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- Defend Trump? ‘Not my job,’ says GOP’s Gillespie in Virginia race
Ed Gillespie has a tricky road ahead of him as he campaigns for Virginia governor this year. The Republican nominee wants to talk about state issues, not President Trump, not Russia and certainly not what’s on Twitter. The latest sign is that former President Obama has already decided to campaign for the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
- Hillary Clinton: ‘If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party’
- White House wants more ‘outrage’ over Johnny Depp comments
- Key GOP senator on health care law: ‘This bill is not the answer’
- Health Care Declassified No. 4: Was the Obamacare process really more transparent?
- Black off-duty cop shot by colleague while responding to car crash
- Mosul’s 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS
- Medical groups diagnose GOP health care bill: It’s not well
- Obama approved ‘cyber weapons’ in response to Russian attacks: report
- Trump: I bluffed Comey on ‘tapes’ to keep him honest
President Trump’s warning last month that his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey might have been taped was an attempt to affect Comey’s public statements and his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the president admitted in an interview Friday morning. After refusing to comment for nearly six weeks, Trump finally acknowledged Thursday that he has no such tapes. “When he found out that I, you know, that there might be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” Trump said of Comey in a “Fox & Friends” interview.
- Ex-Homeland Security head: Trump is ‘sending signals’ that Russian hacking is tolerated
- In just a year, Republicans became far more skeptical of claims of racism
- Obama: ‘The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill’
- White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result
The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.
- Four GOP senators: We won’t vote for new health care bill
In a potentially game-changing move, four conservative senators quickly announced Thursday afternoon that they oppose the health care bill rolled out by Republican Senate leadership earlier in the day. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. said in a statement that the proposal did not go far enough to overhaul the current system. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear that this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to the Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs,” the group said in the release.
- ‘Die-in’ protesters dragged away from McConnell’s office
Dramatizing fears that Senate Republican’s Better Care Reconciliation Act’s cuts to Medicaid would prevent millions of low income Americans from accessing life-saving care, activism group ADAPT dramatized what those deaths could look like — in front of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office doors.
- ‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’
- Police drag protesters away from McConnell’s office in ‘die-in’ against Medicaid cuts
- Paul Ryan: It’s ‘premature’ to say whether House would pass Senate health care bill
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to say Thursday whether the House would take up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill if the Republican leader manages to push it through the Senate. “They’re just beginning their process,” Ryan said, adding he believes it will be a “lengthy” one. McConnell declared on the Senate floor Thursday that he believes the Senate could pass the sweeping legislation as soon as next week.
- Trump admits he has no tapes of Comey meetings
- Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House one
After weeks of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their much-anticipated proposal to repeal Obamacare, unveiling a plan that would cut Medicaid and reduce penalties for not buying insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would result in 23 million fewer people covered than under current law. “From what I understand their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
- Trump fumes on Twitter after ex-Homeland Security chief testifies about Russian cyberattacks
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testifies about Russian meddling in the 2016 election before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 21, 2017. President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, hammering away at the “big Dem scam” and “big Dem HOAX!” in the aftermath of former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony the day before about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. In particular, Trump seized upon Johnson’s comment that the Democratic National Committee was among those who rebuffed his department’s offer for assistance during the Russian attack.
- Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win
- Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEO
- Buoyant Trump spouts boasts, proposals — and falsehoods — at Iowa rally
- Trump rallies supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Tim Kaine: U.S. strikes on Syrian forces ‘completely illegal’
- Health Care Declassified No. 3: Senate bill still under construction, a day before scheduled rollout
- Bitter Ga. loss provides backdrop for Democrats to reflect on party’s future
In the wake of Jon Ossoff’s stinging defeat in the House race in Atlanta’s suburbs last night, the question now is: How do Democrats pick up the pieces? Under this scenario, Democrats would embrace candidates who excoriate the wealthiest “1 percent” and promise to curb income inequality, zero out public college and university tuition and enact single-payer universal health care. There are also Democratic warnings that Ossoff’s tepid handling of President Trump misfired.
- The anthropologist of the alt-right: An interview with Angela Nagle
Time was spent both during the campaign and in the aftermath of President Trump’s election attempting to explain the alt-right, a phenomenon embracing everything from frog memes on Twitter to neo-Nazis giving the “Sieg heil” salute at a Washington conference. Enter Angela Nagle, a Dublin-based writer and academic.
- Alexandria shooter carried list of 6 members of Congress, FBI confirms
- Bloomberg says Trump should ‘stop tweeting’ and let Russia probe run its course
- Trump team takes victory lap after GOP special-election wins
- Ex-Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson: DNC and state officials dismissed Russia warnings last year
- Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House race, beating back liberal wave
- Ossoff vs. Handel: Georgia’s special election
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the hotly contested congressional special election in suburban Atlanta Tuesday. Handel garnered 52 percent of the vote compared with Ossoff’s 48 percent when the Associated Press called the race Tuesday night.
- Key GOP senator on health care plan: ‘I haven’t seen the bill’
- Jared Kushner is heading to Israel for peace negotiations
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, speaks during a meeting with technology executives in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 19. President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday for meetings that the White House says are aimed at “achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Kushner will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, a Trump adviser whose official title is “assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations.” According to a White House official who discussed the trip with Yahoo News, the pair are two of Trump’s “most trusted advisers” and will be spearheading a “peace effort” that is a “top priority” for the president.
- White House blames Democrats for not cooperating in repealing Obamacare
- ‘I’m right here’: Spicer shrugs off reports of his potential departure from briefings
- In major tax speech, Ryan offers few details on how he will undertake reform
- Hannity compares Russia investigation to birther conspiracy that used to be on ‘Hannity’
The Fox News host says the federal probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election is beginning to look like the debunked conspiracy questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace — a theory that was once fueled by President Trump.
- ‘Make America Gay Again’: Anti-Trump march in L.A. embraces Pride Month
Tens of thousands of people sporting rainbow attire, “Make America Gay Again” hats and homemade protest signs took part in a “Resist March” in Los Angeles against President Trump, an event that took the place of the city’s annual pride parade. (Reuters)
- McCain castigates Defense Department pick at confirmation hearing
- Democrats stay up late hoping to ‘shame’ Republicans over health-bill secrecy
- Polls open in hotly contested Ga. race as Trump urges supporters to vote
- McCain: North Korea ‘murdered’ American student Otto Warmbier
- Trump makes last-minute pitch to GOP voters in Georgia 6th
“Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn’t even live in district,” the president tweeted early Tuesday morning. “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS.”
- Eric Holder joins the anti-Trump resistance — and mulls a presidential campaign of his own
- Health Care Declassified: Republicans are skeptical of a closed drafting process – but will they act to open it up?