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Trump Says He Doesn't Want Poor People in Cabinet Roles

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He also vowed he would eventually get funding for a border wall with Mexico, possibly with solar panels attached, despite congressional refusal thus far. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by a 52.13 percent-47.87 percent margin. He slighted wind-power as a reliable energy source - "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes" - even though Iowa is the highest producer of wind energy in the US, accounting for nearly a third of ... Read More »

Soros calls for May to keep Britain in single market

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Mrs May said: "What I am going to be setting out today is clearly how the United Kingdom proposes to protect the rights of European Union citizens living in the UK and see the rights of UK citizens living in Europe protected". "We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit ", Barnier said, citing the rights of European Union citizens in Britain and the possible impact on the open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Read More »

Battle over European agencies threatens to disrupt EU unity

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He told ITV last month that it would be "wholly illogical" not to negotiate Britain's future trading relationship with the European Union at the same time as negotiating divorce procedures. But the impact of the depreciation doesn't last long and credit ratings agency DBRS says that whatever the shape of the Brexit deal, uncertainty "is likely to adversely impact the economy and the fiscal accounts". Read More »

EU says Brexit citizens issue not about 'generosity'

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Mr Tusk said that while the European Union could not replace governments in fighting home-grown militants, it could put pressure on technology firms to act against "content that spreads terrorist material or incites to violence". The UK is expected to take a more minimalist approach. The EU thinks the Luxembourg court should be the arbiter of disputes over citizens' rights , an idea that is toxic to Tory backbenchers - though cabinet ministers have struck a markedly less combative tone ... Read More »

Schatz: GOP health bill 'disastrous,' won't help our country

In the same way, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor "the way this law cuts social security is heartless". Collins called the Medicaid piece "the most significant budget move for counties ever" and said that it would fix and stabilize county finances for the next 50 years. Read More »

Taxing health coverage away

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Presidential Elections , which tracks election outcomes in all counties except those in Alaska and a handful of other counties around the country. Any rollback in Medicaid coverage for low-income New Mexicans, she said, would be devastating for the state. Read More »

Dems turn against party leaders following losses

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also spoke of the potent tool Pelosi is for Republicans to use against Congressional Democrats. "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Congressman Filemon Vela told Politico ". Read More »

Qatar Situation Worsens as Turkish Troops Arrive

And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as "inhumane and un-Islamic". The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar on Monday that sanctions imposed by several of its neighbours could last for years unless Doha accepts demands which Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days. Read More »

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria: Guards

The official says the drone was considered a threat, and was shot down by a U.S. F-15 fighter jet. Iran's leaders say they have yet to see all the benefits promised with the lifting of sanctions. It says targets included terror headquarters and a vehicle bomb-making facility. Mostafa Tajzadeh, a leading Iranian politician and ally to President Hassan Rouhani , claimed this week that the Trump administration is too "fragile" to confront Iran and that if US officials do "anything unwise ... Read More »

Mortgage chiefs downgrade buy to let forecast for next 18 months

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The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimated gross mortgage lending hit £20.1bn in May, up 12% increase on April and 12% on May past year. This is up by 12% on both April and May previous year, in which £17.9 billion was advanced. United Kingdom mortgage lending remained resilient in May, according to figures released by the industry on Thursday, but forecasts for a revival in buy-to-let lending have proved wrong. Read More »

Canada prime minister says steel exports not US security threat

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Mr Trudeau tells Gary in the video. "I think modern means of communications have led to adjustments in how we function in a large way", Trudeau said in a live interview with The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker and Toronto Bureau Chief Catherine Porter . Read More »

President Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

She testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that there is evidence that election systems in 21 states were targeted by Russian agents. The extent of interference by Russian hackers, and whether they or others could interfere in future elections , has been the source of speculation and media reports for months. Read More »

Mitch McConnell Could Win by Losing on Healthcare Bill

The 142-page draft was largely written behind closed doors, drawing criticism from some , and it would change key provisions in ObamaCare including making deep cuts to Medicaid . Marco Rubio will decide whether to support a Senate GOP health care bill "on the basis of how it impacts Florida", his office said Thursday. Democrats meanwhile formed a united front against the controversial measure, blasting it as a "war on Medicaid ", the health care program for lower income ... Read More »

Republican senators release health-care bill to cut Medicaid, erase tax boosts

The GOP-proposed bill would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate , drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid , and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. -Repeal a tax penalty for people who do not get health insurance , saving them $38 billion over the next decade. Under the Senate bill , the value would drop to 58%. Read More »

Kazakhstan Denies Talks On Sending Troops To Syria

Kazakhstan has refuted reports of talks with Russian Federation on the possibility of its troops taking part in a mechanism to monitor the so-called "de-escalation" agreement in Syria. According to the source in the Government, the legislation allows Kyrgyz authorities to send the peacekeeping forces only under the auspices of the United Nations or within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, if their participation is approved by the member-states. Read More »

Texas Takeaways for 2018 After Georgia Special Election

Failed Democratic candidate in the Georgia special election Jon Ossoff decried the rise of money in politics Tuesday before he completed the most expensive congressional race in USA history. Karen Handel , who won over Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff , will also have the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to Congress from the state of Georgia . Read More »

Democrats seethe after loss: 'Our brand is worse than Trump'

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Her victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring. While Handel defeated Ossoff by about 10,000 votes and almost 4 percentage points , Republican outside groups had to spend $ 18 million defending a district where the party's candidates won easily for decades. Read More »

Israel begins work on new West Bank settlement

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Netanyahu's government is also dominated by religious and nationalist hardliners who oppose Palestinian statehood and will fight any major concessions. Since the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, the number of settlement homes has increased more than threefold, threatening the viability of a two-state solution. Read More »

Turkey won't end its military presence in Qatar

Four Arab States demanded on Friday that Qatar reduce ties with Iran , halt military cooperation with Turkey and shut the Al Jazeera TV channel, media reported . The network's critics say it advances Qatar's goals by promoting Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood that pose a populist threat to rulers in other Arab countries. Read More »

United Kingdom offer to European Union citizens 'very fair', 'very serious': May

The Prime Minister told a European Council summit in Brussels that she wanted to offer "certainty" to the estimated three million EU expats in the United Kingdom and ensure that families are not split up by Brexit. After outlining her proposals, May left the dinner, to allow her fellow leaders to continue discussions. The EU wants their citizens' rights after Brexit enforceable in their European court in Luxembourg. Read More »

Houston to join lawsuit against Texas sanctuary city law

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The vote followed hours of heated public testimony. What Is A Sanctuary City? It puts penalties in place for communities that don't comply with federal immigration authorities. The legislation, set to take effect September 1, proved to be the one of the most divisive issues during the 85th legislative session. How Does SB4 Impact Houston? According to the Pew Research Center, Houston has the highest number of illegal immigrants of any city in Texas and is the third-highest in the ... Read More »

79 people missing presumed dead in Grenfell Tower blaze

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Several hundred people have rallied at a demonstration demanding "justice" for the victims. Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze. Read More »

Taliban gunmen kill eight Afghan guards

He said the boy was from nearby Laghman province, where the Taliban are active, but officials couldn't immediately determine if he had collaborated with anyone. Air Force attack and cargo aircraft that provide air support for global and Afghan troops. When asked about the teenager's arrest on Tuesday, United States Forces-Afghanistan said they were looking into the incident, which will add to growing concerns over security at Afghan bases. Read More »