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Senate GOP seethes at Trump impulsiveness

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Top GOP officials and senators say White House chaos and impulsiveness are crippling efforts to expand the Republican Senate majority in 2018, unraveling long-laid plans and needlessly jeopardizing incumbents.

There's a widespread sense of exasperation with the president, interviews with nearly two dozen senior Republicans reveal, and deep frustration with an administration they believe doesn’t fully grasp what it will take to preserve the narrow majority or add to it.

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Vote on Senate health care bill delayed amid lack of support

Mitch McConnell delays health care voteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators he is delaying a vote on the GOP health care bill until after the Fourth of July recess because he does not have the votes to move it to debate, two senior Senate Republican aides told ABC News.

Earlier today Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told ABC News: "I expect to have the support and get it done ... and yes, we will vote this week."

At least five Republican senators said they had opposed the procedural vote on the GOP health care plan, effectively blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor.

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Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell's Office

Disabled protesters removed from McConnell's officeCapitol Police removed protesters, many of whom are disabled and wheelchair-bound, from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., office after text of the GOP Senate health care bill was released Thursday.

Protesters organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a non-profit for people with disabilities.

Video of the protest shows the protesters being carried away by police officers as they chant. Empty wheelchairs remained in the hall after the arrests, the video shows.

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Rep. Steve Scalise undergoes third surgery after shooting

Steve Scalise to have three more surgeriesHouse Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., underwent his third surgery on Thursday and remains in critical condition after a shooting during baseball practice.

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday released details about Scalise's condition, saying the bullet fractured his bones and tore through internal organs.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding," the statement said. "He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion."

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Congressman Steve Scalise others shot at Alexandria, Va., baseball practice

Alexandria Virginia shootingA gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional team practice Wednesday, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among the wounded, authorities said.

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A Republican congressional baseball team was practicing on a suburban Virginia field Wednesday when a gunman opened fire.

Capitol Police officers were at the practice when the shooting began and quickly returned fire, spokesman Matthew Verderosa said. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and two of them joined the gunfight.

TVNL Update: The guman, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, has died of his injuries from police officers on the scene.

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Senate Republicans back off proposed restrictions on media

Senate GOP takes back media blockSenate Republicans on Tuesday quickly backed away from a proposal to restrict media access in the Capitol after an angry backlash from reporters and an emergency meeting between the Senate Rules Committee and the media gallery directors.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) sent out a statement around lunchtime clarifying that there would not be a rules change, only a discussion about how to ensure safety as the Capitol hallways have become more hectic because of growing crowds of journalists.

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Senate Republicans crack down on press access

Senate Republicans limit press accessSenate Republicans on Tuesday shocked the Capitol with an apparent crackdown on media access that immediately drew criticism from reporters and lawmakers.

Reporters were told they would no longer be allowed to film or record audio of interviews in the Senate side hallways of the Capitol without special permission.

They were also told that they would need permission from senators, the Senate Rules Committee, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms or the Senate Radio and TV Gallery, depending on location, before conducting an on-camera interview with a senator anywhere in the Capitol or in the Senate office buildings, according to a Senate official familiar with the matter.

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