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Health Bill Does Not ‘Cut’ Medicaid Spending, Republicans Argue


Republicans have long despised the use of words like “slash” or “cut” in reference to funding changes, and some believe that such words cast their health care bill in a false light.

How Governors From Both Parties Plotted to Derail the Senate Health Bill

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The Republican effort to overhaul the health care system inspired extensive bipartisan cooperation from states’ leaders — in an attempt to defeat it.

Vote Delayed as G.O.P. Struggles to Marshal Support for Health Care Bill

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The retreat by Republican leaders dealt another setback to their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and set up long summer of health care battles.

Trump Campaign Chief’s Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party


A Ukrainian political party tied to Russia had paid President Trump’s campaign chairman for help branding itself as warming toward the European Union.

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On Senate Health Bill, Trump Falters in the Closer’s Role

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The president has largely remained on the sidelines, and some of the White House’s efforts to intervene have clearly been counterproductive.


Opponents of Health Law Repeal Vow to Keep Pressure On Over Recess


After a Senate vote was delayed, Democrats warned against celebrating too early and complacency in the fight over the Affordable Care Act.

A Costly Retraction for CNN and an Opening for Trump

The ferocious response on Tuesday to a breakdown in editorial procedures was a reminder of the network’s unique role as a nemesis for the president.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Shape Future of School Choice


School choice advocates, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, see the decision in favor of a church in Missouri as a crucial development in the voucher debate.


A Word With: Who Needs ‘The Tonight Show’? Jay Leno Still Cares About Tonight’s Show

Mr. Leno, the former “Tonight Show” host, explains why he performs over 200 stand-up shows a year, and discusses the challenges of political joke-telling.


Economic Scene: When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay

In measure after measure of well-being in rich nations, Americans are among the worst off, with costs to the economy and to individuals.


With 3 Words, Supreme Court Opens a World of Uncertainty for Refugees

The “bona fide relationship” standard in the Supreme Court’s travel ban decision could shut out thousands of refugees who lack family ties in the United States.

A Cautious Supreme Court Sets a Modern Record for Consensus

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The high level of agreement was a consequence of a lack of divisive disputes on social issues and hard work by the justices, who often favored exceedingly narrow decisions to avoid deadlocks.

Feature: How Donald Trump Misunderstood the F.B.I.

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Since Watergate, the bureau has come to view itself as an essential, and essentially independent, check on the president.


The Interpreter: Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave

Minority voters have a large political voice, immigration is seen as positive and multicultural identities are encouraged.

Tuesday, Jun 27

Fact Check: The Senate Health Care Plan

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Does the health care bill in the Senate live up to Republicans' promises? We checked the facts.

Senate Health Bill in Peril as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured

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The figure released by the Congressional Budget Office is only slightly lower than the 23 million more uninsured under the House version of the legislation.

Monday, Jun 26

Supreme Court Takes Up Travel Ban Case, and Allows Parts to Go Ahead

In a partial win for President Trump, the court said a limited travel ban could take effect, and agreed to take a case with implications for presidential power.

States Must Aid Some Church Programs, Justices Rule

The Supreme Court decision concerned a program in Missouri to make playgrounds safer that excluded those affiliated with churches.

Supreme Court Turns Down Case on Carrying Guns in Public


The case concerns a challenge to a California law that places strict limits on carrying guns in public — one of numerous Second Amendment cases the court has turned away in recent years.

Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage

A Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple is appealing a discrimination ruling, citing the First Amendment.

Sunday, Jun 25

Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips

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With criticism mounting over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, top Republicans are cutting deals and cajoling members to get to 50 votes.

Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors

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Michael R. Bloomberg will announce an initiative to give funds to large cities as an extension of his advocacy for largely liberal policies.

Saturday, Jun 24

Health Law Repeal Leaves Nevada Republican Torn Between Lawmakers

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Senator Dean Heller could be a swing vote on his party’s health care bill. His majority leader wants his help. His governor wants him to bring it down.

Senate Health Care Bill: How the Right and Left Reacted

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Writers across the ideological spectrum and around the internet seem to agree on one thing: They don’t like the Senate’s health care legislation.

Trump’s Washington News of the Week: Health Care Bill, Karen Handel and James Comey


Worried that you missed an important political story this week? You’re not alone. Catch up on a busy week of news.

Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony

Hours after an interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Trump accused the Obama administration of failing to prevent or punish Moscow for meddling in last fall’s presidential election.

Friday, Jun 23

Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill’s Passage Won’t Support It

Senator Dean Heller of Nevada became the latest Republican to say he cannot support a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its current form.

Planned Parenthood Battle Could Sway Fortunes of G.O.P. Health Bill

Planned Parenthood, threatened with a cutoff of more than 40 percent of its funding, is mobilizing to bring down the Republican health care bill.

F.B.I. Investigating Deals Involving Paul Manafort and Son-in-Law

It was not clear if the inquiry was part of a broader investigation that has ensnared Paul Manafort, who once served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.

Nancy Pelosi Tells Democratic Critics, ‘I Think I’m Worth the Trouble’

Ms. Pelosi, under fire after a Democrat lost a high-profile special election in Georgia, parried renewed questions about her leadership of the party.