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It's Up To McCain: Republicans' Last Ditch Push To Repeal Obamacare Gains Momentum

Update from Bloomberg: McCain still on the fence:

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House To Vote On Harvey Aid Bill Wednesday, Senate To Combine With Debt Limit Extension

Appending to an earlier announcement by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to whom the House would not add Harvey disaster funds to any debt ceiling bill, Dow Jones reports that Republican lawmakers are set to vote on the Harvey aid bill on Wednesday, and instead of raising the debt ceiling, they - or rather the Senate - will suspend it, likely kicking the can until some time in December when the whole farce would repeat itself again, although the exact length of the extension remains under discussion.

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In Early Concession, Trump Plans Meeting With GOP, Democrat Leaders

In what appears to be the first major concession to Congressional Republican (and Democrat) leaders from the confrontational, "post-Phoenix rally" Trump, whose vow to "build that Wall" even if it means shutting down the government has spooked markets and sent Oct 12 T-Bill yields surging, Politico reports that the president is quietly organizing a meeting with McConnell and Ryan as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shortly after the August recess ends. The key topics of conversation will be avoiding a federal default and a government shutdown.

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Rand Paul Says Senate Health-Care Bill Doesn't Have The Votes

Senator Rand Paul took to the Sunday talk shows again this week to discuss the fate of Senate Health care bill 2.0., and in news that will surprise almost no one who’s been following along, the conservative Kentucky senator said Sunday on Fox and Friends that he doesn't think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes to pass the healthcare bill in its current form, according to the Hill.

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GOP Leadership To Health-Care Holdouts: "Do You Really Want To Be Remembered For Saving Obamacare?"

With Chuck Todd reporting that as many as eight Republican Senators are leaning toward voting against Trumpcare, the Republicans’ Senate leadership faces a difficult road if it intends to accomplish its ambitious goal of sending the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the week.

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Senate Republicans Trigger Nuclear Option, "Crushing Democratic Blockade" Of Gorsuch

In a historic vote, Senate Republicans on Thursday crushed "a Democratic blockade" - in Reuters' words - of Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, in a fierce partisan brawl, approving a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow for conservative judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday.

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