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    Andrew Harnik / AP

    What the GOP Doesn't Understand About Its Own Voters

    When it comes to health care and entitlements, the party’s policies don't always align with its coalition’s beliefs.

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  • Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

    A Top Rohrabacher Aide Is Ousted After Russia Revelations

    Paul Behrends, a controversial staffer associated with the California congressman’s pro-Russia stances, was pushed out of his role on a subcommittee after questions were raised about a recent trip to Moscow.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump Criticizes Sessions Over Russia Recusal

    In an interview with The New York Times, the president said he never would have chosen his attorney general if he knew he would end up recusing himself from the ongoing federal inquiry into the 2016 election.

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    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Trump Tries for an Obamacare Repeal Revival

    The president bought some more time for the Republican health-care effort, but he hasn’t changed any minds yet.

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    Carolyn Kaster / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Repeal and Dismay

    The Congressional Budget Office projected that repealing Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured by 32 million over the next decade.

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    Suspensions for College Students Who Thwarted Free Speech

    Claremont McKenna punished multiple campus activists who shut down an event featuring a pro-police speaker—but were those punishments justified?

  • David Goldman / AP

    Where Republicans Are Losing Ground

    Ahead of the midterms, Democrats may have the chance to attract a broader-than-usual coalition of voters—especially among American women uneasy about President Trump.

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission Has Its First Meeting

    The Kris Kobach-led effort faces at least seven federal lawsuits and claims of voter suppression as it moves to set its agenda.

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  • The Presence of Justice
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    The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions expanded the controversial police practice on Wednesday by rolling back Obama-era reforms.

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    Larry Downing / Reuters

    Is Closing Guantanamo Still Conceivable?

    Former officials of both parties have endorsed the goal. But the 41 inmates left there have reason to wonder if they'll ever leave.

  • Congress
    Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    The Paradox of Mitch McConnell's Repeal-Only Vote

    The Senate majority leader is punishing and rewarding senators all at once—in ways that diminish everybody in his caucus other than himself.

  • Congress
    Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Jeff Sessions Treads on the Property Rights of Americans

    The Attorney General announced that the Department of Justice will engage in more civil-asset seizures, a practice many conservatives have recognized as a deplorable abuse.

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    Terray Silvester / Reuters

    Should Indian Reservations Give Local Cops Authority on Their Land?

    To combat crime on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the tribe is considering partnering with area law enforcement. But the proposal would need to overcome members’ wariness of state encroachment on their sovereignty.

  • What Congressional Republicans Really Think About Trump and Russia

    Even as alarm has reached fever pitch among Democrats, most in the GOP see the reaction as little more than partisan noise.

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Russian Anti-Sanctions Campaign Turned to California Congressman

    U.S. diplomats were concerned about Russian outreach to House Republican Dana Rohrabacher while on a trip to Moscow last year.

  • Reuters

    The Other Putin-Trump Meeting

    The U.S. and Russian presidents met for a second, undisclosed time at the G20 summit, though it’s not known what they discussed.

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    Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: My Vote Will Go On

    After the GOP health-care plan was stalled by GOP opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will instead hold a vote “in the near future” to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it at a later date.

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    Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Repeal, Replace, or Delay?

    With the latest draft of his Obamacare replacement defeated by Republican Party holdouts, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is re-upping an old strategy. But it’s hard to see why senators would sign on.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    It's (Still) Never Trump's Fault

    With the latest collapse of the Obamacare repeal, the president has wasted political capital, squandered a reputation for dealmaking, and shown himself to be a poor strategist and tactician.

  • Gary Cameron / Reuters

    Mitch McConnell Vows Obamacare Repeal Vote in the 'Near Future'

    The Senate majority leader doesn’t appear to have the support necessary to pass a repeal-only bill, but seems determined to press ahead without it.

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    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Donald Trump and the Danger of 'Adhocracy'

    The president has opted for a chaotic style of governing that reinforces his weaknesses and increases the chances of major blunders.