Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever

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Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever
(CNN)Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting. Um, ok. While Trump has signed a number of executive orders and actions — the most high profile of which, the so-called “travel ban” was, again, blocked by a court on Monday — what he hasn’t really done is pass actual legislation through Congress. The […]

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Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

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Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in […]

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base
Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash […]

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Republican senators realizing legislative agenda is in their own hands

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Republican senators realizing legislative agenda is in their own hands
Washington (CNN)Republican senators left Washington for the annual August recess last week, devoid of the kind of monumental accomplishments many of them had hoped for. In part, they have themselves to blame. After using a process that required only Republican support, they still failed to find consensus on a plan to overhaul the Affordable Care […]

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Pence on health care: ‘It ain’t over’

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Pence on health care: ‘It ain’t over’
(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence vowed to continue to press for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare on Friday night, telling a group of conservative students in Washington that the effort “ain’t over by a long shot.” Yet the vice president assured the conservative audience that the GOP’s seven-year campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act […]

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NH Gov. Chris Sununu calls Trump’s ‘drug-infested den’ comment an ‘aspersion’

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NH Gov. Chris Sununu calls Trump’s ‘drug-infested den’ comment an ‘aspersion’
Washington (CNN)New Hampshire’s governor said Friday that Donald Trump’s comment calling the state a “drug-infested den” was an “aspersion upon the entire state.” On Thursday, a transcript of a phone call between Trump Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto in which Trump attributed his win in New Hampshire to the opioid epidemic was published by The […]

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Fact-checking the GOP legal immigration bill

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Fact-checking the GOP legal immigration bill
(CNN)A bill to slash legal immigration won President Donald Trump’s support on the belief that it would help Americans making low wages. Claim: Our immigration program is based mostly on family connections.

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One mayor’s advice to Trump on opioid crisis in West Virginia

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One mayor’s advice to Trump on opioid crisis in West Virginia
(CNN)In a speech to supporters in Huntington, West Virginia Thursday night, President Donald Trump renewed his call for a war on drugs, saying, “You have a big problem in West Virginia and we are going to solve that problem.” “I’m absolutely convinced this is the largest existential health threat facing our nation — we’re losing […]

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers
Concerns raised that Hassan Rouhani may unveil all-male list of ministers in cabinet reshuffle as he prepares for second term Irans president, who is mulling a cabinet reshuffle before his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, is under pressure to appoint female ministers. Hassan Rouhanis Rouhanis landslide victory in May. Officials have declared Sunday a bank holiday […]

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5 of the most interesting things we saw at Politicon, the Comic-Con of politics

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5 of the most interesting things we saw at Politicon, the Comic-Con of politics
Pasadena (CNN)Politicon has lived up to its reputation as the “Comic-Con of politics.” Here are five of the most interesting things we spotted at the two-day conference.

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Republicans try to move forward

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Republicans try to move forward
Washington (CNN)After a chaotic week for President Donald Trump and his party, Republicans are facing a fundamental question: What’s next? Also clamoring to turn the page, GOP leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill are clearly signaling they are ready to turn to a slew of issues and agenda items this fall, like taxes, border […]

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Is the world really better than ever?

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Is the world really better than ever?
The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to […]

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Conservatives lobbied White House on transgender policy but total ban wasn’t what they asked for

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Conservatives lobbied White House on transgender policy but total ban wasn’t what they asked for
(CNN)Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday to reinstitute a ban on transgender people serving in the military after conservatives who lobbied the White House say they were pushing only to prevent the Pentagon from paying for medical costs associated with gender confirmation — not an outright ban. […]

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The next few days will be hell for Republicans on health care

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The next few days will be hell for Republicans on health care
Washington (CNN)When Vice President Mike Pence cast his tie-breaking “yes” vote, there was no spontaneous applause or cheers from Republicans on the Senate floor. Six months and change after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Senate Republicans were finally successful Tuesday afternoon in kicking off consideration of a House-approved bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. But […]

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The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

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The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?
(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership’s new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause — and mostly play down the now familiar divisions — as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election. […]

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