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Key Takeaways From Senate Republicans' Plan to Overhaul Healthcare

Collins called the Medicaid piece "the most significant budget move for counties ever" and said that it would fix and stabilize county finances for the next 50 years. Its analysis of the Senate bill is expected early next week, a day or two before the vote. Far removed from the politics and Washington , doctors in Tampa say they will continue treating patients. Read More »

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

The Republican members of the Senate are now debating behind closed doors their version of a health care bill to fulfill their campaign promises to reverse the ACA, or Obamacare. While we won't know the exact numbers until the Congressional Budget Office analyzes the bill, we do know there will be many disturbing consequences. Read More »

Democrats look to the future after suffering demoralizing loss in Georgia

Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. "Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone". In a press conference, Pelosi said she felt "very confident" in her support in the Democratic caucus, despite some assessments that Democrats have lost a number of special elections in red districts this year because of Republicans' successful ability to demonize Pelosi and link Democratic congressional hopefuls to the minority leader. Read More »

Israel disputes success of Iran missile strike

The Iranian drone that was shot down Tuesday was outside the deconfliction area, the official said. There are concerns that further confrontations could lead to a breakout of hostilities that would hinder the battle against the Islamic State . Read More »

Canada prime minister says steel exports not US security threat

In an open forum with the press, the Prime Minister said he focuses on things more important than reading Trump's tweets . "NAFTA will remain a hugely important and successful trade deal for both of our countries". "Watch!" This came as Trump bashed the North American Free Trade Agreement, since among other factors, he said Canada's lower dairy pricing took business away from US states. Read More »

Group protests health care bill proposal in downtown Chicago

Some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats , have complained about Mr McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he would like to move it to passage. With a 52-seat majority, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes, as Vice President Mike Pence breaks a 50-50 tie. It does eliminate taxes to wealthier Americans and entities like insurance and drug companies, monies which were used to help fund the ACA. Read More »

This Senate health-care bill is terrible

President Donald Trump made Obamacare repeal a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and celebrated the House-passed bill. Those similarities could make it easier for Republicans in the Senate and House when they begin negotiations on one, unified bill that would head to the President's desk. Read More »

Democrats struggle for right strategy after special election losses

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Seth Moulton , D-Mass. "And I think Republicans are just doing a much better job of that right now". In fact, in all four special elections - including a surprisingly close race in SC also on Tuesday - Democrats outperformed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they really only tried hard in one of them (Georgia). Read More »

Israel starts work on new West Bank settlement

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Jared Kushner's return to Israel this week ramps up White House efforts to broker a peace deal, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gauges what he needs to give Palestinians to bring ties with the broader Arab world out of the shadows, diplomats and Israeli government aides said. Read More »

List of demands on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations

It was Washington's strongest language yet on a dispute that erupted after the UAE, Saudi Arabia , Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and transport links to isolate Qatar . The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran , kick out from Qatar any members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US sanctions. Read More »

UK seeks to reassure EU citizens they can stay after Brexit

Speaking ahead of a Brussels summit where Prime Minister Theresa May briefed leaders on her Brexit plans, Tusk suggested that if Britain wanted to reverse the process, they could work it out. Such a deal could see a key plank of the Prime Minister's strategy - to leave the single market to gain control over immigration - torpedoed. Full details will be published in a paper to be laid before parliament on Monday. Read More »

Taliban kill 8 Afghan guards heading to work at US base

About 8,400 American troops are in Afghanistan, alongside more than 6,500 troops from allied countries, mostly to provide training and assistance to Afghan forces. The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to get close to the presidential palace as they were demanding the resigning of the government leaders and security officials in the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Kabul city. Read More »

76ers select PG Fultz with No. 1 overall pick

The deal sent Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to Chicago along with Lauri Markkanen , a 7-foot sharpshooting freshman from Arizona who was taken with the seventh pick. LOVING LONZO - AND LAVAR: Ball acknowledged that there might be a "target" on him entering the draft because of all his father's comments. "I knew this was happening before it was happening". Read More »

Belgian leader not hoping for Brexit u-turn

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Britain's political instability has caused concerns in European capitals hoping to get the negotiations over with quickly and cleanly, as has May's oft-repeated threat to walk away from the talks without a deal if necessary. But he also refused to discuss concessions to Britons who, in the eyes of most European Union leaders, are committing an act of self-harm. It has led to calls from within the Conservative Party and business community for a softer Brexit where the mantra of "no deal ... Read More »

Trump congratulates Georgia runoff winner on Twitter

The House Minority Leader is feeling the pressure from all sides after Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a special election in Georgia . "They took a special election and blew it out of proportion", said David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University. Read More »

Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind

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Prior to his travel, local law enforcement in Belleville had been called to Hodgkinson's residence due to complaints of target practice he was conducting on his property. He said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and a digital camera in Hodgkinson's auto but an analysis of the items showed that he did not place any online posts of threats or references to lawmakers or the baseball game. Read More »

N. Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath'

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Fred Warmbier said Trump, who was "very candid" during the telephone call, told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other USA officials worked hard to negotiate his son's release . He told constituents at a weekly coffee meeting he holds in Washington that the United States needs to respond . He was addressing a gathering at an Iowa community college along with state Governor Terry Branstand, the new U.S. Read More »

British PM May unveils offer on EU citizens after Brexit

However, May's election gamble spectacularly backfired. The referendum of June 2016 set Britain on course to leave. Ahead of the two-day meeting in Brussels , summit chairman Donald Tusk trumpeted the resurgence of the European Union , even as Britain launched talks this week on leaving. Read More »

Amid Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia deports 12000 camels, sheep back to Qatar

It's also the administration's strongest public condemnation of the embargo, which began earlier this month when Saudi Arabia , the UAE , Egypt and others cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting extremism. But there's more to the complicated story, including Qatar's close relations with Saudi enemy Iran. The list further demanded the handover of citizens of four countries involved in terror activities and stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as ... Read More »

Theresa May to set out proposals for European Union citizens at European Union summit

However, she said there were "many, many other questions" about Brexit and there was "still a lot to do". The President of the European Council is channelling John Lennon with his views on Brexit. "It's time for action and certainty". "You know that the United States introduced the new sanctions and confirmed that all sanctions remain in place until the full implementation of [the] Minsk [agreement]", Poroshenko said. Read More »

Obama Slams GOP Health Plan as 'Massive Transfer of Wealth'

Republicans familiar with the effort said more work must be done to get the 50 votes needed for approval, with Vice President Mike Pence poised to cast the tiebreaker vote. Meanwhile, Republicans like Sens. The bill would also reconfigure how Americans with slightly higher incomes who dont qualify for Medicaid would get tax credits to help pay insurance premiums and eliminate penalties for those who fail to obtain insurance and employers who fail to provide it. Read More »

Pelosi Strikes Back: 'I Think I'm Worth the Trouble'

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Republican Karen Handel will be the next member of Congress for the 6th district, not newcomer-turned-Democratic hero Jon Ossoff . But it was a demoralizing blow to Democrats hoping Georgia would be a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country. Read More »