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Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss
- June 26, 2017

Along with Archie Parnell's loss Tuesday night in a SC special House election , Democrats have now lost four straight specials this year where at least some within the party saw the chance for an upset. "They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said of Republicans criticizing her and others, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). (more...)
Stabenow Speaks Out Against GOP's Latest Health Care Bill
- June 26, 2017

Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care. For one thing, the Senate bill is created to buy a skimpier plan than the Affordable Care Act's credit scheme does ― specifically, a plan that pays only 58 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (roughly equivalent to a "bronze" plan in today's system) rather than one that pays 70 percent of the typical person's medical expenses (a "silver" plan in today's system). (more...)
Johnson: Senate bill doesn't address health care costs
- June 26, 2017

Democrats need the support of only three Republicans to quash the measure in the Republican-led chamber. On Thursday Republican Senators touted their bill as avoiding those features. Obamacare provided subsidies for lower-income people to pay for out-of-pocket expenses, such as deductibles and co-pays. Democrats have sharply criticized both versions as a giveaway to the wealthy that would leave millions without health insurance. (more...)
Local leaders weigh in on Senate healthcare bill
- June 26, 2017

Significantly, President Donald Trump's assessment of the House Republican version of the bill agreed with criticisms by Democratic Party opponents, including Clinton and Obama . During an interview on "Fox & Friends" taped Thursday at the White House and aired Friday, Trump appeared eager to avoid offending any of the holdouts. (more...)
Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'
- June 25, 2017

In nearly the exact words used yesterday by Collins , Heller said he could not support any bill that took away health insurance from "tens of millions of people". The lengthy proposal only came out last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to begin voting this week. But Democrats and state lawmakers are deeply opposed to cuts in Medicaid funding among other things, arguing that those provisions will do far more harm to Americans' health than good. (more...)
Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill
- June 24, 2017

Another was Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican . WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. The bill was approved by Congress without a single Republican vote, after which the GOP successfully used it as a campaign issue against Democrats in the 2010 midterms that led to Republicans taking control of the House. (more...)
Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill
- June 23, 2017

And while I know that division makes it hard to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today. "People will die", Warren said . Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage. Though he lauded its passage in a rose garden ceremony, Mr Trump last week privately called the House measure "mean" and called on senators to make their version more "generous". (more...)
Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law
- June 23, 2017

McConnell's decision to keep the details tightly under wraps until Thursday was intentional and aimed at winning over his colleagues out of the public spotlight, but the secretive process has infuriated Democrats - and aggravated plenty of Republicans, too. (more...)
GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling
- June 22, 2017

Senate leaders have chose to address the most contentious issue head on - they plan to remove the waiver option for community rating, which bans insurers from charging higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions . This is an idea pushed by several senators - one that would markedly improve any CBO score's coverage numbers. Senators and their top aides on Capitol Hill have made it clear to the White House as health care legislation makes its way through the Senate that the less ... (more...)
Pentagon to be granted authority for decisions over troop deployment in Afghanistan
- June 14, 2017

Mattis's latest assessment comes almost 16 years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and amid a war that continues to claim the lives of USA troops each year-and those of thousands of local forces and civilians. 'Both Russia and China object to key aspects of the worldwide order so painstakingly built since the end of World War II, ' he said. Asked what he hoped the situation in Afghanistan would look like a year from now, Mattis said violence would be down, government corruption would ... (more...)
Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies
- June 11, 2017

Aneelah Afzali, who heads a Seattle-area group that works against discrimination and hate crimes, said she will also be putting up an "ask a Muslim booth" so people can ask questions directly about Islam, and dispel any misconceptions. Too much violence here. Police encourage the public to avoid the intersection if not attending the event . "Shia Law involves female genital mutilation, wife beating", said Ken Bowers. (more...)
Donald Trump breaks Twitter silence after Comey testimony, declares 'total vindication' Donald Trump breaks Twitter silence after Comey testimony, declares 'total vindication'
- June 11, 2017

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, from CT, had said in a statement Thursday following Comey's testimony , "If the White House's account differs from what we heard today, the American people deserve to hear the president's side of the story in a similar forum-under oath and open to the press". (more...)
Biden: Paris deal 'best way to protect' U.S. leadership Biden: Paris deal 'best way to protect' U.S. leadership
- June 02, 2017

Nancy Pelosi, one of the top Democrats in Congress, described the apparent decision as a "stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future". which might undermine the Paris agreement . Trump tweeted on Wednesday night that he would announce his decision at 3pm ET on Thursday at the White House and there are fears that will he confirm reports thatthe USA will soon join Nicaragua and Syria on the small list of countries refusing to back the climate ... (more...)
Mom of Elizabeth Thomas violently abused her, court docs allege Mom of Elizabeth Thomas violently abused her, court docs allege
- April 30, 2017

S. Jason Whatley said Tuesday the community's outpouring of love and support for the Thomas family has been overwhelming. Cummins, who appeared at an arraignment in Sacamento, walked into court wearing an orange prison jumpsuit that said "Sac Co prisoner" and he was shackled with a chain around his waist. (more...)
Trump signs executive order targeting specialty work visas: 5 things to know Trump signs executive order targeting specialty work visas: 5 things to know
- April 28, 2017

Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American, Hire American", said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources. (more...)
Independent autopsy completed on Aaron Hernandez
- April 23, 2017

The Patriots did not immediately react to his request. The reporter behind the Newsweek story, Michele McPhee, had previously aired her reporting about Hernandez's bisexuality as a motive for Lloyd's killing on Boston radio station WEEI. (more...)
'John 3:16' written in blood on Aaron Hernandez's forehead, source says
- April 23, 2017

The letters didn't offer any insight into why the 27-year-old committed suicide. Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in his most recent trial, on Thursday said the medical examiner's office had turned over Hernandez' remains to his family but retained his brain. (more...)
Hillary Clinton says misogyny Hillary Clinton says misogyny "played a role" in her incredible election defeat
- April 16, 2017

Speaking at the eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City, the former secretary of state said that she was "deeply concerned about Russian Federation", and not simply because of allegations that the Kremlin's meddling is a major reason why she is not the sitting president of the United States. (more...)
Stepfather of suspect in Wisconsin manhunt: Surrender Stepfather of suspect in Wisconsin manhunt: Surrender
- April 16, 2017

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Jakubowski is suspected of stealing more than a dozen firearms from a local gun store before setting fire to his station wagon. Spoden said he has been known in the Janesville community for disorderly conduct, has had numerous traffic stops and was also convicted of trying to disarm a police officer. (more...)
Dangerous fugitive who mailed manifesto to president captured in Wisconsin Dangerous fugitive who mailed manifesto to president captured in Wisconsin
- April 15, 2017

Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt. Gorn says he didn't realize he was the subject of the manhunt. "I shook his hand twice", Gorn said. The Rock County Sheriff's Office says Jakubowski wrote a 161-page manifesto in which he detailed a long list of grievances against the government and spoke of plans to launch attacks with ... (more...)

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