderate House …

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‘Alt-Left’ Strategist Bannon Isn’t Going Anywhere, Trump Says

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed widespread reports that his administration is riven by discord, saying he is sticking by his polarizing …

Congress Allocates $120 Million for Trump Family’s Security Costs

WASHINGTON — Congress would allocate more than $120 million in additional money to help cover the escalating costs of protecting the Trump family and Trump Tower under a bipartisan spending agreement that appears poised to pass this week.<p>About half of the money, nearly $60 million, is earmarked for …

Trump wants more power and fewer checks and balances — again

<i>Update No. 2: Trump tweeted an even-more-specific request for the nuclear option Tuesday.</i><p><i>Update May 2: Trump is indeed going ahead with a push to get rid of the filibuster, tweeting that the GOP should consider it if it can't get 60 votes to overcome the filibuster. He apparently even threatened to</i> …

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How Trump Has Reshaped the Presidency, and How It’s Changed Him, Too

WASHINGTON — In his first 100 days in power, President Trump has transformed the nation’s highest office in ways both profound and mundane, pushing traditional boundaries, ignoring longstanding protocol and discarding historical precedents as he reshapes the White House in his own image.<p>But just as …

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Why Trump Decided to Back Off Nafta Threat

President Donald Trump was prepared to end the North American Free Trade Agreement deal, which had governed trade relations for the past 23 years, with a dramatic announcement Saturday at a Pennsylvania political rally marking his 100th day in office.<p>As rumors spread of the possible action, Mexican …

Health Law Repeal Will Miss Trump’s 100-Day Target Date

WASHINGTON — An 11th-hour White House push to give President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office broke down late Thursday as House Republican leaders failed to round up enough votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.<p>Some White House officials had hoped …

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

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Trump seeks 15 percent corporate tax rate, even if it swells the national debt

President Trump is pursuing a drastic cut in the corporate tax rate, a move that is likely to grow the national debt and breach a long-held Republican goal of curbing federal borrowing.<p>The president has instructed advisers to propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, …

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Disapproval of President Donald Trump Grows in Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll

President risks losing political middle ground as independents move away from him<p>Americans are dissatisfied with President Donald Trump as he nears his 100th day in office, with views of his effectiveness and ability to shake up Washington slipping, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll …

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Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on U.S.-Mexico border

President Trump and White House officials pressed congressional Republicans on Sunday to use the looming threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, a top priority for the administration as it nears the symbolic 100-day mark.<p>Trump …