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Senate committee to work on CHIP renewal next month

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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing in September on reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, committee chairman Orrin Hatch announced this morning. That's a pretty tight timeline, considering that the program has to be renewed by Sept. 30 so the funding doesn't expire.

Why it matters: The reauthorization of CHIP is one example of the urgent health care priorities that got shoved to the side while Congress was tied up with the failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, it will have just a month to renew the funding for a program that covers more than 8 million low-income children — and there's no guarantee that senators won't try to attach controversial amendments that could bog it down.

Khorri Atkinson 30 mins ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

Haley Britzky 36 mins ago
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Former Playmate alleges Trump tried to pay her after sex

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal detailed her relationship with President Trump — which he has denied — in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, including the first time she met Melania and how he tried to pay her after the first time they had sex.

The details: The alleged affair took place while he was married to Melania and shortly after his youngest son was born. McDougal said they met while the Apprentice was filming at the Playboy mansion, and began seeing each other "quite frequently." She told Cooper that Trump told her he loved her "all the time," and that there "was a real relationship there."