Politics: As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses

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As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses
Senate Republicans are casting the House legislation as a mere stating point amid growing anxiety over its provisions.
Analysis
Why did Trump win? More whites — and fewer blacks — actually voted.
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Decoding HHS Secretary Price’s spin on the American Health Care Act
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Obama calls on lawmakers to show ‘courage’ in health-care fight
The former president, in Boston to receive the Profile in Courage Award on the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, called on Republican and Democratic lawmakers to stand up for vulnerable Americans and to ensure they do not lose access to care.
 
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Trump’s revised travel ban faces legal challenges in courtrooms on both coasts
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Trump congratulates Macron on his ‘big win’ in France
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Plan to gut drug czar’s office not a done deal, White House chief of staff says
Trump remains committed to fighting the opioid crisis, Reince Priebus says.
 
‘Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,’ GOP lawmaker says. He got booed.
“I was responding to a false notion that the Republican health care plan will cause people to die in the streets, which I completely reject,” Rep. Raúl Labrador, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement.
 
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Analysis
Democrats’ two biggest opponents ahead of 2018 may be time and themselves
Democrats says Republicans will “pay the price” in the midterm for the health-care bill, but their internal divisions stand in the way of a strong campaign.
 
Analysis
Can Republicans sell their health-care plans to a skeptical public?
The legislative journey is far from finished, and the political battle over the House bill is gathering force.
 
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