Conservative group’s health ads slam top GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Club for Growth is targeting powerful committee chairmen and other top Republicans, part of an aggressive ad campaign to rally support for the GOP’s struggling health care overhaul effort. The television and digital ads, unveiled earlier this week, pressure Republicans to a back a revised version of the GOP health […]

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the US

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press LUCCA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent meetings in Italy […]

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. Congressional Republicans are […]

US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. “We don’t want any country involved in our elections, ever,” Nikki Haley said in an interview aired Sunday […]

Trump aide urges defeat of Michigan member of Freedom Caucus

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the defeat of a Michigan congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. Government ethics lawyers said the tweet […]

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans 

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump trained his fire on members of his own party Thursday, declaring in the aftermath of the Republican’s failed health care push that the conservative Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire GOP agenda. He vowed to “fight them” in 2018 if they don’t get behind him. […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Republican leadership postpones health care vote for lack of votes

Washington, March 23 – The House Republican leadership postponed the vote on the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal and replace the Obama care legislation. The postponement occurred because the leadership lacked the necessary votes to pass the bill. A confidential source inside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office told The Golden Hammer that the GOP was […]

GOP lawmaker: Trump communications may have been ‘monitored’ 

JULIE PACE, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials — possibly including President Donald Trump himself — may have been “monitored” after the election as part of an “incidental collection.” Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. […]

Disarmingly warm Gorsuch loves ‘cold neutrality’ of law 

NANCY BENAC, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s poker night in a row house on Cranham Street, Oxford, England, and Neil Gorsuch, studying for yet another degree, is feeling down. His housemates decide that what Gorsuch needs is a girlfriend. Accounts differ on whether it was a dare, goading or a […]

G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for ‘fair’ trade

DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for ‘fair’ trade. Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance on trade in the face of the Trump administration’s insistence that cross-border commerce must […]

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