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Collins to vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy bill, likely dooming it

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Collins to vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy bill, likely dooming it

Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced this evening that she will vote “no” on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, becoming the third Republican to do so and likely dooming the GOP’s late…

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What to know about the Republican runoff for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat

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What to know about the Republican runoff for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Tuesday, Alabama Republicans will vote in a primary runoff for the Senate seat previously occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.A first round of voting failed to yield a majority for a single candidate. Now the …

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White House sidesteps questions about Trump’s profane language on anthem protesters

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White House sidesteps questions about Trump’s profane language on anthem protesters

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders deflected questions Monday about the specific words employed by President Donald Trump to describe NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, saying only that it’s “a…

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Republicans introduce conservative DACA fix that offers path to citizenship

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Republicans introduce conservative DACA fix that offers path to citizenship

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two Republican senators have introduced a new bill that addresses the status of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, potentially offering them a 15-year path to citizenship.The bill,…

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Supreme Court removes arguments on previous travel ban from calendar

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Supreme Court removes arguments on previous travel ban from calendar

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After President Donald Trump issued a new proclamation Sunday prohibiting or limiting travel from eight countries, the United States Supreme Court removed cases related to the previous travel ban from its calendar.The a…

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What’s different about the revised Graham-Cassidy bill

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What’s different about the revised Graham-Cassidy bill

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The authors of the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare have released a revised version of their health care legislation after spending the weekend finessing the numbers in their bill with the hope o…

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Trump says issue of NFL players kneeling ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump says issue of NFL players kneeling ‘has nothing to do with race’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump asserted Monday that his criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem “has nothing to do with race.”

Rather, the president said the issue is “respect for our country, flag and national anthem.”

Trump appeared to be responding to critics who say his slam of players who kneel in protest is about race.

The president sparked the controversy at a rally Friday night when he declared that football team owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out,'” the president said. in Huntsville, Alabama, before a largely white crowd.

The president’s comments spurred a strong reaction by NFL players and owners, with many players kneeling or locking arms during the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday as a rebuke to him.

Kneeling during the anthem was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 preseason, a practice he said was to protest against the treatment of blacks in the United States. Kaepernick is black.

The president on Monday continued hammering his argument that kneeling during the national anthem is unpatriotic.

“It is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem,” he tweeted. “NFL must respect this!”

The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

He also returned to his claim that NFL fans don’t support the player protests.

Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

Trump also sought to contrast the NFL with NASCAR, whose fans he said wouldn’t “put up with disrespecting our country or our flag,”

So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017

But one of NASCAR’s biggest stars staked out a different position that Trump. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted Monday morning that all Americans have a right to protest peacefully.

All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017

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Americans back DACA by a huge margin (POLL)

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Americans back DACA by a huge margin (POLL)

Ethan Miller/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A vast 86 percent of Americans support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, with support crossing the political spectrum. Two-thirds back a deal to enact …

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Jared Kushner used personal email to communicate with White House officials

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Jared Kushner used personal email to communicate with White House officials

Zach Gibson – Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has used a private email account to communicate with White House staffers, his attorney confirmed to ABC News.”Mr. Kushner uses his…

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Mnuchin questions reported cost of flying on military jets

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Mnuchin questions reported cost of flying on military jets

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sought to defend his controversial use of military jets for domestic business travel and challenged ABC News’ reporting that it costs $25,000 an hour to operate the aircraft by suggesting the network check those figures with the Pentagon.

Pentagon documents show it costs $25,000 per hour to operate the Air Force’s C-37 jet — the same jet that flew Mnuchin from New York City to Washington D.C. on August 15.

“You can check with the Pentagon, because that’s not what they charge,” Mnuchin told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz. “But it costs a lot of money,” he added.

According to Mnuchin’s spokesman, it appears the secretary was referencing the reimbursement rate the Pentagon charges outside agencies to fly on its aircraft — which is about $10,000 an hour.

While that figure is also accurate, it doesn’t change the fact that it costs the Air Force — and therefore the American taxpayer — $25,000 an hour to operate the aircraft.

See DoD’s hourly cost to OPERATE one of these C-37 (Gulfstream equivalent) military jets vs. the reimbursement rate @stevenmnuchin1: pic.twitter.com/7mG4B1zL9h

— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) September 24, 2017

However, Mnuchin said in his interview that cost is “not the point,” adding that he needed to fly on a military jet in order to make a secure phone call.

“I had a secure call that day that was critical, and set up, and needed to be done at that time,” Mnuchin said. “And that’s why I used the plane.”

Mnuchin’s travel habits — including a business flight to Kentucky during the solar eclipse and a request for a military jet to take him and his wife on their European honeymoon, are under review by the Treasury Department’s inspector general. Mnuchin says he welcomes the review and denies any wrongdoing.

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