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  1. White House: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without CutsAfter adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit for tax cuts, Trump opposes adding to the debt to increase health-care funding for veterans.
  2. Is Trump Actually Going to Do Anything About Family Separation?Fear of looking “weak” has apparently paralyzed POTUS on what is becoming a true political crisis for him.
  3. GOP Leader: Pruitt Has Some Explaining to DoAs Republican support for the EPA director wanes, Scott Pruitt takes out his frustration on environmental science.
  4. Will Trump Make or Break an Immigration Deal?The odds of any legislation making it through the abattoir of both houses of Congress is limited at best — unless Trump gives Republicans cover.
  5. Paul Ryan’s ‘Welfare Reform’ Plan Looks DoomedMany Senate Republicans do not want to take food and medical care away from the poor and elderly (in an election year, anyway).
  6. Here’s What’s in the Final Draft of the GOP Tax BillSome of the worst provisions in previous bills have been scrapped. Most remain.
  7. Senate Republicans Made a $300 Billion Mistake in Their Tax BillAnd that may prove costly for Susan Collins.
  8. Senate Republicans Accidentally Killed Some of Their Donors’ Favorite Tax BreaksPassing a tax bill that you wrote over lunch — and never actually read — appears to have some downsides.
  9. Republicans Have the Votes for a TBD Tax BillFifty-one GOP senators have agreed to vote for a tax bill that does not yet exist.
  10. Trump’s Obsession With the Number 20 Imperils the GOP Tax BillRepublicans could solve all of their tax package’s problems easily — if the president weren’t arbitrarily fixated on a 20 percent corporate tax rate.
  11. Susan Collins Is Sure This Will All End Great for EveryoneMcConnell promised Collins that the GOP won’t slash Medicare — and will shore up Obamacare — if she votes for tax cuts first.
  12. The GOP Keeps Admitting Its Economic Theory Is Incompatible With DemocracyRepublicans say that their tax cuts will only work if businesses can be certain that they will never be repealed.
  13. The Trump Tax Cuts Pass in Committee, Head to the Senate FloorIt looks like this thing is gonna pass — if Mitch McConnell can keep all of the promises he just made.
  14. The GOP Tax Plan Might Make Sense — If Recessions Didn’t ExistRepublicans are writing a bill that will stimulate the economy in the middle of an expansion — and automatically depress it during a downturn.
  15. 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.
  16. Republicans Want You to Know They’re for Corporations, Not the Middle ClassThere’s no other explanation for this newly discovered detail of the Senate’s tax bill.
  17. New GOP Tax-Cut Plan Raises Taxes on Virtually Everyone by 2027Senate Republicans solved their tax plan’s math problem — by phasing out every tax cut in their bill that doesn’t benefit corporations.
  18. Republicans to Repeal Obamacare’s Individual Mandate in Tax BillThe GOP plans to reduce the number of Americans with health insurance by 13 million, so as to pay for giant corporate tax cuts.
  19. Republicans Can’t Afford Their Tax-Cut HabitThe GOP needs to slash the cost of its plan. But every time Republicans find a new revenue source, they decide to spend the money on another tax cut.
  20. The GOP Can’t Quite Bring Itself to Support an Alleged Teen RapistRepublicans have finally found a line they can’t cross – if not for ethical reasons, then for political ones.
  21. Senate Panel Votes to Make Blogger With No Trial Experience a Federal JudgeBrett Talley is 36 and has never tried a case. But he has written hot takes about “Hillary Rotten Clinton.”
  22. Republicans Are Asking Alabama to Err on Side of Electing a Child MolesterRepublicans have no reason to doubt the allegations against Moore — and no good excuse for asking voters to do so.
  23. Trump Is Afraid His Tax Plan Is Doomed. He Should Be.The Senate’s margin for error is slim, the divisions among Republicans are massive, and the tax plan is half-baked — and wholly unpopular.
  24. The GOP’s New Budget Tries to Keep It Simple: Big Tax Cuts for the RichDespite temptations to massively cut spending or launch a new health-care bill, the Senate is keeping its eyeson the prize of tax cuts.
  25. Politics Group-Chat: What to Make of Moore Winning Alabama’s GOP Senate Primary?Listen in as three New York writers figure it out.
  26. The CBO Won’t Score the Final Trumpcare Bill for WeeksTo pass the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, Senate Republicans will need to vote for the law before the budget office releases a coverage estimate.
  27. Parliamentarian Deals Trumpcare a Final Death BlowNow, a bipartisan health-care bill may rise from its ashes — if Senate Republicans can convince Trump to pursue solutions over sabotage.
  28. Joe Manchin Is More Popular Than Trump in West Virginia, Poll FindsTrump might need the votes of red-state Democrats to pass tax “reform” — but red-state Democrats look safe enough to toe their party’s line.
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    Trump Is Trying to Reanimate Trumpcare Using Threats and RidiculeThe president finished out his terrible week by calling Republicans fools and quitters while threatening to spike congressional health coverage.
  30. It’s an Abomination That 49 GOP Senators Voted for ‘Skinny Repeal’Republicans came within one vote of passing a health-care bill that they wrote over lunch — and admitted was a “disaster.” That’s a national crisis.
  31. Senate GOP to Reform Health-Care System on the Fly, in a BlindfoldSenate Republicans don’t know what their bill is or what it does. But they’re going to vote on it, anyway.
  32. Another Day, Another Scary CBO Score of Another Trumpcare BillThe latest version of Trumpcare would cost 22 million people health coverage, just like its predecessor, but McConnell has some room to maneuver.
  33. Senate Republicans Are Moving Toward a New Health-Care CompromiseLet conservatives vote to fully repeal Obamacare — then have moderates and Democrats immediately pass a bill strengthening the law.
  34. Voters Encourage Trumpcare’s Republican Opponents to ‘Stay Strong’On July Fourth weekend, Senate Republicans either hid from their constituents — or were showered in praise for not passing their health-care bill.
  35. GOP ‘Moderates’ Seem to Be Winning the Negotiations Over TrumpcareMcConnell is reportedly giving moderates more opioid funding, larger subsidies, and fewer tax cuts while giving far-right dissidents little.
  36. Senate Delays Trumpcare Vote Due to Lack of SupportMitch McConnell had planned to pass Obamacare repeal before the July 4 recess. Now, he doesn’t even have the votes to proceed to debate.
  37. This Might Be the Most Odious Provision in TrumpcareThe Senate still needs a replacement for Obamacare’s individual mandate. Their idea could amount to a death sentence for uninsured cancer patients.
  38. GOP ‘Moderates’ Worry Gutting Medicaid During Opioid Crisis Might Have DownsidesSome Senate Republicans are realizing that there’s a tension between solving the opioid epidemic and throwing millions of people off health insurance.
  39. Frustrated Trump Again Suggests Senate Get Rid of the Legislative Filibuster“Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
  40. Trump Could Probably Kill the Legislative FilibusterSenate Republicans would have a hard time defending the “archaic system” that’s making the president’s agenda more difficult to pass.
  41. Senate Confirms GorsuchBig questions now include Gorsuch’s impact on the Court, the fight’s impact on the Senate, and the possibility Trump will get to fill another vacancy.
  42. Democrats Worry That Trump May Eliminate One of Their Few Remaining PowersThe Senate’s minority party traditionally gets to weigh in on appointees to regulatory commissions. But Trump may be eyeing a work-around.
  43. Democrats Need to Flip One More Republican to Block Betsy DeVosOne vote away from keeping the billionaire heiress to the Amway fortune from becoming Education Secretary.
  44. Republicans Buck Boycott, Vote for Price and Mnuchin Without Democrats PresentAfter a Democratic boycott, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee changed the rules so they could advance the cabinet nominees by themselves.
  45. Mnuchin’s Hearing Sparks Arguments About Tax Havens, Foreclosures, and ValiumKey moments from the confirmation hearing of Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary.
  46. Obamacare Repeal Might Have Just Died TonightRepublicans need 50 senators to repeal the law. They don’t have the votes.
  47. Here’s How the GOP Will Swiftly Kill Obama’s Final RegulationsA little-known law will allow Republicans to repeal Obama’s expansion of overtime pay with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate.
  48. Trump Has Forced Establishment Republicans to Switch Sides in the TPP FightGOP Senate candidates Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey were staunch supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then Trump seized control of their party.
  49. Conservative Plutocrats Make Massive Investment in GOP Senate RacesTwo super-pacs designed to retain GOP Senate control took in $42 million last month, as Trump-averse donors focus their funds on the upper chamber.
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