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The victor on the Democrat side, Ralph Northam , notes that as lieutenant governor, he cast tie-breaking votes to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in state government; to repeal the "infamous and medically unnecessary" mandate requiring an ultrasound before abortion; and to raise the minimum wage for all working Virginians.
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    Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well. Shortly after the Senate bill was released on Thursday, the challenges that lie ahead in the Senate came into view. His biggest concern involves dismantling the Medicaid expansion he enacted in Louisiana, which has given insurance coverage to 430,000 people. Large group plans, those with more than 100 members in NY state, have been required to cover maternity care since the ...
  • Trump to Announce Tougher Rules for Cuba

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    The departure is the latest example of Trump taking action to undercut his predecessor's legacy. Trump plans to preserve some of the policy changes made by Obama. An official said that the president was anxious that current policies were enriching the Cuban military. "We would like the president to cut off any relationship between the American intelligence services and the Cuban intelligence services", he said.
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    Dean Heller on Friday became the latest Senate Republican to say he opposes the current GOP health care bill. He says the idea that the bill would lower health care premiums is a "lie". Early next week, the Congressional Budge Office will submit a report evaluating how many people would lose their insurance due to the bill as well as its impact on the federal budget.
  • Defending Senate Repeal Effort, Trump Trashes Obamacare

    Defending Senate Repeal Effort, Trump Trashes Obamacare

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    The House-passed version of the "repeal and replace" bill , the American Health Care Act (AHCA), did not address this issue, leaving it up to the executive branch to decide whether to make these payments since the legal case still sits in the courts.
  • Israel Mocks Iran's First Strike on ISIS in Syria As 'A Flop'

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    Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard , a paramilitary force in charge of the country's missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. "There was no operational need to attack ISIS from within Iranian territory". IRGC spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif praised that the anti-terrorist operation in the eastern province of Syria had been "completely successful" because it eliminated extremist command centers ...
  • Senate GOP releases health care bill to cut Medicaid, dismantle 'Obamacare'

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    Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Sen. Republicans held 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, which means it can not afford losing more than three of its votes. But Avik Roy , president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and a prominent voice in conservative health policy circles, seemed puzzled by the oversight, identifying the lack of a continuous coverage provision or other barrier against free-riding, such as a waiting period for coverage, as a problem with the bill that is ...
  • Republican Senator Heller opposes healthcare bill

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    GOP Senate leaders were eager for a seal of approval from Trump, who had urged them to produce a bill more "generous" than the House's. President Donald Trump will help lead talks to get the reluctant Republicans on board. Giaimo said the problem with that type of policy is younger, healthier adults would buy those relatively cheap plans, putting less money in the overall insurance pool.
  • Qatar asks United Nations body to resolve Gulf airspace row

    Qatar asks United Nations body to resolve Gulf airspace row

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    Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold. Qatar's port authority announced the launch of two new services from Hamad Port to Oman's Sohar and Salalah ports, circumventing the need for cargo to stop in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates.
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    The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars. Unless the Democrats start winning more than just moral victories against a deeply unpopular president, her days as party leader could be numbered.
  • Barack Obama calls Trumpcare 'massive transfer of wealth' from poor to rich

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    The package represents McConnell's attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to stage next week. The sources said that, in some instances, the documents McConnell planned to release might suggest optional approaches for issues that remain in dispute among Republicans.
  • Tight GOP win in Georgia

    Tight GOP win in Georgia

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    There are, though, reasons to believe Pelosi poses a unique political problem for Democrats. Increasing pressure is growing within the Democratic party to oust Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, in the hope that a change in leadership would bolster the party's chances.
  • What If Donald Trump Doesn't Sink the Republican Party?

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    Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday, where Republican Ralph Norman prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Mr Trump's budget director. Candidate recruitment for Democrats continues to go gangbusters. A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble".
  • Portugal punish All Whites in final match

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    He joins Cristiano Ronaldo in that club and, naturally, the tournament superstar brought up yet another milestone with his 75th global goal . "If we play like we did the other night, I have all the confidence in the world". "We want to win this tournament, against whoever", the 29-year-old said. "I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win", said Osorio.
  • 5th GOP senator joins opposition to health bill

    5th GOP senator joins opposition to health bill

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    Speaking at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, the New York Democrat said the draft that his Republican colleagues released after weeks of secret deliberations is "devastating for America and even more devastating for New York". His home state has taken advantage of federal funds to expand its Medicaid rolls: As of March, more than 630,000 Nevadans had enrolled for Medicaid coverage, nearly double the number of enrollees who signed up in the state before Obamacare, according to data ...
  • Supreme Court to hear major gerrymandering case

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    But in a 5-4 ruling issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court agreed to stay that order, allowing the current map to remain while the case is on appeal. Republicans call their actions lawful. How Texans are reacting: The state's top Republican leadership - Gov. Democrats claim the state has drawn district lines that violate the Constitution.
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    Heller is the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition. Once she enrolled in Medicaid , Gunter said , she was able to begin treatment. Huh. Weird. Republicans including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have expressed concerns over the bill's Medicaid cuts. The Senate bill also proposes eliminating many ACA taxes, and the employer penalties associated with the employer and individual mandates would be repealed retroactively, dating to the start of 2016.
  • Ronaldo heads Portugal past Russian Federation

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    However, the second half put everything in its place. "The first three in the group stage, maybe not, but from then, if you don't win, you lose and you go out". The polarizing manager, Juan Carlos Osorio , is credited with rotating eight of his starting players off the field. However, it created chances to score, and captain Chris Wood was denied only by defender Bruno Alves blocking a low shot at the far post in the 59th.
  • Nevada Republican Senator Wavers On Health Care Bill

    Nevada Republican Senator Wavers On Health Care Bill

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    A major goal of Republican "reforms" is to greatly reduce the Medicaid program. But critics - including AARP - said proposed Medicaid cuts would leave millions, including many seniors, at risk of losing care. It would repeal the ACA's individual mandate to purchase health insurance, make deep cuts to Medicaid and withhold federal funding to Planned Parenthood for a year.
  • Royal Ascot 2017 - Caravaggio stays unbeaten

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    Ridden by apprentice jockey Kieran Shoemark, the talented three-year-old found plenty for pressure in the closing stages to register a three-length victory in the 12-furlong event. Dartmouth proved he had a heart nearly as capacious and true as the utterly magnificent Big Orange when grittily grinding out a neck success in the Yorkshire Cup on his seasonal debut.
  • Mexico relishing chance to show its worth against Russia

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    KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Host nation Russia fought valiantly but could not avoid early elimination at the Confederations Cup after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday, a result that secured the Mexicans a place in the semifinals of the World Cup warm-up tournament.
  • EJ Dionne: A victory for party, not Trump

    EJ Dionne: A victory for party, not Trump

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    The present reality remains bleak for Democrats nationwide: they're 0-4 this year in special elections, despite one of the most unpopular Republican administrations in history. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., on Friday. The Democrats were hit by a massive blow to the party Tuesday when Democrat Jon Ossoff lost the Georgia special election to Karen Handel , despite tens of millions of donations and celebrity backing.
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    GOP Sen. Arthur Heller (R-NV), who is up for re-election, said Thursday that he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid ". Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Ted Cruz of Texas, Kentucky's Rand Paul , Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin.
  • Pelosi Claims Republicans Attacking Her Are Really Attacking San Francisco

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    Tim Ryan of OH told reporters about why the group got together. Thanks to decisions like Citizens United , these super PACS and interest groups can spend enormous amounts of money, answering only to their wealthy donors-not voters-and as they are not held to the same standards as the candidates themselves, do not have any qualms about injecting outrageously negative rhetoric and ads into campaigns.
  • Care bill is a test for Mr. Portman

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal - which he calls a discussion draft - will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers.
  • Perez Blames Democratic Loss in Georgia's Special Election on Gerrymandering

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    At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're going to get exhausted of winning". Despite Tuesday's losses in Georgia's 6th District and South Carolina's 5th, Pelosi can resist the pressure to give up her position during the current congressional term.
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    Like the recent US attack on a pro-Assad convoy in Southeastern Iraq , the downing of the Syrian jet should not be viewed as intervention meant to topple Assad , Rather, it should be seen as protecting assets in the fight against ISIS and, I hope, as promoting our interests in a post-ISIS Syria .
  • Alexis Sanchez breaks Chile scoring record in Germany draw — FIFA Confederations Cup

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    Resultantly, this will create space for attacking players to exploit, it's just a question of who can capitalise the most. Chile has won the last two Copa Americas and is seeking its first trophy in a major worldwide competition. Up front, the "oldie" in the team, Sandro Wagner was uncharacteristically sloppy in his finishing and after Timo Werner had a bright cameo against the Socceroos, perhaps it it time for Germany to go all-out with youth.
  • New blow to GOP health bill: Nevada GOP Sen. Heller opposes

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    Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada just knifed TrumpCare, and it may not recover. Other Senate "moderates" seem to be angling for a slower phase-out of the expansion and a slightly more liberal cap. "Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives". His home state has taken advantage of federal funds to expand its Medicaid rolls: As of March, more than 630,000 Nevadans had enrolled for Medicaid coverage, nearly double the number of enrollees who ...
  • Nancy Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down As Democratic House Minority Leader

    Nancy Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down As Democratic House Minority Leader

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    Being the most expensive House election in USA history, especially for Democrats, it was more painful for them. "I think what we need is another Ryan-Murray sort of proposal", said Republican Representative Mike Simpson, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee that is in charge of writing annual bills to fund federal programs.
  • U.S. president's son-in-law meets Israeli, Palestinian leaders

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    Jason Greenblatt , Trump's advisor to Israel who is accompanying Kushner on his trip, said previously in an interview with Israel's Army Radio, "It is certainly not Mr. US President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner had a "productive" meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the White House said.
  • Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

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    It stayed at 2-0 until the 80th minute, when Ricardo Quaresma won the ball in midfield and fed new AC Milan man Andre Silva , who smashed a shot home from 20 yards. "New Zealanders will try to show their talent". Although Mexico dragged themselves back into the game and scraped the win due to goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta , the Kiwis nearly leveled when midfielder Ryan Thomas rattled the crossbar in the closing stages.
  • Bernie Sanders calls Senate Obamacare replacement 'worse than expected'

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    Jeff Weaver , an adviser for the Vermont Senator, told POLITICO that they've hired Burlington-based Rich Cassidy , and defense lawyer Larry Robbins , known for representing I. Sen. In a curious twist, the federal investigation was in part set into motion in 2016 by Brady Toensing, from Sanders's home state, who was a leader in President Donald Trump's election campaign.
  • Korea denies torturing USA student Warmbier

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    In contrary, USA doctors said he had suffered "respiratory distress", as the oxygen supply to the brain was cut off. He'd been in a coma for more than a year. He died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital. North Korea still holds Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song, academics who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and a businessman named Kim Dong Chul.
  • Will Nancy Pelosi survive this latest Dem disaster?

    Will Nancy Pelosi survive this latest Dem disaster?

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    He says the defeat better be a wakeup call for Democrats. Tim Ryan said, "You know what?" Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC. In one corner is TPM's venerable Josh Marshall, who writes that over-performance by Democrats in this year's special elections signals that Democrats are positioned to take the House next year.
  • Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

    Georgia 6th: Karen Handel to be sworn in on Monday

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    That tactic clearly paid off. Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by almost four points, despite Ossoff's historic fundraising numbers and the additional millions infused into the race by the national Democratic party. Half of Democrats (49 percent) view Pelosi favorably, while 1 in 4 Democrats (26 percent) have an unfavorable view of her. Pelosi insisted Democrats still have a shot at winning the majority in next year's midterm elections, saying, "The House remains in play now".
  • US Rep. Moulton: 'Time for change' in Democratic Party

    US Rep. Moulton: 'Time for change' in Democratic Party

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    Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her . The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House elections in Kansas and Montana, as well as in South Carolina Tuesday night. On Wednesday, a small group of Democrats urged Pelosi to step down as House Minority Leader, The New York Times reported. President Trump, who likes to say Democrats are obstructing him while he whines about why no one will work for him, demonstrated precisely why his ...
  • Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

    Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

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    But Democrats did this to themselves. And for some, they point to questions about how their leaders, and Pelosi in particular, have fallen short in crafting an economic message that can counter Trump and yield election victories. Ossoff tried to walk the Dean-Moulton Line. The national Democrats pumped about that much cash into his campaign. So if there were going to be any political backlash against the GOP as Trump's approval ratings continue to slide, it would probably show up in ...
  • Other Views: Bad day for the Democrats

    Other Views: Bad day for the Democrats

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    The solution to these problems, Ryan maintains, lies in changing leadership and widening the party's appeal . "But her time has come and gone", Rep. The Republican victory - the fourth special election won by the party this year - has generated renewed momentum for the party's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, with Senate Republicans due to unveil their own proposal for the American Health Care Act on Thursday.