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

Republicans have been criticised for drafting the Better Care Reconciliation Act in secret. Many families who have purchased Affordable Care Act policies have been smacked with skyrocketing premiums and unaffordable deductibles . "I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake and consider that the rationale for action, on healthcare or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did", he ... Read More »

GOP senator blasts Trumpcare for stripping coverage from 'millions of Americans'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private calls. Even President Donald Trump has privately called the House's health-care legislation "mean". Read More »

Critics of Senate health bill hope to sway GOP Sen. Cassidy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, followed by Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, leaves a Republican meeting on healthcare. Obama law: People cannot be denied coverage because of pre-existing medical problems, nor can they be charged more because of poor health. Read More »

Poisonous hemlock spreading in parts of Minnesota


Poison hemlock is an invasive plant native to Europe. The stems are smooth with purple blotches and emit an odor. According to the MDA, the plant is now in bloom in areas of the state. The stems have purple blotches or spots on them and the leaves are fern-like. If the individual is unresponsive or having trouble breathing, call 911. Read More »

McConnell's calculation may be that he still wins by losing

The package represents McConnell's attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to stage next week. "But Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act, and we are", Mr McConnell said . "The Senate bill also cuts funding for Medicare, which weakens the program's ability to pay benefits and leaves the door wide open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers". Read More »

'The View' Doesn't Handle Ossoff Loss Very Well


Media smearing of "the citizen enemy" don't cut it any more . It sounds like a Charlie Daniels song , but instead of Johnny they ran into Republican Karen Handel , who defeated Democrat hopeful Jon Ossoff (shown) in yesterday's special election in the Peach State. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation to Reveal Details Today of Congressional Baseball Shooting in Virginia

He was one of five people wounded in the attack, including two Capitol Police officers. Officials also are running a trace on two weapons, including a rifle and a handgun. Also, his criminal record included a charge of domestic battery in 2006. Hodgkinson's arrest in 1992 by Illinois State Police for suspicion of resisting and obstructing a peace officer also was dismissed. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing United States detainee Otto Warmbier

Mr. Warmbier was arrested in the North in January 2016 while visiting the country on a tourist visa. Some of the evidence at trial was purported security footage of Warmbier removing a political banner from his hotel. "I didn't know he was sick", Rodman says. Revere said it is hard to know for sure whether Warmbier would have served the full 15 years. "I gave them the same advice that I'd given to other families", Revere said. Read More »

Trump Doesn't Want 'Poor Person' Running the Economy

President Trump , who made immigration a major issue during the campaign that ended in his electoral vote landslide, will strengthen "public charge" rules and ensure that they are enforced, the administration said. For example, during the 2016 primary election Trump said : "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs ". White House officials have confirmed that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will join Trump on a tour of the college's agriculture program ... Read More »

Does the country's political divisiness mirror the country's attitudes toward gun control?


As for the Democrats, an overwhelming majority, 82 percent, said they favored stronger gun laws. Compare that with responses in 2000, when two-thirds of those surveyed said they supported gun control measures. "This reflects that the issue has really become more polarized, more driven by partisan attitudes", Parker said. Seventy-three percent said "they would find a way to do it whether they had access to a gun or not" while 27 percent said "they would be less likely to do it if they ... Read More »

Casey heads to Pennsylvania to hammer Senate health bill


The four holdouts, among the Senate's most conservative members, said the plan failed to rein in the federal government's role, highlighting Republicans' struggle to craft legislation to revamp a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the world's largest economy. Read More »

Military Chiefs Want 6-Month Hold on Transgender Enlistments


The Pentagon ended its ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the USA military in 2016, but Carter said at the time that the process would occur in stages in a timetable comparable to the lifting of "don't ask, don't tell", which had banned openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military. Read More »

Tornado flattens buildings, flood threat lingers in southeast


Wth a rising tide, strong southerly winds from Tropical Depression Cindy lash the lakefront Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Mandeville, La. Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to have its greatest impact on Tennessee early Friday morning . A news release Friday said there was minimal damage, but crews are assessing fix needs. "My heart goes out to people having problems especially the kind of problems we have with a tornado or any type of weather that comes through one comes through". Read More »

Sponsors drop 'Julius Caesar' over murder of Trump-like figure

The play has come under fire from one of Trump's sons and Fox News . In lieu of the unconventional Julius Caesar portrayal, on Monday morning, reports surfaced that Delta and Bank of America were pulling their funding for the theater, and since then, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has also distanced itself . Read More »

Dead whale found washed up on beach in Sarasota


While unfortunate, the stranded animal provides an opportunity for scientists to study it in a way they wouldn't be able to otherwise, she said. A 12-foot-long beached pilot whale appeared on the shore of Point of Rocks Beach in Siesta Key early Friday morning, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Read More »

Friday weather: Forecasters issue excessive heat watch


Extremely hot weather in San Diego County's deserts is expected to persist Friday through early next week and temperatures in other inland areas will spike on Sunday. Unlike previous evenings this week, the low overnight will only dip to 60 degrees making it harder to cool off living spaces. North wind 8 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 miles per hour. Read More »

GOP senators confronted at DC airport by spontaneous health care protest

Senate Republicans offered a bill on Thursday to overhaul Obamacare , the next phase in the party's long war against the 2010 law enacted by then-Democratic President Barack Obama . "I have said from the beginning that there is an agreement to be made". "I'm very concerned about the inflator that would be used in the out years for the Medicaid program". Read More »

Prosecutor drops some charges against former USA Gymnastics doctor


On Friday, the prosecution entered Nassar himself into the record using a video recording of an August 30, 2016 interview with Michigan State University Detective Sgt. Prosecutors have dropped some charges against a MI sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting young gymnasts . Numerous women have the same allegations: During the course of Nassar's treatments, the doctor allegedly inserted "his bare, ungloved and unlubricated hand" into the victim's vagina, according to the complaint. Read More »

Milwaukee police officer acquitted in shooting of black man


Just three years later, that career came to a turbulent end. " The jury's verdict is obviously shocking and troubling". Smith family's attorney, David Owens , also announced that a civil lawsuit has been filed against the former officer and the city of Milwaukee, Wisc. Read More »

Air Force 'doomsday' planes damaged in tornado


The planes are used by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State for worldwide visits and maintain all communications, including with the nation's nuclear missile silos and nuclear submarines, in case of an attack. The tornado was fast-moving, said Col. More details as they become available . "Obviously some were damaged". If the aircraft are very badly damaged it is uncertain if the USAF will fix them due to their old age and increasingly expensive operating cost-which was said to ... Read More »

Nancy Pelosi Aides Seek to Drum Up Backing with Supportive Tweets: #StandWithNancy


This week, the widely celebrated Ossoff spent $30 million (including PACs) and won 124,893 votes against Handel. "But I am honored by the support", she said . What is that? Democrats may think the brand is all about diversity, inclusion and fairness. A new analysis by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group shows Trump made huge inroads among the 29 percent of voters who classify as populists - people who feel left behind by what they perceive as a rigged economy and wish Democrats paid more ... Read More »

North Korea denies torturing American Otto Warmbier

U.S. doctors say he suffered a "severe neurological injury" , the most likely cause of which was a cardiopulmonary arrest that had cut the blood supply to the brain. He added that such a long flight from North Korea to OH could make a blood clot even more likely to form or spread to the lungs. The North previously released American detainees it had accused and convicted of crimes against the state on the occasion of high-level visits by USA officials. Read More »

Trump Predicts Quartet of GOP Critics Eventually Will Back Senate Health Bill

But the measure landed in rough seas ahead of a vote that Sen. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday. "The Senate version is even meaner ", Wagner said. Tax credits under the House plan would primarily only be based on age. Medi-Cal, a joint program between the state and federal governments, was expanded under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Read More »