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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

But the strategy has driven a wedge inside Mr. Trump’s political and legal teams. Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president is better off not undermining Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director who served presidents of both parties and enjoys broad bipartisan respect in Washington. If the president has done nothing wrong, they argue, then allowing Mr. Mueller to come to that conclusion on his own would be the best way of finally dispensing with the suspicions of collusion with Russia during last year’s election. An exoneration…

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What kind of health care bill could the Senate vote on next week?

July 22, 2017, 8:04 AM| The White House changes come as Republicans try to iron out a possible repeal bill to the Affordable Care Act. But that continues to be mired in delays. CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss what kind of bill the Senate could be voting on next week, why Republicans have never been able to agree on a replacement for Obamacare and whether he thinks Republicans and Democrats will ever work together on the issue. Source: CBS News – Politics

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‘A Spirit of Bipartisanship That Is Sorely Lacking Today’

3. Simply brilliant. Unapologetic, irreverent, unafraid and in your face. This is the reason why he became president and he reason why he’ll get re-elected. [Make America Great Again]! — RS in Philadelphia. Australian Woman Shot By Minneapolis Police Photo Credit Stephen Maturen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 4. Americans want to know: Take my chances with the assailant? Or take my chances getting killed by police? Tough call. — Mark Penney on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Justine Damond, an Australian woman who was killed by…

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances out of Senate committee

In an 8-1 vote, a Texas state Senate committee agreed Friday to advance a measure to restrict public restroom use by transgender people, despite 10 hours of testimony from opponents of the bill, the Texas Tribune reported. Senate Bill 3, a so-called “bathroom bill,” would regulate public school facilities, open-enrollment charter school facilities, and local government restrooms to be “used only by persons of the same sex as stated on a person’s birth certificate.” It will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. The measure is expected to pass…

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An Over-the-Top New Yorker Will Run Trump’s Communications Shop

The pair represent the competing power centers still vying inside Mr. Trump’s West Wing: Ms. Sanders, the Southern-drawling, workmanlike political operative installed by Mr. Priebus; and Mr. Scaramucci, the gregarious New York hedge fund manager who has grown close with the Trump family and is new to politics. Known throughout Manhattan as “the Mooch,” Mr. Scaramucci, 53, grew up a scrappy son of blue-collar Long Island, attended Harvard Law School and became a wealthy hedge fund manager and Wall Street fund-raiser. Along the way, he cultivated political and business relationships,…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Lawmakers from both parties warn Trump not to mess with Mueller

WASHINGTON — Members of congress have a message for President Trump: Don’t antagonize special counsel Robert Mueller, or you could regret it. “It would prompt a firestorm,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Members of both parties are warning the president not to mess with Mueller. “Firing Bob Mueller without cause is an attack on the rule of law,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Special Counsel Robert Mueller. CBS News “It sort of looks paranoid to me,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. “If he…

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