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    Senate Rejects Slimmed Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No

    Senate Rejects Slimmed Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No


    Vice President Mike Pence arriving at the Capitol late Thursday. He was not able to save the measure with a tiebreaking...

    The party’s senators trimmed their vision of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but three Republicans turned on the bill in the dead of night.
    Trump to Revive Push on Immigration Crackdown on Long Island Trip

    Trump to Revive Push on Immigration Crackdown on Long Island Trip


    President Trump at the White House on Thursday. On Friday, Mr. Trump will demand the denial of grant money to so-called sanctuary cities that do not assist the federal authorities in detaining undocumented...

    Lacking major legislative wins and besieged by White House infighting, the president will remind his supporters of his commitment to a campaign promise.
    Congress Reaches Deal to Avert Shutdown of Veterans’ Health Choice Program

    Congress Reaches Deal to Avert Shutdown of Veterans’ Health Choice Program


    The Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Congress agreed to a deal that would save the department’s program that pays for private doctor visits for...

    The program, which pays for veterans to see private doctors instead of being wait-listed for V.A. care, passed despite opposition from veterans’ groups.
    Sessions Calls Trump’s Remarks ‘Hurtful’ but Pledges to Press On

    Sessions Calls Trump’s Remarks ‘Hurtful’ but Pledges to Press On


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March. He defended his recusal from the government’s Russia inquiry in an interview...

    In an interview with Fox News, the attorney general defended his choice to recuse himself from the Russia investigation and said he remained committed to doing his job.
    House Approves Spending Package, Border Wall and All

    House Approves Spending Package, Border Wall and All


    A view of the metal fence between the United States and Mexico taken in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua state, in February. New Mexico is on the other side of the...

    The nearly $790 billion spending package marks Republicans’ latest plan to keep the government funded — and comes right before they head home for recess.
    Trump Seeks Way to Declare Iran in Violation of Nuclear Deal

    Trump Seeks Way to Declare Iran in Violation of Nuclear Deal


    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, which launched a missile into space on Thursday, drawing objections from the State...

    The president is frustrated that his national security aides have not given him any options on how the United States can leave the Iran nuclear accord.
    In One Day, Trump Administration Lands 3 Punches Against Gay Rights

    In One Day, Trump Administration Lands 3 Punches Against Gay Rights


    Demonstrators outside the White House after President Trump announced on Wednesday that he intended to bar transgender people from serving in the...

    Activists called Wednesday the White House’s “anti-L.G.B.T. day” after it barred transgender people from the military, intervened in an employment suit and nominated a gay rights opponent as an ambassador.
    With State Finances Shaky, Kansas Governor Prepares to Step Down

    With State Finances Shaky, Kansas Governor Prepares to Step Down


    Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas in Topeka on Thursday. He has been nominated by President Trump to serve as an ambassador at large for international religious...

    Gov. Sam Brownback has accepted a job with the Trump administration. His departure will be an anticlimactic turn for a man who once had presidential aspirations.
    Putin Derides Sanctions and Trump Investigations as ‘Boorishness’

    Putin Derides Sanctions and Trump Investigations as ‘Boorishness’


    Russian President Vladimir V. Putin derided the U.S. sanctions against Russia during a state visit to Finland on...

    Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, said he considered the threats to increase sanctions and various probes underway in Washington “an increase in anti-Russia hysteria.”
    Transgender People Can Still Serve for Now, U.S. Military Says

    Transgender People Can Still Serve for Now, U.S. Military Says


    Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Paris this...

    The military’s policy is unchanged until the White House alters the rules, a top Pentagon official said a day after President Trump announced that the armed services would bar transgender members.

    Scaramucci and Trump Bring Trash Talk to West Wing


    The blunt lingo of President Trump and his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, can sometimes sound like a cross between “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall...

    The blunt lingo of President Trump and his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, can sometimes sound like a cross between “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
    White House and G.O.P. Leaders Reach Deal on Principles of Tax Overhaul

    White House and G.O.P. Leaders Reach Deal on Principles of Tax Overhaul


    Speaker Paul D. Ryan in Washington on Thursday. Republicans said they planned to heed the lessons from their health care legislation efforts and use a more conventional process to get a tax bill...

    Republican negotiators hope to pass the first major revision of the tax code since 1986, after dropping a contentious border adjustment tax on imports.
    Right and Left React to Trump’s Transgender Ban

    Right and Left React to Trump’s Transgender Ban


    President Trump in Ohio almost exactly a year after accepting the G.O.P. nomination...

    Read about how the other side thinks: Writers across the political spectrum on the president’s barring of transgender people from military service.

    What Is the Health Care ‘Vote-a-Rama?’


    Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor for The Times, explains the voting and amendment process that the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act must go through...

    Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor for The Times, explains the voting and amendment process that the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act must go through next.
    Iran Reports Successful Launch of Missile as U.S. Considers New Sanctions

    Iran Reports Successful Launch of Missile as U.S. Considers New Sanctions


    A Simorgh satellite-carrying missile being launched from an undisclosed site in Iran on Thursday, according to the Iranian Defense...

    The missile test is likely to infuriate President Trump but is not prohibited under the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States.
    Banking Regulatory Nominees Back Fewer Financial Restrictions

    Banking Regulatory Nominees Back Fewer Financial Restrictions


    Joseph Otting, left, who has been nominated to be comptroller of the currency, and Randal Quarles, nominated to be the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman of supervision, appeared Thursday before the Senate Banking...

    President Trump’s nominees to oversee large banks said in a hearing that the government should roll back some post-crisis strictures.
    What if Trump Ordered a Nuclear Strike on China? I’d Comply, Says Admiral

    What if Trump Ordered a Nuclear Strike on China? I’d Comply, Says Admiral


    Adm. Scott H. Swift, the commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday. He answered questions at Australian National University in Canberra on...

    Faced with an apocalyptic hypothetical question, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet reiterated the principle of civilian control of the military.
    Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

    Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal


    A demonstrator protested outside of senators’ offices on Capitol Hill this...

    As Republicans seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, scores of former Obama aides who helped create the law are fighting to save it.
    Wider U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Risk Biting Both Countries

    Wider U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Risk Biting Both Countries


    Oil from Venezuela accounts for roughly 10 percent of American...

    President Trump has promised tougher measures against the oil-exporting country if it goes through with elections on Sunday. But that could raise gas prices in America.
    Woman in Charge at Border Patrol Hopes to See More in Ranks

    Woman in Charge at Border Patrol Hopes to See More in Ranks


    In April, Carla Provost became the first woman to head the Border...

    Carla Provost’s elevation to the top job was a milestone in the Border Patrol’s 93-year history, but women are still only about 5 percent of agents.