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A literally resigned Sean Spicer admits SNL hurt his feelings


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down Friday, ending his brief tenure as President Donald Trump's chief spokesman as the six-month-old administration suffers from low approval ratings. A former member of the Trump transition team, he mistakenly suggested to the BBC in January that Elton John would play at the new president's inauguration. Read More »

Donald Trump Thinks Health Insurance Costs $12 Per Year When You're 21

The United States is not on the list. It would also end the individual mandate that penalizes people for not having insurance. There, with the cameras rolling in the State Dining Room, Trump spoke at length as he cajoled, scolded and issued veiled threats to his fellow Republicans , all aimed at wringing a health care bill out of a divided caucus that's been unable to produce one so far. Read More »

Trump didn't want me to quit, press secretary Sean Spicer says


President Donald Trump praised White House press secretary Sean Spicer (and his television ratings) in a statement after Spicer resigned his post on Friday . "I don't have any friction with Sean, I don't have any friction with Reince", he said. "I think Trump wanted a more aggressive, a more combative person", Gingrich said. Read More »

US Senate Vote Set for Next Week on Obamacare Repeal

The president summoned the G.O.P. senators to the White House for lunch . Success was far from assured, but Trump declared "I'm ready to act", putting the responsibility on Republican lawmakers, not himself. President Trump receives his lowest marks on handling health care. Trump has launched a last-minute effort to revive it. In the newest CBO score, analysts said deficit reduction would be greater under the latest Senate version of repeal and replace , driven mainly by the ... Read More »

27M uninsured under Senate health care bill

The Congressional Budget Office forecast a massive balloon in the number of Americans without insurance if Obamacare repealed. Average premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by roughly 25 percent-relative to projections under current law-in 2018. Read More »

House Republican dismisses Trump as 'a distraction'


Milbank asks, "what happens [when] Trump's core backers discover that they've been had. manufacturing jobs aren't coming back and a Trump-ignited trade war is hurting US exports?" "If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they are anxious about", Trump asked. Read More »

Russia Ambassador Kislyak Says He And Jeff Sessions Discussed 2016 Campaign


However, the Post reported in March that Sessions had in fact met twice with Kislyak during the campaign. The Post cited anonymous US officials who described USA intelligence intercepts of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's descriptions of his meetings with Sessions, who was then a foreign policy adviser to Trump and now serves as attorney general. Read More »

Qatar Rejects New, Shorter List Of Demands To End Blockade


They tried to persuade Zeldin to help restart the defunct congressional Qatar Caucus, but apparently weren't successful. No good words can brush it off. Syria's civil war rages into its seventh year. We have seemingly lost any hope that the war in Yemen, the brutal campaign against civilians, of rape and starvation and destruction, will cease. Read More »

AG Jeff Sessions Did Discuss 2016 Campaign With Russia Ambassador


Sessions was then a foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump . Sessions said in his February confirmation hearing before the Senate that he did not recall having any contact with Russian officials while acting as a Trump foreign policy adviser past year. Read More »

Spieth takes lead into the weekend

American Phil Mickelson , 2013 Open champion, shot 73, local favourite Tommy Fleetwood , the world number 14, could only manage a scrappy 76 and Mark O'Meara endured a day to forget on his return to the course where he won the 1998 Open. "I realise kind of where I'm at in my life", he said. "This course has a lot of crosswinds, so it's tough to judge how far the ball is going to fly depending on what shot you play". Read More »

Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort discussing speaking with Senate committee


Joining us now is Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post , who was one of the reporters on the story. "No one has more right to express himself than President Trump , " Dowd said. But as Schiff has argued , Russian Federation has a range of ways to curry favor with people of interest, including possibly using deals in which a buyer overpays for property as a way to pass funds openly on top of a lawful transaction. Read More »

New Face Expected to Join White House Comms Team


Sanders introduced Scaramucci for Friday's White House press briefing before he took the podium to make a statement and answer reporters' questions. On Friday, he promised to clear up any issues. The rumors broke out when the Donald Trump expressed his intent for a reorganization within the office, particularly in the communications team. Read More »

Under Fire, Trump Rages Against His Russia Investigators


For more news, visit Bloomberg . He's sat down with Fox News reporters seven times as president, said Mark Knoller, the CBS News White House correspondent who keeps a running count of presidential interviews . Carlson argued Trump should not be criticizing Sessions, who he described as his " closest ally" and someone who understood why Trump won the 2016 presidency. Read More »

Palestinians, Israeli police clash in Jerusalem


Access to the shrine at Temple Mount has been limited to women of any age and men over 50. Palestinians and Israeli police clashed in and around Jerusalem after the conclusion of Friday prayers leading to the hospitalization of 20 persons. Read More »

Istanbul stands against Israeli attacks in Al-Aqsa

At least 140 Palestinians have been injured in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Friday prayers on the Muslim holy day are the busiest time in the week at the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel had come under pressure from right-wing members of his coalition, who urged him not to "cave in" to Palestinian protest, and said that removing the metal detectors would send a message of weakness and lack of resolve ... Read More »

OJ Simpson Granted Early Release From Prison After Serving Nine Years


Simpson and his friend, Clarence "CJ" Stewart, were later both found guilty of 12 charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and conspiracy. He also told the board he had "spent a conflict-free life". A board has voted unanimously that OJ Simpson should be released from prison . "I was always a good guy, but could have been a better Christian, and my commitment to change is to be a better Christian". Read More »

WaPo & NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller


How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? But the president added that if Mueller did investigate, he would find that Trump's finances are "extremely good". Sessions was once thought to be one of Trump's closest advisers, and he was the first senator to endorse Trump at a time when few Republican lawmakers supported the candidate. Read More »

Turkey and Greece hit by strong quake: two dead and 100 injured


While they may have woken up to scenes of destruction, a rescue operation is underway with the army supporting emergency services in Kos. The room was shaking and we knew it was an natural disaster. "I would like to offer all my solidarity to the Greek people, to the government together with the European Union support", said Mogherini, during her visit to the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras office in Athens. Read More »

Israeli Foreign Ministry warns against travel to Kos following natural disaster


She added: "Customers in Kos were evacuated from hotels as a precaution and to allow an assessment of damage, but most have now returned". However, he compared the atmosphere in the area today to a "ghost town". 'Mum said we need to leave and I said no, I felt so sleepy and I didn't know what was going on. "They were falling over each other". The Turkish towns of Bodrum and Datca, and Kos in the Dodecanese Islands archipelago are all major tourist destinations. Read More »

Tennessee State Parks prep for Solar Eclipse


The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the contiguous United States was back on February 26, 1979. The total solar eclipse itself will begin at 1:15 p.m. Witnesses have reported feeling goosebumps and euphoria at the spectacle. Experts are encouraging spectators to get protection for your eyes. As a disclaimer - you should never stare into the sun. Read More »

Prince William, Kate and kids begin tour of Poland and Germany

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a bottle green, patterned gown as she and Prince William enjoyed the last night of their Royal tour at a glittering reception in Berlin. William and Kate, together with the holocaust survivors toured the gas chamber in the camp where prisoners who were too sick to work had been killed by the Nazis. Read More »