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GOP Lawmakers Team Up With Anti-Islam Activist To Launch Israel Victory Caucus

“What I want the U.S. government to do is say, ‘Israel, do what you need to do to win your war,'" said Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum<p>WASHINGTON ― A pair of Republican lawmakers launched a caucus on Thursday aimed at ensuring the “victory of Israel in the conflict between Israel …

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U.S. House banking panel looks to amend Dodd Frank legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Congressional banking panel is moving to advance legislation that would overhaul how the government regulates the financial sector, although it faces obstacles towards becoming law.<p>Representative Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is …

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The fatal flaw in the GOP’s lurching Obamacare repeal push

The GOP's on-again, off-again health-care push is apparently stalled again.<p>After the bill was amended to address the concerns of the very conservative House Freedom Caucus this week, some of those members got onboard — apparently breathing new life into the effort. But then a bunch of moderate …

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House approves stopgap spending bill to prevent federal shutdown, but Obamacare repeal stalls

Congress was on track Friday to avoid a government shutdown as President Trump marks his first 100 days in office, but Republican leaders shelved a last-minute effort to also revive efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>The House approved a temporary spending bill, 382-30, providing …

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House Votes to Keep Government Open One More Week

The House of Representatives passed a short-term extension Friday morning to keep the government operating for one more week, one step in averting a shutdown as negotiators continue to work on an agreement to extend funding through the remainder of the year.<p>The Senate still must act, however, to …

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The new reality on health care: Some Republicans don't want Obamacare repealed

<b>WHERE THINGS STAND, HEALTH CARE EDITION --</b> Republican efforts on health care can be summed up pretty simply: two steps forward, one step back. After reviving what seemed like a dead health care package, President Donald Trump’s White House and House Republicans’ efforts to try to pass a compromise …

Health Care

Congressional Black Caucus to Highlight Trump Admin’s Racial Problems With #StayWoke Campaign

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the Congressional Black Caucus is asking the country to "stay woke."<p>In a list provided exclusively to NBC News, the caucus has detailed 100 racially problematic actions and remarks by the Trump administration.<p>Using "#StayWoke," the …

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Could Paul Ryan's Plan Put TurboTax Out of Business?

More importantly, why is the Speaker so suddenly concerned with your filing habits?<p>President Trump and his Republican allies have a new target: tax reform. On Wednesday, the White House dispatched two of its Goldman Sachs alumni to pitch a plan via press conference, and Speaker Paul Ryan and his …

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Trump won't get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least …

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Trumpcare 2.0 suffers the same embarrassing setback as Trumpcare 1.0

Once again, Ryan pulled a rushed piece of legislation without the votes needed to pass it.<p>President Donald Trump’s dream of passing a health care …

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GOP shuts out doctors, experts, Democrats — pretty much everybody — as they work on Obamacare repeal

President Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to work collaboratively, according to multiple healthcare officials who have tried to engage GOP leaders.<p>…

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Flynn Probe Highlights GOP's Amazing Double Standard For Clinton

If they spent one thousandth of the time going after Trump as they did pursuing Hillary Clinton, Trump would "be in big trouble," Rep. Elijah Cummings said.<p>WASHINGTON ― One thing the slow-moving probe into President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn shows is the …

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House Approves Stopgap Funding Measure, Senate Expected to Follow

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday approved a stopgap spending measure that will keep the federal government open for another week and the Senate is expected to give its approval as well, averting a shutdown this weekend as lawmakers finalize a long-term spending package.<p>The move would also avoid the …

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Opposition to Trumpcare swells

The American Medical Association said it opposes the Republican health care bill.<p>The opposition to Trumpcare is growing. The American Medical …

ObamaCare

North Carolina Republicans vote to make it legal to hit protestors with your car

North Carolina Republicans continue their campaign to turn the Tar Heel state into the embarrassing racist and homophobic cousin you wish wasn’t at …

U.S. House of Representatives

New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support

The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation.<p>At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote “no” on the revised GOP …

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The GOP’s latest repeal effort just collapsed. The reason is simpler than you think.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>Republicans have once again shelved their plan to vote on replacing Obamacare, depriving Donald Trump of a fake accomplishment he had hoped to tout on the 100th day of his presidency (even if it had passed the House on the 100th day, there’s no telling what would have happened in …

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Republicans have admitted they won't repeal Obamacare this week

It appears Donald Trump won’t achieve his campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare before his first 100 days in office, as members of …

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House passes stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed stopgap legislation to avert a government shutdown at midnight and buy time on reaching a deal on federal spending through the end of the fiscal year.<p>The legislation now goes to the Senate, where Republican …

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Jason Chaffetz Has Become A Fixture Of TMZ's Expanded Washington Footprint

The Utah congressman has been a key source for the celebrity-news juggernaut. And TMZ has gotten scoops on a topic Chaffetz's committee is investigating.<p>On the afternoon of April 19, sandwiched between stories on Kim Kardashian’s flu-related weight loss and reclusive fitness guru Richard Simmons …

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"The Avengers" Director Made Fun Of Child Cancer Survivors While Trolling Paul Ryan

Hollywood director Joss Whedon, who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," later apologized for making fun of a group of teen cancer survivors while trolling Paul Ryan.<p>Originally posted on April 28, 2017, 00:54 GMT<p>Updated on April 28, 2017, 01:32 GMT<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan hosted a group of teenage …

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GOP lawmakers target Mandel with budget amendment

Ohio Republican lawmakers quietly acknowledge that a measure in the GOP-revamped state budget is aimed at curbing taxpayer-funded advertising by …

Government

Senate Intelligence Committee Divided On Whether It Has Enough Staff To Pull Off Russia Investigation

Democrats want more than 9 staffers; Republicans say it's fine the way it is.<p>WASHINGTON ― Democrats and Republicans on the Senate intelligence committee are divided on whether the panel is devoting enough resources to its investigation on Russian election interference and possible ties between …

Government

White House says State Department responsible for vacancies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House is placing responsibility for the large number of vacancies at the State Department on top diplomat Rex Tillerson and his staff, saying the secretary hasn't moved on recommended personnel to fill the openings.<p>The White House has suggested multiple candidates for …

Congressional Committees

John Lewis to protest NRA convention

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will lead a protest Saturday against the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention.<p>Lewis will join hundreds of gun …

Elections

Brian Babin becomes second Texan to quit Freedom Caucus this month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville, is the second Texas Republican in a month to quit an arch conservative group in Congress, the …

U.S. Politics

4 key questions surrounding Obamacare repeal

House Republicans are mounting yet another effort to tear down Obamacare and remake the health care system — but the path to delivering on one of the GOP's longest-standing priorities remains complicated and fraught with uncertainty.<p>House GOP leadership is working furiously to rally support for its …

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Sen. Warner: Flynn incident shows Trump admin's 'reckless' behavior

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee knocked former national security adviser Mike Flynn and the Trump administration over his failure to disclose foreign payments he had received.<p>"There seems to be no evidence that the Trump administration did appropriate due …

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What the Obamacare debate can teach us about Trumpcare

<i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p>Everybody is waiting to see if House leadership and the White House can convince enough Republican …

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Here’s why, even with control of everything, the GOP cannot govern

The markets are waking up to the reality that President Trump is not going to accomplish much of anything, as the Wall Street Journal reports:<p>Markets are signaling caution after investors greeted President Donald Trump’s election with enthusiasm.Bets on higher economic growth, inflation and …

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