• Sen. Heller Announces Opposition To GOP Health Care Reform Bill
Sen. Heller Announces Opposition To GOP Health Care Reform Bill

Since leaving that post in January, he's been an outspoken critic of the Republican proposals to dismantle it. The Senate bill maintains much of the structure of the House's but differs in key ways. His record is not flawless, but he commands unquestioned respect from most of his conference, especially after his decision to hold a Supreme Cou...

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  • Rep. Moulton calls for new Democratic leadership
Rep. Moulton calls for new Democratic leadership

House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on a "hard-earned and well-deserved victory", saying in a statement released Tuesday, "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race and Karen would not be defeated". And what's the thing that binds all those groups together? We all want an opportunity to grab the next rung in...

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  • Letter to the Editor: Activists right on Senate health care bill
Letter to the Editor: Activists right on Senate health care bill

No Democrat is supporting the plan which means Republicans can only afford to lose two Republican votes in the Senate or else the bill will fail. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party ", Obama wrote in a Facebook post .

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  • With Health Care Bill, the GOP Is Mounting a Historic Heist
With Health Care Bill, the GOP Is Mounting a Historic Heist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democratic leaders began a series of procedural requests to slow down consideration of the legislation, a discussion draft of which posted shortly before the Senate convened. The battle over resources played into the public debate. But that ended Thursday after Senate Republicans unveiled...

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  • We'll see rain from Cindy soon
We'll see rain from Cindy soon

A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed Wednesday by a log washed ashore by the storm. According to the flash flood watch, in general, 1 and a half to 3 and a half inches of rain is possible across the watch area, with locally heavier amounts, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy combine with a cold front dropping in from the northwest...

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  • Rand Paul would prefer a Senate health bill that repeals Obamacare
Rand Paul would prefer a Senate health bill that repeals Obamacare

Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years. They said GOP characterizations of the law as failing are wrong and said the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher outof pocket costs.

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  • Trump is willing to work with Senate Republicans on health care bill
Trump is willing to work with Senate Republicans on health care bill

Now that the Senate Republican health care bill is public, it is clearer than ever why Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans hid it for weeks. He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions. He released this statement on Thursday after details of the Senate bill beca...

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  • McConnell's Mission: Finding Votes for Senate Health Care Bill
McConnell's Mission: Finding Votes for Senate Health Care Bill

Republicans have been criticised for drafting the Better Care Reconciliation Act in secret. Republicans respond that the bill will be open to amendment on the floor and that health-care policy has been the subject of public debate for years now, obviating the need for legislative transparency.

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  • Why it would be tough for Dems to quit Nancy Pelosi
Why it would be tough for Dems to quit Nancy Pelosi

The House Democratic Leader has few current peers when it comes to pumping money into colleagues' campaigns. Nancy Pelosi is a national treasure and - as I said yesterday - we should all do our part to keep her right where she is. There are, though, reasons to believe Pelosi poses a unique political problem for Democrats. Although, she ...

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  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Slams 'Blood Money' GOP Health Care Bill
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Slams 'Blood Money' GOP Health Care Bill

McConnell was "basically writing it by himself behind closed doors and nobody is ever doing anything good behind closed doors", Meyers said. The bill's rolling back of Medicaid expansion was key point of contention for Heller and Nevada Gov.

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  • Sen. Murphy: Trump's Policy is to 'Do the Opposite'
Sen. Murphy: Trump's Policy is to 'Do the Opposite'

The Cuban government argued that it would only be a retread of the past, and that the Trump administration is not in a position to lecture. And a blanket ban on US transactions with Cuba's military conglomerate would just create opportunities for European, Asian and Latin American investors to fill the gap, depriving the USA of influence and comm...

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  • Second mistrial declared in case against former OH police officer
Second mistrial declared in case against former OH police officer

Tensing , whose first trial also ended in a deadlocked jury in November , had been facing prison on either a murder or voluntary manslaughter charge. Tensing repeated that account for other officers who eventually arrive at the scene. Ghiz read the jury a statement commonly referred to as the Howard charge, which instructs jury members to delibe...

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  • Gov. Sandoval, Sen. Heller Discuss Senate Draft Health Care Bill
Gov. Sandoval, Sen. Heller Discuss Senate Draft Health Care Bill

Northam said in a statement: "Senate Republicans have put a plan on the table to put the health care of thousands of Virginians at risk, and yet, Ed Gillespie has nothing to say". In fact, the first time that Ryan brought up the legislation in March, it was premature, forcing him to yank the bill from the House floor before regrouping to pass it ...

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  • Republicans have 'zero margin for error' to pass the Senate healthcare bill
Republicans have 'zero margin for error' to pass the Senate healthcare bill

The proposal would roll back subsidies that helped poorer Americans pay for insurance. The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.

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  • Forecasters counting tornadoes in Alabama
Forecasters counting tornadoes in Alabama

A viewer tweeted images of a demolished KFC restaurant in Fairfield, which is also a western suburb of Birmingham. Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said one employee of the liquor store was hurt. It is forecast to reach southeastern Arkansas early Friday and Tennessee later that day, the NHC said. WED...

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  • Brendan Dassey wins in federal appeals court
Brendan Dassey wins in federal appeals court

Her charred remains were found in an incineration barrel and a burn pit on Avery's property, about 80 miles (130 km) north of Milwaukee. A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and the appellate court agreed.

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  • Cindy downgraded to tropical depression, but threat isn't over
Cindy downgraded to tropical depression, but threat isn't over

There were numerous reports of waterspouts and short-lived tornadoes spawned by the storm. If you were looking forward to spending some time outside on Saturday , you might want to make alternate plans for the early part of the day as tropical depression Cindy is expected to cause thunderstorms across the NY metro region, forecasters said.

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  • President Trump taunts Democrats over Georgia special election loss
President Trump taunts Democrats over Georgia special election loss

That seat was formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney , who is now Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget. More voters cast ballots in the Sixth District in this race than in the 2014 midterm elections, though that race featured governor, lieutenant governor, and US senator races at the top of the ticket.

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  • Senate Health Care Bill Draws Criticism From Conservative Republican Lawmakers
Senate Health Care Bill Draws Criticism From Conservative Republican Lawmakers

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference. "And we'll see if we can take care of that", Trump said in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday, calling the group of conse...

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  • With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing
With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

For reasons that remain unstated, the White House has recently started holding a good chunk of its press briefings off-camera. So CNN sent Bill Hennessy, who usually illustrates Supreme Court proceedings for the network, to sketch Sean Spicer's latest updates from the Trump administration.

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  • One week. 52 senators. Can McConnell get it done?
One week. 52 senators. Can McConnell get it done?

But in a departure from the House's bill, states can't opt of regulations that now prevent insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their medical coverage. Medical groups are beginning to weigh in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal. U.S. Senate Republicans released th...

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  • Senate healthcare overhaul: Hopes and hurdles
Senate healthcare overhaul: Hopes and hurdles

It's estimated that under the Republican Senate health care plan 75 percent of them would lose some or all of the federal subsidy that helps them pay the premiums. Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens. "There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it...

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  • US Strikes on Syrian Jet, Drone Mean 'Open Complicity With Terrorists' - Moscow
US Strikes on Syrian Jet, Drone Mean 'Open Complicity With Terrorists' - Moscow

The Syrian conflict has transformed from a civil war to a more complex battle involving worldwide players and their proxies. The US official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach Tuesday in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on the SDF near the same area.

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  • Nancy Pelosi lauds her own leadership record after Democratic losses
Nancy Pelosi lauds her own leadership record after Democratic losses

Pelosi was the focus of negative advertising casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate. They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees. And Rep. Tim Ryan criticized Pelosi along with his party's brand and its outreach to voters. Several Democrati...

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  • Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi
Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

In special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4 losing races in Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Kansas. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful a year ago in trying to unseat Pelosi. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chu...

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  • Charlie Dent 'concerned' by Senate health care bill
Charlie Dent 'concerned' by Senate health care bill

Each move he makes to one of the two sides risks losing support from the other. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., certainly sounded less than enthusiastic in his initial remarks on the bill . Section 202 of the bill contains a transitional schedule of tax credits that was meant to serve as a bridge between the old Obamacare system, ending in 2017...

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  • Toomey upbeat about Senate health care bill amid protests
Toomey upbeat about Senate health care bill amid protests

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. The Democrats were critical of Senate Republicans' plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and and it's effect on people living with chronic diseases.

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to tropical depression
Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to tropical depression

The severe weather was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia past year. As a slow-moving tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, Cindy was blamed for one death: authorities said a 10-year-old boy vacationing with relatives on the Alabama coast was struck by a log b...

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  • Expect ideal summer weather on Sunday
Expect ideal summer weather on Sunday

This should be a nice break from the rain from the previous few days. Blame Cindy for the humidity. Tonight: The chance for storms continues into the evening, but it doesn't seem there will be many if they pop up. Wind: NE/SE 5-10. Low: 59. Finishing out the week, we will have rain chances back up to 30% on Thursday and Friday . Show...

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  • Four GOP Senators, including Johnson-WI, withhold support from health care bill
Four GOP Senators, including Johnson-WI, withhold support from health care bill

ACA: Insurers required to cover essential health benefits, such as hospital visits and mental health care. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program.

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  • APNewsBreak: Military heads want transgender enlistment hold
APNewsBreak: Military heads want transgender enlistment hold

Defense Secretary James Mattis will be responsible for taking the final decision when an agreement between the military heads has been achieved. Officials familiar with the talks but not authorized to speak publicly about them told AP that a delay of six months in transgender enlistment appears likely.

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  • In heartbreaking video, girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting
In heartbreaking video, girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting

It took Yanez 38 seconds to asses the situation before shooting Castile 7 times, killing him immediately. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is criticizing the outcome of the trial of the officer responsible for killing Philando Castile , a black man who was shot and killed in Minnesota past year.

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  • It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners
It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

Philadelphia, which was picking No. 1 overall for the second straight year, acquired the top pick in the draft from the Boston Celtics in a trade completed earlier this week. Silver has talked about changing the NBA's limit, saying the current rule that American-born players must be 19 and a year out of high school, but teams seem just fine wit...

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  • Older Americans can't afford health care bill's 'Age Tax': AARP
Older Americans can't afford health care bill's 'Age Tax': AARP

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. McConnell faces a great challenge in amassing the votes to win Senate approval of the bill, which Republicans are trying to pass usin...

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  • Mitch McConnell works to rally GOP votes for Senate health bill
Mitch McConnell works to rally GOP votes for Senate health bill

KODJAK: Those waivers can allow states to drop some benefits required by Obamacare like maternity coverage, mental health care and birth control. "The insurance companies make all the money; all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies".

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