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Russian news agency denied permanent congressional press pass: report

Russian news agency denied permanent press passRussian state-owned news agency Sputnik has been denied a permanent congressional press pass by the Congressional Periodical Press Gallery committee, Politico reported Friday.

According to press gallery rules, members cannot "act as an agent for, or be employed by the Federal, or any State, local or foreign government or representatives thereof." An official cited in the report stated that no state-owned news agency is a member.

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House Republicans Finally Pass An Obamacare Repeal and Replacement

Trump Care passesAfter years of promises and months of delays, House Republicans passed their version of an Obamacare repeal and replacement Thursday, muscling the far-right legislation through their chamber by feverishly pressuring moderates in the closing days.

Republicans passed the bill 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting “no” and not a single Democrat voting in support.

But what seems like a victory for House Republicans may ultimately be their downfall.

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Congress reaches deal to fund government through September

Kevin McCarthyOn Sunday, the 101st day of President Donald Trump's administration, congressional negotiators reached a deal to fund the U.S. government through September, government officials said.

Congress, facing a May 5 deadline, is expected to vote this week on the $1.5 trillion spending package.

Politico reported it includes $12.5 billion for defense and $1.5 billion for non-wall border security.

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Freedom Caucus endorses Obamacare repeal compromise

Freedom CaucusThe House Freedom Caucus — the conservative group that sunk House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement last month — has officially endorsed a new compromise on the bill, delivering a fresh burst of momentum to the GOP's efforts to do away with the Democratic health care law.

The group of three-dozen lawmakers said in a statement that an agreement negotiated by caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Tuesday Group co-Chairman Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) assuaged their previous concerns about the bill. The White House has been pressing Republicans to broker a compromise.

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Flynn may have broken law, say Oversight leaders

Flynn may have broken the lawFormer national security adviser Michael Flynn may have broken the law by taking money from Russia and Turkey without permission, the top lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday.

“As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told reporters Tuesday. “It appears as if he did take that money, it was inappropriate — and there are repercussions for the violation of law.”

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Former U.S. officials to testify at May 8 Senate hearing on Russia probe

Former US officials to testify in Moscow probeTwo former U.S. officials, intelligence director James Clapper and deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, will testify next month in a Senate investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday.

Four congressional committees are investigating the issue after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of the Democratic political groups to try to sway the election toward Republican Donald Trump. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

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Congress returns to face daunting tasks: avoid a shutdown and an angry Trump

Congress returns to possible shut-downAfter two weeks away, the 535 members of Congress return to Washington this week facing a critical deadline: they have five days to keep the government from shutting down, on the 100-day milestone of Donald Trump’s presidency.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans are united in their determination to keep the lights on. But it’s unclear how they will navigate the competing interests of their parties and the White House to find a solution that the three sides can support.

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