GOP health care bill: Inside a district that could make or break the vote

March 25, 2017

Colorado's 4th congressional district (CNN)When it comes to the fate of the GOP’s health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado. Rep. Ken Buck is one of several Republicans who have said they might vote against their party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has raised tensions in this largely rural district. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia, suggesting “it’s the kind of evidence” that a grand jury investigation would want to consider. Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was. “We continue to get new information that, I think, paints a more complete …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

March 23, 2017

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the current GOP health care plan. …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass Illinois legislature

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama’s birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate. “The fourth day of August of each year shall be a legal holiday to be known as …

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Ended: Supreme Court confirmation hearing day 2

March 22, 2017

(CNN)The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. CNN has full coverage of Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing and other big politics stories of the day on Apple News, CNN.com and television. Explore the latest Trump administration news at CNN politics. …

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Takeaways from day one of the Gorsuch hearings

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Fireworks are expected on day two of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Tuesday, each senator on the Judiciary Committee will get 30 minutes to grill President Donald Trump’s pick. The session is expected to last 10 hours, following a lengthy and telling round of opening statements from senators and Gorsuch. Here’s what we learned Monday and what’s tap for Tuesday: …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Rep. Turner calls Comey hearing ‘highly speculative’

March 21, 2017

(CNN)On a day that saw FBI Director James Comey testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Erin Burnett made the issue the focus of her evening news program by welcoming a man who was in the room as the testimony was given. “I think it certainly is highly speculative and people shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions,” said Turner, referencing in particular Comey’s revelation the FBI is investigating potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. …

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Comey’s hearing passes but the political storm rages on

March 21, 2017

(CNN)James Comey is at it again. The FBI director, in his deadpan way, characteristically unleashed a new chain of political consequences Monday, in hours of steely testimony before a House hearing examining Russian meddling in the presidential election. Just five months ago, Democrats were left fulminating at Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server. …

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9 things we learned from the Comey hearing

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)The FBI is investigating any possible coordination between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, and there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump Tower. Those were some of the takeaways from a lengthy hearing Monday where the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers spent hours …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

(CNN)The bizarre saga of President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama last year reaches a dramatic climax Monday with FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw. The hearing could also shed light on the state of …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… should be glad. The opposition have ganged up on them several times this term already – should they have to bow to “the will of parliament” all the time, they would have had to repeal the football act, ban fracking, give Highlands and Islands its own board and accept that they are “failing teachers, parents and pupils”. Party politics There are still some party-political elements amid this grand constitutional row. In particular, it has cast the SNP and the …

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What is Neil Gorsuch’s religion? It’s complicated

March 19, 2017

… Comforter from 2001 to 2006, when they moved to Colorado. But on membership forms, Neil listed his religion as Catholic, and there is no record that he formally joined the Episcopal Church, said the Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare, Holy Comforter’s interim rector. That’s not unusual, Shakespeare said. The Catholic and Episcopal churches may differ on politics, but their worship services can be quite similar, and a number of Catholics worship at Episcopal parishes without formally changing …

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Young Yahoo hacking suspect showed off the good life

March 18, 2017

Ancaster, Ontario (CNN)A few years before there was Karim Baratov, the guy who parked expensive cars in his driveway and posted sketches showing the very good life — complete with money bags, women and a swimming pool — there was Karim Baratov, the high school student who got into a little trouble. Baratov, who has been indicted by a US grand jury in connection with a massive hack of Yahoo information, just last month wrote on Facebook that, while a teen, he managed to make lemonade …

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GOP congressman to Trump: Apologize for wiretap claim

March 18, 2017

(CNN)As two US government officials told CNN that a classified Justice Department report to Congress fails to confirm President Donald Trump’s claim of wiretapping by former President Barack Obama, a Republican congressman had one suggestion for Trump: Apologize. During an interview Friday night on CNN’s “OutFront,” Erin Burnett asked Republican Rep. Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation. Hurd replied, “I’m going to quote …

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Why Trump just can’t (and probably won’t) quit the wiretap story

March 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)For nearly two weeks now, President Donald Trump and his aides have floated a conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama wiretapping then-candidate Trump’s phone lines in his Manhattan office building. Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations — like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, according to White House counselor …

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UN report on Israeli ‘apartheid’ sets off diplomatic fireworks

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Memo to critics of Israel inside the UN system: Prepare to pay a price. The sizeable impact of President Donald Trump’s new administration on the UN reverberated again Friday when an undersecretary-general resigned after a UN agency report said Israel was using apartheid-style practices on Palestinians. The US under Trump has made it quite clear it will defend Israel perhaps more than all other countries at the UN. So when what might have been an obscure report by a small UN group, …

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SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …

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Trump rails against court ruling blocking travel ban

March 17, 2017

Nashville (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried a federal judge’s decision to block the travel ban he enacted via a revised executive order as a politically motivated decision that makes the US look “weak” and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary. “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said during a rally in …

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Dina Powell to be named deputy national security adviser for strategy

March 16, 2017

(CNN)Dina Powell, President Donald Trump’s senior counselor for economic initiatives, is switching roles at the White House and will named deputy national security adviser for strategy, a senior administration official tells CNN. Powell, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, will work closely with K.T. McFarland, who has been the acting deputy for strategy. Though some national security experts speculated that McFarland would leave following Michael Flynn’s ouster as national …

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Tillerson to warn China of sanctions over North Korea

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will tell his counterparts in China that the US is prepared to increase financial penalties against Chinese companies and banks that do business with North Korea, according to senior US officials. Tillerson will deliver this message on his first official trip to Asia, a three-country tour that promises to be a tightrope walk of diplomatic tensions — and nowhere more so than in Beijing, North Korea’s closest ally and protector. While …

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