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US Shoots Down Armed, Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria Amid Russian Protests

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The Australians, who have six F-18F Super Hornets flying strike missions as part of the USA -led coalition out of the UAE, have also decided that this is a problem and have suspended their participation in air strikes altogether. In Canberra , a Defense Department statement said on Tuesday that "Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats". Read More »

Barack Obama Blasts The 'Fundamental Meanness' Of The Senate GOP Healthcare Bill

Specifically, the Republican bill would repeal the 3.8 percent tax on investment income and the 0.9 percent tax on annual income for households making over $250,000. "Sen. Collins will carefully review the text of the Senate health care bill this week and into the weekend". Conservatives want to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to revise the legislation and move it further to the right. Read More »

Key Takeaways From Senate Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Healthcare

Right now under Obamacare , Medicaid receives extra federal funds-it's called an expansion. It would also end the tax penalties under Mr Obama's law on people who do not buy insurance - the so-called individual mandate - and on larger firms that do not offer coverage to their employees. Read More »

NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind meets Fmr PM Atal Behari Vajpayee

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Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), with its large support base among the Dalits, has already announced its support to Kovind. However, there were last-minute concerns about the JD (U)'s support for Kovind now that Meira Kumar , who hails from the party's stronghold of Bihar and is the daughter of prominent Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram, has been fielded by the Opposition. Read More »

Meira Kumar is opposition candidate

In a statement, Meira Kumar also expressed her gratitude to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and leaders of 17 political parties for their unanimous decision to nominate her as the presidential candidate for the July 17 election . Speaking about the meeting, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "Between the other four names we considered - Meira Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Bhalchandra Mungekar and Prakash Ambedkar - the point was we chose a name on which everyone agreed". Read More »

Republican wins Georgia poll in blow to anti-Trump effort

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At a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting the frustration was palpable, according to people who were in the room, despite Pelosi's efforts to frame the results as evidence of incremental Democratic progress in deep red districts. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" Ryan isn't saying whether or not he will challenge Pelosi as House Minority Leader again . Read More »

In Flint stabbing, suspect's life probed

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Timothy Wiley, FBI public affairs specialist, holds a photo Amor Ftouhi after a news conference in Detroit , Thursday, June 22, 2017. He did not elaborate. Ftouhi lived. Meanwhile, new details about his alleged attacker, a married father of three who worked on and off as a truck driver, have emerged. Court officials said he had no history of drug or alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Read More »

BSP supports Meira Kumar in Presidential poll

Congress said they would once again reach out to the remaining opposition parties to seek their support. "It is an election for President". Sources said Lalu has read the JD (U) gameplan very well and wanted to counter it. I would appeal to him to rethink. As a far more recognisable political face - five-time MP, once from Bijnor, UP, she could have easily paled the low-key Kovind's candidature, but for the sheer numerical strength of the BJP/NDA camp. Read More »

House panel demands Trump release Comey 'tapes'

Jack Reed, the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller eventually will have to depose President Donald Trump in his Russian Federation investigation. Pushed further by CNN , Ryan said, "I'm not saying it's an acceptable excuse". The House Intelligence Committee sent two letters Friday: one to Comey requesting any notes or memos from his conversations with the president, and a second to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting ... Read More »

JK CM pays homage to cop murdered by lynch mob

When we asked how they will link random cows to the lynching, he said,"Are you doubting our ability?" People were perplexed at the manner he was killed. "He was left to die", Madni said. "Whatever happened in Jamia Masjid area is inhuman and can not be tolerated". Meanwhile, Kashmir DGP SP Vaid has also criticised the lynching of Pandith. Read More »

Mueller's Friendship With Comey Is 'Bothersome'

Trump had raised the possibility of tapes in May when he fired Comey, who was heading the FBI investigation into alleged Russia's meddling in the November 8 2016 US presidential election. Any recordings would also be subject to the 1978 Presidential Records Act that Watergate inspired, and must be kept for the public record. Earhardt commented that Trump's tweet was a "smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings", and Trump agreed - "it wasn't very stupid". Read More »

Will contest President poll based on ideology: Opposition

This comes as surprise, as AAP was not allowed to participate in the discussion to select a presidential candidate and is not part of the 17-party group of non-NDA parties. "Now that the BJP has named a Dalit candidate, they started seeing all the virtues in Meira Kumar". NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday pledged to uphold the dignity of the country's top constitutional post. Read More »

BJD, BJP stages demonstration over farmers issue

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Justifying Odisha's demand for higher MSP, the memorandum said the state is a victim of natural calamities like flood and cyclone nearly every year due to its geographical disadvantages. Bharatiya Janata Krushak Morcha, the farmers' wing of BJP , on Thursday staged a protest march here on Thursday over its twin demands of farm loan waiver and interest-free loan to farmers. Read More »

Obama Has Weighed In on the Senate Health Care Bill

Four Republican senators have announced that they will not vote for the GOP health care bill unless changes are made, putting passage of the bill at risk just hours after it was unveiled. In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill. "Under the proposed Senate bill, both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals would face weaker demand for services and higher rates of uncompensated care expense, with the most significant impact on the ... Read More »

'Fair' or 'vague'? EU sizes up May's Brexit rights offer

The introduction of a grace period raises the prospect that large numbers of people who arrive during the exit negotiations may be allowed to stay. Mr Michel criticised the prime minister's offer, which she described as "fair and serious", by using a Flemish expression for a dubious gift as he arrived for the second day of the European Union summit. Read More »

66% premium increase for age 50+ under Senate GOP health care bill

After weeks of secrecy, Republican senators released their long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Some conservative and moderate GOP senators have their doubts about the bill. Trump also told told Fox that he wants House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., to remain as the Democrats' leader. "And we'll see if we can take care of that", Trump said in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday, calling the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good ... Read More »

Qatar to use Oman ports to bypass Gulf blockade

The political storm surrounding Qatar is impacting life and business in one of the world's biggest natural gas producers and travel hubs, which is preparing to host soccer's World Cup in 2022. It added in a statement that the current tensions around Qatar, "exacerbate the hard situation in the entire Middle East region". Qatar's neighbors cut ties with the country over accusations that it sponsors Islamic extremism, which Qatar denies. Read More »

Who wins, who loses with Senate health care bill

They said GOP characterisations of the law as failing are wrong and claimed the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. And then there's the PR. Critics are already lambasting the bill for one specific measure that would allow insurance companies to deduct CEO salaries exceeding $500,000 while making its various safety net cuts. Read More »

A storm named Cindy could disrupt your Saturday

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The National Weather Service on Thursday reported projections the Chickasawhay (CHIK'-a-saw-hay) River at Leakesville would crest at 31 feet (9.5 meters), its highest level there in more than 25 years. Tropical Depression Cindy may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean our heavy rain potential is over. The storm's maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour as it moved to the north at around 12 miles per hour. Read More »

Cosby's Fate Is Now With The Jury

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O'Neill, the presiding Montgomery County judge. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man". Read More »

Senate conservatives try to gain leverage over health care overhaul

He and others said the measure would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama coverage requirements that some people find onerous. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. But Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, says the bill bases its tax credits on lower-quality insurance."If you're paying a similar percentage of income, you're getting a less generous product under this new plan", she says. Read More »

Obama attacks Senate health bill as "massive transfer of wealth to rich"

Four conservative Republican senators - Rand Paul , Ted Cruz , Ron Johnson and Mike Lee - said they opposed the current version. McConnell is pushing for a vote two or three days after that. Senate GOP bill: Stretches phase-out of Medicaid expansion financing. The likelihood of the state - which already underfunds a number of services, including education - picking up more of the tab for Medicaid is remote. Read More »

Hunter Greene: Getting to know No. 2 overall baseball draft pick

High school pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene received recognition from current big leaguers, as well as TV and radio host Larry King, after the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the No. He went on to have a 14-year big league career as a starter. The Minnesota Twins will have the first pick and most believe the team will choose between Brendan McKay from Louisville who pitches and plays first base and Kyle Wright a right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt. Read More »