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Trump plans to release tax overhaul in early September

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In South Carolina, Charleston attorney and Democratic political newcomer Joe Cunningham said on Wednesday he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader. Read More »

Tropical storm's remnants to bring heavy rain to Arkansas

Another tweeted images of a demolished KFC restaurant in Fairfield, which is also a western suburb of Birmingham . Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said one employee of the liquor store was hurt. Cindy is expected to slowly sweep across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas between Thursday night and Friday morning. Read More »

Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest health care changes at McConnell's office

The protesters staged a "die-in" in front of the office, with numerous protesters in wheelchairs removing themselves from the chairs then lying down on the floor. Laura Halvorson, 33, also a protester, said many of those who participated in the die-in resisted arrest and were then removed by Capitol Police without their wheelchairs - images that attracted significant attention on social media. Read More »

What's next on health care draft in Congress

Spokesman Matt Whitlock said in a statement that Hatch "was closely involved in the drafting process and secured a number of critical health care victories for Utah ". Public policy experts warned that the plan would result in millions fewer Americans with health insurance, and that millions of others would face higher costs for less coverage. Read More »

Trump says he is 'very supportive' of Senate healthcare bill

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to have the bill passed by the end of next week - 4th of July weekend - that might or might not be possible. The Senate plans to vote on their bill next week, after just three days of planned debate on the Senate floor. Despite talk of starting from the drawing board, the Senate's draft bill to repeal and replace Obamacare greatly resembles the House bill that came before it. Read More »

Obama Has Weighed In on the Senate Health Care Bill

We can not responsibly allow that to happen. The group says the more gradual phase-out of Medicaid expansion now covering 400,000 Arizonans gives states more time to adjust. And it would end the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people who don't buy insurance - in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate . Read More »

FBI says gunman who shot congressman acted alone

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Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika , U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and congressional aide Zach Barth were also shot during the incident, and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Scalise "is on the road to recovery ". Struggling with his marriage, anger management problems and a beef against Republicans, the unemployed home inspector from IL approached the baseball players and asked, "Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?" Federal Bureau of Investigation ... Read More »

Former US cop who fatally shot black man acquitted

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Reason reported on the shooting when Heaggan-Brown was charged in December. Heaggan-Brown had been charged with first-degree reckless homicide and was facing 60 years in prison. At the same time , they understand that this tremendous amount of discretionary power is given to police officers - - the power over life and death in certain circumstances - - and they want that to be accountable. Read More »

House Dems Slam Senate Budget Bill

John Cornyn of Texas has pushed ahead on a GOP Senate plan to dump Obamacare, and Democrats have all jumped ship, saying it was hatched in secret and, essentially, sucks. The Senate would provide $50 billion over the next four years that states could use in an effort to shore up insurance markets around the country. It proposes defunding Planned Parenthood for a year, but abortion-related restrictions are less stringent than the House version because of uncertainty over whether they ... Read More »

Rep. Steve Scalise listed in fair condition, hospital says

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The hospital issued a statement Wednesday saying Rep. Steve Scalise , 51, of Louisiana is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 in New York City. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., opened fire with a rifle on a group of Republicans practicing for an annual congressional baseball game. Read More »

Senate health care bill is unconsicionable

It also would make it harder for states to provide insurance companies the ability to charge sick people and those with pre-existing conditions more for coverage. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association issued a statement after Thursday's release of the Senate bill saying it has been calling on leaders in Washington for months to find a workable replacement. Read More »

Alabama warns of floating fire ants in flood waters

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Gov. Edwards held a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m.to provide an update on the response to Tropical Storm Cindy , which was downgraded to a tropical depression . A turn toward the northeast is expected. The latest forecast map from the U.S. Storm Prediction Center has most of New Jersey under a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday. Read More »

Why some airplanes don't fly in high heat — Science Says

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This means that the amount of lift that needs to be generated by aircraft on a hot day may not be possible on the distance of LaGuardia's runways. Meteorologists said Tuesday's temperature in Phoenix topped out at 48 C, a mark that's only been matched or surpassed four other times in the city's recorded history. Read More »

Murkowski: Health care changes must be 'done right'

Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured. But the benchmark for subsidies would be a bare-bones "bronze" plan. The bill would also aim to shore up the existing Obamacare market by allocating funds for the cost-sharing subsidies until 2019. Read More »

Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland

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And workers on Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island community south of New Orleans, worked to reinforce a rock levee protecting the island's vulnerable west side. "We were able to give an extra day notice with all the preparations because if you go back a year, you can't issue the cone". The service also warned that the storm could produce a few tornadoes on Thursday in portions of Florida , Alabama , Mississippi and Louisiana . Read More »

SC residents, hospitals likely losers in Senate health-care bill, experts say

The new bill would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. That's uncertain. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that the House bill would leave 23 million more people without health care in a decade. Collins said she would weigh the CBO's upcoming assessment of the Senate bill's impact on costs and coverage. Read More »

Storms ahead as Cindy approaches Pennsylvania

AccuWeather forecasters are anticipating a hurricane season that is less active than normal, with 10 named storms, five of which will strengthen into hurricanes. Low risk of severe weather for most of the area - but a few strong storms containing damaging wind gusts are possible in northern Mississippi . Heavy rainfall is still in the forecast for states along Cindy's latest path toward central Tennessee, where it is expected to arrive Friday . Read More »

Bodies Found, US Destroyer Almost Foundered After Collision

It completed $21 million in upgrades and repairs in February and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the service said. Container ships like the Crystal have bulbous bows under the waterline and that portion of the cargo vessel plowed into the U.S. warship. The 7th Fleet tweeted that the Japanese Coast Guard is on the scene of the collision. Read More »

Obama attacks Senate health bill as "massive transfer of wealth to rich"

It's every bit as bad as the House bill. On Twitter, Trump said he was "very supportive" of the bill. He remains concerned that the Senate bill does accomplish that goal. The non-partisan Congressional budget office is expected to send Congress its score showing how much the plan will cost on Monday. The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Read More »

Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

Cruz , who has a history of creating trouble for GOP leaders, has positioned himself in recent weeks as something of a consensus-builder within the Senate GOP conference on health care. She says the protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to "tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities". Read More »

US Navy sailors' bodies found on stricken ship, some still missing

Hundreds of sailors were asleep in their berths on board the US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald when a cargo ship struck it broadside off Japan , inflicting severe damage that almost sank the destroyer, investigators said Sunday. The 29,000 tonne container ship, ASX Crystal , was significantly larger than the 8,000 tonne guided missile destroyer. "I express my heartfelt solidarity to America at this hard time". Read More »

Trump Lawyer Marc Kacsowitz Destroys Comey's 'Testimony'

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Trump aggressively addressed some questions during the bilateral news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, but coyly answered others. "Trump's conduct was certainly inappropriate, which many Republicans seem to concede". And to call Comey a coward. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said. Read More »

Supreme Court to decide on partisan gerrymandering

Democrats have accused Republicans of taking improper actions at the state level to suppress the turnout of minority voters and others who tend to support Democrats and maximize the number of party members in state legislatures and the U.S. Read More »