Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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