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  1. kris kobach
    Could Kris Kobach Be Trump’s Next DHS Secretary?Trump clearly wants to dump Kirstjen Nielsen. The fiery nativist from Kansas would test GOP loyalty, but would please the president.
  2. 2018 midterms
    McConnell Thinks Talking About Repealing Obamacare Helps the GOP in the MidtermsIf Republicans make Senate gains and hang onto the House, it’s remotely possible. That’s apparently what the GOP thinks its base wants to hear.
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    Alaska Republicans Mull ‘Reprimand’ for Murkowski Over Kavanaugh VoteHer vote against confirming Kavanaugh outrages many Republicans. But she’s defied her party and won before.
  4. the kavanaugh hearings
    Collins and Murkowski Face Political Repercussions at Home for Kavanaugh VotesCollins has guaranteed herself a tough reelection race in 2020, and Murkowski is already getting an intraparty threat from Sarah Palin.
  5. the kavanaugh hearings
    Murkowski Just Showed That Putting Pressure on Your Senators WorksThe senator voted “no” on ending the Kavanaugh debate after her Alaskan constituents put pressure on her.
  6. the kavanaugh hearings
    Senate Cuts Off Debate on Kavanaugh, Making His Confirmation All But CertainIn the end, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin are giving Kavanaugh the votes he needed.
  7. the kavanaugh hearings
    Republicans Approach Kavanaugh Victory As Collins and Flake Signal ApprovalIt seems a cursory look at allegations against Kavanaugh was enough for two crucial Republican senators.
  8. the kavanaugh hearings
    As FBI Wraps Up Investigation, Republicans Set Friday Vote on KavanaughMaybe it’s a bluff, but Republicans seem to think they can get him confirmed this weekend.
  9. the kavanaugh confirmation
    After Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing, It’s Total WarAn exhausting, emotional set of hearings leaves one party doubting Kavanaugh’s sincerity and the other shrieking about a partisan conspiracy.
  10. 2018 midterms
    Here’s What Happens If Republicans Dump KavanaughIt’s unlikely, but if Trump pulls the plug on Kavanaugh he’ll have time to nominate someone else in time for confirmation later this year.
  11. the kavanaugh confirmation
    GOP Sticking With Kavanaugh Game Plan Despite New AllegationsIt’s going to be awkward at tomorrow’s hearing for Republicans to pretend Christine Blasey Ford is Kavanaugh’s only accuser.
  12. the kavanaugh confirmation
    An FBI Investigation Could Become GOP’s Backup Plan on KavanaughAfter fighting an investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh, Republicans may need one to shore up his credibility and satisfy their own senators.
  13. the kavanaugh confirmation
    McConnell Goes For Broke on KavanaughThe wily Senate leader has probably decided that risking a defeat on Kavanaugh is preferable to a withdrawal.
  14. the kavanaugh hearings
    If Kavanaugh Goes Down, Will Republican Voters Be Discouraged or Enraged?Losing Kavanugh could be a buzzkill for the Republican base in November, unless Democrats wind up getting the blame.
  15. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Is the Anti-Abortion Movement Just Applied Anti-Feminism?More and more, those who oppose legalized abortion seem motivated by animus toward women’s rights. The Kavanaugh fight could make that even clearer.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s HandsThere are three Republican senators to watch. If they stay in line, nothing else matters.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Senate Republicans Push Back on Trump Plan to Cancel Spending“It’s going nowhere,” said Lindsey Graham.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Susan Collins Says It’s ‘Very Difficult’ to Imagine Supporting Graham-CassidyAnother bad sign for the bill’s prospects.
  36. 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.
  37. 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?”
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. The GOP Is Trying to Buy Lisa Murkowski’s Vote on Obamacare RepealBut she has no reason to sell it … yet.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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