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White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.
Obama: ‘The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former President Barack Obama decried the Senate Republicans’ health care bill on Thursday in a lengthy Facebook post.
In just a year, Republicans became far more skeptical of claims of racism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican attitudes toward African-Americans hardened significantly in 2016, according to an authoritative new study. Only 32 percent of Republican voters in 2016 said they believe that African-Americans face “a lot of discrimination.” That was a significant drop from just a year earlier, when the Public Religion Research Institute asked the same question. In that survey, 46 percent of Republicans responded that blacks experience significant discrimination.
Trump admits he has no tapes of Comey meetings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After threatening to release tapes of conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump said Thursday he does not have such recordings.
Paul Ryan: It’s ‘premature’ to say whether House would pass Senate health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to say Thursday whether the House would take up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill if the Republican leader manages to push it through the Senate. “They’re just beginning their process,” Ryan said, adding he believes it will be a “lengthy” one. McConnell declared on the Senate floor Thursday that he believes the Senate could pass the sweeping legislation as soon as next week.
Police drag protesters away from McConnell’s office in ‘die
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Police forcibly removed protesters who had pretended to die in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after he unveiled the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday morning.
‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.
‘Die
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Dramatizing fears that Senate Republican’s Better Care Reconciliation Act’s cuts to Medicaid would prevent millions of low income Americans from accessing life-saving care, activism group ADAPT dramatized what those deaths could look like — in front of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office doors.
Four GOP senators: We won’t vote for new health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a potentially game-changing move, four conservative senators quickly announced Thursday afternoon that they oppose the health care bill rolled out by Republican Senate leadership earlier in the day. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. said in a statement that the proposal did not go far enough to overhaul the current system.
Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Tim Ryan says the party’s “toxic” brand under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it difficult for Dems to connect with voters.
Trump fumes on Twitter after ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testifies about Russian meddling in the 2016 election before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 21, 2017. President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, hammering away at the “big Dem scam” and “big Dem HOAX!” in the aftermath of former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony the day before about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. In particular, Trump seized upon Johnson’s comment that the Democratic National Committee was among those who rebuffed his department’s offer for assistance during the Russian attack.
Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House one
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trailed by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor of the U.S. Capitol after unveiling a draft bill on health care June 22, 2017. WASHINGTON — After weeks of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their much-anticipated proposal to repeal Obamacare Thursday, unveiling a plan that would cut Medicaid and reduce penalties for not buying insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would result in 23 million fewer people covered than under current law.
Trump rallies supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Donald Trump holds a marathon rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 21, 2017.
Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEO
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
There’s nothing wrong with the notion of a CEO president. But what the revelations around Russia prove is that Trump doesn’t actually run things well.
Buoyant Trump spouts boasts, proposals — and falsehoods — at Iowa rally
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A jubilant President Trump recapped some of his campaign’s greatest hits, offered some new policy ideas and offered some blatant misstatements during a marathon rally Wednesday night in Iowa. Trump spoke for 70 minutes in front of an exuberant crowd in his first trip west of the Mississippi as president. During his speech, Trump verified reports that he was unhappy with the health care plan that passed the House, saying that he told lawmakers to “throw money” at health care to come up a plan with “heart.” He made a brief plea for bipartisanship, saying that Democrats wouldn’t vote yes even if Republicans came up with a plan that offered the best health care for free, but if the parties worked together they could get “really, really great legislation” passed.
Tim Kaine: U.S. strikes on Syrian forces ‘completely illegal’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine sharply condemned U.S. strikes on Syrian regime forces as “completely illegal.” He says President Trump needs a new AUMF.
Health Care Declassified No. 3: Senate bill still under construction, a day before scheduled rollout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News peeks behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the Republican health care bill to learn what we can about what it may contain. The wait is almost over: Senate Republicans will unveil their version of an Obamacare repeal bill Thursday, although concerns remain about how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bridge divisions within his own party to get the measure passed. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters that the bill will be made public as a “discussion draft” on Thursday.
Bloomberg says Trump should ‘stop tweeting’ and let Russia probe run its course
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“When there’s an allegation, you have to have a competent, independent investigation that will find something wrong or remove the cloud,” Bloomberg said.
Alexandria shooter carried list of 6 members of Congress, FBI confirms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On James T. Hodgkinson, investigators found a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress. The FBI did not disclose the names of those lawmakers.
The anthropologist of the alt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Time was spent both during the campaign and in the aftermath of President Trump’s election attempting to explain the alt-right, a phenomenon embracing everything from frog memes on Twitter to neo-Nazis giving the “Sieg heil” salute at a Washington conference. Enter Angela Nagle, a Dublin-based writer and academic.
Bitter Ga. loss provides backdrop for Democrats to reflect on party’s future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the wake of Jon Ossoff’s stinging defeat in the House race in Atlanta’s suburbs last night, the question now is: How do Democrats pick up the pieces?
Trump team takes victory lap after GOP special
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president and his supporters celebrated on social media late Tuesday night after Republicans secured a pair of victories in congressional races in Georgia and South Carolina.
Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House race, beating back liberal wave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the hotly contested congressional special election in suburban Atlanta Tuesday.
White House blames Democrats for not cooperating in repealing Obamacare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Amid complaints about the secrecy with which Republicans are drafting a health care bill, the White House Tuesday put the blame on Senate Democrats for refusing to cooperate.
Jared Kushner is heading to Israel for peace negotiations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, speaks during a meeting with technology executives in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 19. President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday for meetings that the White House says are aimed at “achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Kushner will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, a Trump adviser whose official title is “assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations.” According to a White House official who discussed the trip with Yahoo News, the pair are two of Trump’s “most trusted advisers” and will be spearheading a “peace effort” that is a “top priority” for the president.
Key GOP senator on health care plan: ‘I haven’t seen the bill’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A lawmaker on the working group for the Senate Republicans’ health care bill said Tuesday that he still hasn’t seen a draft of the legislation.
‘Make America Gay Again’: Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Tens of thousands of people sporting rainbow attire, “Make America Gay Again” hats and homemade protest signs took part in a “Resist March” in Los Angeles against President Trump, an event that took the place of the city’s annual pride parade. (Reuters)
Hannity compares Russia investigation to birther conspiracy that used to be on ‘Hannity’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Fox News host says the federal probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election is beginning to look like the debunked conspiracy questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace — a theory that was once fueled by President Trump.
In major tax speech, Ryan offers few details on how he will undertake reform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Speaker Paul Ryan’s first major speech on tax reform underscored the need to overhaul the tax code this year but offered few specifics on how that would happen.
‘I’m right here’: Spicer shrugs off reports of his potential departure from briefings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In his first on-camera press briefing in a week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed reports that he was transitioning into a new role in the Trump administration.
Democrats stay up late hoping to ‘shame’ Republicans over health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats staged a protest and threatened to disrupt Senate affairs unless Republicans open up the health care bill to inspection and debate.
Ossoff vs. Handel: Georgia’s special election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Voters in suburban Atlanta are heading to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the most expensive House race in history, choosing between Jon Ossoff, a Democrat and former congressional staffer, and Karen Handel, a Republican and the former secretary of state in Georgia
McCain castigates Defense Department pick at confirmation hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. John McCain berated the deputy defense secretary nominee for a wishy-washy answer to whether he would advocate providing lethal defensive aid to Ukraine.
Trump makes last
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn’t even live in district,” the president tweeted early Tuesday morning. “KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS.”
McCain: North Korea ‘murdered’ American student Otto Warmbier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime,” Sen. John McCain said in a statement.
Polls open in hotly contested Ga. race as Trump urges supporters to vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump is urging his supporters to back Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.
Democrats stay up late hoping to 'shame' Republicans over health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduces Dr. Scott Gottlieb before a Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017. WASHINGTON–In a late night protest, Senate Democrats decried efforts by top Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors, pledging to disrupt proceedings in the chamber over the matter. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that Democrats will break with normal procedure and object to routine movements and bills in an effort to slow down Senate business unless Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agrees to allow debate on the controversial health care bill.
Eric Holder joins the anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, left, speaks at a news conference to discuss the proposed so-called California “sanctuary state bill” as California state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon listens, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES — More than two years after leaving the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder is reentering the political fray.
Health Care Declassified: Republicans are skeptical of a closed drafting process – but will they act to open it up?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News peeks behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the Republican health care bill to learn what we can about what it may contain.
GOP official apologizes for saying Scalise shooting helps party in Ga. election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A Georgia GOP official apologized for a remark that last week's baseball shooting would win a special election for Republican candidate Karen Handel.
Trump feels ‘very good’ about Senate health care bill, whatever it is, White House says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump feels “very good” about the Senate’s progress in drafting its own version of his signature health care bill, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. When asked if the president or members of his legislative team has seen a copy of the bill, however, Spicer said he did not know.
Preet Bharara explains his embrace of Twitter. He’ll let Trump ‘keep his own wise counsel’ on the same.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Preet Bharara, the high-profile U.S. attorney fired by President Trump, has embraced the commander in chief’s favorite communications platform: Twitter.
Trump’s lawyer: ‘I don’t tell him what to write’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jay Sekulow, an attorney on the president’s outside legal team, told “Fox & Friends” Monday that he does not give his client advice when it comes to Twitter.
Trump lawyer: President’s tweet about ‘being investigated’ did not confirm probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In interviews Sunday, attorney Jay Sekulow contradicts the president’s own tweet.
Is it too soon to miss George W. Bush? Not in the age of Trump.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President George W. Bush holds his last news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Jan. 12, 2009. During an April appearance on ABC News, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said something that would have sounded impossible to anyone who had followed American politics in the first decade of the 21st century. The Democratic leader in Congress repeated the sentiment in early June on MSNBC, saying that she wished George W. Bush were president.
Will Congress let Mary Klein decide how to die?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Last year, Washington, D.C., became the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to legalize what here was called Death With Dignity.
Health Care Declassified: Behind the Senate’s secrecy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The words on everyone’s lips in Washington in recent weeks have been health care, as congressional Republicans work to craft a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Enter Yahoo News’ Health Care Declassified, where we will attempt to take you inside this often complicated debate, dispelling myths and giving you the facts about how Congress will affect your health care coverage. Following in the footsteps of their House colleagues, who passed the Affordable Health Care Act, Republicans in the Senate are carefully guarding the drafting process and expect to offer Americans affected by the law little opportunity to learn what the new bill will mean for their coverage.
The story behind President Trump’s ‘little bit sassy’ Oval Office photo with a queer teacher
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rhode Island teacher Nikos Giannopoulos brought some unique flair to the Oval Office when he met with President and Melania Trump.
Feinstein: Trump ‘in for a rude awakening’ if he tries to shut down Russia probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., unleashed a blistering message in response to President Trump’s early morning Twitter tirade in which he both dismissed the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and appeared to confirm he was being investigated as part of that inquiry. Feinstein raised the possibility that Trump would try to dismiss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, the special counsel Rosenstein appointed to oversee the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Meet Rachel Brand, the Justice Department official who could inherit the Russia probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
If President Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rachel Brand would take over special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and reported investigation into obstruction of justice.