Mitch McConnell

Senate Republicans have all the evidence they need to reject the House-passed health-care overhaul

The Republican bid to overhaul the health-care industry took one small step forward Wednesday and then essentially went two steps backward.<p>For a week now, some congressional insiders had been whispering that the critical “score” from the Congressional Budget Office, on the legislation that narrowly …

U.S. Congress

Navigating Trump's America: The latest CBO score finishes off the already-doomed AHCA

It had already become clear the American Health Care Act was "dead on arrival" in the Senate, a phrase Republican senators have become fond of. But …

Donald Trump

GOP leaders play it safe as Trump scandals grow

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are eager to avoid intraparty fights as they try to muscle through the GOP agenda.<p>The controversy over Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia is mushrooming into an all-consuming Washington melodrama and full-fledged criminal investigation. But don’t look to GOP …

U.S. Congress

At last, some honesty: The GOP is going nowhere on health care

After the broken campaign promises <i>(We’re going to cover everybody!)</i>, the distortions (<i>Obamacare is in a death spiral</i>), legislative shenanigans <i>(Vote first, score the bill later</i>) and the out-and-out falsehoods (<i>The GOP bill protects those with preexisting conditions</i>), a Republican leader on Wednesday …

ObamaCare

22 GOP senators signed a letter urging Trump to pull out of the Paris agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans are urging the president to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord.<p>The GOP senators sent a two-page letter Thursday to President Donald Trump. The letter says remaining in the …

Climate

Top GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

Top Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTop GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal Senators …

Climate

Republicans voice opposition to Trump's budget: 'Dead on arrival'

The president’s plan to reduce spending ran into some conservative opposition, in addition to criticism from Democrats, for cuts to Medicaid and other programs<p>Donald Trump’s proposal to reduce spending by $3.6tn, mostly by slashing antipoverty programs that provide social safety nets for the poor, …

U.S. Congress

Exclusive - Hate the tweets, love the agenda: McConnell on Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, says he could live without the drama surrounding President Donald Trump's White House, but from a policy standpoint sees the new commander-in-chief as a solid ally in the mode of any president from his party.<p>McConnell …

Republicans

What Does Mitch McConnell Want on Health Care?

The majority leader’s tactical expertise makes his wishes for the American Health Care Act hard to discern.<p>Trump Schmump. On Wednesday, the high-stakes health-care debate will come roaring back to center stage when the Congressional Budget Office releases its scoring of the American Health Care Act …

Politics

Democratic senator ‘hates’ Ted Cruz and dedicates entire chapter of new book to him

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken really doesn’t like fellow lawmaker Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), so naturally, Franken dedicated an entire chapter of his new book to the conservative politician.<p>“You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz,” Franken …

Republicans

Imagine if President Hillary Clinton were being investigated for Russia ties

David Goldman, Associated Press fileDonald Trump and Hillary Clinton appear at an Oct. 19, 2016, presidential debate in Las Vegas.<i>Re: “Questions</i> …

Donald Trump

Not even Mitch McConnell knows how to get the GOP health bill through the Senate

At this point in the game, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) isn't super optimistic Senate Republicans can pass the American Health Care …

United States

Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.<p>The bill to reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act would …

U.S. Congress

Happy Hour Roundup

* The CBO score lands with a loud thud:<p>Health-care legislation adopted by House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured within a decade, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday — only a million fewer than the projection for the House’s earlier …

Opinion

Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first budget proposal got an icy reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday, and that was just from the Republicans.<p>Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals "draconian."<p>"I don't think the president's …

Politics

It’s Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate

While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans.<p>There is an alarmingly large chance that they’ll decide to do so. But if they do, they will almost certainly rely …

Health Care

The Senate's Challenge in Trump's Washington

Washington<p>‘I try to kind of ignore the noise and focus on the agenda,” says Mitch McConnell during an interview last week. By nature the imperturbable Senate majority leader is as well equipped as anyone to maintain the appearance of political normality, though the permanent turmoil of the Trump …

Opinion

Happy Turtle Day, Sen. Mitch 'Turtle' McConnell!

In the pantheon of least favorite turtles, there is one who is far and away the most hated.

Republicans

Women Who Persisted

<i>This story originally appeared in</i> TIME For Kids<i>.</i><p>Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State …

Coretta Scott King

Mitch McConnell wants to talk Trumpcare in quiet rooms

You might think that the example of the process of getting Trumpcare and Zombie Trumpcare through the House—and the massive opposition to it among …

Republicans

Conservative groups press Senate on ObamaCare repeal

Two conservative groups are seeking to influence the Senate’s healthcare bill with a list of recommendations aimed at keeping the bill to the …

Health Care

McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line

Whether Senate Republicans can repeal the health law largely depends on the longtime GOP leader.<p>Mitch McConnell has sidestepped the Russia controversy that’s dogged Donald Trump all year and eluded the wrath rained down on Paul Ryan over the GOP’s Obamacare repeal effort.<p>But the health care reform …

Politics

Trump Drama Imperils GOP Legislative Agenda

The drama enveloping President Donald Trump is threatening the legislative agenda of congressional Republicans who need a strong executive to push their policies across the finish line.<p>With nearly daily revelations in the investigations into Russia's interference into last year's presidential …

Politics

GOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges

GOP senators are talking about changing an obscure Senate tradition to make it more difficult for Democrats to block certain judges from advancing to …

Politics

Trump faces tough fight to gain budget support

Spending cuts ‘have zero chance of passing’ Congress, says Republican aide<p>Donald Trump faces a daunting battle winning Congressional support for his …

Republicans

The Spring of G.O.P. Discontent

WASHINGTON — Now that Robert Mueller has been named special counsel, we can expect congressional Republicans to attempt a return to business as usual. Of course, that’s all relative: President Trump will presumably continue to issue Twitter attacks on the investigation, leaks about his behavior are …

Opinion

Destroying Donald Trump all that matters to some

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Now anything goes. All restraints are loosened, all self-discipline trashed. There’s no cure or even treatment for Trump Derangement …

Donald Trump

Trump's Budget Aims for Balance Through Steep Cuts, Growth - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump will send to Congress a proposal for balancing the federal budget within 10 years through deep cuts to discretionary and …

United States

Reactive Advertising Creates Social Splash (Or Ugly Puddles)

News happens, and every so often a brand responds by launching quick ad campaign that tries to play off the event. It’s brilliant it if works. The …

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