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Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

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In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation, two sources said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the message to GOP senators at a private lunch attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The decision was described by…

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Rules changes sparked Byron Donalds to seek Speakership

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Byron Donalds started thinking about running for Speaker early on in his legislative career. He knew he could be a voice for change and offer a different perspective than some of his classmates, but also knew the traditional method for electing a leader meant the Speakership was unlikely for a lesser known freshman. Then the rules changed; and in some ways, so did the state of the race. When members voted to change the rules to prohibit speaker candidates from…

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GOP leaders dismiss James Comey firing as fleeting political drama

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Chaos is President Donald Trump’s style, yet as long as the Republican delivers on health care, taxes and tapping a new FBI director as solid as his Supreme Court pick, GOP leaders say everything will be just fine. While Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey roiled Washington, Republicans who attended the national committee’s spring meeting outside San Diego this week defended the president’s actions and insisted that they would have little political impact on midterm elections next year.…

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Marco Rubio votes to repeal Affordable Care Act

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has cast his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Early Thursday morning, the Senate GOP took a first step towards a repeal of the law – which they’ve long said was a goal of theirs and which President-elect Donald Trump made a campaign promise to do. In a marathon voting session, they approved a budget resolution that would speed through the repeal of the law. Rubio was right on board with…

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Michael Richardson: GOP action on voter fraud? Don’t hold your breath

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The GOP has just been hoisted by its own petard thanks to The Donald. For the last several years the GOP has vigorously pursued the implementation of measures in one state after another that have made voting more difficult.  All along it has defended this voter suppression campaign as necessary to combat rampant voter fraud. Not surprisingly, this cynical disenfranchisement effort has had a disproportionately negative effect on traditionally Democrat voting blocs. The claim of widespread voter fraud in this…

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Florida Republicans disagree with Donald Trump, but still back him

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Top Florida Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s comments about an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq. But so far, none of the top elected Republicans in the state have dropped their support of Trump, or even criticized him as sharply as some other Republicans have in the last few days. Still there are signs of growing discomfort even among some of his most ardent supporters. Right now it’s not clear if any…

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Sally Bradshaw’s bolt from GOP a sign of Donald Trump’s impact on party

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Less than four years ago, the Republican Party tapped a few respected party officials to help the GOP find its way forward. This week, one of them says she’s leaving the party — driven out by Donald Trump. While not a household name, Sally Bradshaw‘s decision to leave the GOP rocked those who make politics their profession. The longtime aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of the five senior Republican strategists tasked with identifying the party’s shortcomings…

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