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Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, misses

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:07

Angry over CBO projections, some GOP House members tried to scale back the influence of the nonpartisan budget analysts. They failed.


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Anthony Scaramucci gives a profanity-laced interview trashing Priebus and Bannon

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:22

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza to pursue the source of a leak in a conversation that quickly devolved into a vulgar tirade against his colleagues.


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Paul Ryan assures wary GOP senators their 'skinny' bill will go to conference

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 03:53

As a vote neared Thursday on a proposed "skinny repeal" of Obamacare, three key Republican senators said they would only vote for it if they are assured it won't actually become law.


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A White House week to remember: Confusion to the enemy (and everyone else)

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 02:52

President Trump holds a rally with supporters in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017. Whether or not the alt-right-provocateur-turned-chief-White-House-strategist orchestrated the chaos that was kicked off last Thursday with President Trump’s hair-raising interview with the New York Times, it certainly advanced the “creative destruction” that he reportedly favors. To most observers, though, the destruction part was more apparent than the creative effort, as Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to undermine Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with the explicit goal of controlling the special counsel’s investigation into Russian influence in last year’s election.


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Trump administration reportedly threatens Alaska over senator’s health care vote

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 01:35

Sen. Lisa Murkowsk confirmed that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke contacted her after her vote against a health care bill earlier this week. The conversation reportedly involved threats of administrative retribution against her home state.


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Boy Scout chief apologizes for Trump’s speech

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 01:29

Michael Surbaugh, the chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts, was forced to apologize Thursday for President Trump’s address at the group’s annual jamboree.


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‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the title

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 01:14

The book is weeks away, but the title and cover of the candidate’s campaign memoir have already been found wanting by detractors.


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In creative gambit, GOP senators ask House not to pass their own health care bill

Yahoo Political News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 01:02

Republican senators say they want assurances that their House colleagues won't push the Senate's "skinny repeal" bill into law before first fixing the legislation in a joint conference committee.


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Kellyanne Conway: Ethical disclosures discourage people from government service

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:07

Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday on “Fox & Friends” that having to complete financial disclosure forms demoralizes qualified people from serving in government.


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Scaramucci calls into CNN for wild interview about Priebus and leaks

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:41

The White House communications director called into CNN's "New Day" early Thursday to explain his Twitter message that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the "leak" of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form.


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Trump to Sessions: ‘You’re kind of fired! (Maybe.)’

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:30

The lesson of President Trump's breach with AG Jeff Sessions: The guy who held himself out on TV as the world's toughest CEO is surprisingly ineffectual.


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Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender people

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:34

After President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” to join the ranks. Join us! #DiversityIsOurStrength #ForcesJobs,” a tweet sent from the official Canadian Armed Forces handle read.


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White House threatens to shut down briefing over questions on transgender policy shift

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 01:36

WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to shut down Wednesday’s briefing after several reporters asked for details on President Trump’s new policy


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Transgender Navy SEAL to Trump: You’re taking liberty away from people who defend yours

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 01:35

Transgender Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says that President Trump’s announcement barring transgender people from the military is robbing thousands of liberty.


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Senate GOP’s endgame on health care: the lowest common denominator

Yahoo Political News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 01:12

Republicans are abandoning their ambitions to repeal and replace the ACA, instead hoping they can get 50 votes for a so-called skinny repeal of aspects of current law.


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Border wall funding could lead to government shutdown as budget battle heats up

Yahoo Political News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 23:35

If House Republicans vote to advance a $788 billion spending bill this week, Congress could find itself in a budget quagmire due to a provision that allocates funds for President Trump’s controversial border wall.


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Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military service

Yahoo Political News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 22:37

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.


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Trump continues crusade against Sessions with a fresh line of attack

Yahoo Political News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:53

President Trump continued his public campaign against his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, knocking his longtime ally for not replacing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Trump, who fired James Comey as FBI director in May, also has the authority to replace McCabe. It’s unclear why Trump is singling out Sessions on the issue, other than to add pressure as he reportedly mulls firing him.


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Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’

Yahoo Political News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 19:01

President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military will not allow or accept any transgender individuals.


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Rick Perry duped into 22-minute interview with pranksters known as ‘Russian Jerky Boys’

Yahoo Political News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 18:57

The U.S. energy secretary thought he was discussing American energy interests with Ukraine's prime minister during a lengthy phone call last week. But Perry got punked.


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