Republican lawmaker resigns from House Freedom Caucus

That did not, however, stop the president's top advisers from deflecting blame.

White House officials have said the administration is moving on to its next big legislative goal: A rewrite of the nation's byzantine tax code. He's done. "We learned a lot about loyalty", the president said.

Now there is talk of Trump making common cause with congressional Democrats.

After coming together to battle President Barack Obama's agenda, the Freedom Caucus had appeared for a while to lose relevance amid the populist movement that swept Trump into office. On Saturday, Trump urged Americans in a tweet to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's program on Fox News that night.

"Now that the jig is finally up on health care, our Republican friends have signaled they will turn to taxes". Who are they, and how much power do they have?

The Club for Growth, which had launched a half-million-dollar ad campaign against the AHCA, said the three phases of Obamacare repeal and replace pitched by the White House could simply be rolled into one bill. "There were some good things in it". "They are still paying attention to special interests, they are still paying attention to getting re-elected as opposed to doing the right thing". "Because it's about protecting their brand or protecting their voting record or protecting their purity with an outside group". And that is the precedent they have set.

The Republican bill would have barred the women's health organization from receiving federal funds in the form of reimbursements for the free contraception it provides for low-income patients. It still didn't work. "But I don't think they're headed in that direction".

GREENE: Well, I don't have to tell you how polarizing this election was. The first one is there just aren't very many moderate Democrats left.

Writing for Axios on Monday morning, Mike Allen reported that senior Republicans have come to view a potential shutdown as "more likely than not". And the Democrats - it's the same way.

The president is not "closing the door on anything" on healthcare, Priebus said. So I think it's certainly worth trying to reach out. "After so many bad years they were ready for a win!" Moreover, the liberal wing of the Democratic base is suspicious of any efforts to work with Trump. It's virtually impossible for us to work with him. Look - governing is hard.

"The losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare", he said. You can't threaten and intimidate and say I'll walk away. "In fact that's where we thought we were going to start". And it will be - it's going to be a challenge.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said on Sunday that there wouldn't be a problem funding the government next month, but Collender urged taking that promise with a grain of salt, saying that the members of Meadows' group have learned not to telegraph a shutdown so far in advance. Trump Russia story is a hoax.

GREENE: OK. Jim Hobart, Republican pollster with Public Opinion Strategies in Alexandria, Va.

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