McCain’s return, heavy with drama for ‘Obamacare’ repeal

At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that’s defined the GOP for the past seven years.
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McConnell to pin down colleagues on healthcare
By Alexander Bolton
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to be blundering into a healthcare vote this week, despite not having a deal on a Senate healthcare bill.

Public struggles aside, McConnell actually does have a plan: pin down fellow Republican senators on their seven-year-old promise to repeal ObamaCare.

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McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote
By Jordain Carney
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer, giving the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare a boost of momentum.
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GOP seeks to meet referee’s rules on healthcare repeal
By Rachel Roubein
Ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday, Republicans are working to revise their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill after the Senate parliamentarian said some provisions would need 60 votes in order to be included in the measure.
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Pressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned
By Katie Bo Williams
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said Monday he did not collude with Moscow in the 2016 presidential election, delivering a pair of statements that underlined the mounting pressure on the White House over Russia.
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The Memo: Trump frustrations grow as pressure rises

By Niall Stanage
President Trump’s frustrations are reaching a new intensity as federal and congressional probes into alleged links with Russia burrow deeper into his inner circle.
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Trump slams Sessions for ‘weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes’
By Kyle Balluck
President Trump in an early morning tweet on Tuesday ramped up his criticism of Jeff Sessions, saying his attorney general “has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes.”
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GOP-controlled Congress nears legislative triumph — on Russia

By Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong
The House on Tuesday is poised to pass legislation limiting the president’s ability to unilaterally lift sanctions on Russia, which the Trump administration initially opposed.
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New Dem message doesn’t mention Trump
By Mike Lillis and Jordain Carney
BERRYVILLE, Va. — Eyeing big wins in 2018, Democrats are fighting to reclaim the populist mantle from President Trump — without actually talking about him.
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Brooks sparks controversy with Scalise shooting ad

By Ben Kamisar
Rep. Mo Brooks released a new ad for his Senate campaign Monday that uses audio from the June shooting that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a controversial move that underscores the contentious race for an Alabama Senate seat.
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Business groups push for quick action on taxes
By Naomi Jagoda
The business community is trying to light a fire under lawmakers and push them to pass tax reform legislation as soon as possible.
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Five things to watch for at ‘hacker summer camp’
By Joe Uchill
The largest cybersecurity event of the year kicks off this week, as the Black Hat, Def Con and BSides conferences launch back-to-back-to-back in Las Vegas.

Here are five things the political world should watch for during an event known as “hacker summer camp.”

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The Washington Post: Trump team weighs options for replacing Sessions
By Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Robert Costa
Some of President Trump’s confidants are floating prospects who could take Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks. It comes as Trump continued to vent his frustration with Sessions, calling him “our beleaguered A.G.” and asking why he was not “looking into Crooked Hillary’s crimes & Russia relations?”
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The New York Times: Trump White House tests a nation’s capacity for outrage
By Peter Baker
President Trump has crossed so many lines that he has radically shifted the understanding of what is standard in the White House.
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USA Today: Speaking to Boy Scouts, Trump attacks media and demands ObamaCare repeal
By David Jackson
President Trump first told a huge crowd of Boy Scouts at a national jamboree Monday that he didn’t want to talk politics. “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m front of the Boy Scouts?” he roared.

But he couldn’t help himself.

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US judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals
By Steve Friess
A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.
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The Wall Street Journal: Massachusetts state court rules against immigration detention policy
By Laura Meckler
State’s high court says people can’t be held simply because federal immigration officials request it.
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