Government

How a Republican Congressman Accidentally Disclosed a Secret Intelligence Debate

On Monday, when the House Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing about Russian involvement in the U.S. Presidential election, Republican members were almost completely focussed on leaks.<p>In his opening statement, Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, made clear how important the …

Devin Nunes

The Scammers, the Scammed and America’s Fate

Many people are horrified, and rightly so, by what passes for leadership in today’s Washington. And it’s important to keep the horror of our political situation up front, to keep highlighting the lies, the cruelty, the bad judgment. We must never normalize the state we’re in.<p>At the same time, …

Paul Ryan

Lawmakers call on FBI to help find string of missing black girls in Washington

The Congressional Black Caucus is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI to help in the search for missing black girls in the Washington, D.C., area, following an alarming string of missing children cases from the nation's capital.<p>The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing …

Congressional Black Caucus

One chart showing Paul Ryan’s rock and hard place

The factions of opposition to the Republican health care bill.<p>When President Barack Obama was in office, it was easy to think congressional Republicans were a relatively homogenous group of lawmakers who all opposed Obamacare at all costs.<p>It was their uniting message on health care — a rallying cry …

U.S. Congress

Trumpcare: How we got from ‘wonderful’ to widely panned

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump said he would replace Obamacare with “something terrific.” In February, he assured us he was putting together something “wonderful.” He would cover “everybody,” he said in an interview with The Post. He once bragged that he was the only …

Paul Ryan

House steers toward climactic vote on GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP …

U.S. Congress

US Senate votes to overturn Internet privacy rules & block any future ones

The US Senate has voted to overturn Internet privacy rules introduced last year by the FCC – and to prevent the FCC from passing any further such rules in the future.<p>Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of …

U.S. Senate

Trump Regrets Backing Paul Ryan’s Plan to Do Health Care First

On Monday in Kentucky, President Trump described his overhaul of the American health-care system as an irritating but necessary chore.<p>“We want a very …

Paul Ryan

Dramatic vote looms on Republican health plan, high stakes for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the clock ticked on Friday toward a high-stakes vote demanded by Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, fellow Republicans in Congress scrambled to secure enough votes to avoid a loss that could hobble his presidency.<p>The dramatic showdown on the House of …

U.S. Congress

The Easiest Way for Trump To Do Stuff Is To Not Do Stuff

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

Scott Pruitt

Where the Republican health care bill stands right now

Here's what we know, with live updates.<p>Obamacare repeal isn’t dead. Yet.<p>But the drive by House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump for rapid passage of a repeal-and-replace bill appeared to be on life support as of Thursday afternoon — and, after a brief moment of optimism for Republicans …

U.S. Congress

HHS secretary: Pass House bill today, fix it in the Senate later

<b>(CNN) —</b> Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price sought to downplay Friday's health care vote in the House, saying Republican lawmakers can fix any problems with the plan once it makes its way into the Senate.<p>"This is just one part of it. That second phase is so incredibly important that we're …

Health Care

Tell the truth, shame the devil: Nunes’ Wednesday craziness proves the need for independent probe

Please give Americans what they need to save the republic: the truth<p>There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station.<p>And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House …

Devin Nunes

House chairman apologizes to colleagues after Trump briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House claimed vindication while the House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election.<p>Rep. Devin Nunes, a …

Devin Nunes

Trump Has No Good Options On Health Care

<b>UPDATE</b> (March 23, 8:43 p.m.): Late on Thursday, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump is demanding the House vote on the GOP health …

Health Care

House Republicans are about to run right over a rule they created to slow down bills

During the Obamacare debate in 2010, congressional Republicans frequently criticized Democrats for not reading the full bill, alleging that the health care law was a bill “written in the dark of night and rushed through Congress” before being fully vetted.<p>In response, the House GOP implemented a …

U.S. Congress

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Somewhere John Boehner Is Sipping Merlot

The U.S. House is postponing its vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>The U.S. House canceled tonight’s vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, after the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus …

John Boehner

President Trump will survive the GOP's health-care debacle. Will Paul Ryan?

Fans of irony might appreciate the fact that President Trump's first big probable legislative defeat will be remarkably similar to Hillary …

U.S. Congress

Will Trump ask Paul Ryan to resign if health care vote fails?

MSNBC'S Brian Williams shares a breaking New York Times report that Trump is upset with Ryan over health care and Sean Spicer being asked if Ryan …

Paul Ryan

Is Donald Trump Giving Up on Repealing Obamacare?

With his latest ultimatum, the president appears to be trying to lose as fast as possible.<p>It is increasingly clear, if ever it was in doubt, that <b>Donald Trump</b> does not care about policy minutiae, especially on an issue as complicated as health care. On the campaign trail, he never explained his plan …

Donald Trump

The Republican health care plan is totally nuts

A pointless, reckless rush to vote on a bad, unpopular, doomed bill.<p>In both its substance and its procedural details, the plan cooked up by the Trump administration and House Republican leadership to overhaul the American health care system is completely insane.<p>As of Thursday evening, Republicans …

Health Care

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.<p>When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers …

Ivanka Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Moves To Make Russia Investigation Less Public

A Democrat on the committee criticized the chairman's decision.<p>The Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee has postponed a public hearing on the group’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia in order to hold a more private one first.<p>Former Acting Attorney General …

Russian Government

Big black eye for Paul Ryan: House postpones vote on Obamacare repeal

House forced to delay ACHA vote amid scramble for more support as CBO deals another blow (Updated)<p>The Republican rush to repeal Obamacare came to an abrupt halt on Thursday after negotiations between two different wings of the party stalled. As a result, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his …

U.S. Congress

Sean Spicer refuses to blame Paul Ryan for health care debacle

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on Fox News to address the postponement of the Obamacare replacement bill by Republicans, and was pressed heavily by fill-in host Eric Bolling to pin the blame on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).<p>“For weeks, we’ve heard that you had the votes,” Bolling …

Paul Ryan

Federal judge who blocked Trump's travel ban gets threats

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Hawaii federal judge who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been the target of threatening messages, the FBI says.<p>US District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide -- hours before the revised travel ban was …

Law

Mnuchin Says Tax Overhaul Plan Coming Soon

WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration is close to completing its proposal to overhaul the U.S. tax code and said any legislation to reduce corporate and individual rates needed to be comprehensive.<p>“We’re not cutting this up and doing little pieces at a time,” he …

Congressional Committees

Senate Votes to Allow Hunting Grizzlies in Alaska Wildlife Refuges

The Senate voted this week to abolish a rule restricting certain hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska— including trapping, …

Alaska

US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission

The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer-friendly internet privacy rules that would have prevented internet providers from sharing your web …

U.S. Senate

Trump Is Now Preparing Executive Orders to Review All 14 U.S. Trade Deals

The Trump administration is preparing new executive order s to re-examine all 14 U.S. free trade agreements and review government procurement …

Congressional Committees