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Obamacare Taxes Torched in Senate Bill, Drawing Democratic Ire

While neither of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators has committed to back the Senate GOP health plan , advocacy groups seeking to keep the current federal law intact have their focus squarely on only one of them: physician Bill Cassidy. He and others said the measure would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama coverage requirements that some people find onerous. "You have to protect Medicaid expansion states". Read More »

Republicans unveil revamped health Bill

But Republicans appear to have learned nothing from that lesson, because they are not only embracing the concept of no Democratic buy-in, they are also cutting out the American people from the debate on the merits of their plan. "Since the law's insurance mandates took effect, premiums in Kansas have doubled and insurers have exited the individual insurance market". As we've said, Obamacare isn't ideal. Read More »

Local theater leader defends NY company in 'Julius Caesar' controversy

Part of being an artist is to reflect and interpret the world we live in [in] order to inspire a conversation from varying viewpoints. In a statement , a spokesperson for the theater acknowledged the growing controversy surrounding the play's interpretation, but said that "such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theatre". Read More »

Former Milwaukee Cop Acquitted for Killing Sylville Smith


After the verdict, the Smith family's attorney David Owens said they had filed a lawsuit against Heaggan-Brown and the U.S. City of Milwaukee. Patrick Haynes reacted outside the courthouse in Milwaukee where Dominique Heaggan-Brown had just been found not guilty in Smith's death. Read More »

McDonalds in Saudi Tweets Allegiance to New Crown Prince


He was directly in charge of the Kingdom's foreign policy and rolled out an ambitious economic reform agenda a year ago. According to a White House statement released Wednesday, the president and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman spoke on the phone "to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond". Read More »

Korea denies torturing United States student Warmbier

Before his death, the doctors said he had suffered an extensive loss of brain tissue from a "severe neurological injury" and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs. Tillerson noted that Beijing has a responsibility to pressure North Korea economically and diplomatically. North Korea will acquire the technology to deploy a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland United States "in the not too distant future", Moon said . Read More »

Brendan Dassey coercion ruling backed by judges


But that ruling didn't mean Dassey was done with America's justice system. The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome. The video also shows what appears to be detectives guiding Dassey to the answers they wanted. 7th Circuit AFFIRMS Judge Duffin in 2-1 decision. The case has gained worldwide attention due to the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer ". Read More »

Legal expert Abrams: Dassey should be released


The murder confession of a man featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was coerced and he should be released from prison, an appeal court has ruled. Another of his attorneys, Steven Drizin, said today's ruling should send a loud message to state district courts and state appeals courts , which initially upheld Dassey's 2007 murder conviction. Read More »

Utah wildfire burns 13 homes as it spread

A 48-mile (77 kilometers) stretch of Highway 143 is closed from Parowan to Panguitch. A wildfire that destroyed one home and damaged another while forcing hundreds of people to flee a Utah ski town was also hurting businesses Monday that rely on summer visitors. Read More »

Senate Republicans Work To Gather Votes To Pass Health Care Bill

Alexander said the bill repeals the employer mandate penalty, the medical device tax and health insurance tax. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. Both the House and Senate would have to vote again on a final version before sending it to President Donald Trump for signature. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. Read More »

US officials lift Yellowstone-region grizzly bear protection


Interior Department announced Thursday. Zinke said the recovery of the bear was the result of decades of hard work by state, tribal, federal and private partners. "This has been a priority of the association for years and is a critical first step for the State of Montana to regain management of the bear population" the Montana Stockgrowers Association said. Read More »

Three Louisville residents killed in head-on crash in Ohio


The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of the auto tried to pass traffic on U.S. 6 and was hit head-on by the semi-tractor and trailer. The 21-year-old driver of the vehicle from Louisville, Kentucky was killed along with two passengers, a19-year-old woman and 25-year-old man. Read More »

President Obama rips "meanness" of GOP health repeal in blistering Facebook post

Many of McConnell's colleagues, however, are confident that if anyone can find 50 votes, it's their majority leader - a political tactician who knows Senate procedure inside and out. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. But he said it helped millions of Americans and should be built upon, rather than scrapped. Read More »

Rod Rosenstein would only fire special counsel if Trump's request was 'lawful'

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was asked about news reports suggesting Trump was mulling letting Mueller go, but said he has not seen evidence he has cause to fire Mueller. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rosenstein said, "Senator, I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders". The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue. Read More »

Senate Republicans Release Draft of Health Care Bill


Alker says what's most provocative is that the restructuring of Medicaid has nothing to do with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: "This is just something that Congress is doing while they're in the neighborhood". "It does not keep our promises to the American people". "Unfortunately, the Senate bill is an amendment to ObamaCare, not a repeal of it", said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier

The comments published by KCNA were North Korea's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a United States hospital on Monday [Tuesday NZ Time] after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons . Warmbier's release coincided with former basketball star Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea, though United States national security spokesman Michael Anton denied there was a connection between the two. Read More »

Australia to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

If the United States seeks to defend rebel forces that it supports by that very fact it is bound to fight the Syrian regime whenever the regime comes into conflict with those forces. "Our most capable allies are the (Kurdish) peshmerga, but Turkey, who is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and host to an airbase that is central to our efforts, considers the Kurds enemies". Read More »

Hassan: Senate GOP'S health care bill is 'heartless'

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. Read More »

Church news for June 24, 2017


Her subject will be "She has power over her tongue", James 3. Weekly Wednesday services are held at 7 p.m. Cost: $8 plate or $10 all you can eat; $5 ages 5-12; under 5 free. Thursdays and 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month. Theme: "Forfeit by Adam, Redeemed by Christ". Lunch will follow the service. FARRELL - Valley Baptist Church, 500 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, holds Men's Day 2017 "Men Still Standing" at the 11 a.m. Read More »

Tom Huston: GOP wins big in Georgia and SC


Porter and other Democrats ballyhooed their U.S. Senate and gubernatorial nominees in 2014, recruiting a pair of famous Georgia political names and helping them raise millions of dollars to finance credible campaigns. "It would be a handsome, lovely thing, if we could get together as two parties for our country", Mr. Trump said. "When asked, over 60 percent of voters preferred a congressman who would work with Paul Ryan, while only 28 percent chose Nancy Pelosi ", CLF executive director ... Read More »

Justice Department backs Texas 'sanctuary city' law in court


Texas and the federal government have previously clashed on a multitude of issues, but the DOJ's support in the lawsuit is another example of the changing relationship between the state and the new Trump administration. The administration claims that the 10th Amendment guarantees states the right to craft their own legislation to a certain degree, and that SB 4 is valid. Read More »

Mistrial declared in Ohio cop's murder retrial

Ghiz said as a result, she had to declare a mistrial; she thanked the jurors and dismissed them. Tensing repeatedly asks DuBose for his driver's license. On Friday morning, after jurors said they were deadlocked on both murder and manslaughter charges, Ghiz sent them back to the deliberating room where, she said, "Hopefully, you're able to resolve your deadlock". Read More »

Severe Weather Causes Floods, Danger to 17 Million Residents

The National Hurricane Center's 4 a.m. Thursday update indicates Cindy was moving north at 12 miles per hour with max sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The showers and thunderstorms could continue overnight into Saturday , bringing heavy rain, but accumulation should be half an inch or less. The forecaster predicts more rainfall of 2 to 4 inches "with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches" in certain parts of Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. Read More »