Senate will now take on health bill, and outlook is far from certain

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke after the Senate voted to consider the GOP health bill.

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After winning a dramatic initial vote, Senate Republicans will see if they can pass a bill, but were met with an early setback Tuesday night.

Senator John McCain spoke the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

In rousing speech, McCain urges Senate to return to bipartisanship

“Let’s trust each other,” said McCain, who returned to the Senate to vote despite a diagnosis of brain cancer.

The Senate, which applauded John McCain after his speech, voted to allow debate to begin on a proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

What did the Senate just vote on? And what’s next?

The Senate just voted by a razor-thin margin to debate the health care bill.

Senator John McCain returned to the US Senate Tuesday.

John McCain’s return echoes Ted Kennedy’s final days, but mission is far different

The two senators were both diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer, and both headed to Washington for critical votes.

Elizabeth Warren spoke to supporters outside the Senate.

Warren speaks out on health care from steps of Capitol after Senate vote

Speaking with a megaphone to a group of protesters, Warren said the fight to retain the Affordable Care Act was a test for the country.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Will Jeff Sessions keep his job? ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump says

“I am disappointed in the attorney general, he should not have recused himself,” President Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

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Senator Susan Collins of Maine arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

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Caught on hot mic, New England senators unload on Trump

Susan Collins of Maine and Jack Reed of R.I. discussed the federal budget — and the president’s lack of familiarity with governing.

Collins on congressman who slammed her: ‘He’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable’

“I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable,” the Maine senator said of Blake Farenthold in comments caught on a hot mic.

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Trump tweet takes aim at Alaska senator over health vote

President Trump said Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska “really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!”

Romney, long out of the political fray, takes to the water

Well, Romney sure looks relaxed.

Will Jeff Sessions keep his job? ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump says

“I am disappointed in the attorney general, he should not have recused himself,” President Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Boy Scouts, in spotlight after Trump’s speech, say they are ‘wholly nonpartisan’

The president mentioned his electoral college victories in Michigan and Pennsylvania and asserted that ”we” could use more loyalty, the second point of the Scout law.

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