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Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Russia

Senate Bill Would Effectively Eliminate Medicaid Expansion by Shifting Hundreds of Billions in Expansion Costs to States

Like the House bill, the Senate health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled June 22[1] would effectively eliminate the …

Health Care

A Declaration of Urban Independence

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Cities are under assault in the age of Donald Trump. It would be better for the country if they ran themselves instead.<p>July/August 2017<p><b>On Monday, November 7, 2016, I made</b> …

Cities

The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act

It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide health care to tens of millions of people.<p>The Senate majority leader, …

Health Care

Will The Senate Pass Its Health Care Bill?

We’ve seen this movie before. Republicans, after a secretive drafting process, finally unveil a health care bill. But the initial reaction is tepid, …

U.S. Congress

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kuwait has given Qatar a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that includes shutting down Al-Jazeera and cutting diplomatic ties to Iran.<p>That's according to a list obtained by The Associated Press from one of the countries involved in the dispute. The document …

Middle East

Investigators probe whether Trump associates got info from hacked voter databases

CBS News has confirmed that congressional investigators are interested in whether Trump campaign associates obtained information from hacked voter …

Elections

Do African Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms?

And if so, why won’t the justice system or the NRA stand up for it?<p>Philando Castile’s shooting death, at the hands of a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, one year ago, was numbingly similar to a string of other killings of black men by police. But Castile’s shooting was notably different …

Black Lives Matter

Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy now writing legislation in secret

Hypocrisy has always been a vital lubricant to making the gears turn in Washington. Give politicians some power and a job to get done, and they quickly forget their righteous critiques of the seamy practices they denounced when the other side was running things.<p>Rarely, however, has the double …

U.S. Congress

In this part of the Midwest, the problem isn’t China. It’s too many jobs.

WARSAW, Ind. — Each day at Zimmer Biomet headquarters, machinists on one robot-assisted factory floor churn out about 3,000 metallic knee parts. They are facing pressure to crank up the pace as the population ages and demand soars.<p>But the artificial-bone giant is grappling with a steep downside of …

Education

‘I Need More Mexicans’: A Kansas Farmer’s Message to Trump - Bloomberg

Undocumented immigrants make up about half the workforce in U.S. agriculture, according to various estimates. But that pool of labor is shrinking, …

Immigration

Donald Trump, Felix Sater and the Mob: Lawyers Push to Unseal Court Documents They Say Could Show Fraud By President

Donald Trump reportedly tapped convicted felon Felix Sater as a real-estate adviser after his links to the Mafia became public. The documents, …

Donald Trump

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – May 2017: The AHCA’s Proposed Changes to Health Care

With House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Senate …

ObamaCare

Donald Trump No Longer Wants to 'Stay Out' of Syria

His interventionism is a betrayal of all who supported him due to his claim that the U.S. “gets nothing” from the conflict and should “stay out.”<p>During the 2016 election, many voters were dismayed by both major-party candidates. Hillary Clinton was the personification of the Washington …

Foreign Policy

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.<p>The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect a 64 …

Health Care

Senate Democrats go searching for GOP Obamacare bill

Senate Democrats are struggling against an invisible enemy — the GOP’s still-secret Obamacare repeal plan. So on Tuesday, three of them decided to take a field trip to hunt for it.<p>Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii headed across the Hill to the …

U.S. Congress

How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance.<p>Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting …

Health Care

Only Mass Deportation Can Save America

In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.<p>They need to return whence …

Immigration

Trump appears to confirm obstruction investigation, attack Rosenstein in morning tweet rant

President Trump fired off tweets Friday morning attacking the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and apparently, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.<p>“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! …

Donald Trump

'Witch hunt, fake news, phony': Trump's defenses against the Russia probe - The Washington Post

- President Trump has repeatedly lashed out with insults to defend himself as the Russia investigation unfolds. His latest attacks on Twitter appear to confirm he's being investigated for obstruction of justice. ()

Donald Trump

A new, automated guide to the future of Washington: The Trump Impeachment Index

It remains unlikely that President Trump will face a serious threat of impeachment. Despite the slowly accumulating information about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election — and Trump’s reaction to those investigations — he has an ace in the hole. A trump card, if you will.<p>His …

Republicans

So Congress is challenging the president about sanctions? That has a long history.

This week, in a 98-to-2 vote, the Senate approved a bill that tightens sanctions on Russia and restricts the president’s ability to lift those sanctions. That bipartisan support came even though the Trump administration is vigorously opposed to the measure, arguing that the bill, which now goes to …

Foreign Policy

Rubio’s friendship with Trump blossoms even as he helps investigate the president’s associates

MIAMI — Just before President Trump’s speech here Friday announcing a more restrictive economic policy toward Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took the stage for a man he once labeled a “con artist” — and talked about how good it felt to hang out with him.<p>Trump returned the kind words a few minutes …

World Leaders

Trump takes a Twitter swipe at deputy attorney general, a key figure in Russia probe

President Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department on Friday, raising concerns among the president’s critics that Rod J. Rosenstein could be in danger of being fired, while others argued that if he stays he should recuse himself from his role …

Government

Trump bashes probes into his ‘non-dealings’ with Russia

President Donald Trump groused Thursday that no one is investigating Democrats’ “dealings with Russia” while there are multiple investigations into what he phrased as his “non-dealings” with Moscow.<p>The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 …

Donald Trump

Senior Trump officials to huddle on drug price executive order Friday

House Republicans are teeing up another set of Obamacare repeal bills today, and Senate GOP leaders are not confident their Obamacare repeal bill will be ready for a vote before the Fourth of July recess. But first, senior administration officials are planning to meet Friday to discuss a …

U.S. Congress

Inside Marco Rubio’s campaign to shape Trump’s Cuba crackdown

Worried about bureaucratic pushback to preserve Obama’s normalization, the Florida senator went directly to the president with a plan in May.<p>Facing President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio issued a blunt warning: The administration’s plan to crack down on Cuba trade and …

Cuba

Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.<p>FBI …

World Leaders

The Latest: DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on charges filed against Turkish security agents in Washington, D.C. (all times EDT):<p>6:35 p.m.<p>A U.S. official says police in Washington will announce charges against 12 Turkish security agents related to violence that happened when Turkey's president visited last …

Turkey