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Week in politics: Watching for Senate GOP to unveil healthcare bill, plus: is the president under investigation or not?




Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) speaks the media after attending the Senate Republican policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) speaks the media after attending the Senate Republican policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Senators from both parties are growing frustrated as a handful of their colleagues work largely behind closed doors on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

While it’s not unusual for big bills like this to be drafted in private, they are also usually discussed and amended in open sessions. But with a narrow majority and uncertainty about how some in their own party might vote, Republicans seem to feel that keeping things on the down-low gives them the best chance to push their version of the healthcare legislation through the Senate.

Meanwhile, just a few blocks away at the White House, the Trump administration continues to face questions over whether President Trump is under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 election and any ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. One of President Trump’s lawyers made the rounds on Sunday talk shows and said the president was not under investigation, which seemed to contradict President Trump’s own tweet.

We’ll also look at implications for U.S.-Russian relations after U.S. forces downed a Syrian government jet, debate how much of a bellwether the Georgia special Congressional election will be for both parties in the 2018 midterms, see who’s filed the latest lawsuit to against President Trump alleging his business ties violate the Constitution’s emoluments clause and hear reaction to NBC News host Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with conspiracy theorist and Infowars.com founder Alex Jones.

Guest host Libby Denkmann in for Larry Mantle

Guests:

John Iadarola, host and creator of ThinkTank, part of The Young Turks Network; he also serves as a weekly co-host for The Young Turks weekly live show; he tweets @johniadarola

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen