Is Trump moving to the centre on handguns? Don’t hold your breath

The president seemed ready to take on the NRA but experience should construct us wary of his inconsistency and inability to master detail Donald Trump stunned Washington this week by espousing a series of gun control measures long opposed by the National Rifle Association and most Republicans on Capitol Hill. The predominating question remained how…

fruit cake adornment notionsMarco Rubio: Parkland survivors ‘have done more in five weeks than has been done in 15 years’

Florida senator kudoes students for forcing action on Capitol hill without politicizing Americas gun control debate beyond repair The families of the Parkland shooting victims have done more to legislate gun safety legislation in the five weeks since the 14 February massacre than others have in more than a decade, Florida senator Marco Rubio has…

Senate Republicans feel force of protest … but pass taxation bill anyway

Activists targeted key senators over tax, with sit-ins, phone calls and other lobbying endeavors, while net neutrality campaigners have Verizon in their sights Tax bill pass Senate … but only after activists make their voices heard Senate Republicans ultimately managed to pass some legislation on Friday night, in the form of their much-criticized tax bill…

Rand Paul Fast Facts

( CNN) Here’s a look at the life of Rand Paul, US senator from Kentucky. Birth place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Birth name: Randal Howard Paul Other Facts: Timeline:

Senate Republicans admit defeat in latest effort to repeal Affordable Care Act

Senate leaders admitted they did not have the votes to pass a bill, hours after Trump railed against certain so-called Republicans for refusing to vote for it The latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act died on Tuesday as it became obvious they did not have the votes to pass a bill that…

Physicians can’t ignore politics. Our patients’ lives are at stake | Farzon Nahvi

Our patients depend on us for their care we must help them get onto, whether that comes in the form of pill or policy If all politics is local, then Washington’s healthcare debacle has brought politics to the front stoop of every healthcare provider in America. There is no escaping it- debates taking place on…

‘ Move fast and break things ‘: Trump’s Obamacare failure and the backlash ahead

Republicans suffered a devastating defeat on Obamacare. But the pulling of the American Health Care Act could be a blessing in disguise for Trump The James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House was crammed as usual but there was an extra frisson of suspense. As the press secretary, Sean Spicer, walked to…

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

The House and Senate have only days to forestall a government shutdown, while also coping with a chairman impatient to assert victories in his first 100 days After 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…

Treasury secretary exhorts Senate to pass Puerto Rico bill before next debt default

Jack Lew alerts debt crisis in US territory will ratchet up if it defaults on$ 2bn pay on Friday as Senate expected to vote on bill afterward this week The US Senate must take immediate action to address Puerto Ricos $70 bn indebtednes crisis, Treasury secretary Jack Lew said on Monday, days before the near…

Obama seems to expand background checks for handguns with executive action

White House tells it is also exploring so-called firearm show loophole as House Democrats push to have federal forbidding on gun violence research funding lifted Barack Obama has ordered officials to draw up an urgent new plan to strengthen background checks on handgun purchasers without the approval of Congress. The president has asked his advisers…