GOP Struggles for a Win Before Recess

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Congressional GOP struggles for a win as recess looms
By Scott Wong
No healthcare overhaul. No tax reform. No infrastructure package. No budget. No government funding bill.

It’s now entirely possible that congressional Republicans will depart for the long August recess without sending a single major piece of legislation to President Trump’s desk.

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Dems finally focus on message

By Juan Williams
OPINION: There are encouraging signs that the party realizes opposition to Trump is not enough.
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For Trump, reaching out would pay off
By Judd Gregg
OPINION: The president’s current approach is hindering his agenda.
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This week: ObamaCare repeal vote looms over Senate

By Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney
Senate Republicans are heading for a showdown on their years-long campaign pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare without a clear path to passing the legislation.
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Senate healthcare bill appears headed for failure

By Alexander Bolton
Senate Republicans plan to vote this week on revised healthcare reform legislation, but a number of serious problems mean that the chances of getting that bill passed are slim to none.
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What Trump can do to cripple ObamaCare
By Nathaniel Weixel
If Congress isn’t able to repeal ObamaCare, it’s likely that the Trump administration will follow through on the president’s vow to let the law fail.
Here are four ways Trump could cripple the law.
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Dems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday
By Mike Lillis
Democrats in both chambers will gather in rural Virginia on Monday to unveil a new national messaging campaign aimed at easing the economic strain on working-class Americans –– and propelling their party back to power in order to check an unpopular president in Donald Trump.
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Gingrich, small biz to launch major tax cut campaign
By John Solomon
U.S. small business owners are launching a nationwide blitz with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to pressure Congress to pivot to tax relief after a frustrating summer of health care gridlock.
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Trump slams ‘sad’ Republicans who won’t ‘protect’ him
By Julia Manchester
President Trump targeted some unnamed members of his party in a tweet on Sunday, saying that “sad” Republicans who benefited from his electoral coattails in the 2016 election now won’t “protect” him.
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Mexican politicians have a new piñata: Donald Trump
By Rafael Bernal
An increasing number of political figures in Mexico are attacking the U.S. president to buttress their own political careers.
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The Associated Press: Trump son-in-law Kushner heads to Congress in Russia probe
By Mary Clare Jalonick
Congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election will have their first opportunity this week to hear from someone in President Donald Trump’s innermost circle: son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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CNN: Kushner: No additional contacts with Russians
By Jeremy Diamond and Pamela Brown
Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said in a statement Monday to the Senate and House intelligence committees that he had no additional contacts with individuals who were or may have been Russian government representatives, beyond those that have already been publicly disclosed.
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The Washington Post: Republicans’ internal feuds threaten legislative goals of Trump and the party
By Sean Sullivan and Robert Costa
The president’s allies on Capitol Hill have described the dynamic between the White House and GOP lawmakers as a “disconnect” between Republicans who are finding it difficult to accept that he is the leader of the party that they have long controlled.
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The New York Times: White House signals acceptance of Russia sanctions bill
By Peter Baker and Andrew Higgins
President Trump expressed anger at Republicans who abandoned him on the legislation and forced his hand.
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The Wall Street Journal: Ruth Bader Ginsburg yearns for less-partisan political climate
By Brent Kendall
“My hope is in my lifetime we will get back to the way it was,” justice tells audience at play about Antonin Scalia.
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