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The Washington Post Sunday - - TAKING STOCK -

House Repub­li­can lead­ers abruptly pulled a re­write of the na­tion’s health-care sys­tem from con­sid­er­a­tion on Fri­day, a dra­matic ac­knowl­edg­ment that they were un­able to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act. “We just pulled it,” Pres­i­dent Trump told The Wash­ing­ton Post in a tele­phone in­ter­view. The de­ci­sion came a day after Trump de­liv­ered an ul­ti­ma­tum to law­mak­ers — and rep­re­sented mul­ti­ple fail­ures for the new pres­i­dent and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). “I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, re­fer­ring to Ryan. In a news con­fer­ence shortly after the de­ci­sion, Ryan con­ceded that his party “came up short.”

Pres­i­dent Trump an­nounced the grant­ing of a per­mit for con­struc­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial Key­stone XL pipe­line, call­ing it “the first of many in­fra­struc­ture projects” that he would ap­prove to put more Amer­i­cans to work. The $8 bil­lion project would span 1,200 miles, con­nect­ing Al­berta’s tar sands crude with pipe­lines and re­finer­ies on the Texas gulf coast that are well suited to han­dle the thick oil.

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