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With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

Some conservative media voices dismissed it as a stunt, but CNN argued that the sketch session did serve a journalistic objective, in the same way that courtroom sketches do. There is little trust these days between the White House news media and the Trump communications office, which has exacerbated tension above the usual jockeying for access. Read More »

Five GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

But he said it was time to act. [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] has continued to work with his members to make sure that we improve the bill that the House passed over to it. He said amendments during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders. Read More »

Trump signals he will work with Republican holdouts on health bill

Even President Donald Trump has privately called the House's health-care legislation "mean". Because the health law guarantees access to individual coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and bars insurers from charging sick people more for coverage, the individual mandate helps ensure that a mix of healthy and sick people are covered. Read More »

United States jet 'downs Iranian-made drone' in southern Syria

Russian Federation is one of the strongest backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has been carrying airstrikes in the country since September 2015. The incident has similar hallmarks to a June 8 downing, when a U.S. jet destroyed a pro-regime drone after it dropped what turned out to be a dud bomb near US-backed local forces. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm worth the trouble'

Filemon Vela (D-Tx.) to Politico on Wednesday. The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes . Read More »

Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

If three Republicans join a united Democratic front, the legislation will be blocked. McConnell can afford to lose only two Republican votes for the bill to pass. He added: "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting healthcare for everybody else". The Senate plan does not include a House provision that would let states get waivers to allow insurance companies to raise premiums on some Americans with pre-existing medical ... Read More »

Tropical Storm Brings Pink Flamingos to Gulf Coast

But the heaviest downpours are expected in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Meteorologists say a combination of two systems - remnants of former Tropical Storm Cindy and another storm front - could produce severe thunderstorms, flooding and damaging wind gusts particularly on Friday. Read More »

1 year after deadly floods, West Virginia wary of vast storm

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Highs reach into the 80s Saturday , 70s over Cape Cod. Tropical Storm Cindy is in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make a landfall on the Texas coastline early Thursday morning. But by both afternoons, a few showers and thunderstorms will develop as the daytime heating will destabilize the atmosphere. Showers may linger into the morning Saturday but the day quickly improves with brightening skies and drying conditions. Read More »

Medical Groups Hate the 'Literally Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan

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She also tweeted former President Barack Obama's Facebook post , in which he called the bill a "massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America". "No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. Equally contentious are the tax credits to help some people pay their premiums. Read More »

APNewsBreak: Military heads want transgender enlistment hold

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The request for a six-month-delay will now go to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who will make a final decision. Former Secretary of State Ashton Carter initiated the proposal in 2016, giving the military until July 2017 to come up with policies to facilitate the recruitment of transgender personnel, the Associated Press reported . Read More »

NBA Draft 2017: The biggest trades that went down

After all of the hype and speculation, the future of former Washington basketball star Markelle Fultz became apparent on Thursday night. "I mean, say you want to do something, and to go out and do it is unbelievable". 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Fultz (19) joins a young and exciting core of Simmons (20), Joel Embiid (23), Dario Saric (23), and Robert Covington (26). Read More »

Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

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Conservatives may argue that good health insurance plans are an incentive for prospective employees, but what may be business as usual for a corporation the size of Ford is not the model for much smaller ones. "There are families - middle-income families in SC - that in 18 months will get a call from their nursing home (saying): 'You're got to come get granny because we have no more Medicaid money, and we're not keeping her, ' " said Lynn Bailey, a Columbia-based health-care economist. Read More »

McConnell's Mission: Finding Votes for Senate Health Care Bill

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Senate would harm Vermonters and not improve upon a House-passed version. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug-addiction treatment efforts. Read More »

Matt Kemp hits walk-off homer for Atlanta Braves

He was off to a torrid start at the plate before his injury, batting.341 with 14 homers and 25 RBIs in 37 games. It might seem questionable to relocate a player of Freeman's caliber in the middle of the season, but Adams' surprising performance has essentially forced the Braves' hand. Read More »

Price Said He Hasn't Seen Senate GOP's Health Bill

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They have to hear from constituents that if they vote for this bill, there's no way you're voting for them. A Quinnipac University poll released last week found 62 percent Americans disapprove of the House measure, and only 17 percent approve of it. Read More »

GOP senator says Iowans might not lose Medicaid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, June 22, 2017 , following a meeting with Senate Republicans on a health reform bill. The problem our country has is how to help people who are in the lowest economic straits, who have the most health challenges, get access to affordable coverage and, indeed, get well. Read More »

Michael Brown's Parents' Settlement Amount Revealed

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Brown's parents, Michael Brown Sr . and Lezley McSpadden , filed the lawsuit in 2015 against the city of Ferguson, the former Police Chief Tom Jackson , and Officer Wilson, claiming the police culture in the city contributed to their son's death, and that Wilson used excessive force during the incident. Read More »

Chuck Todd: Pelosi Remains a 'Big Drag' for Democrats in Some Districts

They've faced competitive challenges in four Republican-leaning congressional districts in 2017, including a surprisingly close race in South Carolina Tuesday. We need to learn from that. "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Tx.) to Politico on Wednesday. Read More »

Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

Contending that the Senate health care bill would move the country in the wrong direction, Nicholas challenged Republicans to name one provision in their plan that would improve health care for US patients and providers. And even if they pass a bill, it still has to be reconciled with the House version and the whole process will begin again. This story has been corrected to say that the Senate bill does not have a penalty for a break in coverage , or a waiting period to use insurance. Read More »

Cindy expected to weaken after landfall; rain still expected

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On Wednesday, the storm claimed one life in Alabama and produced widespread heavy rainfall , along with isolated tornadoes. However, the weather service said there isn't a reason to be concerned in the Charlotte area. On Friday evening, Gov. Jim Justice planned to attend a candlelight service at Rainelle United Methodist Church in the area hardest-hit by the flooding. Read More »

Huge Tax Breaks in the Senate GOP Health Care Plan

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Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts . WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued. Read More »

A look at special counsel Robert Mueller's team of lawyers

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Donald Trump could face an immediate impeachment process if he were to fire special counsel Robert Mueller , Democrats have warned as rumors intensify that Trump wants to bring an end to the Russian Federation investigation. "I think that's a tough thing for a defense lawyer". "That's constitutional rights and protections under the president's authority as commander in chief", Sekulow said on "Fox and Friends". Read More »

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 »