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Kansas lawmakers prepare to debate tax hikes, school funding


Instead, the Congressional Budget Office "score" of the bill passed earlier this month says that in some cases, people with pre-existing conditions would not be able to purchase comprehensive health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, "if they could purchase it at all". Read More »

Trump assures Israel Iran won't have nuclear weapons


While Trump has spoken frequently in the months since taking office of his desire to achieve what he has dubbed the "ultimate deal", he has not fleshed out any strategy that he or his administration might have toward achieving it. So Trump is, in those remarks, kind of putting Israeli-Palestinian peace kind of in the center of the agenda". One of the long-standing regional proposals is a Saudi peace initiative that was first put forward in 2002 and has been re-endorsed several times since. Read More »

'Trump, Listen!' Palestinian Protesters Rally as US President Sails Through


But on the major set pieces, Trump exceeded low expectations. Tillerson told the reporters that Trump pressured both Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. In his remarks, Abbas said he has no problem with Judaism. "President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has promised the same". Read More »

Merkel's conservatives win North Rhine-Westphalia vote


However, pre-election polls indicated that the SPD is in a tie with Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrat (CDU) Party. It carried even higher stakes this year, being the last regional vote before the national election and having a direct impact on the SPD's ability to close a nationwide gap of around 10 percentage points with the CDU. Read More »

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court


Trump's revised order, which temporarily barred new visas from Libya , Somalia , Sudan , Iran , Yemen and Syria , as well as suspending the USA refugee resettlement program, was a streamlined version of a ban issued in January that was chaotically ruled out and blocked by federal courts across the country. Read More »

Iran accuses US of 'Iranophobia', 'warmongering' after Trump's Saudi visit


Answering a question about defending people's rights, especially in the field of nuclear negotiations, the President said: "If we succeeded in the field of nuclear negotiations, it was because the whole Iranian nation were behind the Supreme Leader, building up a national integrity and unity, helping the administration to use people's power in worldwide stages". Read More »

United Kingdom police say 'obliged' to arrest Assange if he leaves embassy


However, London police issued a statement after the Swedish announcement making it clear that Assange was still wanted by them. Representing Assange, lawyer Per E. Assange was accused of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another during a trip to Sweden in 2010 , but fled to the United Kingdom after being released on bail, seeking sanctuary in the embassy. Read More »

GOP lawmakers say little about Montana candidate


With the election of Donald Trump , AMERICAblog's independent journalism and activism is more needed than ever. Also in this current state of politics - where winning is everything - there is notable silence from the Republican Party. In an audio recording posted by The Guardian , the reporter asks the congressional candidate about the health care bill. It was a moment when Gianforte was not taking media questions, and the candidate quickly became enraged and threw Jacobs to the ground, ... Read More »

Russian Officials Targeted Top Trump Advisers Last Summer, Say U.S


The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced two new subpoenas against former national security adviser Michael Flynn to compel him to turn over documents related to his contacts with Russian officials, adding that he risks being held in contempt of Congress if he does not comply with the requests. Read More »

Author: Trump Pressured Flynn to Be National Security Adviser


Burr's statement was a complete reversal from his comments earlier on Thursday, when he said that Flynn's lawyers told the committee the retired Army general "would not honor" the subpoena. House Speaker Paul Ryan said House investigations would continue. The Senate committee reportedly is after documents in the retired lieutenant general's possession relating to Russian Federation. Read More »

James Comey's friend says he was disgusted after Trump's WH hug


Trump on Thursday criticized the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing him the 2016 election. Boom! That last bit of news was enough to push Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia. "He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction", Wittes said Comey told him. Read More »

Supreme Court Rejects 2 N.C. Congressional Districts As Unconstitutional

The decision continued a trend at the court, where justices have found that racial considerations improperly tainted redistricting decisions by GOP-led legislatures in Virginia , Alabama and North Carolina. " This is a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering ", said former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., who is part of a Democratic effort focused on redistricting. Read More »

Donald Trump shoves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leader aside


A British official said Thursday that Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the investigation due to leaks blamed on USA officials. Fellow NATO leaders occasionally exchanged awkward looks with each other during the president's lecture, which occurred at an event commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Read More »

Oversight chair seeks more FBI documents in Russia probe

A senior White House official is a person of interest in the investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Donald Trump campaign, the Washington Post has reported . Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency , urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election . Read More »

Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA), Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN)


Norinchukin Bank The now owns 3,802 shares of the specialty retailer's stock valued at $1,084,000 after buying an additional 245 shares in the last quarter. Winslow Evans And Crocker stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN). Ulta Beauty had a return on equity of 26.87% and a net margin of 8.31%. Read More »

Republicans seek extension for Obamacare subsidies

Democrats say Mr. Trump is engaging in outright sabotage of their signature health care law to bolster his case for a GOP replacement. Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said that delaying the lawsuit gets the White House the same outcome but allows them to deny responsibility for it. Read More »

Trump discusses peace without calling for a Palestinian state


Trump arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall , and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: President Trump motorcaded to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas . Solving the Mideast peace riddle is the task of Trump's son-in-law and jack-of-all-trades troubleshooter, Jared Kushner. Read More »

Senate Panel Issues Two More Subpoenas To Flynn

Testifying before a House panel, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said he was aware of contacts between Russian officials and people involved in the Trump campaign and grew concerned that Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path". Read More »