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Donald Trump Just Pulled Off the Greatest Long Con in History

Bernie Madoff must be sitting in prison thinking to himself, “Schmuck, that’s how it is done!”<p>That’s because the con just pulled off by Donald Trump, …

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While eyes are on Russia, Sessions dramatically reshapes the Justice Department

By Matt Zapotosky and<p>Matt Zapotosky<p>National security reporter covering the Justice Department<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Reporter covering the Justice Department and criminal justice issues for The Washington Post's national security team<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For more than five hours, …

U.S. Justice Department

Donald Trump reverses ban on elephant trophy imports into US

Donald Trump has agreed to allow legally hunted elephant trophies to be imported to the United States from two African countries.<p>President Trump’s administration has reversed a Barack Obama-era ban on the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia entering the US, arguing it can actually …

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased …

Flake extends his attacks on Trump and the GOP — all the way back to the dawn of birtherism

By Avi Selk<p>Avi Selk<p>Reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Sen. Jeff Flake has been getting a lot of attention for his attacks on President Trump, Trump the candidate — and the senator’s own Republican Party for abetting both in recent months.<p>His argument is a wide-ranging conservative manifesto against …

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Arizona's Flake takes GOP to task over Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has a message for his party: Get a spine and stand up to President Donald Trump. It's time for Congress …

Trump's approval rating just dropped to a new low in his favorite poll

Rasmussen found that just 39% of likely US voters approved of the job Trump is doing, while 61% disapproved of the president.<p>It was the first time Trump dipped below 40% in the Rasmussen presidential tracking poll.<p>As recently as mid-June, Rasmussen had Trump's approval rating at 50% — far above …

Senate Democrats offer Republicans help on tax reform - with conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sent a Twitter message bragging about corporate America's high profits under his presidency on Tuesday, prompting critics to say he was undercutting Republican arguments in favor of a tax cut for corporations.<p>As Republicans in Washington try to …

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

By Ashley Parker ,<p>Ashley Parker<p>White House reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Carol D. Leonnig ,<p>Carol D. Leonnig<p>National investigative reporter focused on the White House and government accountability<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Philip Rucker and<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Tom Hamburger<p>Tom …

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Christie: Public outcry over Beachgate 'hurt' family

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says public outcry over his decision to lounge with his family on a public beach that was closed during New …

Treasury Ends Obama-Era Retirement Savings Plan

An Obama-era program that created savings accounts to help more people put away money for retirement is being shut down by the Treasury Department, which deemed the program too expensive.<p>The 30,000 participants in the program, known as myRA and intended for people who did not have access to …

Retirement Planning

Obamacare Repeal Fails: Three GOP Senators Rebel in 49-51 Vote

Congress<p>WASHINGTON — Obamacare stays. For now.<p>Senate Republicans failed to pass a pared-down Obamacare repeal bill early Friday on a vote of 49-51 that saw three of their own dramatically break ranks.<p>Three Republican senators — John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — and all Democrats voted …

Health Care

An obscure Senate rule just put the GOP healthcare bill in even bigger peril

Republicans trying to get the Better Care Reconciliation Act passed through the Senate could have their plans thwarted by the chamber's rules.<p>The Senate parliamentarian said Friday that major provisions of the Republican legislation would require 60 votes to advance, putting the already troubled …

18 Confusing Things Donald Trump Has Said About Health Care

What does the president really understand about one of his biggest campaign promises?<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump railed against the “failing” Obamacare and said he would replace it with “something terrific” once in office. He’s pushed Congress hard to overhaul a law that he …

Gingrich to GOP: 'Get something done' on Obamacare repeal

With Senate Republicans unable to find compromise on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared Monday night that GOP lawmakers, whose party controls the White House and both houses of Congress, need to "perform."<p>“We’ve had six months of patience. It’s …

US: Iran complying with nuclear deal but defying its spirit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was eager to declare Iran in breach of the nuclear deal but was talked out of it by national security aides who rushed to the Oval Office to persuade him as a midnight deadline approached, administration officials say.<p>Trump agreed let the issue go, but only …

House Republican budget slashes billions in spending, paving path to tax cuts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After months of infighting, House Republicans are unveiling a budget resolution Tuesday that would dramatically reshape the federal government, requiring more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs and set the path for a major overhaul of the tax code.<p>The document is …

2 more Senate Republicans declare opposition to health-care bill, ending effort to overhaul health system for now

By Sean Sullivan and<p>Sean Sullivan<p>Reporter covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Lenny Bernstein<p>Lenny Bernstein<p>Reporter covering health and medicine<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Two more Senate Republicans have declared their opposition to the latest plan to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, …

Affordable Care Act

Republicans Asked For ‘Obamacare Horror Stories.’ It Didn’t Go Well.

Thousands of people replied with how the ACA has helped them.<p>That sure didn’t go as planned.<p>Indiana Republicans called for people to share “Obamacare horror stories” on social media, but the only horror many people expressed was at the idea of losing it if the GOP repeal plan passes Congress.<p>The …

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Harvard law professor: If the White House threatened 'Morning Joe' hosts with a National Enquirer story, it's a crime

If President Donald Trump or members of his administration told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough that a National Enquirer hit piece would be published unless they provided the president with better coverage, that would be a crime, a Harvard law professor said.<p>Laurence Tribe, a liberal …

Trump's voter fraud commission is itself an enormous voter fraud

Both before and after the election, Trump made wild and unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and the system being "rigged." Before the election, many of the claims were about voters voting five, 10, or 15 times by impersonating other voters.<p>The ridiculous and unproven charges of voter …

The coal industry is collapsing, and coal workers allege that executives are making the situation worse

"We knew it was coming, we just didn't know how hard it was gonna be. We're losin' everything," Regina Lilly, wife of a West Virginia coal miner who was laid off after their child was born, said in a new National Geographic documentary about coal mining.<p>The documentary, called "From the Ashes," …

Trump is no longer able to hide his raw misogyny

Taken together, they read: "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said …

'I got recruited to collude with the Russians': An unexpected player has added a new layer to the Trump campaign's Russia ties

One of those intermediaries, according to The Journal, may have been a GOP operative named Peter Smith — an 80-year-old opposition researcher who assembled a team of technology experts, lawyers and a Russian-speaking investigator in September to track down hacking groups with access to the 33,000 …

House bill that would allow Congress to remove Trump from office gains momentum after Trump's feud with 'Morning Joe'

Twenty-five Democratic lawmakers now back a bill that would give them a path to remove President Donald Trump from office, Yahoo News reported.<p>The bill would create an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, and it appears to be based on a section in the 25th Amendment which allows for the …

Mattis and Tillerson are trying to soothe a crisis in the Persian Gulf, but Trump keeps picking on a US ally

In early June, several Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar over its alleged funding of terrorist groups and intention of "destabilizing the region."<p>The split has inflamed the region at a time when US officials thought the states involved had united in a …

The Republican healthcare bill defies the party's own ideology

With Senate Republicans planning to rewrite their bill, it's hard to predict the details of the final proposal. Nonetheless, gauging the House and Senate bills, one can guess that the broad outlines of the final package will be similar.<p>Because Senate Republicans proposed reducing Medicaid coverage …

Trump Is Turning America's Back on the World

The global order is being shaken up by the US's sudden shift in priorities.<p>One consequence of Donald Trump's presidency is that the violation of norms, the breaks with tradition, and the pointless petty feuds tend to blur into a single mess that we call "the news" and that most people try to ignore …

Donald Trump reportedly considering starting global trade war, despite Cabinet's concerns

Contrary to the advice of the majority of his top aides and Cabinet members, Donald Trump is planning to impose steep tariffs on steel, reports …

Donald Trump

How Trump's foreign policy threatens to make America weak again

The president talks a tough game – but he has alienated allies. And the more he tries to assert US leadership, the less of a leadership role he plays<p>Donald Trump does not travel well. At his first major summit, he was too tired to walk through the Sicilian streets with the other G7 leaders, and …