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Update….Trump DEMANDS a Friday vote on Trump/Ryancare Bill….

HOT DAMN!…..

Gonna be a rough night for House Republicans….

They do NOT have the votes to pass the Trump/Ryancare Bill….

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One would assume that Trump is making his demand to pressure EVERYONE….

Gonna be a political bloddy mess if this gamble fails….

Who would Trump blame?…He’s NOT gonna blame HIMSELF for a defeat….Would it be his adopted GOP establishment or the Freedom Caucus, eh?

Who would be left?

Democrats?

UPDATE: 7:42 p.m.: President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney said.

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President Donald Trump and House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday, endangering the prospects of passage and all but assuring any immediate vote on the measure would fail.

Hours later, House leaders canceled a planned Thursday night vote on the legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act. There was no immediate word when a vote might be rescheduled. The House Republican Conference is planning to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday about how to proceed, with procedural votes expected later in the evening.

Negotiations between Trump and the arch-conservatives opponents of the bill reached at least a temporary impasse after Freedom Caucus members were told recent concessions from the White House and GOP leadership represented a final offer. The group rejected that, wanting more.

The setbacks triggered a series of meetings later Thursday — between Trump and the moderate Tuesday Group, and separately between the Freedom Caucus and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

As it stands, Trump and Ryan find themselves playing see-saw with moderates and hard-liners. Lean too much toward one faction and they lose votes from the other. So far, they’ve been unable to find a sweet spot…..

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For Trump and Ryan it would seem this is no longer about other Americans…..

It’s about a political face saving, since there is NO Chance the Senate will pass whatever they come up with….

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Sonny Perdue Trump’s Agriculture pick gets grilled on cuts to rural programs…

Another guy reduced to explainiong about hoiw his boss wants to take stuff from people….

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, faced pointed questions about the administration’s proposed cuts to rural assistance programs during his otherwise friendly Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

Perdue, the final Cabinet nominee to receive a confirmation hearing, told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that he supports several programs that could face cuts under Trump’s budget, including programs that fund agricultural research, develop infrastructure in rural communities and help landowners preserve soil and water quality. He said he also supports making it easier for dairy farmers to employ immigrant workers.

The Trump administration’s budget would cut $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department’s 2018 budget, reducing its discretionary spending by about 20 percent. However, the budget provided few details about where the savings would come from…..

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Democrats say they Will filibuster Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme’s…

Senate Minority leader Dem Chuck Schumer will mount a last ditch effort against Federal Judge Neil Gorsuc’s appointment to the US Supreme Court….

Schumer knows he doesn’t have the votes to stop the confirmation…..

While he might be able to stop Republicans from getting to the 60 votes needed ….

Senate Majority leader Republican Mitch McConnell CAN change the threshold needed to a simple majority of 51 votes ….McConnell doesn’t WANT to do that…But he will if it come to it….

Schumer is under intense pressure from Democratric Progressives to fight ANYTHING that Trump’s wants like the GOP ‘s efforts since Obama was elected….This will be alright for the short game but just means if the vote numbers are dropped it will be more difficult if a second justice spot becomes available for Trump to pick…..

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court — and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination.

“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

By saying Gorsuch’s nomination will have a cloture vote, Schumer indicated that Democrats will try to block Gorsuch’s nomination through a filibuster — which they can do unless Gorsuch can earn 60 votes from the 100-member Senate.

All 54 Republican senators are expected to support Gorsuch’s nomination, but it’s unknown whether he can get the support of enough Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to clear the 60-vote hurdle…..

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Conservatives bargaining to get rid of basics like Prescriptions, New Born Care and Hospitalization….

Ya gotta KNOW WHAT Trump and Ryan are doing to get the Freeedom Caucus on board to get 24 Million to LOSE their healthcare Insurance coverage….

They want Americans to have the freedom to choose their insurance….

They do NOT want the Government to help those who cannot pay for it….

They also seek to deny service to those the more fortunate are helping with their payments into the system….

The cuts the House righwingnuts are abrgining with Trump for for their support would probably make the healthcare for tens of millions of American’s WORST than BEFORE Obamacare……

Trump NO longer cares about his promise for eveyone to keep their insurance…It is now about him getting a POLITICAL WIN.

As of this date MOST Americans do NOT want the Law Repealed….

Remember all that talk during the health reform debate about why men should have to pay for maternity care? What politicians were really arguing about was the “essential health benefits” provision in Obamacare.

In an attempt to make the insurance marketplace fairer and more viable, the law required insurance products sold in the individual market, the fully insured small-group market, and for people who got Medicaid through the state expansions to cover a list of 10 “essential health benefits.” The list included some pretty basic medical care — like pregnancy and maternity care, and lab tests.

Republican Congress members have been pretty consistent about their desire to get rid of this part of the law. It has driven the cost of premiums up, and, they argue, limited Americans’ freedom of choice. But you probably haven’t heard much about the “EHBs,” as they’re called among health wonks. That’s because the assumption has been that killing the provision wouldn’t be possible under the budget reconciliation procedure the GOP is using to rush the American Health Care Act through Congress. (As Vox’s Dylan Matthews explained, the procedure includes the Byrd Rule, which says reconciliation can’t be used to pass provisions that are “incidental,” or don’t change the overall level of federal spending or revenue.)

Now, it seems, that might be wrong. In an attempt to win more support from the party, the latest GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would get rid of the law’s EHB requirement for the individual and small-group markets. (The previous draft of the American Health Care Act already did away with the EHB requirement for Medicaid expansion enrollees.)

They are about as basic as they sound. Here’s the full list, from Healthcare.gov:

Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
Emergency services
Hospitalization
Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
Prescription drugs
Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
Laboratory services
Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children….

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How long does Trump stay?…and does Hillary Clinton get a ‘Do Over’?

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It is becoming increasing apparent that Donald Trump had a YUGE helping hand in winning the elecgtoral vote last November….

He did NOT win the actual total vote by MILLIONS….

For all the criticism thrown at Hillary Clinton the facts remain….

I REPEAT….

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She BEAT Trump in the OVERALL votes by MORE than 2.5 Million….

Trump can wiggle and dance but THAT isa fact….

For all those who point out that TRump won by spending HALF of the Billion Dollars Clinton raised and spent?

Bull Shit….

Everyday we learn that Trump’s Russian help spent money, time and political influence worth who knows what to mount THEIR campaign help to a guy who NOBODY thought would win , not even himself….

And it shows why he shouldn’t have won EVERYDAY….

So with the American intelligence community out maneuvering Trump & Co. for the good of 300 million plus, and the rest of the free world?

How long will Trump be able stay in the White House at a job the Russian government helped him get?

And does Hillary Clinton deserve a ‘Do Over’?

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House GOP Intel Committee head Nunes run’s to Trump with info NOT his colleagues…

The House Intelligence committee head has lost his  bipartisan hat…

And he has ousted some of American spying techniques and possible sources in  an effort to help fellow Republican  Donald Trump deal with American Government efforts to unearth Russian efforts to influence his  run for President last November….

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.

The White House and Trump’s allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president’s much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones — even though Nunes himself said that’s not what his new information shows.

Democrats, meanwhile, cried foul.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, cast doubt on Nunes’ claims in a fiery statement and blasted the chairman for not first sharing the information with him or other committee members.

Schiff also slammed Nunes for briefing the White House on Wednesday afternoon given that the Intelligence Committee is in the middle of an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion with the Trump team….

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…twitter….

Mark Knoller‏ @markknoller 
“I must tell you, I somewhat do,” says Pres Trump, asked if he feels vindicated by “incidental surveillance” report from Rep. Nunes.

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FBI could have proof that Trump campaign worked WITH Russians against Clinton…

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…Breaking from CNN….

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered “a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

The White House did not comment and the FBI declined to comment.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer maintained Monday after Comey’s testimony that there was no evidence to suggest any collusion took place.

“Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things,” Spicer said.

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial….

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If this IS substantiated?

What to do?

A ‘Do Over’ Elections?

Trump pushed to step down?

Trump impeached?

The answer cannot be to just keep Trump in office to preserve the office the Presidency after the Russians are proven to helped him?

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Last minute Trump/Ryancare Crazy shit….

Desperate times ….Desperate measures?

The Freedom Caucus goes around House Speaker Ryan to Trump for rewrites of the Trump/Ryancare Bill?

For something that would have even LESS of a chance in the Senate?

(These last minute changes do NOT have analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …So NO ONE knows what they cost out to….)

Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean.

According to House Freedom Caucus members, the conservative group is negotiating directly with President Donald Trump and the White House on an amendment to the Republican health care bill, seemingly cutting out GOP leadership from the conversation as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his deputies work to corral votes for a bill that is, in these latest provisions, a mystery even to them.

The re-opening of negotiations is an admission of what has been clear all along ― that the bill as constructed by Ryan does not have the votes to pass on Thursday. It also represents a major reorganization of a significant chunk of the American economy in a matter of hours.

Conservatives are using their considerable leverage on the measure ― the Freedom Caucus has demonstrated it has the votes to sink the legislation ― to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.

“Negotiations are taking place,” Freedom Caucus member Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday night. Asked if he thought they were going to get to a deal, Weber said it sounded like it.

“The president’s moving our way,” he said….

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Will Sec of State Tillerson make it thru the Summer?

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The guy is invisible…..

Trump’s wants to gut his  Department….

Foreign Affairs is run by tweets…..

And there is this….

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Rex Tillerson: ‘I didn’t want this job … my wife told me I’m supposed to do this’

Rex Tillerson has said he did not want to be US secretary of state and only took the job because his wife convinced him to do it.

The former ExxonMobil oil executive revealed his initial reluctance in an interview published after a controversial trip to Asia and hours before the biggest event of his two months at the state department, an international meeting on Wednesday about how to fight Islamic State (Isis).

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review (IJR), in an interview conducted on his official plane during the three-nation Asia trip. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

He said he had not met Donald Trump before being summoned to Trump Tower after the surprise election victory, ostensibly to talk to the president-elect “about the world” and his experiences as an oil company CEO….

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Def Sec Mattis wants his own team…

And that  means mostly people who served under President Obama…

Trump people ain’t happy….

Mattis isn’t political…But he’ll HAVE to learn to be….

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Defense Secretary James Mattis’ unconventional choices for top Pentagon posts and his reluctance to aggressively push for dramatic increases in the defense budget have rankled Republicans on Capitol Hill who say he’s burning through political capital he needs as he begins reshaping the Pentagon.

Mattis was widely embraced on both sides of the aisle when President Donald Trump nominated him. Republicans and Democrats alike expressed hope that the retired four-star general would be a moderating force on the volatile commander in chief.

But Republican lawmakers and senior congressional aides said in recent interviews they’re running out of patience with Mattis’ staffing decisions, which have disappointed Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee hoping to see their ideological allies elevated to senior levels in the Defense Department. Others are grumbling about Mattis’ refusal to advocate a bigger increase in the defense budget, which defense hawks believe was gutted disastrously under President Barack Obama.

“He certainly has got a tough job, but it sometimes feels like he forgets that we won the election,” said one aide to a GOP senator on the Armed Services Committee, who declined to speak on the record for fear of publicly alienating the defense secretary….

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British Parliament attack…Injuries

Police shot an alleged assailant outside Britain’s Parliament compound and a vehicle plowed through terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge Wednesday in what authorities treated as a “terrorist incident.”

Officials said there were a range of casualties, including one police officer stabbed. A hospital official said at least one civilian was killed.

Even before full details emerged, the apparent attacks and chaos were certain to raise security levels in London and other Western capitals and bring further scrutiny on counterterrorism measures.

Meanwhile, authorities tried to piece together the sequence of events at one of the city’s most highly protected sites. The questions included whether the bedlam on the nearby Westminster Bridge was part of a coordinated attack that possibly employed elements of past terrorist strikes — including vehicles ramming crowds in Nice and Berlin last year.

“We are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” said a Twitter message from London Metropolitan Police….

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Poll…3% of Trump voters regret their vote..That’s all…

Donald Trump IS holding his base with a little more than 60 days in office

But is losing everyone else as his overall polling numbers drop….

One also must remember that the base number and the overall vote numbers in Novembers lection put Trump’s base at about only 40%…..

Within weeks of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, social media posts expressing voters’ second thoughts began trending. While some Donald Trump voters felt he was backtracking on initial hard-line positions, the Huffington Post and other websites reported on hashtags such as #Trumpgrets — used by voters irked that his campaign persona was not simply an act to win votes. A subsequent wave of regretful Trump voters tweeted about executive orders they perceived as misguided and dangerous.

Even more nuanced mainstream news stories included such headlines as “These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed” or comments that “a significant segment of Trump’s coalition is not entirely enchanted with his actions or public persona.”

In contrast, polls seem to suggest that the 45th president enjoys historically high approval ratings among members of his party. Other journalists report continuing enthusiasm from the small towns that delivered his strongest electoral support.

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The Mood of the Nation Poll shows clearly that media attention to the #trumpregrets phenomenon is very misleading. For Trump’s supporters, any news reports that his first weeks as president have been rocky, unpresidential or worse have hardly mattered. There is virtually no regret.

While his governance has galvanized opposition groups and his overall approval level remains low by historical standards, his electoral base is not only intact but enthusiastic and energized, providing Trump with a significant base of power……

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Former Trump campaign head is wanted for questioning by Fed’s in US and Ukraine…

Ouch?

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Pressure from Kiev and Washington is mounting on President Trump’s former campaign manager after a Ukrainian lawmaker released documents Tuesday he says prove Paul Manafort tried to hide payments received from Ukraine’s ousted former president through an offshore shell company.

The new allegations come a day after Manafort’s name was raised in a House Intelligence Committee hearing, in which FBI Director James B. Comey was asked about possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Also this month, a Ukrainian human rights lawyer representing victims of a deadly police shooting during Kiev’s 2014 mass protest movement asked prosecutors to investigate text messages from Manafort’s daughters, which the lawyer said could indicate how much influence the former advisor to Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych had on the disgraced leader during his last days in office….

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Trump/Ryancare Bill Update…Nope….

Appears that even after arm twisting and some concessions  by GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump ……there isn’t enough votes to pass their Repeal /Replace  legislation in the House….

As for the Senate?

Foregtaboutit….

At this rate it is possible that Ryan will pull the bill and move on, letting Trump have HHS head Price do whatever he can internally thru his power’s…..

House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan.

With only a day before a scheduled vote on the House floor, the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are facing an uphill fight to get the majority — 216 votes — needed to clear the lower chamber.

In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, Trump warned that failure to pass the legislation might trigger a backlash for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans, the president said, could lose their seats next year, give Democrats the majority and derail Trump’s ambitious 2017 agenda if they fail to fulfill their campaign promise of repealing ­ObamaCare, said sources in the room.

But Trump’s dire warning didn’t appear to immediately change many minds. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), whom Trump singled out during the meeting, emerged from a private meeting with Vice President Pence Tuesday afternoon, insisting that he was still opposed and that he had at least 22 votes from conservative hard-liners to defeat the bill. Following the meeting, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) also said they remain opposed.

According to The Hill’s Whip List at press time, 22 House Republicans were firm “no” votes, with six more leaning no or likely no. Many other Republicans have not said how they will vote. Should all members vote and all Democrats — as expected — vote no, 22 defections would kill the legislation. The bill is scheduled to hit the floor at some point on Thursday…..

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How ironic….

House Democrats AND hardline Conservatives bonding together to stop their Republican House Speaker and their parties adopted President….

THIS IS GONNA HURT Republicans….(And probably make Obama and the Clinton’s smile)

Could the Freedom Caucus give cover to other Republicans to go home to their districts and say they would have voted against the bill?

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FBI’s looks at Russian-influence from far-right news sites

The FBI’s look at Russian influence to the November 2016 Presidential campaign is expanding far and wide as the Russian sponsored efforts  seem to be more extensive then originally thought off….

No wonder the Trump campaign got over with spending less than half of what Clinton spent….The Russian helped him , eh?

Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year’s elections.

Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Their participation, however, wasn’t necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.

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Trump to House Republicans….If you don’t vote for this bill ‘you could lose next year’….

Trump also told the House GOP Conservative Caucus leader that he was coming after him….

The elbow twisting for the Trump/Ryancare bill has gotten serious among Republicans…

That while Trump’s poll numbers drop and the support among  American’s for the Obama signature bill gains….

Trump campaigned on NO loss of coverage for ANYONE….

That will NOT be the result if this bill becomes law…

President Donald Trump issued a stern warning on Tuesday, telling Republicans they could lose their seats — and the House majority — in 2018 if they fail to repeal and replace ObamaCare, GOP sources said.

During a closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, Trump told rank-and-file House Republicans if the party is not successful in passing its health care bill, “I believe many of you will lose in 2018,” according to a source in the room.

The House is slated to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. If it passes, it will head to the Senate, where it faces a tougher road.
Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill was billed as a rally for the healthcare bill, just two days before the historic vote to roll back President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. But the gathering took on a darker tone.

The president told lawmakers a failed vote would be embarrassing to the party and could result in members facing primary challengers and Republicans losing the House, sources said.

And Trump singled out Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a Trump ally during the presidential campaign who opposes the legislation….

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AP Politics‏@AP_Politics
AP INTERVIEW: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warns fellow Republicans not to oppose health care bill: http://apne.ws/2n9RPEh

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