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House Republicans pass tax plan that would cut corporate rate, add $1.4 trillion to deficit
House Republicans successfully passed their wide-ranging tax plan Thursday, moving the party one step closer to reshaping the tax code by year’s end. The proposal, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would add $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years, while decreasing the number of
Some Republicans express concern over Comey firing, call for special prosecutor
It's been two days since President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the leading figure in the intelligence community’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. In the immediate aftermath, Democrats roundly condemned the firing while Republicans were split
The 20 Republicans who voted against the health care bill
Twenty House Republicans broke with their party to vote against the American Health Care Act's passage Thursday, an effort that failed to produce enough opposition to block the bill, which was approved by a 217-213 margin. Of the several Republicans who were publicly undecided in advance of the
Gov. Chris Christie reacts to Russia election investigation
Christie also addresses the defeat of the GOP health care bill and discusses his new role in leading the fight against the opiod epidemic.
Paul Ryan says Devin Nunes shouldn't recuse himself from Russia investigation
House Speaker Paul Ryan today reiterated his solidarity with Rep. Devin Nunes , saying the Intelligence Committee chairman should continue to lead the chamber's Russia investigation. When asked today whether he thought Nunes, R-Calif., should recuse himself and whether he knows the source of Nunes'
GOP health care bill advances despite opposition from conservatives
The House Budget Committee narrowly advanced the GOP health care plan Thursday morning despite "no" votes by three conservatives on the panel, underscoring Republicans' disagreements over the legislation as it moves closer to a vote on the House floor. The budget panel by a 19-17 vote passed the
Former US House Speakers Costing Taxpayers Big Bucks
John Boehner may have retired as House speaker, but taxpayers are still expected to shell out hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of dollars, for him to run his post-speaker office. It's a little known perk for former speakers: a government-funded office for five years that may include up to
Terror Abroad, Worries At Home (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES COULD IT HAPPEN HERE?: Although there are no credible threats inside the U.S. in the aftermath of yesterday’s attacks in Paris, ABC’s PIERRE THOMAS reported on “Good Morning America” today that police in several major U.S. cities are stepping up...
A Very Long Engagement
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ‘I DON’T THINK WE’RE GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN WEEKS’: President Obama warned Americans this weekend to prepare for a prolonged military fight over the skies of Iraq, striking a defensive and defiant tone over the need to reengage...
Primary Season Revs Up: 6 Key Races in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana
The primary season is truly upon us as North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana host primaries today. Twenty-five states will hold primaries in the next six weeks and today’s key one to watch will take us into a fight that will play out all over this...