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GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

McConnell, R-Ky., released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. If three Republicans defect, the party can not reach the majority vote it needs to pass the measure. Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ... Read More »

USA congressman's shooter had list of six lawmakers

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Scalise, No. 3 in the House of Representatives Republican leadership, was shot in the hip and remains hospitalized. His condition has been upgraded to fair . The sheriff said deputies arrived to find Hodgkinson with a hunting rifle on his property where he was apparently engaged in target practice. "The FBI is investigating this shooting as an assault on a member of Congress, and an assault on a federal officer", said Andrew Vale, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's ... Read More »

Medicaid is biggest consumer story in 'Obamacare' rollback

For older people in that income slice, the spike in premiums would be enormous, especially in higher-cost states like Alaska. BRCA is nothing more than a huge tax cut for the wealthiest few, paid for by billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, which serves one in five Americans-including two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes . Read More »

Six insurers to offer plans in Obamacare marketplace next year

Yesterday the Republican leadership in the Senate released a draft bill to replace it, with a vote set for next week. "This is a awful bill", Minnesota Sen. "And I think that we're going to move forward and get this done". Assuming every Democrat is a no vote, the GOP can't afford more than 2 of their own senators to vote against the bill. Read More »

George Mitchell: US Should Not Brace for China on NKorea

They heard stories about his life, rap music he listened to and his habit of shopping for sweaters at thrift stores. More mourners lined the street, with some holding signs of support and pressing the tips of their thumbs together to form a W as a hearse carried away the coffin. Read More »

Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

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Kathleen Rice , D-N.Y., on Friday. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", he said . It's about all they can do. "As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham , a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC. Despondent Democrats were frustrated over the flood of money that went into the fourth losing effort in a congressional race during the Trump presidency, ... Read More »

What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington

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This is a Republican district, and they won it like they should have; just like they won the other two special elections in Kansas and Montana this year. Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Lake Charles

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Usually, Billy Lum said, he moves the collection to the second floor of their house at the start of hurricane season. But meteorologists said it's hard to predict exactly what areas might be hit by repeated bands of heavy rain or how much will accumulate. Read More »

2 arrested in 30-person brawl after NY high school graduation

Damion Walker, 18, and a second person, a juvenile, were arrested at the scene. The fight at Watervliet (wah-ter-vuh-LEET') High School just outside Albany broke out just after 8:30 p.m. When they arrived, Spain said, officers observed about 30 people fighting near the school's parking lot and requested assistance from police in Green Island, Menands and Colonie. Read More »

Cindy heads inland, downgraded to Topical depression

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The National Weather Service is planning to take a look at storm damage in central and south Alabama today. Heavy downpours were expected in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. "It doesn't have dams going down the Mississippi River, so the water going down the Mississippi can be really raging". The storm brings strong winds over the eastern part of the warning area, with storm surges of 1 to 3 feet and some tornadoes. Read More »

Nevada's Heller opposes GOP health bill

The federal government's share of funding for Medicaid , which is jointly run with individual states, would fall over the course of seven years to end up at around 57 percent of the cost of that program, which offers health coverage to the poor. Read More »

We Can Make Peace with N. Korea

Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a com. US President Donald Trump has slammed the incarceration and eventual death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier as "a total disgrace". Ambassador Kye Chun Yong told Indian news channel Wion on Wednesday, 21 June, that a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can ensure smooth dialogue between the United States and his country. Read More »

Lynch: Reduce cost on health plans

Not one Democrat plans on supporting the bill , which means Republicans can only afford to lose two more votes in the Senate or the bill will fail. The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program. Read More »

Senate to vote to repeal Obamacare

Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years, and failure would be a shattering defeat for the GOP . "This bill, unfortunately, it makes things worse for those folks, because it cuts their subsidies and removes some of them from qualifying for subsidies in the first place", said Hanel. Read More »

Smoke in cockpit prompts JetBlue emergency landing

When it was over a plane full of people were standing in the grass at the airport in Charleston, South Carolina, after a scary and unscheduled landing. He said he was pleased with how the crew handled the situation. "The flight attendants were like 'Out, out, ' directing you, telling you get your feet up, and it was like 'wee, ' we got to go down a slide". Read More »

Senate Health Bill: Dayton Disabilities Advocates Raise Alarms Over Medicaid Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Kentucky, said he hopes to bring the GOP bill to a vote before Congress breaks for its Fourth of July recess. The Affordable Care Act took a year and a half to craft, with many amendments at the request of Republicans and endless debate. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a member of leadership, said leaders would talk to the four senators about what would get them to yes. Read More »

Sketch artist recreates Sean Spicer briefing after White House camera ban

CNN's sketch artist, Bill Hennessy , drew a sketch of press secretary Sean Spicer briefing the White House press corps as a substitute for video of the briefing. The White House has come under criticism this week for holding off-camera press briefings. Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders have only held four on-camera briefings in June. Read More »

Franken Among Those Calling GOP Health Care Bill "Cruel"

He said he was "concerned" about Medicaid and would analyze the bill and vote for it only if it is good for Ohio. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill. Read More »

Bodies Of US Sailors Found In Flooded Compartments Of Damaged Ship

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Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, said in a release. Seven U.S. sailors went missing after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship early Saturday off Japan's coast. At around 29,000 tons displacement, the ship dwarfs the 8,315-ton United States warship. Seven members were missing and three injured after the USS Fitzgerald collided with the container ship ACX Crystal . Read More »

CNN sends court sketch artist to off-camera White House briefing

As Mr. Spicer and Ms. Sanders have been trading briefing duties, Mr. Spicer has spoken with potential candidates to take over the daily role at the White House lectern. "We need live press conferences, they have to be documented", Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum said Thursday, according to The Hill . Spicer was asked on Friday afternoon about the rollback in access. Read More »

CNN used a sketch artist at Friday's off-camera White House press briefing

The results of CNN's sketch artist, Bill Hennessy, are actually quite good. The White House Correspondents' Association has met with Trump administration officials to take issue with the current state of briefings at the White House, according to a note sent to the association's members this morning from its president, Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason. Read More »