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Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions returned to Capitol Hill today, telling the Judiciary Committee he won't reveal conversations with President Trump about Russian meddling, DACA, the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or anything else. He also engaged in a long exchange with Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota about Sessions' testimony during his confirmation hearing and conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Matt Ford, associate editor of the Atlantic, focusing on law and the courts, has more on Sessions' willingness to testify before the committee and where that might lead.
Insurance company subsidies are key to the Affordable Care Act. After President Trump cut them last week, he called Obamacare "virtually dead." Then, yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed to revive the subsidies for two more years -- and the President changed his tune — until this morning. Will any of this keep Obamacare alive? That may depend on the most conservative Republicans in Congress — still determined to dance on its grave. We hear about uncertainty for low-income consumers -- with this year's enrollment scheduled to start in less than two weeks.
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News (@jrovner)
Brian Frosh, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland
Kate Brown, Buzz by Brown (@browniebites)
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner (@philipaklein)
Topher Spiro, Center for American Progress (@TopherSpiro)
Murray-Alexander bipartisan bill to protect families from rising healthcare costs
Rovner on on challenge of bring Congress along on Murray-Alexander health law fix
Klein on Trump's radical Obamacare move: following the Constitution
Spiro on the bipartisan way to strengthen healthcare
Frosh on filing suit against the president's Obamacare rollbacks
Pennsylvania's Republican Congressman Tom Marino has withdrawn his name as President Trump's appointee to be the nation's drug czar. The move comes after reports by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes about Marino's role in weakening drug enforcement — by pushing a law signed by Barack Obama. Lenny Bernstein, who reports for the Washington Post, provides some background and looks at where we go from here.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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