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Cummings: Trump aides admitted to lawyers they used private email

Elijah CummingsA top House Democrat says White House lawyers acknowledged this week that “several” Trump administration officials used their private email accounts for government business in violation of federal record-keeping law.

But Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said the lawyers repeatedly refused to name the officials, and now he’s asking Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to issue subpoenas for the information.

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Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare

Lamar Alexander warns GOP about changing course on Obamacare

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Thursday told GOP colleagues bluntly that their efforts to repeal ObamaCare have failed and urged them to change course.

Alexander said Republicans need to come up with a new path on health care after holding dozens of votes over the years to repeal ObamaCare and always ending in failure.

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Top Twitter lawyer to testify in congressional Russia probes

Twitter lawyer to testifyTwitter will send its acting general counsel to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees in hearings regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a company spokesperson.

Twitter's Sean Edgett will join Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, who is also set to testify at both hearings on Nov. 1, the social media giant said on Thursday.

Google, which was also invited to the hearing, has not yet commented on if it will send a representative to testify. Lawmakers, however, have said that they expect all three companies to attend.

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Flake takes on Trump — and risks it all

Flake takes on Trump and risks it allMost Republicans threatened with primary challenges next year are opting not to criticize President Donald Trump — even those who are privately appalled by his bombastic governing style.

The Arizona senator is the rare incumbent running as an underdog in his own primary and just might be the most vulnerable Senate Republican on the ballot in 2018. But the first-term senator, who refused to support Trump last year, hasn’t backed away since, even as the president threatened to get behind a primary challenger against him.

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Sessions declines to answer questions about conversations with President

Sessions: Mueller did not interview me.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday told senators that he has not been interviewed by the special counsel probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and declined to answer questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump.

Until the president waives any claims to executive privilege, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would not address questions about his talks with Trump concerning the federal investigation into Russian electoral meddling, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and other high-profile issues.

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Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page

Carter PageThe Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed documents and testimony from Carter Page as part of its investigation of Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 election, a source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The committee expects Page will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions, the source said.

It's a dramatic switch for Page, who earlier this year seemed eager to participate in the Senate probe. Page has said he was interviewed by the FBI in March about potential ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russians.

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GOP senator announces deal on health insurer payments

Senate has dealSens Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare.

The deal would extend key Obamacare payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change Obamacare rules.
President Trump had announced he was cutting off the payments last week, a move that many said would raise ObamaCare premiums and lower enrollment.

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