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GOP feels betrayed by White House: Trump’s ‘heart was not in the healthcare battle’

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Republicans in Congress feel like Pres. Donald Trump hung them out to dry this week by never committing to an all-out push to pass the party’s healthcare bill, which was intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare.

Politico reported Saturday that in the wake of the bill’s ignominious end on Friday when it was pulled before going to a vote, some Republicans feel that the Trump White House set them up for failure.

“Their heart was not in the healthcare battle,” said one House Republican who declined to be identified. “Think about the level of intensity on the executive orders for the travel ban, or on the wiretapping claims. He certainly checked the boxes on healthcare, to his credit. But it’s self-evident there was not a certain level of intensity devoted to this.”

Trump and his aides insist they gave their all to the fight. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a Saturday email, “The president and vice president left everything on the field… They were making calls and having members to the White House all week. In total, we spoke or met with over 120 members of Congress.”

Resentments were further inflamed on Friday when photos surfaced of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner romping on the ski slopes of Aspen, CO as House Republicans furiously tried to whip up enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act. Kushner is purported to be one of the administration’s level heads and one of the president’s key advisers.

House staffers and other Republicans who spoke with Politico said that the president has done lip-service to the Obamacare repeal, but in meetings about the bill he seemed distracted, disengaged.

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“Halfway through that meeting, he stopped to talk about Gorsuch,” the anonymous Republican official said. “His mind was bouncing around. I never felt they were dialed into this.”

Trump’s seemingly flippant attitude in the wake of the bill’s failure — he told the New York Times he’s “ready to move on” — has further alienated GOP officials who have had questions about the president’s conservative bona fides since he joined the party as a primary candidate.

The ex-reality TV star turned chief executive has had plenty to distract him over the last week. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey announced that the administration’s 2016 campaign is under federal investigation for collusion with the Russian government. Comey also said there is no evidence to support the president’s claims that former Pres. Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Towers.

Former Trump transition team member and House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes embarrassed himself and the White House on Wednesday by attempting to give the administration political cover with making vague revelations that members of the Trump team were “incidentally surveilled,” but later in the week had to walk those statements back.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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Shell-shocked manufacturers hammer Trump’s plan to impose sweeping new China tariffs: ‘We’re barely profitable now’

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According to a report from the Washington Post, President Donald Trump is considering yet another wave of tariffs aimed at China, which has American manufacturers and farmers stunned after the economic battering they have already sustained during his trade wars.

The Post reports that the Trump administration is considering new tariffs on virtually all imports from China, which is receiving major pushback from representatives attending hearings being held by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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