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Late Friday afternoon, minutes before they were supposed to fulfill eight years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans choked and pulled their bill amid resistance from both the party’s conservative and moderate wings and fears a floor vote would go down in flames.

President Donald Trump, after demanding a Friday vote less than 24 hours previously, agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan that the bill be pulled.

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 36,000 registered voters in Kansas are being asked to cast their ballots at new polling stations during the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory, prompting concerns that confusion could suppress turnout.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable.

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Two former Trump campaign advisers have offered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the election.

Carter Page, who advised President Donald Trump's campaign on foreign policy, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, both told CNN Friday that they want to address allegations that they communicated with Russian officials before the committee.

The development comes hours after committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, also offered to be interviewed.

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Another moderate Republican, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), came out against the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday afternoon, just a few hours before the House was set to vote on the legislation.

"My prior votes to repeal all or parts of Obamacare underscore what I have long argued - we need a better healthcare system," he said in a statement. "After listening to constituents, business leaders and medical professionals throughout my district, I came to the conclusion the American Health Care Act was not a better solution."

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Rep. Barbara Comstock's (R-VA) office confirmed Friday that the congresswoman would vote against the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a blow to House leaders scrambling to whip enough votes to pass the bill.

Comstock's vote was first reported by the Washington Post's Jenna Portnoy, and Comstock's office confirmed to TPM that the congresswoman would not back the American Health Care Act.

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