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    However, the four senators do appear open to negotiations and amendments that could turn their "no" to a "yes". But those costs could go up even more under the Republicans' own health care plans, and the middle class isn't immune. On the Senate floor Thursday, Cornyn singlehandedly defended the bill at length against several disgruntled Democrats , including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from NY, who criticized the way the Republicans crafted the bill.
  • UK bows to EU pressure

    UK bows to EU pressure

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    The prime minister needs to mend fences after claiming European Union officials were trying to sabotage her election campaign. Davis said the talks were off to a "promising start" and denied that Britain had caved in on the sequencing of the talks.
  • Merkel urges EU to stick together after Brexit talks launched

    Merkel urges EU to stick together after Brexit talks launched

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    Sky News has been told the MPs informed whips that the economic impact of a "cliff-edge" Brexit , alongside the failure of the Conservatives to win a majority for its manifesto, should lead to a rethink of the position that "no deal is better than a bad deal".
  • Fate uncertain for Republican health bill

    Fate uncertain for Republican health bill

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    Jan Brewer urged Congress Thursday to find a way to save the Medicaid expansion that is outlined under the Affordable Care Act . Minnesota's DFL Sens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement Thursday saying that the bill targets NY and threatens to slash an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funding, leading to cuts to hospitals, nursing homes , and home care providers.
  • Government Health Insurance Markets Holding Up - Barely

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    We also need to increase competition in the health insurance exchanges. He vowed to personally read into the record all of the testimony presented at the hearing and promised to hold another hearing "as soon as we know more " Looking toward the future as he has done at other rallies, Blumenthal said to loud applause, "ultimately we will have a single payer system".
  • Trump Gives Nancy Pelosi a Backhanded Compliment

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    The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House elections in Kansas and Montana, as well as in South Carolina Tuesday night. " She was able to use the president's support", said Robinson. But prescriptions for how the Democrats should move forward varied. It's not hard to imagine a Republican incumbent (in any office) being marginally more likely to run for re-election today than would have been the case had Democrat Jon Ossoff won .
  • BSP supports Meira Kumar in Presidential poll

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    Professor M P Ahirwar, a dalit professor at the Banaras Hindu University, said when the government had "failed to speak up" on atrocities against the community, its nomination of a dalit as a presidential candidate "reeked of hypocrisy".
  • Arsenal growing confident of Mbappe capture ahead of Real and PSG

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    Arsenal launched an unsuccessful bid to sign him last summer but may find the player less willing to make the move after failing to qualify for the Champions League . While Goal say that €135 million (£119 million) is the hefty sum the French giants have offered to land the hottest talent in world football today.
  • Breaking Down the Senate Healthcare Bill

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    They can afford only two defections; in that case, Vice President Mike Pence would be brought in to break a 50-50 tie. "The devil is in the details , and now that we've seen the bill , it's understandable why Senate leaders have kept it hidden behind closed doors", says Betsy Imholz, special projects director for Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports .
  • Pelosi is living in her own little Democratic bubble

    Pelosi is living in her own little Democratic bubble

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    It's a ploy building off the natural tribalism of politics, insinuating an otherness in a traditional community, and a theme that may very well be weaponized by Republican candidates in coming races. In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney swamped Barack Obama in this district by 61%-37%. She criticized reporters for focusing on criticism of her rather than the rollout of the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday.
  • Islamic militants occupy Philippine school, take hostages: Army

    Islamic militants occupy Philippine school, take hostages: Army

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    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Tampus said, "Their area has been reduced to 1 kilometre square only". So you have to keep watch and control the movements as yet. He took the opportunity to apologize to the civilians displaced by the battle. The gunmen escaped from the public elementary school in the village of Malagakit, close to Pigcawayan town, as darkness fell, Captain Arvin Encinas, an army spokesman, told dpa news agency.
  • Obama slams GOP health care bill and urges its defeat

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    Democrats gathered on the Senate floor and defended Obama's 2010 overhaul. McConnell is pushing for a vote two or three days after that. The House has passed a version that Trump initially celebrated but later reportedly called "mean." The Senate plan , however, would keep Obamacare's subsidies to help people pay for individual coverage ..
  • Democrats' real problem is that Nancy Pelosi is their true face

    Democrats' real problem is that Nancy Pelosi is their true face

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    The Democratic frustration follows two special election defeats Tuesday. With the president's approval numbers hovering below 40 percent, should the Democrats be anxious about their losing streak in what could be considered an election year's pre-season? The White House is suggesting that a Republican win in Georgia's special House election on Tuesday was a personal victory for President Donald Trump .
  • Abu Rudeineh: New settlement project aims to thwart Trump's efforts

    Abu Rudeineh: New settlement project aims to thwart Trump's efforts

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    Despite global opposition to Israeli settlement construction, which is illegal under worldwide law, ground was broken at the site of the proposed Amichai settlement, which is meant to accommodate settlers who the Israeli High Court evicted from the illegal Amona outpost earlier this year.
  • Congressman Ryan says party's message is why Democrats losing elections

    Congressman Ryan says party's message is why Democrats losing elections

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    But last night, Republican Karen Handel was able to declare victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff . And Rice backed Pelosi in last year's leadership fight. On the same night, a little-watched special election in SC gave the Republican Party another scare, as an obscure Democrat, Archie Parnell , came within 3,000 votes of capturing a solidly Republican congressional district.
  • Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

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    Democrats will need to pick up 24 House seats to take back the majority. The special elections have been held in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC, districts that are heavily conservative. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing spec.
  • Protesters Arrested Following Republican Health Care Bill

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    I said 'Add some money to it!'" It does eliminate taxes to wealthier Americans and entities like insurance and drug companies, monies which were used to help fund the ACA. President Obama also issued a statement condemning the bill on Thursday, urging Republicans to vote against it. Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage.
  • Should the Democrats Replace Nancy Pelosi Just Because She's Extremely Unpopular?

    Should the Democrats Replace Nancy Pelosi Just Because She's Extremely Unpopular?

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    In special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump's Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4 losing races in Georgia , Montana, South Carolina and Kansas. She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used.
  • Ted Cruz: Healthcare Bill 'Doesn't Get the Job Done'

    Ted Cruz: Healthcare Bill 'Doesn't Get the Job Done'

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    John McCain of Arizona said he is reading the bill. The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Adriana Kohler, senior health policy associate at Texans Care for Children, said in a news release that the health care plan is "absolutely devastating" and would leave millions of Texans - particularly children - uninsured.
  • The plane, US shot down Iranian drone of a shock in Syria

    The plane, US shot down Iranian drone of a shock in Syria

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    Although Islamic State controlled the south bank of the river, coalition air strikes had destroyed the bridges connecting it to the city. Iran says it attacked IS fighters in eastern Syria with long-range missiles on Sunday. It was a multipronged thrust, choking IS supply and escape routes and encircling coalition forces. The Syrian fighter bomber shot down Sunday violated another exclusion zone around the forces surrounding Raqqa .
  • Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

    Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

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    Salman , said to be in fragile health, was making a significant change that confirms ambitious modernisation plans and the continuation of controversial foreign and defence policies. And it's only the second time since the kingdom was founded in 1932 that a grandson of Ibn Saud has been named crown prince, and its potential future king.
  • Karen Handel Hails Victorious in 6th District After Grueling Election

    Karen Handel Hails Victorious in 6th District After Grueling Election

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    Following Democrat Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special election, many Democrat lawmakers are placing the blame on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi . Tons of money was spent, about $54 million, by far the record for a congressional race. Pelosi , in a letter to colleagues, said that when Trump nominated House members to serve in his administration, he chose them from Republican districts the party knew it could win.
  • Nowell scores brace as clinical Lions tame Chiefs

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    Gatland insisted that his entire backroom staff will thrash out the final first Test selection as a group - and that he will not make any unilateral decisions. "The pity is we haven't seen more of it on this tour, but still, to get some at least is a small blessing and so was the heart, commitment and control they showed".
  • GOP Opposition Imperils Senate Health Care Bill

    GOP Opposition Imperils Senate Health Care Bill

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    But the Senate bill begins phasing out this increased funding starting in 2021 and restoring it to pre-Obamacare levels by 2024. Ultimately, Molina said the bill "could hardly seem like a good deal for most Americans", marginalizing the millions who depend on Medicaid for health protection.
  • US Supreme Court tackles Wis. political boundaries

    US Supreme Court tackles Wis. political boundaries

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    It is a common practice for state legislatures to redraw voting districts to confer an advantage on the governing party. Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee said he's glad the high court will hear Wisconsin's case , even though it is reviewing a lower court decision that Democratic voters won.
  • Two US attorney generals sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels

    Two US attorney generals sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels

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    A Trump official said the company would donate profits from the Saudi payments to the U.S. Treasury. "The president's conflicts of interest threaten our democracy", Frosh told journalists. The most recent of these lawsuits however have a better chance than the others as the allegations are the first to be said to violate the constitution emolument clause.
  • Dem loss in Georgia special election underscores challenges

    Dem loss in Georgia special election underscores challenges

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    But even with $30 million spent - in what became the most expensive House race ever - and with a turnout of 260,000 (more than the 210,000 who voted in the 2014 midterm), Ossoff won exactly 48.1 percent again. Or - no, be more moderate where you need to be. Incumbents enter with an edge and often without serious opposition. That's what it will take to win districts like this one in 2018 and take back the House.
  • Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

    Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

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    Residents are fleeing the state because we have some of the highest property taxes in the country. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained in the first Obamacare case to reach the Supreme Court, "in the 1990's, several States - including New York, New Jersey, Washington, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont", enacted laws prohibiting discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, and " the results were disastrous ".
  • Want to end crisis? Close Al Jazeera first, Arab states tell Qatar

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    Another factor is that Kuwait and Oman have never had the same problems with Doha's foreign policy that have irritated the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia . Al Jazeera has also been a strong reporter on dissident groups in Asia-Pacific. Qatar's government did not have any immediate response to the demands.
  • Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

    Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

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    And it would change what people could buy with their tax credits on the health care exchanges. "The folks that are going to be hurt most of all are folks in nursing homes, people who depend on Medicaid for a place to live". Obama law: Insurers can not charge their oldest customers more than 3 times what they charge young adults. It requires a 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans that exceed $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families.
  • Senate releases healthcare bill

    Senate releases healthcare bill

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    Also, Becerra prosecuted Merritt without allowing her to constitutionally face her accusers, and Becerra did not give proper legal notice so Merritt could mount a defense. office in a show of opposition to the new bill. Ossoff ran on arguably a moderate fiscal platform, with ostensibly mild rhetoric, promising to fight wasteful spending and bring more tech jobs to the Atlanta metropolitan area and vowing to work with Republicans on areas of agreement.
  • Government health insurance markets holding up, barely

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    There is all this talk about people who have supposedly lost health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. One last point. Health insurance was created to pay for medically necessary conditions. To the contrary, CMS estimates (see Figure 2) that Medicaid enrollment would stay roughly constant at current levels under the AHCA, while still being substantially higher than projected before the ACA was passed.
  • Mamata Banerjee trying to divert our movement: GJM chief

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    The GJM, however, denied its involvement in the incidents and alleged that these were a "handiwork" of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to "malign" it. Widespread protests were reported from Singamari, the northern point of Darjeeling , as hundreds of GJM's women activists rallied with shrill condemnation of the raid, and shouted slogans for a separate Gorkhaland as they held aloft the tricolour.
  • Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

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    This reform bill will take us in the wrong direction. Our bill eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, which have been major obstacles to hiring new workers and increased wages, the Medical Device Tax, the Health Insurance Tax, and the tax on prescription medications.
  • Interview: Trump policies could roll back US-Cuba ties, says Mexican academic

    Interview: Trump policies could roll back US-Cuba ties, says Mexican academic

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    The White House today confirmed that President Donald Trump will deliver a speech in Miami on United States policy toward Cuba tomorrow. While the US prohibits tourism to Cuba, the US Treasury Department now allows travelers to "self-license" under 12 different categories of travel , such as educational tours and participating in sporting events.
  • Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages

    Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages

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    Michelle Carter was tried in juvenile court but was found to be a youthful offender, which means she could face up to 20 years in prison. Judge Lawrence Moniz handed down the sentence in the nonjury finding, and what's most interesting about this case is that it hinges on the rare legal finding that her words alone were able to directly cause Conrad Roy III to kill himself.