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Obamacare infighting looms as Republicans look ahead to budget battle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., announces the 2018 budget blueprint during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 18, 2017. WASHINGTON — With the latest stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, congressional Republicans are beginning to look to the budget, tax reform and other big ticket legislative items to bolster their credibility ahead of August’s traditional recess. The House Budget Committee approved the budget Wednesday, just days after they formally unveiled it.
GOP senator: We don’t have ‘luxury’ of knowing what health care plan we’ll move on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
JULY 19: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ©, Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) ® and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) leave after they spoke to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House after a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump invited all Republican senators to discuss health care over lunch.
After Trump rebuke, Sessions shows up for work, will stay ‘as long as that is appropriate’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dodged questions about their future with the Department of Justice following criticisms from President Trump. In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday evening, Trump said that he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. “We in the Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard, to serve the national interest, and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump,” said Sessions when asked if he had considered resignation.
‘Give it hell, John’: Family, colleagues and former foes wish McCain well
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Following news of Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., brain cancer diagnosis, the senator saw an outpouring of support from family, friends and lawmakers across the political spectrum.
15 remarkable moments from Trump’s NYT interview
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a wide-ranging discussion with Times reporters in the Oval Office, the president sounded off on an array of topics ranging from Hitler to Putin to presidential handshakes.
News of John McCain’s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican senators attempting to save their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in a late-night meeting Wednesday were interrupted with news of Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters that the senators learned of McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis during the meeting and asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to say a prayer for McCain. “It was very emotional, almost kind of stunned disbelief for a minute, then we asked James Lankford to lead us in prayer,” Hoeven said.
Which health care bill are Republicans voting on next week? No one knows yet.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Senate is taking a key vote that could reshape the American health care system on Tuesday — but no one is exactly sure what they’ll be voting on.
Kris Kobach pushes debunked theory on illegal votes: ‘We may never know’ who won
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The vice chair of the White House voter fraud commission says the results of the 2016 election may have been compromised by ballots cast by ineligible voters.
Trump accuses states of hiding ‘something’ as voter fraud panel convenes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As the White House’s controversial voter fraud panel gathered for its first meeting, President Trump accused states that didn’t turn over data of hiding “something.”
Trump turns up the heat on Senate to repeal and replace
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Donald Trump scolded GOP senators for their inaction on health care reform Wednesday, saying they should not leave for the August recess without repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats rolling out 2018 midterms message next week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats will begin rolling out their message for the 2018 midterm elections next week, Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the No. 4 House Democrat, told reporters.
Trump has changed his health care approach 3 times in 36 hours
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump hasn’t been settling on a single strategy to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Trump complains Republicans ‘never’ tout their health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hours before meeting with GOP senators at the White House, the president made a last-ditch Twitter pitch to save their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
These Obama staffers knew just how complicated health care is
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“There wasn’t really an alternate route. This was the alternate route,” said a former Obama aide about the Affordable Care Act. “And ultimately [Republicans] ran into this reality.”
Trump complains Republicans never tout their health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hours before meeting with GOP senators at the White House, the president made a last-ditch Twitter pitch to save their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Over 20 members of Congress ask the FBI to review Ivanka Trump’s security clearance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON — Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., has some questions about President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. Beyer put together a group of over 20 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday asking him to “conduct a review of a potentially serious issue involving First Daughter and Assistant to the President, Ivanka Trump.” The group wants to know if Ivanka properly filled out Standard Form 86 (SF-86), which is the security clearance required for federal officials.
The White House and Mitch McConnell’s office tell very different stories about the failure of the health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speak with the media about the recently withdrawn healthcare bill on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 18, 2017. WASHINGTON — As the dust settled following Monday night’s collapse of the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, a flurry of finger pointing and competing narratives emerged with both the White House and the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY trying to minimize their own roles in the debacle.
GOP Rep. Rohrabacher gets to the bottom of Martian civilization: There wasn’t any
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A Republican lawmaker asked a panel of NASA scientists Tuesday for opinions on whether Mars could have had civilized life “thousands of years ago.”
As McConnell plan fails, will Democrats and Republicans work together to fix health care?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once threatened that Republicans would have to work with Democrats if they couldn’t get their act together on a repeal and replace strategy for Obamacare. “We’ve demonstrated that Republicans by themselves are not prepared at this particular point to do a replacement,” he said, when asked if the GOP would now work with Democrats. McConnell also continued to insist that he would hold a vote to repeal Obamacare on a two-year delay to give Republicans and Democrats time to come up with a replacement.
The Senate GOP’s new Obamacare repeal plan is effectively dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A plan to cleanly repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to have failed in the Senate after three GOP lawmakers said they would not vote to proceed with the latest attempt to reform the health care system.
Trump disowns Obamacare again as GOP repeal plan effectively collapses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president says that neither he nor Republicans are going to take the blame for problems related to America’s current health care law hours after the bill to repeal and replace it was rendered dead in the Senate.
WSJ torches Trump and Don Jr.: ‘They have created the appearance of a conspiracy’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board published a scathing assessment of President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.’s conduct in the wake of the fallout caused by the latter’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
Coulter won’t back down, sit down or pipe down on Delta seat mishap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is demanding answers after receiving sassy tweets from Delta Airlines in response to her complaints about having her seat reassigned on a flight from New York Laguardia to West Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday.
Pence turns up the heat on health care after Senate stalls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Vice President Mike Pence delivered an energetic endorsement Tuesday of the Senate Republicans’ new approach to the Affordable Care Act: Repeal it now and figure out a replacement later.
Kamala Harris: The Democratic message is ‘telling the American public we see them’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Democrats have a message “much bigger” than opposing President Trump and that the party is focused on telling Americans “we see them.”
New Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare is already on the brink of defeat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After the implosion of the Senate Republicans’ plan for health care reform, top lawmakers are vowing to vote soon on a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite opposition from their own party.
Trump says GOP won’t give up on health care: ‘We will return!’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president is blaming the failure of the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Democrats and “a few Republicans,” and vowing lawmakers will “come together” despite a bitter battle over the legislation.
GOP senator: Health care vote now ‘in jeopardy’ due to McConnell’s ‘breach of trust’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care bill is in “jeopardy” due to comments Mitch McConnell made to moderate senators behind closed doors.
Trump unveils ‘Made in America’ week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The week will begin Monday with a “Made in America product showcase” featuring crafts and other items created in each of the 50 states.
Team Trump’s evolving story on Don Jr.’s Russia meeting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The White House’s story has repeatedly changed when discussing Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last summer with a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In an off-camera briefing later that day, press secretary Sean Spicer said that nothing came out of the meeting except a discussion on Russian adoption policy. “You know I’m not going to get into the specifics of this, but I will say it’s quite often for people who are given information during the heat of campaign to ask what that is,” said Spicer.
Trump wishes McCain speedy recovery: ‘We need his vote’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Monday wished Sen. John McCain a healthy recovery from surgery — but then immediately pivoted to stressing his old foe’s value in pushing the Republican health care bill through the Senate.
On ‘Made in America Week,’ White House fields questions about what’s not: Trump products
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Shirts are among the products made abroad by the Trump Organization. WASHINGTON — Monday was the start of “Made in America Week” at the White House, a celebration of U.S. industry and products. Along with a showcase of goods made in each of the 50 states, the event came with questions about the wide selection of products President Trump’s family businesses source from overseas factories.
Postponing health care vote creates new uncertainty — and opportunities
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News‘ continuing coverage of the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare comes in the latest Health Care Declassified. We’ll combine our own reporting with the best insights from around the Internet to give you the latest on the future of health care in America. This was the week the revised Republican health care bill was supposed to come up for a vote on the Senate floor in a dramatic showdown, a plan that was still uncertain as late as Saturday. But that changed quickly Saturday night with the news that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, forcing him to rest at home in Arizona — and, because the Republicans have no votes to spare, pushing back a vote on the bill for at least a week and perhaps longer. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have said they will oppose a procedural motion to begin debate on the proposal, meaning McConnell can afford no more defectors if he wants to move forward with repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
GOP Sen. Heller receives threatening note over health care
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Dean Heller received a note at his Las Vegas office that reportedly threatened the senator if he voted to take away the note writer’s health care.
Gore: Trump ‘tears down America’s standing in the world’ by leaving Paris climate accord
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday that the U.S. is “going through a challenging time” under the Trump administration, decrying President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Outgoing federal ethics chief: ‘We are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, told the New York Times that President Trump’s apparent disdain for long-established ethical norms has undermined the credibility of the United States around the world.
Trump brushes off record low approval rating: ‘Not bad at this time’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president reacted to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey that shows his approval rating has slipped to 36 percent — the lowest of any president at six months into his presidency.
Trump rails against Clinton’s emails amid Russia firestorm: ‘My son Don is being scorned’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president took to Twitter early Sunday to complain about the media’s coverage of Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial pre-election meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who he thought had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Congressional committee deals setback to ‘death with dignity’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The House Appropriations Committee voted not only to defund the implementation of Death With Dignity, which had been expected by proponents, but to rescind the new law completely.
Taiwanese lawmakers launch water balloons, brandish chairs in floor brawl
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A fracas broke out on the Taiwanese parliament floor Friday as lawmakers exchanged blows over an infrastructure project for the second day in a row.
White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steam
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Under intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney bows out of representing a senior official who is in investigators’ cross hairs. Ty Cobb, who has represented multiple figures in Washington scandals dating back to the Clinton administration, will be joining the White House staff at the end of this month as a special counsel to the president, charged with handling all legal and media-related issues relating to the Russia probe, sources said.
Stranded elephant saved in dramatic sea rescue 8 miles from shore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
For members of the Sri Lankan navy, a routine morning patrol took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when a elephant was spotted struggling to stay afloat after having been pulled miles off the coast by currents.
White House publishes profanity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Public comments on the voter fraud commission released by the White House late Thursday were overwhelmingly, and in many cases profanely, critical of the project. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity posted on its page on the White House website, without comment or explanation, 112 pages of emails received through July 11, commenting on the organization’s request for states to send them voter information. “Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted,” read a blog post published Thursday on the White House’s site.
Amid the rubble of Mosul, bitter memories and the stench of death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Bodies of dead Islamic State fighters still lay in the streets of west Mosul. The stench of death, a mixture of bodily waste and rotting flesh, mingled with the smell of garbage that hung in the air. As Iraqi forces extend their control over the city, killing or chasing away remaining ISIS fighters, they encounter reminders of the regime imposed by the militant cleric Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared a new Islamic caliphate at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
The 4 senators who could thwart the revised Senate health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News’ Health Care Declassified series provides continuing coverage of the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. With the latest incarnation of the Senate plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act unveiled Thursday, the scramble is on for GOP leaders to seek out the half dozen undecided lawmakers and win them over. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. V., Rob Portman, R-Ohio., Dean Heller, R-Nev. and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have said they are undecided after also expressing major reservations about the first version of the bill.
As Dems rush to endorse single
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Soon enough, the Republican Party’s seven-year crusade to slay the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) will come to an end. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled yet another revision of the GOP’s fraught repeal-and-replace legislation, and the controversial bill will either find the 50 Republican votes it needs to pass the upper chamber of Congress in the next few days — or it will perish once and for all.
‘Must happen!’: Trump releases flurry of health care tweets while heading to Paris parade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump fired off a string of tweets about health care while in France, where he is visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump, Macron share epic, never
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s unwieldy handshakes with other world leaders have long been closely watched, but at the close of his Paris visit Friday, he shared a truly striking hand maneuver with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump and Macron began shaking hands as they were walking side by side but slowed to a halt, which is when Trump apparently yanked Macron’s arm, knocking him off balance.
In debate over political speech, pastors say they fear the IRS ‘pulpit police’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As Washington struggles to come up with a new health care insurance system, Jim Garlow believes he has a solution, but he worries about sharing it publicly — simply because he is a pastor. Garlow, lead pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., blames a provision in the federal tax code known as the Johnson Amendment for what he calls the “self-censorship” of pastors across the nation. It forbids 501(c)(3) nonprofits, a category that includes most of the nation’s churches and other charitable organizations, from getting directly involved in elections.
Trump faces a ‘victory problem’ in Afghanistan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump, due to unveil his new strategy for fighting the war in Afghanistan, faces what some aides are calling a “victory problem” — how to define success in America’s longest war and sell the war-weary U.S. public on the possibility of sending a few thousand more troops into the nearly 16-year-old conflict. In recent days, White House officials have declined to say whether the new approach will roll out by mid-July — in keeping with a timetable Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid out weeks ago. “We have a ‘victory problem,’” a senior administration official recently told Yahoo News, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal debates.