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Lisa Murkowski

  1. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Why Democrats Need to Flip Both Collins and Murkowski to Block KavanaughThe replacement of John McCain with Jon Kyl has significantly changed the Senate math on Kavanaugh.
  2. Collins and Murkowski Show No Signs of Bucking the GOP on Kavanaugh ConfirmationWhile still officially undecided, the two putatively pro-choice GOP senators are helping their party smooth Brett Kavanaugh’s path to confirmation.
  3. Rand Paul Remains the GOP Rebel Who Rarely RebelsPaul quickly abandoned his concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, not with a bang but a whimper.
  4. Anti-Abortion Activists Have No Doubts About Kavanaugh to SCOTUSIf Brett Kavanaugh really hasn’t made up his mind about Roe v. Wade, why is the right-to-life movement fighting for his confirmation?
  5. A 2017 Kavanaugh Speech Will Provoke Controversy in His SCOTUS ConfirmationThe speech that helped elevate Kavanaugh to Trump’s SCOTUS list doesn’t prove prejudgment of a challenge to Roe v. Wade, but it raises big questions.
  6. Last Resort: How Maine Democrats Can Save Roe v. WadeBeating on Senate Democrats to oppose Brett Kavanaugh would be divisive and wouldn’t matter anyway. Giving Susan Collins a free ride in 2020 would.
  7. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s HandsThere are three Republican senators to watch. If they stay in line, nothing else matters.
  8. Kavanaugh: A Safe Supreme Court Pick Who Will Carry Out the GOP’s Extreme AgendaHe’s a careful jurist whose murky abortion stance will make it easier for pro-choice GOP senators to pretend that the future of Roe v. Wade is secure.
  9. How Democrats Plan to Turn Kennedy’s Retirement Into a Political WinThe party will block Trump’s next Supreme Court justice — or, at least, remind voters that the GOP is a threat to their health care while trying.
  10. The First Big SCOTUS Rumor Sends Senator Mike Lee to the BenchThis may be the first of many SCOTUS trial balloons for Trump. But it’s amusing to watch Lee try to walk back his earlier attacks on Roe v. Wade.
  11. The Near-Extinction of Pro-Choice Republicans in CongressThe one-third of Republicans who support abortion rights will soon have no representation in the House, and just two senators on their side.
  12. The Fate of Abortion Rights in America May Now Lie With These SenatorsRed-state Democrats, pro-choice Republicans, and Jeff Flake’s hatred of tariffs will decide whether Trump puts another pro-life justice on the court.
  13. Trump Wants to Pull Federal Funds From Organizations That Talk About AbortionThe new rule would ban facilities receiving Title X family-planning funds for low-income women to provide or even discuss abortion services.
  14. Conservatives Plan One More Obamacare Repeal Effort Before the Midterm WaveGOP congressional leaders have mostly packed it in for 2018. But conservatives, with White House support, may try one last time to repeal Obamacare.
  15. Senate Republicans Push Back on Trump Plan to Cancel Spending“It’s going nowhere,” said Lindsey Graham.
  16. Here’s How Republicans Plan to Get Their Tax Bill Out of the SenateSeven Senate Republicans have expressed concerns about the legislation. Mitch McConnell hopes to win them over with these last-minute changes.
  17. When Moderate Republican Senators Walked the EarthConservatives love to complain about the moderate Republicans of the Senate. But they’ve been steadily declining in numbers, and are nearly extinct.
  18. House Budget Vote Necessary, But Not Enough, in the GOP’s Tax Cut PlansThe GOP dissenters in the House’s vote on a budget resolution setting up tax cuts indicate some potential problems ahead for the GOP.
  19. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban on Near-Perfect Party VoteIt doesn’t much matter what a particular abortion bill proposes: Democrats are the pro-choice party, Republicans aren’t.
  20. The GOP’s Latest Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Won’t Even Get a VoteAfter a pretty depressing luncheon discussion, Senate Republicans decided they won’t humiliate themselves with a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill.
  21. Susan Collins Says It’s ‘Very Difficult’ to Imagine Supporting Graham-CassidyAnother bad sign for the bill’s prospects.
  22. McCain May Have Killed Zombie GOP Health-Care Bill — AgainWith his rejection of a GOP health-care bill due to its partisanship and the absence of a CBO score, McCain probably thwarted his party a second time.
  23. the national interest
    Republicans Threaten Alaska If Murkowski Turns Down Bribe“Why should the nation continue to send outsize taxpayer funds to a state that is single-handedly condemning Americans to ObamaCare?”
  24. health care
    Government’s Own Estimate Shows the GOP Health Bill Is a Disaster for AlaskaThe numbers undecided senator Lisa Murkowski wanted are in. They show Alaska losing 38 percent of its federal health funding by 2026.
  25. Will GOP Let Alaska Keep Obamacare If Its Senator Votes to Kill It Nationally?Republicans are again throwing money at Alaska to get Lisa Murkowski’s vote on a health-care bill. But this time, they may offer more than money.
  26. Anti-Abortion Lobby Helping Push Quick Approval of Graham-CassidyThe powerful right-to-life movement is threatening to hold tax cuts hostage if GOP doesn’t pass Graham-Cassidy with abortion restrictions intact.
  27. The GOP Is Trying to Buy Lisa Murkowski’s Vote on Obamacare RepealBut she has no reason to sell it … yet.
  28. Bipartisan Health Talks Are Dead — for NowThings were looking up for bipartisan health-care talks, until the GOP decided to try once more to repeal Obamacare. But someday reason may prevail.
  29. The GOP Is Throwing a Hail Mary on Obamacare RepealIt will require speed and stealth, cooperation from CBO, and a rubber-stamp House vote, but the Graham-Cassidy bill has a slim chance of becoming law.
  30. The GOP’s Latest Health-Care GambitThis last-gasp effort at a GOP-only bill mostly gives states the flexibility to cut health-care services, while threatening insurance-market chaos.
  31. What If McCain Had Said ‘Yes’ to the ‘Skinny Repeal’?If the climactic vote on the “skinny repeal” had gone the other way, the result would have probably been the same: GOP failure, with much time lost.
  32. GOP Health-Care Drive Ends Not With a Bang But a WhimperRepublicans couldn’t come up with a workable health-care plan, so they kept kicking the can down the road. The road finally ended in the Senate today.
  33. Trump Threatens Alaska’s Economy Over Senator’s Health-Care VoteEconomy-boosting projects in Alaska are at risk because of Lisa Murkowski’s opposition to the Senate’s health-care bill.
  34. 7 Senate Republicans Help Kill GOP’s Obamacare Repeal BillA second major GOP Obamacare repeal bill, the one Congress passed in 2015, was handily defeated by the Senate.
  35. McConnell Schedules Leap-Into-the-Unknown Health-Care Vote for TuesdayIt could be a bluff, or McConnell may have something up his sleeve, but at this point, it seems he’s planning a vote he’ll probably lose.
  36. Did the ‘Kodiak Kickback’ Buy Lisa Murkowski’s Vote for Trumpcare?No state has gotten more special treatment from the Senate (and the administration) than Murkowski’s Alaska. If it’s not enough, Trumpcare’s dead.
  37. McConnell’s Two-Faced Approach to Health-Care ReformBy giving conservatives long-term Medicaid cuts and then telling moderates they won’t be implemented, McConnell may be too clever for his own good.
  38. Mitch McConnell Running Out of Time, Money, and Luck in Effort to Pass TrumpcareHe apparently doesn’t have the funds or flexibility to get to 50 votes.
  39. politics
    Women Lawmakers Are Pissed About Trump’s Sexist Face-Lift CommentSome are calling his attack on Mika Brzezinski sexist.
  40. McConnell Has $188 Billion Fund to Save Health-Care Bill. How Will He Spend It?Here’s how the enticements to wavering GOP senators might be doled out.
  41. Right-to-Life Lobby Has Trumpcare Demands — and Isn’t in Mood for CompromiseIf Mitch McConnell wants to pass a health-care bill, he must absolutely placate the anti-abortion movement.
  42. Senate Bill Includes ‘Buffalo Bribe,’ Shifting County Medicaid Costs to New YorkInclusion of this House deal in the Senate bill shows McConnell playing the long game. But it could encourage shakedowns by fence-sitting senators.
  43. Don’t Assume That the Senate Will Bury Zombie TrumpcareThe House really could pass it. There are scenarios where the upper chamber could too.
  44. Betsy DeVos May Be Hurting Her Cause of School PrivatizationTrump’s secretary of Education has become a rallying point for public-school defenders.
  45. equal rites
    Lisa Murkowski Becomes the First Red-State GOP Senator to Support Gay MarriageAnd the third GOP senator overall.
  46. equal rites
    The Next Five Republican Senators to Endorse Gay MarriageOur educated guesses.
  47. equal rites
    Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski May Support Gay Marriage … SomedayBut not today.
  48. united we sit
    State of the Union Regresses From High School to Nursery SchoolA senator confirmed that the opposing party does not have cooties.
  49. early and often
    Lisa Murkowski to Actually Become Senator AgainWell, probably.
  50. joe miller
    Joe Miller Loses AppealAlaska Supreme Court rules against Joe Miller.
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