Senate GOP health bill clears a big hurdle after dramatic showdown

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: Sen. John McCain (L) (R-AZ) returns to the U.S. Senate accompanied by his wife Cindy (R) July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. McCain was recently diagnosed with brain cancer but returned on the day the Senate is holding a key procedural vote on U.S. President Donald TrumpÕs effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The vote came amid the backdrop of Senator John McCain’s return to the Senate to cast a vote on allowing the measure to proceed.

Senator John McCain returned to the Senate on Tuesday.

In rousing speech, McCain urges Senate to return to bipartisanship

“Let’s trust each other,” said McCain, who returned to the Senate to vote despite a diagnosis of brain cancer.

The Senate, which applauded John McCain after his speech, voted to allow debate to begin on a proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

What did the Senate just vote on? And what’s next?

The Senate just voted by a razor-thin margin to debate the health care bill.

Senator John McCain returned to the US Senate Tuesday.

John McCain’s return echoes Ted Kennedy’s final days, but mission is far different

The two senators were both diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer, and both headed to Washington for critical votes.

Elizabeth Warren spoke to supporters outside the Senate.

Warren speaks out on health care from steps of Capitol after health care vote

Speaking with a megaphone to a group of protesters, Warren said the fight to retain the Affordable Care Act was a test for the country.

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos KatopodisTASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images

Will Jeff Sessions keep his job? ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump says

“I am disappointed in the attorney general, he should not have recused himself,” President Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

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Senator Susan Collins of Maine arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Caught on hot mic, senators unload on Trump

Susan Collins of Maine and Jack Reed of Rhode Island discussed the federal budget — and President Trump’s lack of familiarity with governing.

Collins on congressman who slammed her: ‘He’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable’

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While the Senate debates health care, Mitt Romney is . . . waterskiing?

Well, Romney sure looks relaxed.

Boy Scouts, in spotlight after Trump’s speech, say they are ‘wholly nonpartisan’

The president mentioned his electoral college victories in Michigan and Pennsylvania and asserted that ”we” could use more loyalty, the second point of the Scout law.

Nearly 100 people arrested in protests over health vote, Capitol police say

Officers responded twice to Senate visitor galleries and once to the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday afternoon.

House OK’s Russia sanctions that would curb Trump’s power

The House voted to strengthen sanctions against Russia and prevent President Trump from unilaterally lifting penalties.

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