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Cong alleges IT misuse to influence RS polls, govt denies

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Shivakumar, who sported a nonchalant look refused to speak to the media about the raids. IT officials said Rs 9 crore cash was recovered from the search of various properties linked to the minister. "The search is a continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of time", the department said. About half-a-dozen note-counting machines have also been brought at two locations in Safdarjung Enclave in Delhi and in Hasan and Mysuru in Karnataka to count ... Read More »

Hatch: 'Health care, as far as I'm concerned, is over'

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , accompanied by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), speaks with reporters following the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., August 1, 2017. "We certainly should get some structural change to bring down premiums in exchange for that", said Sen. The last major overhaul of the federal tax code was in 1986. Read More »

Cruz Says They Could Be The Most Productive Congress Ever

This comes on top of Wednesday poll showing Trump's overall approval down to 33 percent and his support among Republicans falling below the danger point (usually 80 percent) to 76 percent. Mike Lee, R-Utah, vowed to continue efforts to overhaul former President Barack Obama's signature health care law , the Affordable Care Act. "So that, I think, is an aggressive schedule, but that is our timetable", White House legislative director Marc Short said at an event Monday, according to ... Read More »

Vice Presidential election today; result by 7 pm

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has 281 members in the 545-member Lok Sabha . 760 votes were valid while 11 were invalid. In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has 281 members. Congress President Sonia Gandhi , Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition-backed candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi also polled their votes during the Vice-President poll. Read More »

Iran's Supreme Leader confirms Rowhani as president

Rouhani has intensified efforts to protect the deal - the biggest achievement of his first term - against Washington's return to an aggressive Iran policy. Rouhani, said the nuclear deal has been a sign of "good faith" by Iran and that it brought the nation respite from U.N. sanctions. "For example, improvements in specific human rights, which we didn't yet do", said Becerra, referencing the nuclear agreement of 2015, which gives the European Union leverage to force this human rights issue ... Read More »

Sessions to Announce Crackdown on White House Leaks

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At a recent press conference, here's all Sarah Huckabee-Sanders could muster: "The president certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position". The general wants to vet information before it gets to the president. He does not want a distracted president. On Obama 's deliberation over whether to intervene in Libya, Robert Gates, his first secretary of Defense, a holdover from the George W. Read More »

Congress shifts focus to tax reform

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John Kennedy, R-La. "In the meantime, I think it's very important not to see any Americans get hurt". Besides the outright opponents, some Republicans say they would be reluctant to support an Alexander bill unless whatever eased regulations Democrats agree to are worthwhile. Read More »

Venezuela's new assembly holds first session amid criticism for tainted elections

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Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government hold pictures of late president Hugo Chavez and national hero Simon Bolivar as they demonstrate before the first session of the constitutional assembly in Caracas . In a message to the global community, Delcy warned: "make no mistake about Venezuela". A statement issued by the Vatican urged Mr Maduro "to suspend initiatives such as the new constituent assembly, which, rather than fostering reconciliation and peace, ... Read More »

John Kelly Is Running a Tight Ship, for Now

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This former secretary of Homeland Security quickly got rid of Anthony Scaramucci , a wild-eyed goofus who used his first days as communications director to communicate foul-mouthed claptrap. "About 10 days after the election, I was watching college football with my wife on a Saturday afternoon, I got a call, Reince Priebus ". "I also value people that work for me speaking truth to power", he said. Read More »

U.S. presents United Nations draft resolution targeting North Korea

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The forum is a good platform for the concerned parties to meet, evaluate and resolve the situation, he argued. Following the foreign ministers meeting is Monday's annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which gathers 27 foreign ministers - including those of Russia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, China and North Korea - to discuss Asian security issues. Read More »

Senate Democrats say 'no' to cuts for rich in GOP tax plan

Cassidy met at the White House Monday with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and four Republican governors, including Arizona's Doug Ducey and Wisconsin's Scott Walker. The funding of Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies has emerged as a key weapon for Trump in his fight to repeal the health reform law now that efforts in Congress have stalled. Read More »

Fact check on Trump's tweets regarding Obamacare, stock market

We've seen in these last few months Congress' attempts to take away health insurance - the basic right of healthcare - from tens of millions of Americans. The order potentially helps the states in other ways. House Republicans had opposed the states' participation, but the court said the group had "demonstrated the appropriateness of their intervention in this case". Read More »

USTR to self-initiate '301' probe into China's forced tech transfers

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China's Foreign Ministry urged all parties to work together and defend themselves, stating that China did not spur the North Korea nuclear issue, according to ABC News . Earlier this week, U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, in the Wall Street Journal (paywall), blasted China and the European Union as "protectionists dressed in free-market clothing". Read More »

AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) Position Reduced by Nuveen Asset Management LLC

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The company has its outstanding shares of 314.74 million. It has underperformed by 54.01% the S&P500. Over the past 50 days, AK Steel Holding Corporation stock's -22.73% off of the high and 2.64% removed from the low. Credit Suisse maintained it with "Underperform" rating and $3.50 target in Wednesday, March 23 report. Connecture, Inc. provides a Web-based consumer shopping, enrollment and retention platform for health insurance distribution. Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull disappointed with Trump call leak, says ties 'warm'

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Mr Trump argued with Mr Turnbull over refugees in an acrimonious call on January 28 , which the new USA president told his counterpart was "unpleasant". "On the Mexican phone call, his base should be feeling very duped today", Navarro said. Nieto firmly stood against it, saying that Trump's remarks about Mexico had placed "a very big mark on our back, Mr. Read More »

Top Trump lieutenant Scaramucci lashes colleagues in obscene rant

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The bad blood stems from Scaramucci's view that Priebus was insufficiently supportive of Trump at the end of the election campaign and his belief that Priebus persuaded the president to keep him out of the White House in January. In most cases, no staffer will spend more time with a president than a chief of staff , and thus, that relationship should be comfortable personally for both POTUS and chief. Read More »

Philippines eyes downgrading North Korea ties

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North Korea is likely to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit despite US suggestions the rogue state be suspended, local media reported Thursday. But Mr Tillerson is expected to meet with the top envoys from the other nations in stalled "six-party" negotiations aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear programme: China, Russia , Japan and South Korea . Read More »

Senate panel will hold hearings on fixing Obamacare markets

It's not accurate to call the cost-sharing subsidies a bailout, said Tim Jost, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia. Trump has threatened anew in recent days to cut off the payments to insurers, which total $7 billion this year and are helping trim out-of-pocket costs for 7 million people. Read More »

Bipartisan effort needed to fix health care

That's how the rest of the world does it, and it works for them. But we're a long way from consensus on that notion. The only answer that actually fixes that problem comes back to a public insurance program of some kind. Worse, after over seven years they had no alternative plan - none. So insurance for people who needed benefits would be too expensive because only those who needed the benefit would apply. Read More »

Relations with Russian Federation are at an all-time low: US Prez Trump

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The measure was signed into law after it passed with overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate, which made the threat of a presidential veto a non-starter, but it was not an easy road to Trump's desk. John Dowd, one of Trump's personal lawyers, said: "With respect to the news of the grand jury, I can tell you President Trump is not under investigation". Read More »

Santos will not recognize Maduro's National Constituent Assembly or its decisions

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The Vatican on Friday issued an urgent appeal to Venezuela's leaders to suspend the new Constituent Assembly which, it says, is threatening the future of the South American nation. It was a fitting image: 153 demonstrators and security forces have been killed in four months of protests, during a Constitutional crisis of which the Constituent Assembly has been only the latest chapter. Read More »

McConnell To Trump: Changing Senate Rules Won't Fix Health Care Stalemate

Despite years of promise that they would repeal and replace the 2010 healthcare law, known as Obamacare , Senate Republicans failed last week to pass a draft bill. According to the Treasury Department, the debt ceiling has been raised by Congress 78 times since 1960, 20 more instances under GOP administrations. Read More »

Blackburn Calls on Republicans to Help Trump Be His Best

They're ignoring his Twitter demands that they get back to work on it. In addition to the White House, the political network associated with the billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch has is trying to prod the vulnerable Democrats to join the Republicans. Read More »

Congress Starts Working Together On Health Care And We're Pleasantly Surprised

In fact, most members of Congress get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act like millions of other Americans. Spending on Medicaid, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act made up 25 percent of the federal government's budget in 2015, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Read More »

President backs merit-based immigration reform bill

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Family-based immigration has a positive impact on business development and community improvement by creating strong communities which foster an environment for the development of local businesses. Graham said that move would be "devastating" to his state's agriculture and tourism industries, where jobs are often filled by immigrants. The president trumpeted support Wednesday for a bill that would drastically cut legal immigration - and could actually hurt the economy instead of helping ... Read More »