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Sally Yates is about to change the subject in Washington


Former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta, will testify before U.S. senators this afternoon about warnings she gave to the Trump Administration that contacts with the Russian ambassador by national security advisor Mike Flynn, who was later sacked, had made the top advisor to President Donald Trump a security risk.

WSB Radio will be livestreaming her testimony here. We’re betting other outlets will do the same, or more. From an advanced look posted earlier this morning:

Yates’ blockbuster turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to rouse congressional inquiries into Moscow’s impact on the election. It will also give the Georgia native a national stage on which to tell her side of the story for the first time since she was fired by the Trump administration in January for refusing to defend the White House’s refugee policy in court.

 

 

Monday’s hearing, however, is expected to focus on an action of hers a few days before she was fired.

 

 

Yates had reportedly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others in the administration about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and that his contact could put him in danger of being blackmailed.

President Donald Trump is clearly not happy with the prospect of Yates’ testimony, which steps on continued celebration of last week's House Republican passage of a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Exhibit A:

And Exhibit B:

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Here's a headline you don't see very often. From today's Washington Post: A political boy wonder, Macron is France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte

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Health Secretary Tom Price took his star turn on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday to defend the House health care bill's treatment of Americans with pre-existing conditions, calling the Obamacare repeal a "better way" to cover those illnesses.

Pressed by Andrea Mitchell on a coalition of health groups and other advocates who oppose the measure, Price said it said it would allow "for every single person to get the access to the kind of coverage that they want." He continued:

Look, nobody wants folks who have a pre-existing illness or injury not to be covered. We want to make certain that we can do it at a lower price and [with] broader choices for patients. So that again, they're able to see the doctor that they want to see. They're able to go to the hospital that they want to go to, and to the clinic that they want to go to, not that Washington forces them to participate in.

Asked whether the plan would raise the "costs on the sickest people," Price said the House plan would capture more of the 20 million or so who have sought to avoid Obamacare's mandates. Said Price:

The fact of the matter is that if those individuals who are sicker, who are older, who are poorer, they will get larger subsidies so that they're able to gain the kind of coverage that they need and want for themselves and for their family. Our desire is to make certain that we have a system that works for patients, not for government, not for insurance companies, but for patients. That's the goal.


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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.