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‘By the power of Beyoncé – we command you!’: #HellerVoteNo campaign deluges GOP healthcare holdout

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Nevada Senator Dean Heller (R) said on Friday that he could not vote for the Senate’s “Obamacare Repeal” bill without revisions, sparking hopes among those who hope the bill fails to reach the required number of votes to pass.

The Washington Post said Saturday night that Heller took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by surprise when he announced that he could not support the current bill, particularly in light of its long-term cuts to Medicaid.

“It also prompted a Republican super PAC to plan a seven-figure advertising campaign in Nevada to pressure Heller — raising the specter of an ugly intraparty fight that could serve as a harbinger of the political clashes to come during next year’s midterm elections,” wrote the Post‘s Sean Sullivan, Robert Costa and Kelsey Snell.

On Twitter, President Donald Trump jumped into the fray on Saturday to pressure Senate Republicans to pass the bill.

As rumors flew that the group America First Policies paid $250,000 to get #HellerVoteYes to trend on Twitter via bots and paid PR, the hashtag #HellerVoteNo began to trend.

Heller is currently being deluged with messages from people who will lose their health coverage if Obamacare is repealed and insurance companies are allowed to discriminate against women, children and people with pre-existing conditions.

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The #HellerVoteNo hashtag is generating thousands of tweets. Here is a sampling of just a few:

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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