July 28, 2017

7-28-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

Alaska Dispatch News reports that Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan received calls from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke warning them that Tuesday’s procedural vote on health-care legislation threatened Alaska’s relationship with the administration. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that he plans to introduce legislation that would prevent President Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, adding that if Trump goes after Mueller, it could be “the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.” The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to the scouting community for Trump’s political remarks at the National Jamboree on Monday. In an interview with Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Trump’s public criticism of him is “hurtful,” but that Trump is a “strong leader.”

Washington Brief

  • Russia’s Foreign Ministry ordered the United States to reduce the number of diplomatic staff it has in Russia by Sept. 1. A Kremlin spokesman said Moscow decided to retaliate before President Donald Trump receives the sanctions bill passed by the Senate on Thursday. (USA Today)
  • By a 49-51 vote, the Senate rejected a slimmed-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) casting the decisive vote. Trump said in a tweet that the three Republicans and 48 Democrats who voted against the measure “let the American people down.” (The New York Times)
  • The House voted 235-192 to pass a $789 billion spending package that includes funding for a wall to be built along 70 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. (Politico)
  • In a profanity-laced interview, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and threatened to fire all administration staff who leak information to journalists. (The New Yorker)

Top Stories

  • Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona this weekend, where he will begin a “regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy” to treat his aggressive form of brain cancer, his office said Friday. His office said he plans to return to Washington after the August recess. ( The Arizona Republic)
  • North Korea test-fired a second ballistic missile Friday, one that experts believe puts the American mainland in range of a strike. The country conducted its first ever intercontinental ballistic missile test over July Fourth weekend. ( The Wall Street Journal)
  • A White House official confirmed that letting Obamacare “implode” is President Donald Trump’s preferred path after senators failed to pass a pared-back repeal plan early Friday morning. Some Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already pushed for work on bipartisan health care legislation. ( Roll Call)

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