5 things to watch in Georgia’s high-stakes House special election

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months — and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday’s House election in Georgia. A win by Democrat Jon Ossoff will give his party a crucial proof point that Trump’s unpopularity is damaging Republicans up and down the ballot — and make it much harder GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tie their own political fortunes to Trump on health care, tax reform and more. It would …

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Cosby, Castile, Carter: Three trials that gripped the nation

June 18, 2017

(CNN)A mistrial, an acquittal, a conviction. Three major trials that gripped the nation came to markedly different conclusions last week. All three ended as the week came to a close, each with its own result and its own reaction. Cosby attorney: I was concerned for his health Castile’s mom: Our civilization is devolving Did teen’s texts lead to her boyfriend’s suicide? …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of Beltway …

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No one knows what the GOP health plan is, even Republicans

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Senate Republican leaders say they still hope to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess. Since House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last month after much hand-wringing and drama, a “working group” of Senate Republicans have been meeting to share their preferences for a health care bill. It is now up to the Senate Budget Committee — in consultation with key senators and leadership — to draft …

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Trump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

(CNN)Donald Trump’s budget that is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday will include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid — a move that underscores the President’s resolve to significantly downsize the federal program even as Republican lawmakers are clashing over the issue in Congress. The $800 billion reduction, confirmed to CNN Sunday evening by a senior administration official, assumes that the GOP health care bill that the House passed earlier this month would become law, …

May 22, 2017
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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a seed in the minds of everyone in the room that we should start …

May 20, 2017
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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has asked the FBI to provide “all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring to or relating to any communications between Comey and the president.” “I have my subpoena pen ready,” Chaffetz tweeted on Tuesday. Other lawmakers, grasping the deeply serious twist the Trump crisis took on Tuesday, are also calling for full disclosure. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that Comey should be called before …

May 17, 2017
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