Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill

The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was’t enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. “While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully

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Mnuchin vows ‘biggest tax cut’ in US history, confirms plan to slash corporate rate

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday that the Trump administration aims to lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, saying a forthcoming proposal will constitute the “biggest tax cut” for Americans in history. “This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country,” Mnuchin said, as administration officials prepare to outline Wednesday afternoon what he described as “principles” of their tax plan. Mnuchin, speaking at a Washington forum hosted by The Hill, would not reveal many specifics but confirmed that they want to lower the corporate rate to 15 percent, from 35 percent. “I will confirm that the business tax is going to be 15 percent,” he said. “[Trump] thinks that’s absolutely critical to drive growth.” He said small businesses would benefit from that. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comMnuchin also said the administration wants to “do the whole

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Trump’s First 100 Days, Results Are Mixed, Agenda Was Packed.

President Trump’s first 100 days in office had all the hallmarks of a chief executive’s approach: Busy, brash and bold.   Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com As the president nears the benchmark on Saturday, he has compiled a record big on action, but mixed on results. Trump has sought to manage expectations, mocking as “ridiculous” the 100-day yardstick that dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had signed a staggering 76 pieces of legislation by the time he reached it. FDR’s legacy of out-of-the-chute productivity has cast a long shadow over all of his successors, and Team Trump is well aware of it. “In office, President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt,” the White House said in a Tuesday statement accompanied by a list of executive orders and other actions the fledgling administration has taken. Well before he took

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The Democrat’s Strategy of Smear Campaign and Attacking Trump isn’t Changing

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In New Jersey, a candidate running for governor compared the Trump camp to Nazis. In Virginia, a doctor running for governor fired up a gathering of Democrats by calling Trump a “narcissistic maniac,” while his primary opponent called Trump’s victory a “political and constitutional Sept. 11.” Former first lady Michelle Obama may have rallied Democrats during last year’s presidential campaign by saying “when they go low, we go high,” but attacking the unpopular President Donald Trump has become an essential element in Democratic campaigns in the country’s two contests for governor this year. The races are among the first high-profile displays of how Democrats are campaigning in the Trump era and could be a harbinger of their strategy in the midterm elections in 2018, when the president’s standing with voters could sway elections. “It almost feels like it’s Vietnam War time. We haven’t seen this in

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Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing

The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, amid escalating tensions over the country’s missile tests and bellicose rhetoric. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers. It is rare for the entire Senate to be invited to such a briefing. Spicer clarified that while the event will take place on the White House campus, it is technically a Senate briefing and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the one who convened it. The briefing, first reported by Reuters, was confirmed after President Trump earlier spoke to the leaders of

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Dems say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday. “If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday in a conference call with reporters, referring to Democratic and Republican budget negotiators. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed. She said that while Trump had promised during his campaign to build the barrier, “He did not promise that he would take food out of the mouths of babies” and cut programs for seniors, education and the environment to pay for it. She called the wall an “immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal.” Democrats timed their call to mark the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, which falls

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President Trump Nearing 100 Days in Office, Busy Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is Saturday. That’s the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day. Despite Trump’s dismissal that the 100-day marker is “artificial,” the White House is planning a packed week of activities leading up to Saturday. Trump will sign executive orders on energy and rural policies, meet with the president of Argentina and travel to Atlanta for a National Rifle Association event. Top aides will also fan out around the country to promote the administration. Aides stressed on Sunday talk shows that funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border

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Trump visits Walter Reed military hospital — then gives wounded vet top award in surprise ceremony

President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on Saturday to visit with wounded military servicemen and personally award the Purple Heart to an Army sergeant who recently lost half his leg in Afghanistan. The Purple Heart medal went to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was wounded in action in Afghanistan on March 17, according to the Associated Press. The Purple Heart is awarded to any military service person wounded or killed in combat. “When I heard about this I wanted to do it myself,” Trump told Barrientos during the brief ceremony. Barrientos’ wife, Tammi, and first lady Melania Trump were also present at the ceremony.   Pres. Trump awards Purple Heart to Army Sgt. Alvaro Barrientos, who was recently wounded in Afghanistan https://t.co/Xucpktr8ji pic.twitter.com/RhZaQbugwY — ABC News (@ABC) April 22, 2017 The award ceremony came during Trump’s first visit to Walter Reed, which is

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Pelosi: Dems could win back House in 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she thinks Democrats can win back House control in 2018. Asked Thursday by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith if there are enough winnable districts for Democrats, Pelosi replied, “Yes, indeed.” She said there are more than 40 seats held by the GOP that are considered more favorable to Democrats than the suburban Atlanta district where Democrat Jon Ossoff came within 3 points of winning an all-party primary on Tuesday. Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which became vacant after former Rep. Tom Price became Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been held by the GOP for nearly four decades, but Trump only won it by one point in 2016. Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off again in a June runoff. House Democrats have declined to publicly predict outright that they will win back the lower chamber in next year’s midterm elections. Rep. Ben Ray

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Senator expects Supreme Court resignation ‘this summer’

Mere days after Justice Neil Gorsuch was seated on the Supreme Court, restoring the panel to full strength, a top Senate Republican said the court could soon be down a member once again – in turn giving President Trump another big appointment. “I would expect a resignation this summer,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Iowa’s Muscatine Journal. Grassley, R-Iowa, said there was a “rumored” retirement in the offing, though he wouldn’t disclose which justice was considering stepping down. Grassley’s comments echo those made in February by fellow Judiciary Committee member and former Supreme Court litigator Sen. Ted Cruz. “I think we’ll have another Supreme Court vacancy this summer,” said Cruz, R-Texas. “If that happens, as much as the left is crazy now, they will go full Armageddon meltdown.” Grassley predicted any new Supreme Court nominee would come from the list of potential justices put forward

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