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Republican Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s Campaign Paid His Son Nearly $300,000

Duncan paid son $300K during capaignForget questions about the Trumps—a Tennessee politician has been lavishing the funds from his campaign coffers on family members long before the first family moved into the White House.

Rep. Jimmy Duncan Jr., a Republican congressman who represents Knoxville, has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign money into his family members and their businesses since at least 2013, campaign finance filings first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel reveal.

The payments included hundreds of thousands to an apparently non-existent company registered to Duncan’s son, who previously pleaded guilty to a felony relating to the alleged misappropriation of government funds.

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Graham unloads on Trump: Blind spot on Russia 'undermining his entire presidency'

Llindsey Graham unloads on TrumpA senior Senate Republican on Sunday said President Trump’s plan to work with Russia on cybersecurity is “pretty close” to the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump’s Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “disastrous” and said the president has a “blind spot” on Russia.

“When it comes to Russia I am dumbfounded, I am disappointed, and at the end of the day he’s hurting his presidency by not embracing the fact that Putin is a bad guy,” Graham said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”

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Rep. Scalise being treated at hospital with one of worst safety ratings in D.C. area

Scalise in poorly related hospitalThe Washington hospital where Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise was taken for his gunshot wounds last month has scored extremely low in safety ratings, including for infections which the House majority whip is now being treated for.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center scored a D in hospital safety ratings by Leapfrog Group and just two out of five stars in the ratings done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

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Scalise back in intensive care, condition listed as 'serious'

Scalise back in intensive careHouse majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, is back in intensive care after suffering bullet wounds during a shooting last month.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.

The hospital said that another update on Scalise's condition will be released Thursday.

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House panel approves repeal of U.S. military powers enacted in wake of 9/11

House panel approves repeal of war powersA House committee on Thursday passed an amendment to repeal broad war-making powers approved by Congress in the aftermath of 9/11 that have allowed the U.S. military to take various actions overseas in the years since.

The House Appropriations Committee, led by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., passed the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the measure when it was introduced in September 2001.

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Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

17% approve of health billAmericans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate's health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove, while about a quarter said they hadn't heard enough about the proposal to have an opinion on it.

With mounting defections within the GOP caucus over the bill, leaders decided to delay a vote on the legislation until after Congress returns from next week's July Fourth recess.

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Senate GOP seethes at Trump impulsiveness

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Top GOP officials and senators say White House chaos and impulsiveness are crippling efforts to expand the Republican Senate majority in 2018, unraveling long-laid plans and needlessly jeopardizing incumbents.

There's a widespread sense of exasperation with the president, interviews with nearly two dozen senior Republicans reveal, and deep frustration with an administration they believe doesn’t fully grasp what it will take to preserve the narrow majority or add to it.

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