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Obama: 'Fundamental Meanness' at the Core of GOP Health Care Bill

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The Republican proposal would dismantle much of Obama's health care law, cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. "I look forward to hearing directly from Montanans on this legislation". "Remember, ObamaCare is dead". "It remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need". Read More »

Theresa May to outline guarantees for European Union expats in Britain

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Davis gave Barnier a book about hiking. Outlining the five main principles of her "fair and serious offer", May told other European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels that she wanted to offer certainty to European Union citizens about their future in Britain , again using a softer tone in her approach to Brexit . Read More »

Pro-Islamic state militants storm school in southern Philippines

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A spokesman for a militant group involved in the attack said earlier that they had taken civilians to a safe place after they engaged in a gun battle with the troops. At least 258 militants, 65 soldiers and police and 26 civilians have been killed and more than 300,000 villagers have fled from Marawi and outlying towns. Read More »

Funeral Held for Former North Korean Prisoner Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier , the U.S. college student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a coma that proved fatal, buried yesterday in his home state of Ohio. But the doctors who examined him after his return disputed the botulism claim and said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in his brain. Speaking early today to assembled reporters across the street from Wyoming High School, US Senator Rob Portman of OH highlighted the community support that the Warmbier family has ... Read More »

Senate GOP health care bill fails America

Perhaps, the most un-American element to the Republican health care bill is that it would take health insurance away from 441,300 veterans who are on Medicaid. It would direct up to $50 billion in funding through 2021 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help shore up the existing individual exchange marketplace and provide another $62 billion over eight years in long-term funding to states. Read More »

Islamic militants occupy Philippine school, take hostages: Army

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Arvin Encinas , told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "The enemy made a hasty withdrawal, leaving behind 31 hostages, among them 12 youngsters", Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said. Duterte asked the displaced villagers "to forgive my soldiers, the government, including myself for declaring martial law". The fighting has displaced more than 300,000 residents and left Marawi City in ruins, with houses and buildings torched by the militants or destroyed by bombs from the military ... Read More »

U.S. shoots down another pro-regime drone in Syria

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The Russian diplomat said earlier on Thursday that Russia considered the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-22 warplane by the US-led coalition as a flagrant violation of the worldwide law, the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, which required a thorough investigation. Read More »

British PM May offers to protect European Union citizens' rights — European Union summit

Counter-terrorism has been a key issue at the summit which comes in the wake of an attack in Brussels on Tuesday. "The Brexit negotiations started three days ago". "Europe is a common destiny". Donald Tusk , the former Polish prime minister chairing a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May , spoke of the revival of discussion in Britain since May lost her government majority on June 8. Read More »

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

The long-awaited plan marks a big step towards achieving one of the Republican party's major goals. In his post on Thursday, Obama notably echoed Trump's alleged assertion behind closed doors that the healthcare legislation passed by House Republicans in May was "mean". Read More »

The US military just shot down another Syrian drone

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The US-led worldwide coalition later confirmed the incident in a statement , saying the armed drone was downed "after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces" that "were manning an established combat outpost to the northeast of At Tanf where they are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS". Read More »

USA shoots down pro-Syrian regime drone, military says

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The US-led coalition said in a statement that an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed the Shaheed-129 drone around 12:30 am (2130 GMT) northeast of the Al-Tanaf garrison, which is close to the Jordanian border. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered weekend missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Revolutionary Guards said, contradicting a previous report that they were authorized by the country's security council. Read More »

Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after USA downed jet

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It was an Iranian-made Shahed 129 and was thought to be armed and in firing range of USA troops. Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as a precaution after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week. Read More »

Scalise Recovering, in 'Fair Condition' After Alexandria Shooting

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Doctors said he had arrived at the hospital last Wednesday at imminent risk of death. Three others were shot in addition to Scalise. Scott DesJarlais, Trent Franks , Mo Brooks, Morgan Griffith, Jim Jordan and Jeff Duncan, among others - were intended targets of 66-year-old James Hodgkinson's rampage at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning. Read More »

Gunman who shot US politician Steve Scalise acted alone, says FBI

His attack left Congressman Steve Scalise, two others, and Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, injured. James T. Hodgkinson was killed by police after he shot four people at a congressional baseball game. "A second document with a rough sketch of several streets in Washington , D.C. was found on Hodgkinson, however, it was not deemed to be of investigative significance". Read More »

For Cuba, US message appropriate

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The trade mission from Minnesota, one of the country's largest agriculture states, proceeded as planned. More likely, it is an attempt to appease the Cuban exile community in south Florida, a vocal interest group that has for generations used its electoral clout to effectively control US policy regarding Cuba. Read More »

In Brussels, weakened May to offer EU citizens rights

The length of the grace period is also yet to be determined, but it is expected to be up to two years to allow people to regularise their status. Outlining the five main principles of her " fair and serious offer ", May told other European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels that she wanted to offer certainty to European Union citizens about their future in Britain , again using a softer tone in her approach to Brexit . Read More »

US 'Mystified' by Saudi Embargo on Qatar

Turkey fast-tracked legislation on June 7 to allow more troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar that houses Turkish soldiers under an agreement signed in 2014. The statement came after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , who has been assigned by President Donald Trump to oversee an end to the crisis, spent two frustrating days on the telephone with senior Gulf officials. Read More »

Mom Was 'Distracted by Facebook' When Infant Drowned

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When she realized that she had left baby Zayla unattended in the bathroom, she said she ran to her aid, but it was too late. After she left the bathroom, Stuckey told deputies she became distracted by another child and a television that was turned up loud, authorities said. Read More »

Chelsea and Lyon in talks over Burkinabe sensation

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It's Lyon's wish to have very ambitious recruitment in all its first teams". Traore is now on holiday in the Ivory Coast and as such, Lyon are only expected to complete the move next week. Lyon have agreed a fee of around the € 19m mark with Chelsea for Traore, as they look to take the Burkina Faso global to France. "It's a very ambitious operation, one that fits with what we had said". Read More »

Trump says China tried but failed to help on N Korea

A drone, which had been photographing a controversial U.S. missile defence shield, was discovered early June after it crashed close to a sensitive military installation along the heavily fortified border, Seoul's military said. 'What happened to Otto is a disgrace. Otto Warmbier is on trial at a court in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in this photo released by the North's Korean Central News Agency on March 16, 2016. Read More »

Senate Health Bill Would Repeal Device Tax

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. 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. Read More »