How Governors From Both Parties Plotted to Derail the Senate Health Bill

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, a Republican, at the White House in November. He denounced his party’s health legislation in biting terms, saying that it would victimize the poor and those with mental illnesses, and redirect tax money “to people who are already very wealthy.” Credit Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Readers' best comments: Trump's Twitter storm of the week

In a series of tweets, President Trump both admitted that he had no recordings of conversations with former FBI director James Comey and acknowledged for the first time that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:

I think that when Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope there are no tapes,” he was referring back to when he believed the Obama administration bugged his offices. So the tapes would be those in the hands of the intelligence agencies.

— David Nelson

WAR ROOM Trump’s Not Ready for a Crisis

Inside the 18-acre White House compound, the National Security Council process—making key decisions and overseeing their execution—is still in transition nearly five months after President Donald Trump took office. The sooner this transition concludes, the better for our security. In the long run, getting this transition right is far more important than any of the administration’s discrete decisions that have dominated the news since January 20.

John McCain says Vladimir Putin bigger threat to world than ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees an opportunity under President Donald Trump's administration to crack America’s NATO military pact with its main Western allies, says a former top U.S. diplomat.

"I suspect [Putin] sees an opportunity to do what military force alone could never do, and that is crack the NATO alliance,” Doug Lute, the former U.S. ambassador to NATO in the Obama administration, said on Sunday.

The Republicans have no shame.

Mitch McConnell's Dirty Secret

Senate Republicans are about to upend our entire health care system. Worse, it’s happening in secret.

The public is entirely in the dark. Democrats haven’t seen the bill. The press hasn’t seen the bill. In a bizarre twist, Politicoreported that not even the Secretary of Health and Human Services knows what the Senate is planning.

All we know is that, according to Senator John Cornyn,it will contain 80 percent of what was in the House bill.

Donald Trump investigated for possible obstruction of justice

Donald Trump’s legal problems have intensified after it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate the US President for possible obstruction of justice.

Mr Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

As early as this week, Mr Mueller will interview three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, The Washington Post reported.

Column: Donald Trump is a profoundly incompetent president

What do the directors of the Transportation Security Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI have in common?

Easy question, you may think: They are all important law enforcement officials with roles in combating terrorism. But at the moment, they have nothing in common. Why? Because they don't exist.

The jobs, you see, are vacant. Each has to be filled by presidential appointment, and Donald Trump has felt no urgency in filling them. Only this week did he even offer names for the TSA and FBI.