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Senate Health Bill Sets Up Showdown Among GOP

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:44:58 EDT

Senate Republican leaders released a proposal that would undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act and transform a large part of the health-care system by changing and cutting funding for Medicaid. It isn’t clear if the bill could attract more centrist Republicans without alienating the most conservative lawmakers in both chambers.image

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Obamacare Gets Higher Marks Than House GOP Overhaul, Poll Finds

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:47:15 EDT

More Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than the House Republican bill to repeal and replace it, but many still want Congress to find some way to fix Obama’s signature health-care law, a new WSJ/NBC News poll finds. image

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Fed's Stress Tests Bolster Case for Easing Bank Rules

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:23:52 EDT

The outcome gives ammunition to the Trump administration and congressional Republicans who see some of the rules put in place after the financial crisis as excessive.image

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EPA Releases Chemical Testing Rules

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:22:04 EDT

The Environmental Protection Agency released rules enabling the agency to prioritize the testing of certain chemicals used in consumer goods and other products while forgoing the testing of others, overturning more sweeping Obama-era procedures that the chemicals industry deemed overly burdensome.image

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High Court Makes It Harder to Strip Immigrants of Citizenship

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:59:26 EDT

The Supreme Court tightened standards for stripping an immigrant of citizenship, rejecting the government’s position that any lie during the naturalization process can cost an American their nationality. image

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Trump Says He Doesn't Have Tapes of Comey Meetings

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:20:44 EDT

President Trump said he doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, a month after raising questions about the existence of tapes.image

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House Democrats Point Fingers at Pelosi After Georgia Election Loss

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:55:47 EDT

Rep. Nancy Pelosi became the target of blame almost instantly after Democrats lost a special U.S. House election in Georgia in which their candidate, backed by $30 million, was relentlessly tethered to the chamber’s longtime Democratic leader.image

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Sticking Points Slow GOP Budget Efforts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:49:30 EDT

House Republicans are struggling to agree on a plan to fund the federal government for 2018, a critical task that they must tackle before moving ahead with ambitions for a tax overhaul.image

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Trump Job-Approval Rating Is Steady After Rocky Month

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:33:42 EDT

Public opinion of Donald Trump remains stable after one of the rockiest months of his presidency, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found, but half of Americans hold negative views of his temperament, trustworthiness and level of knowledge needed for his job.image

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FCC Fines Man $120 Million for His 100 Million Robocalls

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:30:11 EDT

The Federal Communications Commission proposed an “unprecedented” fine against Adrian Abramovich, a Miami man who the agency said was responsible for making almost 100 million falsified robocalls in late 2016 in violation of telecommunications laws. image

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Grizzly Bears to Come Off Endangered List

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:59:06 EDT

The Trump administration said it would remove endangered species protections for the Yellowstone grizzly bear, in a move initiated by the Obama administration after numbers of the West’s largest land predator rebounded sharply over the past four decades. image

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Trump Blames Obama for Failure to Protect Against Russia Hack

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30:33 EDT

President Donald Trump issued a series of Twitter missives blaming Democrats and the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect against Russian hacking efforts in the 2016 election.image

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Trump Suggests Solar Panels to Save Money on Border Wall

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:28:17 EDT

President Trump said he wanted to install solar panels on his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, telling a crowd at a campaign-style rally that the proposal would save money.image

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Trump to Hold Fundraiser at Trump Hotel in D.C.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:12:14 EDT

President Donald Trump will hold his first fundraiser of his 2020 re-election campaign at the hotel he owns blocks from the White House, a campaign official said Wednesday.image

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How the Senate Health Bill Differs From House Bill, Obamacare

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:48:16 EDT

Now that Senate Republican leaders have released their health bill, it is possible to see how it diverges from the House-passed version and from the 2010 Affordable Care Act.image

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Senate Bill Poses Risks to Health-Care Companies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:59:43 EDT

Senate Republicans’ health overhaul carries big risks for many health-care companies because of its cutbacks to federal Medicaid funding and the uncertain impact of its broad changes to individual health-insurance markets. image

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Revenue Slides at Some Trump Businesses, but Vegas Tower Brings Windfall

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:05:33 EDT

Some businesses owned by Donald Trump saw their revenue decline since his presidential campaign entered full force and he became president, but a Las Vegas tower brought a big boost, a new disclosure form shows.image

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Consumer Regulator Seeks to Ensure Student-Loan Break for Public Service Workers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:15:58 EDT

A federal consumer regulator wants to make sure people who pursued careers in public service are receiving breaks they earned for forgiveness of student-loan debt.image

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Democrats Point Fingers, Debate Winning Formula After Georgia Loss

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:27:40 EDT

The Democratic Party recriminations flowed following Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, seen as the party’s best shot at gaining a House seat ahead of the 2018 midterms. image

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Kushner Meets With Netanyahu, Abbas

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:10:48 EDT

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try to advance a peace deal. image

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White House Foresaw Saudi Prince Mohammed's Rise

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:18:42 EDT

It came as no surprise to the White House when Saudi Arabia’s King Salman designated his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as next in line to the kingdom’s throne. image

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Pence Won't Pay Legal Fees With PAC Funds

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:45:41 EDT

Vice President Mike Pence has chosen not to use an allied political committee to pay for the private attorney he retained last week to represent him in the special counsel probe of Trump associates’ ties to Russia, two people close to Mr. Pence said Wednesday.image

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U.S. Regulators Set to Offer Bank Rule Changes to Congress

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:15:44 EDT

U.S. policy makers are set to present bank regulatory changes to Congress, according to prepared testimony released Wednesday ahead of a Senate hearing Thursday.image

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Congressional Democrats Object to Trump Drug-Cost Plans

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:54:28 EDT

The Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on high drug prices triggered pushback from congressional Democrats, who attacked the proposals under consideration as a giveaway to the drug industry. image

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Spicer Shifts to Lower-Key Approach as White House Spokesman

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:54:05 EDT

Once lauded by President Trump for drawing more daytime TV viewers than many soap operas, press secretary Sean Spicer is spending less time in the White House briefing room as questions have been raised about his role.image

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Trump Administration Resumes Global Vetting Review

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:40:07 EDT

President Donald Trump’s travel ban remains on hold due to court rulings, but his administration is resuming a global review of nations that may lead to far more sweeping travel restrictions. image

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DeVos Appointee to Head Student-Loan Program Has Done His Homework

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:10 EDT

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Tuesday announced plans to appoint A. Wayne Johnson, a former executive in the financial services industry, to run the $1.3 trillion federal student loan portfolio. image

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Ryan Talks Up Likelihood of Tax Overhaul

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:42:58 EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed confidence that Republicans can “fix this nation’s tax code, once and for all,” despite a long list of hurdles in front of them.image

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Anthem to Exit ACA Exchanges in Wisconsin, Indiana

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:27:45 EDT

Anthem said it would pull out of the Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance marketplaces in Wisconsin and Indiana next year.image

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Top Russian Banker Says Trump Powerless to Mend Relations

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:11:27 EDT

Probes into the Trump administration’s alleged dealings with Russia are preventing relations between Russia and the U.S. from thawing, the head of Russia’s second-largest bank says. image

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Jared Kushner to Travel to Middle East in Effort to Advance U.S. Peace Efforts

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:35:02 EDT

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, plans to travel to the Middle East this week to try to advance U.S. efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a White House official said Sunday. image

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For Trump, Signs of a Softening Base

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:38:13 EDT

While President Donald Trump has many solid supporters, interviews with some reluctant Trump voters indicate unease with aspects of his presidency so far.image

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Trump Disclosure Shows Big Income Boost From Mar-a-Lago

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:18:00 EDT

Some of the president’s real-estate properties have thrived since his election, and the financial form shows fresh sources of income from overseas as well.image

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Trump Steps Up Attacks on Russia Probe's Leaders

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:00:38 EDT

President Donald Trump in a tweet appeared to criticize Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing an investigation into Russia’s role in the election. image

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Governors Criticize GOP House Health Bill

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:40:14 EDT

A bipartisan group of governors, including three Republicans, is criticizing the House GOP health bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid and urging Congress to focus on bipartisan action to stabilize the private insurance market, according to a letter sent Friday to Senate leadership.image

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CFPB Chief Cordray Fires Back at GOP Lawmaker Over Wells Fargo Probe

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:21:42 EDT

A fight between the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a senior Republican lawmaker escalated this week as the CFPB chief made a sharp rebuttal to a GOP report that criticized the agency’s role in investigating alleged sales misconduct at Wells Fargo & Co. image

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California Seeking to Curb Spread of Immigrant Detention Centers

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:29:38 EDT

California advanced new measures intended to block the growth of immigrant detention facilities and fund $45 million that could provide free attorneys for immigrants facing deportation.image

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Private-Equity Firms Stand to Benefit From Court's Curb on SEC

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:13:55 EDT

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that curbed the government’s enforcement powers over Wall Street could hurt efforts to penalize private-equity managers over fees that the government considers poorly disclosed to investors.image

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Syria's Newest Flashpoint Is Bringing U.S. and Iran Face to Face

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:51:02 EDT

Southern Syria, once the quietest corner of the country’s multisided conflict, has unexpectedly become a contested territory where the two countries are vying for control.image

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Putin Criticizes New U.S. Sanctions

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:36:17 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized new sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate, blaming them on domestic political battles in the U.S. image

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