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• Medicare for All plan would cover 323m Americans under single system<br>• Bill unlikely to pass in Congress but support growing among Democrats<p>Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans.<p>Standing in …

Health Care

Trump Organization drops birther crusade from Trump's corporate biography

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump Organization this year removed from Donald Trump's corporate biography a reference to his involvement in the birther movement that sought to prove then-President Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen of the United States.<p>The line, which had been included in Trump's bio since …

Steve Bannon's damning admission about Trump firing James Comey

There are few people who have believed in President Trump as firmly and unapologetically as Stephen K. Bannon, his former top White House adviser and top campaign strategist. And Bannon swore in a "60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday that he would stand by Trump and fight, from the outside, …

Donald Trump

Congress approves Trump's aid and debt deal with Democrats | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday extending the government debt limit for three months and providing about $15 billion in hurricane-related aid, bringing his surprising deal with Democratic congressional leaders this week to completion.<p>FILE PHOTO: The U.S. …

Appeals court: Grandparents not part of Trump's travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's limited view of who is allowed into the United States under the president's travel ban, saying grandparents, cousins and similarly close relations of people in the U.S. should not be prevented from coming to the …

Immigration

Bannon breaks with Trump on DACA: Conservatives 'are not happy with this'

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he doesn't agree with President Donald Trump's decision to end the DACA program and blasted the Catholic Church's support for undocumented immigrants because “they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”<p>“The Catholic Church has been terrible …

Both sides gear up for political fight as Trump prepares to end immigration protections for ‘dreamers’

Lawmakers and advocates on both sides began to stake out positions Monday for an extended public fight over whether Congress should provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" as President Trump is preparing to rescind Obama-era protections for them.<p>Moderate …

Vladimir Putin warns world faces 'global catastrophe' over North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the escalating crisis over North Korea's weapons program risks developing into a "global catastrophe" with mass casualties.<p>But Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, cautioned against "military hysteria" and said that the only way to resolve the …

North Korea

Two top Trump advisers were asked why they don't quit. Their answers speak volumes.

For the second time in two days Friday, one of the most senior members of the Trump administration was asked why he doesn’t resign. And for the second time in two days, that official did nothing to dispel the notion that he is very conflicted about serving President Trump.<p>Both Defense Secretary Jim …

Donald Trump

Trump remarks backfire on Feinstein

OAKLAND, Calif. — It was a relatively innocuous remark, one that likely would have gone unnoticed with any other president. But this is California in the Donald Trump era, where antipathy toward the president runs deeper than almost anywhere else. The mere suggestion that voters should be patient, …

Texas ban on 'sanctuary cities' temporarily blocked by judge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have let police officers ask …

US flies bombers, fighters in show of force against N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear …

Trump’s top economic adviser just delivered an extraordinary rebuke of his boss

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>President Trump will occasionally drop some public, not-so-veiled criticisms of his aides when they run afoul of him. And now one of his aides is doing it right back — in a pretty remarkable and unmistakable way.<p>Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, has given an …

Donald Trump

Conflict between Trump and Congress escalates as difficult agenda looms

The conflict between President Trump and Congress escalated a day after he threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall as well as targeted opponents in Congress, aggravating tensions as a difficult legislative agenda looms.<p>Trump is now at odds not only …

Republicans

Boston ‘free speech’ rally ends early amid flood of counterprotesters; 27 people arrested

BOSTON – Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.<p>By 1 p.m., the handful of rally attendees had left the …

Rights & Freedoms

Steve Bannon says rivals ‘wetting themselves,’ calls supremacists ‘clowns,’ contradicts Trump on N. Korea

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, seemed to take issue with President Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as “clowns” and “losers” and described his efforts against administration rivals in an unusual interview Wednesday with The American Prospect, a progressive …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s embrace of the country’s racially charged past has thrown the Republican Party into crisis, dividing his core supporters who have urged him on from the political leaders who fear that he is leading them down a perilous and shortsighted path.<p>The divisions played out in …

He 'Went Rogue': President Trump's Staff Stunned After Latest Charlottesville Remarks

Chief of Staff John Kelly stared at the floor, arms crossed. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.<p>In front of him, President Donald Trump was in the middle of reigniting an explosive controversy the White House had tried to extinguish just a day earlier.<p>To Kelly's right, reporters pressed up against …

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Under Armour and Intel C.E.O.s Follow Merck Chief, Quitting Panel in Rebuke to Trump

Three chief executives from top American companies resigned from a presidential business council on Monday following President Trump’s tepid initial response to a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Va.<p>Brian Krzanich, C.E.O. of Intel — one of the most important global manufacturers of computer …

Rights & Freedoms

‘Racism is evil,’ Trump says, condemning ‘white supremacists’ and hate groups

President Trump moved Monday to quell growing public outrage over his tepid response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, condemning the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis by name and declaring racist hate groups “repugnant to every­thing we hold dear as Americans.”<p>In a hastily arranged appearance …

Rights & Freedoms

White House confronts backlash over Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The White House on Sunday sought to quell criticism of President Trump’s failure to denounce by name the white supremacists behind a spate of violence in Charlottesville, a response that associates said was based largely on Trump’s own read of the hate-fueled melee with …

Answers to 4 Crucial Questions About North Korea

HONG KONG — The decades-long war of words between the United States and North Korea escalated on Tuesday, when President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” if the rogue state continued its bellicose missile and nuclear tests.<p>Hours later, Pyongyang warned of a strike that would create …

Paul Manafort has been in the eye of the Russia storm for a while

<i>This post, originally published in August after news the FBI raided Manafort's home, has been updated with news that Manafort and an associate has been charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements.</i><p>If the special …

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Mueller Plunges Across Trump's Red Line

A Wall Street Journal story claimed the investigation had moved before a grand jury, while CNN reported it was looking into potential financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.<p><i>Updated on August 2 at 9:23 p.m.</i><p>Special Counsel Robert Mueller has begun to issue subpoenas in his investigation into …

Donald Trump

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated they didn't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" …

Senate Republicans Clear Key Health-Care Hurdle

The GOP voted to begin debate on repealing Obamacare, as several holdouts fell in line. What—if anything—the party can pass remains uncertain.<p><i>Updated on July 25 at 10:08 p.m. Eastern</i><p>Senate Republicans have voted to begin debate on legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, clearing a key …

Republicans

The GOP plan to protect Medicaid recipients could run out of money after 2 years

Republicans are scrambling to forge a health-care compromise after their effort to undo the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, fell apart in the Senate last week. One particularly thorny issue is the plight of people in the lower middle class who have benefited from an expansion of …

Trump slams Sessions, rips DOJ in Twitter outburst

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump lashed out at his attorney general and Justice Department in an extraordinary outburst on Twitter Tuesday morning, continuing his public shaming of Jeff Sessions while appearing to prod the nation's top law enforcement official to investigate Hillary …

The absolutely remarkable life of John McCain

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> John McCain has brain cancer.<p>First, let's hope the senator makes a full recovery. But the American body politic should pause and reflect on the remarkable life of the Arizona Republican.<p>McCain has been part of collective national consciousness for the better part of the last five …

Mccain

Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic said Wednesday in a statement released on behalf of the senator and his family.<p>Doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye on Friday.<p>"Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known …

Cancer