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House GOP Heads Into Health Care Vote ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’
Regardless of outcome, Republicans will walk away with losses

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been trying to woo undecided Republicans to support the health care bill as a do-or-die vote approaches on Friday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The outcome of Friday’s House vote to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is not certain, but one thing is: All parties to the Republican negotiations will walk away with some losses.

After a marathon few weeks of debate over the health care measure, President Donald Trump decided he was done dealing and urged the House to vote on the measure and let the chips fall where they may.

Democratic Strategist Explains Party’s Redistricting Plans

Ep. 42: Democrats, Finally, Select a Chairman
The Big Story

For four long months, Democrats have debated what to do to get out of the political wilderness. This weekend, the Democratic National Committee votes on who will be its next chairman, putting that person in a position to weigh in on the party's next move.

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Opinion: Ten Days That Shook the World
Since Nixon, presidents have governed with reverence for office — until now

President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon are pictured in the Oval Office last Saturday as Trump speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It was one of those small, but instructive, stories about fate and character in politics that you hear late at night on the campaign trail and never forget.

Flying across Florida in late 1995 in the midst of his first bid for the presidency, Lamar Alexander (or Lamar! as he was known then) reminisced about why as a young man he abruptly left the Richard Nixon White House after just 18 months to go back to Tennessee.

Tim Ryan Vows to Be One-Term Minority Leader if Democrats Lose in 2018
‘We have a lot more support than we thought,’ Ohio Democrat says of Pelosi challenge

Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan is running against California Democrat Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan said in an interview Tuesday night that if he’s elected House minority leader next week and Democrats don’t take back the majority in 2018, he won’t run again for a second term. 

“This is about winning. If we’re not winning then we shouldn’t keep people in their jobs,” the seven-term congressman told Roll Call, explaining his decision to challenge Nancy Pelosi for her long-held leadership post. “If we don’t win the House back in two years, I won’t run. That just needs to be the standard.”

Trump Says He’s ‘Seriously Considering’ Carson for Housing Secretary
Ex-presidential candidate had previously withdrawn from consideration for a cabinet post

Ben Carson is under serious consideration for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he is seriously considering Ben Carson to serve as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, despite Carson having previously declined interest in a cabinet post.

“I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD,” Trump said in the tweet. “I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!”

Pelosi Supports Expanding Elected Democratic Leadership
Proposals would open door for younger members to join leadership

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is welcoming proposals to expand the elected Democratic leadership and designate positions for more junior members. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues late Monday night outlining a set of “consensus changes” to expand the elected leadership of the Democratic Caucus and reserve some of the positions for more junior members.

The four suggested changes, which the California Democrat said “one group of members” presented, are: