U.S. Politics

With latest jabs, Trump-Obama relationship reaches historic nastiness

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It's a long-distance feud, transmitted over the airwaves and on social media, that's now devolved well beyond a small political spat.<p>For President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, the animosity that started years ago has never waned, except for a month-long period …

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Pro-Trump groups take no prisoners in rush to help an embattled president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Flush with cash, political groups outside the White House are aggressively coming to President Donald Trump's aid as he battles low public approval numbers, questions about his election campaign's ties to Russia and a stalled legislative agenda.<p>Through television attack ads …

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GOP ponders whether Trump helps sell health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system.<p>But when President Donald Trump got around to talking about the …

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The most damning excerpts from the news reports Trump is angrily tweeting about

After news broke Tuesday that a Senate vote on the GOP health care bill would be postponed until after July 4, the New York Times and the Washington Post ran several stories that portrayed the president as a failed dealmaker, and a thorn in the sides of congressional Republicans — if they cared …

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Trump starts fundraising for re-election in 2020 with $35,000-a-plate event

Reporters barred from hearing president’s remarks at fundraiser held in Trump’s Washington hotel<p>President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to his hotel on Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser. But reporters were barred from hearing his remarks.<p>Security was …

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Dem congressman: 'Just plain wrong' for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel

<b>(CNN) —</b> As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is "just plain wrong."<p>An invitation to the event, held at the Trump International Hotel, showed …

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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 …

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US military updates Trump's North Korea options

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Revised US military options for North Korea have been prepared and are ready to be presented to President Donald Trump, two US military officials told CNN.<p>The options, which include a military response, will be presented to the president if Pyongyang conducts an underground …

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Republicans Need to Pass Trumpcare to Appease Their Donors — Not Their Voters

Republicans have no affirmative case for their health-care bill. They have lies about why the bill is necessary (“Obamacare is collapsing”), lies …

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What the Republican Health-Care Holdouts Want

A look at the varied and even contradictory changes that GOP senators are seeking in exchange for their votes<p>After abandoning a quick vote on his original proposal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to come up with a revised health-care bill by Friday so it can be ready for debate and a …

U.S. Congress

The Case Of The Mysterious Trump Portraits On The Hill

A BuzzFeed News investigation.<p>Posted on June 29, 2017, 00:50 GMT<p>On Wednesday afternoon, a painting of President Donald Trump was spotted being carried around Capitol Hill.<p>A portrait of First Lady Melania Trump was its companion. Rumor had it they were headed to Vice President Mike Pence's …

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Protesters Crash Trump Hotel Campaign Fundraiser

Kelly Cuvar has been fighting cancer for the past 18 years. But the more time-consuming battle, she says, is not fighting her condition, but keeping …

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Gorsuch is already pushing the Supreme Court right on religion, guns and gay rights

When Judge Neil M. Gorsuch went before the Senate in March as President Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, he sought to assure senators he would be independent and above the political fray.<p>“There is no such thing as a Republican judge or Democratic judge,” he said more than once. “We just …

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The Mitch McConnell Sinkhole

More than a third of Americans believe that Medicaid is akin to welfare, with the implicit subtext that racial and ethnic minorities are the principal beneficiaries.<p>If that’s what they think, they’re dead wrong.<p>Many more Medicaid recipients are white than black or Hispanic.<p>Mick Mulvaney, a former …

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Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill, even as he confronts an expanding chorus of GOP detractors.<p>That is deepening the uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its promise to repeal President …

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Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi at closed-door fundraiser

President Donald Trump, facing dimming approval ratings and a stalled legislative agenda, rolled out his greatest hits on Wednesday evening – ripping into CNN, assailing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and hailing his party’s string of special election wins.<p>Before a rapt audience of 300 …

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Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As President Donald Trump lashes out at former President Barack Obama for failing to take a harder line against Russia for election meddling, Trump's own advisers are struggling to convince him that Russia still poses a threat, according to multiple senior administration …

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The Republican National Committee is hosting a giant fundraiser at Trump’s DC hotel

On Wednesday evening, President Trump and the Republican National Committee will host the president’s first reelection fundraiser —a $35,000-a-ticket soiree. Not coincidentally, the dinner will take place at Trump’s favorite place in the nation's capital: Trump International Hotel. Proceeds from …

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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 …

Health Care

Chaffetz to Become Fox News Contributor

Congressman to start new job the day after he leaves office<p>Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his Utah congressional seat in the middle of his term because …

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Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin

<i>Evan McMullin is a former CIA operations officer who ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election. He is co-founder of the nonprofit Stand Up Republic.</i><p>Whether its leaders and members realize it, the Republican Party is at risk of becoming the Vladi­mir Putin-aligned party in …

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US claims warning over possible Syria chemical attack averted strike

Russia warns US of proportional response to any preemptive measures against Syrian forces as US official calls intelligence behind warning ‘far from conclusive’<p>US defence secretary James Mattis has said that Syria appears to have heeded a warning from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons …

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The Wall Street Journal's Editor: Beware Calling Donald Trump a Liar

Gerard Baker thinks the president lies all the time, but insists that applying that appellation puts too high a burden on news organizations.<p>Last January, Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, urged caution in using the word “lie” to label untruths spoken by Donald Trump. Last …

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Liberal Impeachment Fantasies Have to Stop

Trump and his supporters won’t go gently into that good night.<p>In times of unexpected strife, the aggrieved seek comfort anywhere they can find it, like trees trying to grow on the side of cliffs. Since Donald Trump’s election, dejected liberals have sought catharsis in tears, in marches, in …

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Senate Panel Digs Into 2,000 Financial Documents in Trump Probe - Bloomberg

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia is now focused sharply on financial transactions …

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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 …

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The Trump administration is threatening to expand its 'laptop ban' to all airlines that do not improve security

Airlines must adhere to new security rules, or passengers may not be able to bring large devices aboard.<p>The Trump administration on Wednesday threatened to ban laptops and other large electronic devices from any international flight coming to the United States unless the airline meets new security …

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That EPA push to ban a pesticide that harms babies' brains? Dropped after Trump EPA chief Pruitt met with Dow CEO

Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration’s top environmental official, privately met with the CEO of Dow Chemical just before reversing the EPA's …

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Scenes from the Swamp: (Almost) Inside Trump’s $35,000-Per-Plate 2020 Fundraiser

It’s the year 2017 and Donald Trump has been president of the United States for 159 days, or 10.9 percent of his first term in office. So obviously, …

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At first fundraiser, Trump aims to keep GOP rivals at bay

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is doing more than simply hosting the first fundraiser of his re-election bid here Wednesday evening at the Trump International Hotel, he's sending a pointed message to Republicans: He's not going anywhere.<p>Less than six months after taking office, Trump is …

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