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Democrats Mull Deal to Let Gorsuch Through

Politico: “A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed… The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to [...]

Nunes Undermines His Own Investigation

Rick Klein and Shushannah Walshe: “Since when does the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee provide updates to the president of the United States on surveillance conducted on his associates? Especially when that committee is investigating contacts involving the president’s [...]

What Is the Republican Endgame?

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No One Knows If the GOP Health Care Bill Will Pass

Playbook: “The health-care bill is really down to a coin flip. The mood in the Capitol yesterday was tense — not because people were worried about failure, but because the situation was so fluid it was difficult to get a [...]

Obama and Trump Haven’t Spoken Since Inauguration

“Lines of communication between President Trump and former President Barack Obama have gone dark. The two men haven’t spoken since Inauguration Day, sources tell The Hill, a drastic turn since their string of phone calls and pleasantries during the presidential [...]

Russia Story Morphing Into a Big Problem for Trump

Mike Allen says the Russia story “is going from fishy, to career-ending (Manafort, Flynn), to investigation-worthy, to FBI criminal probe, to a wide, Watergate-like scandal that could bring all of government to a halt.” “Watergate was a coverup of a [...]

Quote of the Day

“Hey, look, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m President and you’re not.” — President Trump, in an interview with Time.

Manafort Associate Still Within Trump Inner Circle

Washington Post: “But even as Trump officials downplay Manafort’s role, his ­decade-long business associate Rick Gates remains entrenched in the president’s operation. Gates is one of four people leading a Trump-blessed group that defends the president’s agenda. As recently as [...]

Trump Goes All Out In Effort to Save GOP Health Bill

Politico: “With one day to go until the biggest vote of his brief presidency, Trump is using all the trappings of his office to try to clinch the needed 215 votes. It’s unclear whether it will be enough to save [...]

Koch Network Promises Millions to Block Health Bill

“The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans,” the AP reports. “The announcement, which comes on the eve of the House vote, [...]

Republicans Quickly Rewriting Much of Health Bill

“Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean,” the Huffington Post reports. “According to House Freedom Caucus members, [...]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.” — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by Politico, on evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

FBI Has Information on Trump Coordination with Russia

“The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” US officials told CNN. “The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes [...]

Senate Landscape Not As Rosy for GOP As It Once Was

Stuart Rothenberg: “If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election, the GOP would now be headed to a dramatic 6-8 seat Senate gain next year, maybe even more, if history is any guide.” “But with Donald Trump in the [...]

A Make-or-Break Moment for the House Freedom Caucus

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Bonus Quote of the Day

“Maybe I’m nerve dead but I’m really not feeling it.” — Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), quoted by CNN, on whether there’s pressure to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination.

Nunes Claims Trump Transition Was Under Surveillance

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that members of the Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, “were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election,” Politico reports. “Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental [...]

Trump Approval Sinks to New Low

A new Quinnipiac survey finds President Trump is losing support among Republicans, white voters and men, leaving him with a negative 37% to 56% job approval rating from American voters, his worst score ever. Said pollster Tim Malloy: “Most alarming [...]

23 GOP Lawmakers Now Oppose Health Care Bill

According to The Hill, there are now 23 Republicans lawmakers who publicly say they will vote against the GOP health care bill in the House tomorrow night. Republicans cannot have more than 22 defections for the bill to pass.

Republicans Could Be Down Another Vote in the Senate

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), a reliable supporter of the GOP leadership’s legislative priorities, “is out indefinitely after two back surgeries. His office says he is trying to come back to the Senate as quickly as possible but it’s not clear [...]

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