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Steven Dennis

Russia Probes Likely Extended by New Reports, Democrats Say

Congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election likely will be extended -- perhaps into next year -- because of revelations during Congress’ August recess about Trump associates’ contacts and meetings, Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said Tuesday.

House Readies Harvey Aid as Senate GOP Mulls Adding Debt Limit

House Republicans are working to advance emergency funds for Hurricane Harvey this week while Senate GOP leaders may add a debt limit suspension to the measure when it reaches their chamber, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department

Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda.

Trump Campaign Turns Over Thousands of Documents in Russia Probe

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his son Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have started turning over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the panel’s expanded investigation of Russian election-meddling.

Obamacare Repeal Fails Early in Senate Health-Care Debate

The Senate rejected a simple repeal of Obamacare on Wednesday, still in the early stages of an unpredictable floor debate on health care amid significant doubts that Republicans can muster the 50 votes needed to pass any kind of bill.

Senate Holds Vote to Begin Health Debate Despite Uncertainty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a vote Tuesday to begin the process of repealing Obamacare after key Republican holdouts on health-care legislation said would they will vote to begin debate even though senators don’t know exactly where the legislation will end up.

Senate Health Bill Prospects Worsen After Procedural Setback

The Senate parliamentarian issued a preliminary finding that key parts of Republicans’ health-care proposal don’t qualify for a fast-track procedure being used by the GOP, dramatically complicating Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s already slim prospects of passing a bill next week.

Trump Jr., Manafort Asked to Testify July 26 by Senate Panel

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, were asked to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the panel expands its scrutiny of potential links between the president’s associates and Russia.

GOP Leaders Brace for CBO Estimate on Revised Health Bill

Senate Republicans anxiously awaiting a key analysis of their revised health bill have more time to wait, and debate on the controversial measure that had been expected this week will also be delayed following a medical scare involving one of its potential backers.

Trump's Credibility Dealt Blow by His Son's Emails on Russia

President Donald Trump’s credibility took a sharp blow after his son released emails that directly contradict months of assertions that investigations of possible campaign collusion with Russia were nothing more than a partisan “witch hunt.”

Republican Senators at Odds Ahead of Push for Health Bill

Senate Republicans clashed Sunday about the path forward for their stalled health-care bill, with passage of any plan before the August congressional recess in doubt and rival factions trying to pull it in opposite directions.

Senate GOP Leaders Said to Aim for New Health Plan in Two Weeks

Senate Republican leaders trying to break a logjam on their proposed health-care legislation are working with congressional budget officials to examine the impact of various changes they’re considering, a process that could take about two weeks, according to a GOP aide.

Senate Panel Digs Into 2,000 Financial Documents in Trump Probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia is now focused sharply on financial transactions involving the president’s associates -- with the committee searching for improprieties in more than 2,000 documents it has received from the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.

Health Bill Setback for McConnell Sets Stage for Final Push

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Senate GOP Health Proposal Would Leave 22 Million Uninsured

Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million, raise costs for many people currently enrolled in private insurance and slash Medicaid by billions of dollars, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.

GOP Leaders Issue Revised Health Bill as They Press for Vote

Senate leaders released a slightly revised version of their health-care bill Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to win over enough holdouts to pass the measure, with at least six Republicans signaling opposition.