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Trump's Cuba policy changes "very appropriate", says Sen. Rubio


Trump also demanded the freedom of political prisoners and the return of American Fugitives including the cop killer Joanne Chesimard . and surrendering to political and economic freedom. Rhodes also called out Florida politicians "who will go down in history having embraced Trump and hurt Cubans", pointing to an Associated Press report that Trump's posturing had pleased US opponents in Cuba . Read More »

Samuel DuBose Murder Trial Ends With Hung Jury


In the wake of a second mistrial , Audrey DuBose, the mother of Sam DuBose , released a statement on the family's behalf demanding another retrial and urging for peaceful protests. The second trial's jury announced it was deadlocked on the fifth day of deliberation, surpassing the amount of time the jury took in the first trial to determine an outcome in the case, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported . Read More »

Ernst: "No Comment" on Senate Health Care Bill

The current ACA requires health plans to cover 10 "essential benefits", including ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, and mental health and substance use disorders. The Senate draft loosens these requirements by making it easier for states to get waivers to drop areas of coverage. The U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled its version of a replacement for the Affordable Care Act , and the bill includes additional cutbacks for Medicaid when ... Read More »

Fifth GOP Senator says he won't back AHCA

She was asked about the bill's impact on lower-income Iowans now covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act eliminates the individual mandate requiring people to purchase health insurance. Read More »

Boy Killed As Cindy Hits Gulf Coast


Gulf Power employees fix a power pole that snapped, Wednesday , June 21, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The severe weather, which was blamed for recent coastal flooding in the Deep South, tornadoes and one death, is rumbling closer to the densely populated East Coast. Read More »

Making a Murderer Inmate Scores a Legal Victory


Dassey received a favorable ruling from the federal judge in November of 2016 , with the court ordering that he be released and his conviction vacated. Lawyers for Brendan Dassey , one of two men featured in the Netflix series " Making a Murderer ", say they'll take immediate steps to secure his release now that a federal appeals court says his confession was improperly obtained. Read More »

Flash Flood Watch Through Friday


John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy . The weather service did a preliminary survey of damage immediately following the Jefferson County tornado and gave it a rating of EF-2 with estimated maximum winds of 120 miles per hour. Read More »

76ers take Fultz, Lakers select Ball to start NBA draft

Fultz is the all-but-certain first pick in Thursday night's National Basketball Association draft and wore shoes made of — what else? He's already learned about life at the trade deadline. All-Stars and Olympic champions such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler are front and center in trade talk that usually isn't this heavy until February. Read More »

Democrats Ask 'What's Next?' After Republican Congressional Victories


Other Democrats said their candidates performed well in Republican districts, signs that Trump's unpopularity will boost their chances in national congressional elections next year. Last night Republicans won two special House elections in Georgia and in SC. Democrats say Jon Ossoff's showing means they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground. Read More »

Sen. Dean Heller Is the First Moderate "No" on Trumpcare

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor. "We said that what we need to do is fix the things that are wrong with the ACA and that is the exchanges, costs went up too high in exchanges and a lot of reasons for that, including, sabotage by Trump and also by Republicans", Franken said. Read More »

Health insurers says Senate bill's Medicaid cuts to hurt states


McConnell said a fresh CBO score was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor. The 142-page Senate health care bill revealed Thursday was written in secret by 13 white men with little or no expertise on health care issues and no advice from doctors, hospitals or health economists, let alone from the public. Read More »

White House Correspondents Unhappy With Limits on News Briefings

Sketch artist Bill Hennessy normally draws Supreme Court proceedings, and has also illustrated the Clinton impeachment proceedings , hearings for Guantanamo Bay detainees and other high-profile trials during his decades-long career. Off-camera briefings occurred in previous administrations, but often among regular televised sessions with the press secretary. Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders have only held four on-camera briefings in June. Read More »

Clearly, Congress must act on Obamacare mess

Perhaps the most sweeping move, however, is that the Senate plan follows the House lead in completely changing how the government pays for health care for the poor and the disabled - and goes even further. Yet it still would force those states, including Nevada to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage. Read More »

LARRY HOGAN: GOP Health Care Plan Does Not Work for Maryland

Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said: "Millions of Americans would lose health insurance coverage under this plan". Read More »

GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

On Twitter, Trump said he was "very supportive" of the bill. Trump had said that he hopes the health care legislation will have "heart", but what Republicans in the Senate produced on Thursday is as heartless as the unpopular House plan - and, if passed, it will mean a world of pain for millions of Americans, many of whom supported this president in last year's election. Read More »

Flash flooding expected through Saturday morning

Our rain chances will ramp up later Friday afternoon and evening as that cold front combined with the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy moves right over our region. "This is definitely the worst I've seen it so far". Water will only go down from here. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds. Read More »

West Virginia: Cindy's remnants raise flood threat

Kerner said he issued the call for a voluntary evacuation as a precaution. Streets and yards in the town were covered and Kerner anxious that homes, even those in parts of town protected by levees, might be flooded. "We are not done with the threat yet", Stefkovich added. Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths. Read More »

Chuck Todd: Pelosi Is a 'Pretty Big Drag' on Democrats' Electoral Chances


The minority leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, and almost 30 of his Democratic colleagues sped to the floor to lambaste the 142-page health care bill that was released less than an hour before by Republicans . His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi a year ago, at $592,500. Ossoff regularly attempted to deflect questions about whether he would back Pelosi in the House, saying he hadn't given it any thought. Read More »

Local lawmakers weigh in on Senate GOP healthcare bill

Dean Heller and Susan Collins have also withheld support. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement Thursday saying that the bill targets NY and threatens to slash an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funding, leading to cuts to hospitals, nursing homes , and home care providers. Read More »

Nowthen girl, 1, expected to survive after grandmother backs over her


She is expected to survive her injuries. The girl, who is nearly 1, was in the backyard with her mother, when her mom stepped inside and left the child momentarily unattended. The grandmother did not know the child was there and hit her when she backed up. Deputies removed the baby from under the vehicle and she was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Read More »

Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt drafted by Buffalo Sabres

Mittelstadt was named the 2017 recipient of the Mr. Hockey Award after closing out his prep career by leading Eden Prairie High School to the state tournament for the fourth-straight season. Casey Mittelstadt is the highest-drafted Minnesotan in more than a decade. Two other Minnesota hockey players were drafted Friday night. Poehling, a rising-sophomore and forward at St Cloud State, went 25th to Montreal. Read More »

FC Cincinnati's next Cup game to be televised on ESPN2


FC Cincinnati has announced their next U.S. Open Cup Game against the Chicago Fire of the MLS will be nationally televised on ESPN2. More than 18,000 tickets have been sold since public sale opened this week. "We look forward to showing off our great city as the hottest new soccer market to the rest of country next Wednesday". Should Chicago advance to the quarterfinal round, they would travel to face the victor of Miami FC (NASL) and Atlanta United FC (MLS). Read More »

Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy threaten U.S. southeast with flooding

A log stuck and killed a boy Wednesday on the beach in Alabama in the first fatality associated with Tropical Storm Cindy , according to officials. National Weather Service forecasters said the storm had dumped from 2 to 10 inches (50 to 250 millimeters) of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as of Wednesday. Read More »