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'Skinny repeal' of Obamacare fails - these three Republican senators killed it 'Skinny repeal' of Obamacare fails - these three Republican senators killed it
- July 31, 2017

The vote comes after months of pressure from the White House for Congress to move ahead with a promise to repeal the ACA, also known as "Obamacare", and replace it with something else. The Senate voted 49-51, with Arizona Sen. Republicans hoped the issue would bring some party unity, even as realists in Washington view the a tax overhaul - something that hasn't happened in more than 30 years - as one of the most complex legislative projects possible. (more...)
Reactions: Obamacare Repeal Fails Reactions: Obamacare Repeal Fails
- July 30, 2017

Stung by his party's stunning failure to fulfill seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare , President Trump on Friday again called for changing longtime Senate rules so laws could pass with a simple majority. Lindsey Graham of SC and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in a press conference in which they demanded the House not pass the exact text they would be voting to move forward. (more...)
New chief of staff John Kelly a retired Marine general New chief of staff John Kelly a retired Marine general
- July 30, 2017

Great, great American". The report cited Trump's tweets Wednesday announcing the transgender ban for the USA military. Katie Walsh, who served as Priebus' deputy chief of staff at the White House, left in March, and on July 21, press secretary Sean Spicer resigned. (more...)
'Let Obamacare implode': Trump tweets after health reform fails in Senate 'Let Obamacare implode': Trump tweets after health reform fails in Senate
- July 30, 2017

Before the vote, though, a Republican senator managed to make tone-deaf joke about eating disorders to describe his involvement with the proposed legislation. The amendment would set up a universal healthcare system in which all Americans would be covered through Medicare, the federal government's health program that now covers all adults who are at least 65 years old. (more...)
Palestinians celebrate as barriers removed from Jerusalem holy site Palestinians celebrate as barriers removed from Jerusalem holy site
- July 30, 2017

He was shot and wounded by a neighbour, an off-duty soldier. At least 37 Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and beatings, The Palestinian Red Crescent told The Associated Press. The Israeli measures followed an attack that killed two policemen on July 14. Muslim and Christian leaders prayed together that peace should prevail Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount as Friday prayers came to an end without the violence and disruption that had been feared. (more...)
House Republicans dumbfounded by failure to repeal Obamacare in Senate House Republicans dumbfounded by failure to repeal Obamacare in Senate
- July 30, 2017

It would have eliminated the individual and employer mandate and key taxes, defunded Planned Parenthood for a year and eliminated key protections of health benefits that were required under Obamacare. McConnell said it was time for Democrats "to tell us what they have in mind". Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., running for a Senate seat, faulted McConnell for not crafting a plan that could pass. (more...)
Congress Emerges From Another Health Care Failure Without A Clear Path Forward Congress Emerges From Another Health Care Failure Without A Clear Path Forward
- July 30, 2017

Trump's failure sent the dollar down against a basket of other currencies on Friday. "Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW", Trump tweeted . Republicans have faced an internal rift on healthcare, with hard-line conservatives seeking a bill that thoroughly scraps Obamacare and moderates leery of measures that could deprive tens of millions of people of insurance. (more...)
"Skinny repeal" of ObamaCare fails in Senate, as 3 Republicans vote no
- July 30, 2017

Rand Paul (R-Ky.) mirrored an earlier 2015 bill from conservatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act by 2020. Senators and lobbyists said the " skinny repeal " would eliminate two requirements of the 2010 law, that individuals carry insurance or pay a tax and that employers offer insurance. (more...)
Who is John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff? Who is John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff?
- July 30, 2017

Since Inauguration Day, the Trump White House has lost a chief of staff , deputy chief of staff , national security adviser, Federal Bureau of Investigation director, communications director and press secretary, director office of government ethics, acting attorney general and special assistant to the president in charge of surrogate operations. (more...)
Watch As John McCain Saves Thousands of American Lives Watch As John McCain Saves Thousands of American Lives
- July 30, 2017

Republican senators formed the last-ditch effort, called the Health Care Freedom Act , after earlier votes on the Senate's healthcare plans failed. Ahead of the vote, many Republican senators admitted that the measure was not good policy, but, in a highly unusual situation, said they were voting for it simply to advance the process and set up a negotiation with the House on a new bill, the report said. (more...)
Colombian President Rejects 'Spurious' Legislative Vote in Venezuela Colombian President Rejects 'Spurious' Legislative Vote in Venezuela
- July 29, 2017

Pressure on state employees is higher than ever, according to interviews with two dozen workers at institutions ranging from state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) to the Caracas subway, as well as text messages, internal statements, and videos seen by Reuters . (more...)
Statement on Health Care Victory Led by Everyday People Statement on Health Care Victory Led by Everyday People
- July 29, 2017

But they've said one leading idea is to eliminate tax penalties on people not buying coverage, effectively ending that requirement. Schumer called that approach "sabotage", and said he hopes Republicans in the House and Senate "will turn a deaf ear on that". (more...)
Reince Priebus out as Trump's White House chief of staff Reince Priebus out as Trump's White House chief of staff
- July 29, 2017

In a separate tweet , the President thanked Priebus for his service. Sanders said Priebus was loyal in his dedication to the President. Grateful to Reince for his friendship and service to America. In a statement, Sen. "I would just from that one interview but keep in mind I'm from Alabama", Brooks said. With the 2018 elections looming, Kelly said the USA has been offering assistance to state election officials to bolster their defenses. (more...)
Senate Poised to Pass 'Skinny Repeal' Bill That May Become Law Senate Poised to Pass 'Skinny Repeal' Bill That May Become Law
- July 28, 2017

Before it voted down the House version of the bill , President Donald Trump had urged senators to pass a bill - without indicating which one he supported. "As I said over and over again, Obamacare was hardly flawless", Schumer said. As the Senate races toward a pivotal vote on still-developing legislation to overhaul former President Barack Obama's health care law, the measure earned a proper name: the "Free to Choose" plan, instead of a " skinny repeal ", and became even ... (more...)
Senate health care options Senate health care options
- July 28, 2017

Standing in front of families who he said had been hurt by the law popularly known as Obamacare, Trump said, "So far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare". We know the Republicans are not going to take a final vote on the underlying House bill, which is still the pending legislation. If all goes according to plan, and I use the word "plan" loosely, that vote should happen by the end of the week. (more...)
Xiaomi Mi 5X smartphone with MIUI 9 launched in China Xiaomi Mi 5X smartphone with MIUI 9 launched in China
- July 27, 2017

The list of devices that are getting the MIUI 9 update can be found on this list . Xiaomi started the event by discussing the MIUI numbers. The Mi AI speaker costs 299 yuan ($44) less than the $349 for Apple's HomePod and $179.99 for the Amazon Echo . (more...)
Zidane suffers his worst loss as manager of Real Madrid Zidane suffers his worst loss as manager of Real Madrid
- July 27, 2017

When Manchester City hit the field for warmups, the same crowd erupted into a heavy round of jeers. Meanwhile, Guardiola has heaped praise on Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgium international's virtuoso display against Los Blancos in Los Angeles . (more...)
Justine Damond shooting: Minneapolis police chief resigns Justine Damond shooting: Minneapolis police chief resigns
- July 24, 2017

He lambasted media reports and "fake news peddlers on Facebook" that called Noor "Somali killer cop " and said former U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann was "talking trash" when she insinuated in a speech last week that Noor may have shot Damond for "cultural" reasons. (more...)
Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor's press conference announcing police chief resignation Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor's press conference announcing police chief resignation
- July 24, 2017

The most recent was the July 15 killing of Justine Damond , who was shot by a police officer who had responded to her 911 calls a woman possibly being raped in an alley near her home. Protesters marched through the city afterward. But minutes into the speech, a man in the crowd shouted over Hodges and called for her resignation. Justine Damond's death has largely been cloaked in mystery since the 40-year-old was fatally shot , with officials only gradually releasing some details. (more...)
Anti-Maduro strike shuts down Venezuela Anti-Maduro strike shuts down Venezuela
- July 21, 2017

Facing a crisis in Venezuela, US President Donald Trump has threatened to inflict "swift and strong" economic sanctions unless President Nicolas Maduro backs away from a plan to rewrite that nation's constitution. "It doesn't matter losing a day's work if we're losing the country", said one striker, a 34-year-old owner of a small Caracas construction firm who only gave his first name, Omar. (more...)

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