The Trump Administration is trying to restart talks with the House of Representatives on the defeated health care bill, with senior aides reaching out to Capitol Hill in recent days. But those talks don't appear to be bearing any fruit just yet—and the prospect of a breakthrough after last week's legislative debacle appears to be slim. In a meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators Tuesday evening Trump expressed a desire to continue negotiating on the subject, but those comments are being brushed off by both sides of the aisle as empty talk for the news cameras. Instead, the White House and Capitol Hill are shifting gears to tax reform and infrastructure, but those bills are a ways away from being ready for prime time. Instead, Trump is resorting to what are essentially stall tactics: highly visible events and statements that don't actually accomplishment much. The President is highly conscious of how he is perceived by the public, particularly on cable news, so he and his staff have sought out opportunities to use the trappings of the White House to their advantage.
Congress rolled back a Federal Communications Commission rule barring broadband providers from selling data on their customers' browsing habits to advertisers, sending the bill to Trump's desk for his signature. Privacy advocates are up-in-arms about the development, while industry groups see $$$.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped out Tuesday night in San Francisco at a conference for businesswomen and struck a defiant tone about the Trump Administration and the work left undone because of her defeat in November. Clinton pledged she will continue to speak out even though she lost her bid for the Oval Office.
The House Intelligence Committee's inquiry into Russia's meddling in 2016 is quickly being sidelined by the Senate's probe, but don't ask the White House, which believes the issue is settled. Karen Pence's role as her husband's confidante gets a closer look. And Kushner faces rare fire.
"I know that we are all going to make a deal on health care. That's such an easy one. I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly." — President Trump to a bipartisan group of Senators Tuesday night just days after the GOP healthcare bill failed
"If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection." — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Tuesday