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Dean Heller of Nevada becomes fifth GOP senator to come out against health-care bill - The Washington Post

Dean Heller of Nevada becomes fifth GOP senator to come out against health-care bill - The Washington Post

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Friday that he cannot support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill without changes to it, becoming the fifth GOP senator to take that position since the bill was released on Thursday. Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid. The proposal would impose long-term federal spending cuts on the program. “I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans,” Heller said in a...

June 23, 2017
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‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

‘No end in sight’: Inside the Biden administration’s failure to contain the border surge

ADShortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation’s southern border: Don’t come now — but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration — while eager to roll back Donald Trump’s immigration policies — first needed to to avoid winding up with “2 million people on our border.”Less than a month later, the new president began tearing down some of the guardrails himself....

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Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

Inside the Biden administration's failure to contain the border surge

WASHINGTON - Shortly before Christmas last year, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan, two top advisers to President-elect Joe Biden, sat for an interview with EFE, a Spanish wire service, to issue a stark warning to migrants considering journeying north to the nation's southern border: Don't come now - but help is on the way.The next day, Biden was similarly pointed, saying his administration - while eager to roll back Donald Trump's immigration policies - first needed to implement "guardrails" to avoid winding up with "2 million people on our border."Less than a month later, the new president...

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Mar 20
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Biden faces growing political threat from border upheaval

Biden faces growing political threat from border upheaval

ADRep. Henry Cuellar, a moderate Texas Democrat whose district hugs the border with Mexico, isn’t happy with how President Biden’s team has responded to the surge of migrants trying to enter the United States. “His people need to do a better job of listening to those of us who have done this before,” he said Monday.Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, who took a trip to the border Monday to slam Biden’s approach, was even more critical.“There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis,” McCarthy (Calif.) said during a visit to a migrant processing center in El Paso.And...

Mar 15
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Harris caught between a restless base and a traditionalist Biden

Harris caught between a restless base and a traditionalist Biden

ADAs the Rev. William J. Barber II pressed his case for a $15 minimum wage recently, the civil rights leader proclaimed that one elected official faced a defining moment straight out of scripture: Vice President Harris.Just as the biblical Queen Esther saved her people, Barber argued, Harris was uniquely positioned to rescue struggling Americans by disregarding an arcane Senate ruling that. The vice president, he and other activists contended, had extraordinary power as the constitutional president of the Senate to overrule the parliamentarian’s ruling on the matter.“She will be remembered...

Mar 6
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Democrats grow more anxious about Pennsylvania

Democrats grow more anxious about Pennsylvania

Joe Biden on Saturday prepared to mount a last-minute, two-day blitz of Pennsylvania, amid concern among some local Democrats about a potential late shift that would threaten his narrow advantage there and mirror President Trump’s 2016 comeback.Most Democrats still believe Biden will capture Pennsylvania, and he maintains a modest polling lead there, but their confidence has eroded in recent weeks with emerging signs of a tightening contest in the state, according to elected officials, strategists and party activists. Both sides believe the outcome in Pennsylvania will be crucial in...

Oct 31
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Biden says he’s ‘not a fan of court-packing’

Biden says he’s ‘not a fan of court-packing’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who for weeks has avoided saying whether he supports , said Monday that he is “not a fan” of the idea that has gained steam in his party’s liberal wing.“I’ve already spoken on — I’m not a fan of court-packing. But I’m not — I don’t want to get off on that whole issue,” Biden said . “I want to keep focused.”Biden has faced growing questions from the news media about his position, and Republicans have criticized his refusal to take a public stance. His remarks went well beyond what he has said in recent weeks, showing his strong skepticism on a...

Oct 13
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Bernie Sanders expresses concerns about Biden campaign

Bernie Sanders expresses concerns about Biden campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is privately expressing concerns about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, urging Biden’s team to intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters.Sanders, the runner-up to Biden in the Democratic primary, has told associates that Biden is at serious risk of coming up short in the November election if he continues his vaguer, more centrist approach, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive talks.The senator has identified several...

September 12, 2020
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Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter. President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost...

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February 21, 2020
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Biden sketches out his would-be administration

Biden sketches out his would-be administration

Joe Biden has committed to choosing a woman as his running mate. He's vowed to nominate an African-American woman to the Supreme Court. And now, he's toying with the idea of creating new Cabinet posts and possibly even naming potential agency secretaries before the election. The presumptive Democratic nominee is sketching out an increasingly detailed portrait of the kinds of people he would surround himself with if he became president. At a moment when the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the country's faith in government and frequently rendered Biden's candidacy a lonely pursuit, his...

April 18, 2020
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