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GOP senator announces deal on health insurer payments

Senate has dealSens Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare.

The deal would extend key Obamacare payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change Obamacare rules.
President Trump had announced he was cutting off the payments last week, a move that many said would raise ObamaCare premiums and lower enrollment.

Firm behind Trump-Russia dossier balks at House subpoena

Devin NunesA political research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia is balking at subpoenas from the House intelligence committee.

A lawyer for the firm questioned the legitimacy of the panel's probe into Russian meddling. Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, said in a letter to the panel Monday that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is acting "in bad faith," and that the subpoenas signed by Nunes are designed to protect President Donald Trump.

TVNL Comment:  Nunes had to recuse himself from participating in the investigation into Russia's connection to the 1916 election.  He still does things like this.  Go figure.

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Corker, Cotton to propose bill changing Iran deal oversight

Sen. Corker and Sen Cotton wnat to change Iran deal oversight

A pair of top Republicans unveiled a plan Friday to carry out President Trump’s expected directive to change a law that requires him to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days.

The bill, from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), is intended to address issues they see in the nuclear deal itself, according to a fact sheet from Corker’s office.

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Republican Senator Asks If Trump Is Recanting His Oath Of Office

Ben Sasse challenges Trump on protecting First Amendment

Following President Trump's apparent threat of the freedom of the press, Sen. Ben Sasse asked if the president was "recanting" his oath to protect the First Amendment.

"Mr. President: Words spoken by the president of the United States matter," the Nebraska Republican said in a Wednesday night statement. "Are you tonight recanting the oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect and defend the First Amendment?"

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Rep. Tim Murphy Urged His Mistress To Have An Abortion, Then Voted To Ban Other Women From Getting One

Rep. Tim Murphy encouraged mistress to have abortion, then voted to stop other women from getting one

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), had urged the woman he was having an affair with to abort her pregnancy during what turned out to be an “unfounded pregnancy scare” in January.

On the same day the report was published, Murphy voted for legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. In fact, Murphy has a history of supporting anti-abortion legislation, from bolstering efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, to voting to grant fetuses protection under the 14th amendment.

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Senate intel committee: Russia interfered in 2016 election

Senate Intel Comm.: Russia interfered in US electionLeaders of the U.S. Senate's intelligence committee on Wednesday said its investigation has found that the Russian intelligence did meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and plans to interfere in future national elections.

Republican Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia disclosed the panel's updated findings at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon.

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Congress Votes On Abortion Ban After Letting Children’s Health Program Expire

Bob Goodlatte (R-W VA) authored anti abortion bill in HouseHouse Republicans are expected to pass a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy ― a move the Trump administration said will “help to facilitate a culture of life.” The move comes three days after Congress allowed a federal children’s health program to expire, potentially leaving millions of poor children without insurance coverage.

The abortion bill, which the House has passed before, would shorten the time period in which a woman can legally seek an abortion, based on the medically unsupported claim that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, authored an op-ed on the anti-abortion website LifeNews.com on Monday touting the legislation.

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