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Is It Time to Find a Bipartisan Solution to Health Care?

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>With Senate Republicans headed back to the drawing board on health care — after not having enough votes to pass their reform this week — here’s a radical …

Rand Paul

This is how Trumpism died

Donald Trump won the battle. The Republican Party won the war.<p>Donald Trump’s enthusiastic support for the Senate health care bill is proof that there is no such thing as Trumpism, and there never will be.<p>Health care was the issue on which Trump had gone furthest to differentiate himself from …

Republican National Committee

How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s Ruthless Symbiosis Changed America

In 1973, a brash young would-be developer from Queens met one of New York’s premier power brokers: Roy Cohn, whose name is still synonymous with the rise of McCarthyism and its dark political arts. With the ruthless attorney as a guide, Trump propelled himself into the city’s power circles and …

Donald Trump

The Senate’s health care time bomb

NPR and PBS NewsHour are out this morning with a Marist poll showing 17% approval of the Senate's healthcare plan, and 21% approval of the GOP's …

Mitch McConnell

Campaigner-in-chief: Trump's politicking raises ethics flags

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election.<p>On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party's top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel …

Donald Trump

Trump has never been big on details

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a fascinating window into how Donald Trump conceives of the presidency in a New York Times piece out this morning that details the meeting about health care between the president and Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday.<p>Here are the key passages:<p><i>"When asked by reporters</i> …

Donald Trump

Republican Opposition to Health Care Bill Mounts

McConnell’s margins appear to be slipping<p><b>BY JOE WILLIAMS and NIELS LESNIEWSKI</b><p>Republican opposition to legislation to overhaul the U.S. health …

Politics

Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned …

Donald Trump

The Senate Trumpcare Bill’s Worst Advocate Is President Trump

During the ill-fated first round of the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump suggested that he wouldn’t support a bill …

Politics

Donald Trump Is Back to Making Cringe-Worthy Comments About Women on Camera

“She has a nice smile on her face, so I bet she treats you well.”<p>On Tuesday, <b>Donald Trump</b> made a phone call to Ireland’s new prime minister, <b>Leo Varadka</b> to congratulate him on his win. But this routine phone call also involved a few more compliments to someone else in the room— <b>Caitriona Perry</b>, the …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a chance to step up for a signature win

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Your turn, Mr. President.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's failure to ram through an Obamacare repeal bill before the July 4 recess does more than reveal tribal divisions ravaging the Republican Party.<p>It also highlights President Donald Trump's role -- or lack of one -- in …

Donald Trump

Republicans Won't Blame Trump If Health Bill Fails

He's safe for a number of good and bad reasons. Republican leaders of Congress? Not so much.<p>It's much too soon to start digging the grave for the Senate's attempt to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. It still has a chance, even if Mitch McConnell's decision to delay a vote suggests the chance is …

Mitch McConnell

Trump again attacks New York Times as ‘Fake News Joke!’

Updated 06/28/2017 08:00 AM EDT<p>President Donald Trump reupped his attack Wednesday against what he believes to be unfair media coverage, labeling The New York Times a “fake news joke” and suggesting that the media has portrayed him as being disengaged from the legislative process of repealing and …

Donald Trump

Stephen Colbert defends CNN on retraction: Trump is 'guilty of fake news'

Stephen Colbert came to CNN’s defense after President Trump lodged another Twitter attack on the media organization for its retraction of a Russia-related story. However, the late-night host first lodged a few jabs himself.<p>“This is CNN’s worst mistake since their short-lived spinoff, <i>Wolf Blitzer’s</i> …

Donald Trump

President Trump Has Apparently Forgotten He Isn’t Running a Beauty Pageant Anymore

As most of us are well aware, the current occupant of the White House has a more unconventional résumé than the average politician, one that includes real estate, a reality show, a failed steak company, and an international beauty pageant. But on Tuesday, it seems President Donald Trump forgot that …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump and his team hired an army of lawyers for Russia investigation. Who made the list?

WASHINGTON — They are attack dogs and upper-crust white shoes. None of them shrink from a fight. And their ranks are growing by the day.<p>Since Robert Mueller was named special counsel to head the Justice Department's widening Russia investigation, President Trump and his administration began a …

Donald Trump

What do conservatives want American health care to look like?

The question nobody wants to answer.<p>Republicans are inching forward with an unpopular health bill that cuts Medicaid, raises deductibles, and costs people coverage — even while key party leaders sell it by trying to insist it does none of these things. As they push ahead, it’s worth taking a step …

Health Care

Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has accepted the French president's invitation to visit for Bastille Day.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN') extended the invitation when he and Trump spoke by telephone on Tuesday.<p>The French national holiday …

Donald Trump

Trump has given us no reason to believe he knows anything about health-care policy

President Trump met with Republican members of the Senate on June 27 at the White House, hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he'd delay a vote on proposed health-care legislation. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)<p>There was a revealing detail buried in the New York …

Donald Trump

Why They Should Put A Stake In GOP Health Plan

If you are older, disabled or poor, it’s abundantly clear the Senate Healthcare Plan will be one of the most damaging pieces of legislation in recent history. That’s probably why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), decided to delay a Senate vote on the bill this week.<p>By defunding …

Mitch McConnell

Donald Trump vs. The Dictionary: Is Merriam-Webster really trolling Trump?

The dictionary publisher says it's just doing its job. We asked Kory Stamper, a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, for the inside scoop.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's son opens 'great' golf course at Turnberry

Donald Trump's son Eric said his family had "made Turnberry great again" as he opened a second course at the famous golf resort.<p>His father bought Turnberry in South Ayrshire in 2014 but has stepped away from the family business empire since becoming US president.<p>Mr Trump Jr flew into Scotland to …

Donald Trump

Trump tirades hit Amazon, NYT, WaPo and CNN

In the last few days, President Trump has used his Twitter to aggressively slam media, including CNN, the New York Times, Amazon and Washington Post. …

Donald Trump

Trump attacks Washington Post as ‘guardian’ of Amazon’s tax practices

Updated 06/28/2017 10:51 AM EDT<p>President Donald Trump wrapped up an attack on a favorite media target, The Washington Post, and the tax practices of Amazon into one online post Wednesday, complaining that the “fake news” newspaper was protecting the online retailer from tax liabilities with its …

Donald Trump

I was pulled out of my wheelchair by police. It could be worse. Trumpcare could pass.

Medicaid cuts will hit the disability community hard.<p>When I woke up on Thursday morning, I didn’t expect a picture of me in handcuffs to wind up all over the internet. I’ve been an activist with the Disability Rights group ADAPT for 10 years. When we learned that the Senate planned to vote on a …

Mitch McConnell

Top Trump aide warns Syria: 'I wouldn't test Donald J. Trump'

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the White House warned that Syria could possibly be preparing for another chemical weapons attack, and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could face a "heavy price" if one is carried out, a top adviser to President Donald Trump issued a stern warning Tuesday night: "I wouldn't test …

Donald Trump

Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation

<b>Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for accusing her of incitement in a mass shooting.</b><p>In the defamation case, Mrs Palin says the newspaper published a statement about her that it "knew to be false".<p>A 14 June editorial appeared to tie Mrs Palin to a …

Sarah Palin

Senate health bill pulled – but ‘don’t count Senator McConnell out’

All eyes focused on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., this week. McConnell faced mounting opposition from his own ranks on an effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Few saw a way out of this legislative cul-de-sac.<p>A veteran Senate aide had few ideas as to how McConnell could jimmy …

Mitch McConnell

Watch Donald Trump Interrupt a Diplomatic Phone Call to Flirt with an Irish Reporter

"Where are you from? She has a nice smile"<p>In a video captured Tuesday, Donald Trump appears to be flirting with a female reporter during a diplomatic phone call with Irish Fine Gael politician Leo Varadkar.<p>The US president and Irish premier had been discussing immigration and the UK's impending …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Former Campaign Manager Acknowledges Making Millions as Pro-Russia Lobbyist

Paul Manafort belatedly registered as a foreign agent for his two years of work representing a Ukrainian political party with pro-Kremlin views.<p>Whether or not <b>Donald Trump</b> had explicit business dealings himself, with Russia or Russian agents, the curious fact remains that an unusually large number …

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