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US investigators seek Comey memos, Trump tapes


And if you could also tell us, sir: Do tapes exist of your conversations with him? Comey's best line of the day was a belated response to a May 12 tweet from the president, which warned that " James Comey better hope that there are no " tapes " of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Mueller had gone so far as to meet with Justice Department leaders and White House officials about the Federal Bureau of Investigation job , which opened after President Trump ... Read More »

Cindy Downgraded To A Depression

WIND: Gusts of tropical storm force in a few squalls are still possible mainly to the east of the depression. Forecasts said the system could dump from a few inches to more than 12 inches (a few centimeters to more than 25 cm), depending on Cindy's development and path. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy expected to be downgraded to depression Thursday morning


Heavy rainfall will expand across the Tennessee and OH valleys today and across the central Appalachians Friday into Saturday . Then into the central Appalachians Friday and Saturday . It's possible that river flooding may extend beyond the Flash Flood Watch . Tropical storm "Cindy" moved inland early Thursday near the Louisiana/Texas border southwest of Lake Charles, La. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to tropical depression


Category 3 hurricanes pack sustained winds of 111 to 129 mph, Category 4 storms reach 130 to 156 mph and Category 5 storms, which are rare, carry sustained winds of 157 mph or stronger. Tropical Depression Cindy may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean our heavy rain potential is over. As of noon Thursday, areas included in the flash flood watch were McDowell, Buchanan, Wyoming and Raleigh counties. Read More »

Assessing the Impact of the Senate GOP Health Bill

Insurers could charge older Americans up to five times more than younger Americans. "And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said . Read More »

Thursday forecast: rain continuing through day, high near 80


Widespread rain likely Friday into Saturday morning, 60%. A cold front passing through southeast MI will bring chances for strong to severe storms late Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service . Chance of precipitation is 70%. Should the latter be the case, we will continue to see below-normal rainfall amounts through the week. WEDNESDAY: A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Read More »

Barack Obama Blasts Senate Healthcare Bill

To make up for lost federal money, SC would have to spend more state taxpayer money on Medicaid , restrict enrollment to cut the number of South Carolinians eligible for Medicaid or cut the number of services that Medicaid pays for. The Senate health care legislation is expected to provide coverage for 4 to 5 million additional people, according to an analysis from the health care advocacy group the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. Read More »

Senate GOP to unveil health care bill

Are Democrats right when they say that the Senate health-care bill is a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the poor? Obama went on to ask, "What will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage?" Even President Donald Trump has privately called the House's health-care legislation " mean ". Read More »

Trump doesn't want poor person running the US economy


The banker and JPMorgan executive William Daley served as Bill Clinton's commerce secretary and Obama's chief of staff; Robert Rubin, the former co-chair of Goldman Sachs , was Clinton's longest-serving Treasury secretary and before that held Cohn and Zients's position as chair of the National Economic Council. Read More »

Capitol Hill Police break-up group of protesters in wheelchairs

As the full text of the Senate Republicans' health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, was released, protesters nearly completely filled up the hallway outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. What's more, Trump's campaign platform stated quite clearly that as president he would never axe funding for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. - Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) June 22, 2017 " No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty". Read More »

Here's what the Senate healthcare bill means for all types of Americans


Obama's health law enacted an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income for married couples making more than $250,000 a year and individuals making more than $125,000. The Senate bill is also much like the House bill in that it would repeal most of the taxes associated with Obamacare (it would bump out the implementation of the so-called Cadillac tax on expensive, employer-sponsored health care plans, from 2025 to 2026). Read More »

Obama: 'Fundamental Meanness At The Core' Of GOP Health Care Bills


The bill would also repeal a long list of taxes under the Affordable Care Act , including the 2.3% medical device excise tax and an annual fee imposed on manufacturers and importers of branded prescription drugs. Collins also said she would have to hold off final judgment until after the amendment process, but she laid out her criteria. But in a departure from the House's bill, states can't opt of regulations that now prevent insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions ... Read More »

House special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars. Based on the Cook PVI, which takes a longer view of the situation, their odds were really no better in Georgia than in SC but their overall performance is very strong. Read More »

Public help sought in finding cause of California wildfire


The fire stands at 35 percent contained, which is the first amount of progress seen in days. Firefighters continue their work battling the Holcomb Fire. 1,241 fire personnel, nine water-dropping choppers and four air tankers were assigned to the blaze. More good news was that after being shut down for almost a week due to the wildfire, authorities have reopened Highway 18 - a major artery in the High Desert and local mountain communities - Friday morning. Read More »

Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act

Apple CEO Tim Cook threw a fundraiser for Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton past year. The Trump administration said it wanted to support the industry and was receptive to feedback about the need to create more flexible regulations and craft new rules more quickly so more drones can get to work, the executives told Recode . Read More »

Critics: Bill would have let abortion-seekers kill anyone


However, state lawmakers rushed to revise the bill after critics and lawyers pointed out that the wording allowed pregnant women and doctors to be exempted from " any act committed" in cases of second-degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or causing or aiding suicide. Read More »

Illinois lawmakers meeting again to try to reach budget deal


Rauner called the special session to force a deal before July 1. Not passing a budget could trigger a downgrade of Illinois' credit rating to "junk" status. He's been deadlocked with Democrats who control the Legislature since taking office in 2015. The House was expected to hear testimony later on workers' compensation. Read More »

Concerns Over Senate Health Care Would Impact Medicaid In Arizona

Majority Leader: It's time to act, because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo. The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said it would "stabilize crumbling insurance markets" and curb premium increases. Read More »

NBA Draft Tracker: Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota Timberwolves

By night's end, Minnesota was able to land a franchise cornerstone entering his prime to join forces with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, and it was able to do so without entirely decimating its young core. 16 pick. George could be gone after this season, so he'd probably be more of a rental option. The Bulls were enamored with Dunn leading up to draft night and engaged in Butler discussions with the Celtics to potentially nab Dunn at No. Read More »

Cindy weakens to a depression

The Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued. That should limit flooding threats to nuisance street flooding. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches are expected through Friday morning. Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in Louisiana with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour. However, our neighbors in MS/AL/FL felt the brunt of the storm with 8-15 inches of rain and numerous reports of tornadoes. Read More »

Donald Trump Signs Order Seeking to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

That broad-picture promise sounds great. While a broad range of experts and industry groups praised the administration's focus on apprenticeships, some anxious about opening up the federal process to outside players. But apprenticeships are just one slice of a much larger workforce development pie. Instead, they could be overseen by third parties like companies, unions, and industry groups. Read More »

U.S. official makes brief appearance at G7 environment summit

Environmental groups already have challenged some of the regulatory reforms pushed by the Trump administration and Congress using the Paris accord, the UNFCCC and other initiatives as the legal basis for these court challenges. While it will take years for the U.S.to completely withdraw from the deal, Monday's statement is the first tangible sign - other than Mr. Trump's Rose Garden announcement two weeks ago - to the rest of the world that the administration is serious about withdrawal. Read More »

At slain Muslim teen's funeral, mourners say 'it could have been me'


Firefighters responded to the scene at about 8:30 a.m., where they found the memorial engulfed in flames. Hassanen , a Muslim-American teenager was murdered early Sunday morning in what investigators called a "road-rage incident". He got out of the auto with a baseball bat and struck Hassanen with it, police said. Nonetheless, the killing has come amid a number of violent attacks on Muslims, leaving many deeply suspicious that Hassan had been targeted for her religion. Read More »

Rand Paul Doesn't Support GOP Health Bill

He's asking county lawmakers to ensure any Medicaid savings would be used for property tax cuts and road improvements. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted , reaffirming comments from earlier Thursday that the bill will be negotiated. Read More »