US House race offers insight into shifting Democratic Party

MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The crowded campaign for an open congressional seat in a strongly Democratic district in Southern California could provide a hint about the direction of the party in the age of Donald Trump. The race among nearly two dozen candidates for the vacant House seat in a […]

Trump to sign executive orders targeting trade abuses

JILL COLVIN, Associated Press JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump talked tough on trade on the campaign trail, vowing to renegotiate a slew of major deals and to label China a currency manipulator on “Day One.” Now his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach. On Friday, the president […]

Trump takes aim at Obama’s efforts to curb global warming 

MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to […]

Schumer seizes on Trump team’s offer to work with Dems 

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground with Trump for repairing former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Schumer said Sunday that Trump must be […]

Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill 

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” The Freedom Caucus is a […]

GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington 

THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press BILL BARROW, Associated Press The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and […]

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code […]

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill 

GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill’s withdrawal on Friday left in […]

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline 

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed. The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that […]

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. […]

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