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Trump publicly stands by Ryan despite rumored discord

WASHINGTON — Despite reports that the White House planned to blame House Speaker Paul Ryan for the failure of the Republican health care bill, President Trump publicly praised the speaker’s handling of the legislation on Friday. Trump’s comments came after … Continue reading

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Republicans stand behind Paul Ryan after he fumbles first big vote

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted in a surprisingly candid Friday press conference that his caucus was experiencing “growing pains” that caused him to fall short of delivering long-promised votes to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Yeah, we’re going to … Continue reading

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The coincidences mount, as another Putin critic is shot dead

An outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in broad daylight in Kiev Thursday, just two days after a lawyer for the family of a slain Russian whistleblower was injured in a mysterious fall from his fourth-story … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton on GOP health bill breakdown: ‘The fight isn’t over yet’

Hillary Clinton celebrated the failure of the GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act Friday, but warned, “The fight isn’t over yet.” The Republican-originated American Health Care Act was scheduled for a vote Friday, but the bill was pulled from … Continue reading

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Trump predicts failure of health care bill will lead to a ‘truly great plan’

WASHINGTON — President Trump abandoned the Republican health care bill on Friday, but he predicted the decision to give up on the legislation would lead to “an even better health care plan.” Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office shortly … Continue reading

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Dealmaker Trump can’t close the Obamacare deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump couldn’t close the deal — not even within his own party, not even with Republicans in full control of the White House and Congress, not even on something the GOP vowed in every election since 2010: … Continue reading

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Five takeaways from Trump’s health care crash and burn

President Trump’s failure to push a repeal of Obamacare through the House on Friday was a major setback in his first real test as president. It’s a good moment to take stock of lessons learned. Here are five: 1. This … Continue reading

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Top Democrats claim ‘victory’ as GOP health bill fails

After the Republican replacement for Obamacare was dramatically pulled at the last minute Friday due to lack of support, top Washington Democrats took a victory lap, mocking President Trump and claiming the bill’s failure as a win for their party … Continue reading

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Why Manafort’s offer to cooperate in probe is less than meets the eye

WASHINGTON — A surprise offer by Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to “provide information” to congressional committees investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia may be far more limited than it first appeared, according to congressional sources and others … Continue reading

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House GOP abruptly scraps health care vote

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last-minute admission he was not able to marshal the required 216 votes Friday afternoon. “We were very close,” Trump said from the … Continue reading

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