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Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in southwestern Louisiana

Between Wednesday and Thursday morning, the storm could bring up to 12 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and Louisiana . NEW ORLEANS (AP ) - A suspected tornado near Birmingham , Alabama , flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday , while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide - two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast. Read More »

Senate GOP health bill

In that case, Senate leaders plan a workaround. "Now, because of the way Obamacare is designed, Iowans face tremendous uncertainty and anxiety about even having access to a plan in 2018", he said. Bailey says, as a poorer state, Kentucky risks losing the coverage and health gains it has tallied under the Democrats' reforms, which were enthusiastically embraced by former Gov. Read More »

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Some from states that have expanded have battled to delay the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly. Feds pick up a generous share of the cost, no less than 90 percent. MANDATES TO CARRY HEALTH INSURANCE Obama law: Requires those deemed able to afford coverage to have a policy or risk fines from the IRS. McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOP toward achieving perhaps their fondest goal ... Read More »

Georgia vote says more about Trump now than House in '18

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They managed to win, but by margins significantly slimmer than their predecessors. "So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you're saying?" the California Democrat remarked dismissively to reporters when asked why she should stay on as leader. Read More »

White House to negotiate tax overhaul behind closed doors

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Aide Kellyanne Conway got into the spirit when she tweeted , "Laughing my #Ossoff". As President Donald Trump celebrated Republican victories in two special congressional elections on Wednesday, one man who advised presidents from both parties warned the results "should be a wake-up call for Democrats " that Trump could be on his way to re-election in 2020. Read More »

Dead as Tropical Storm Makes Landfall in Louisiana

The Houston area was expected to get a couple inches of rain through Thursday . The Greene County Herald reports that rising waters could threaten homes and public buildings, including an elementary school. North Georgia is bracing for a heavy onslaught of rain over the next few days and through the weekend - the swan song of Tropical Depression Cindy . Read More »

Trump Doesn't Want Poor People Running the Economy

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The President's administration also includes billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin, and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn as chief economic adviser. Rather, what Trump was looking for were people who were filthy stinking rich ; indeed, in some cases, it appeared that being rich was the only prerequisite for the gig . Read More »

19-year-old woman found dead at Braintree hotel

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Upon arrival officers discovered the body of a woman, identified only as a 19-year-old from Lawrence. This is an ongoing and active investigation, said police, which includes a review of surveillance video. The district attorney's office could not be reached for further comment. "The safety and security of guests and colleagues is a top priority at Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree, and the hotel is taking appropriate precautions in an effort to ensure that guests and hotel employees remain in ... Read More »

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

Chrysann is now anxious about her own future, telling me that it seems like the Republican plan is not about taking care of people, but about "survival of the fittest". By invoking obscure "Rule 14", Senate Republicans plan to bypass all public hearings and committee votes and ram their bill through Congress by the end of June. Read More »

Corker, Alexander still reviewing health care bill

Later on Thursday, Paul announced that he and three fellow Republican senators would soon announce their opposition to the bill as written. The Senate's legislation follows the House of Representatives version , which passed the lower chamber six weeks ago. Read More »

Pantless perp exposes self to girls in Palo Alto

When he asked if she knew where "the community swimming pool" was, the girl told him she didn't know and proceeded down the street, police said. 911 dispatch received a call about the incident at 6:11 p.m. The suspect is described as a thin white man, driving a newer-model, light-colored four-door sedan. Investigators have released a sketch on the suspect made with help from the 16-year-old girl who met with a police artist on Thursday, according to police. Read More »

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

Obamacare greatly expanded Medicaid and mostly paid for it, allowing states that accepted the funding to provide coverage to millions of low-income Americans who couldn't afford it before. Wyden argued that the Senate bill is a "con" that would strip vulnerable people of insurance. Governors might be expected to loudly protest these Medicaid cuts , but the Senate bill delays the harshest cuts until 2025, after the current governors are gone. Read More »

Obamacare replacement bill runs into Republican trouble

House and Senate Democrats reacted similarly after Republicans in the upper chamber revealed the first draft of their health care repeal Thursday morning. The new bill will let states use waivers to ignore some coverage requirements, although coverage will be less affordable overall. "I hope we're going to surprise you with a really good plan", he said in Cedar Rapids. Read More »

Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill — CHART

More than half a dozen GOP senators have expressed problems with the measure, and a defeat would be a humiliating setback for Trump and McConnell on one of their party's top priorities. But Scott predicted there was "a long way to go" before concluding whether it could pass. Sen. Bob Corker (Tennessee) - The Senate Foreign Relations Chairman said he's not "happy or unhappy" about the bill and that he's going to go back and read it. Read More »

FBI says shooting of GOP lawmakers not an act of terrorism

Investigators cannot determine if Hodgkinson, 66, specifically targeted U.S. House members but uncovered a great deal of anti-Republican views from his social media pages. The group of lawmakers and staffers on the field last week were practicing for a charity game against a team of Democrats that was played the next day and raised over $1million. Read More »

Former Wisconsin Officer Who Fatally Shot Sylville Smith Acquitted on Homicide Charges

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The acquittal of Heaggan-Brown comes only days after the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who killed Philando Castile in Minnesota last July. Smith was killed in August 2016 after fleeing a traffic stop. The defence argued the officer was acting in self-defence, with one witness - an expert in the use of force by police officers - testifying Mr Heaggan-Brown acted in "accordance with his training" and was responding to a "deadly threat". Read More »

It's 'not a health care bill'

The Senate bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act ", would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "We're bigger than NY with more people on Medicaid and they get $23 billion from the fed government", said Scott, a former health care executive. Read More »

LIVESTREAM: FBI to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise continues to improve after being shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice last Wednesday, CBS News reports. Hodgkinson of IL. "Thank you for the continued prayers, support and outpouring of love". McHenry tweeted pictures of Vice President Mike Pence donating blood on Tuesday. Read More »

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

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But she eventually ran off, leaving the worker with both the pole and a swollen arm, cops said. Authorities say she then tried to leave the store with the pole, but was chased by an employee, who wrestled the pole away from her. Mall security was unable to locate the suspect. A search of the building was unsuccessful. The woman is described as a black woman who stands at 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. Read More »

Assessing the Impact of the Senate GOP Health Bill

The plan gets rid of those mandates. The part of the Senate bill that deals with the individual insurance market and the A.C.A. marketplaces is in some respects Obamacare-lite. Medicaid is a state program but it relies on funds from the federal government to support those who need the services. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is among a handful of Republicans opposed to the party's replacement bill for Obamacare . Read More »

Ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Democrats

President Donald Trump sent a video message to the game, highlighting Scalise who remains in critical condition on Thursday after several surgeries. Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". Read More »

What GOP Opposition To Senate Health Care Bill Means For Its Passage

Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. The plan would also give tax credits based on income. Republicans hold 52 out of 100 seats in the Senate and the latest bill is created to thread the needle to find an agreement between the party's conservative and more moderate wings. Read More »