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Sketch artist recreates Sean Spicer briefing after White House camera ban

Based on the how the bill is now drafted, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Mike Lee (R-UT) have issued a joint statement of opposition. "The White House press secretary is getting to a point where he's just kind of useless", Acosta said after the Monday briefing. "I don't think that the be all and end all is whether it's on television or not". Read More »

Cindy: More rain in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia


In the low-lying Louisiana town of Lafitte, south of New Orleans, Mayor Tim Kerner urged residents in and around the town to seek higher ground because of rising water. Kentucky Emergency Management officials are gearing up for potential heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy. At 4 p.m. Read More »

Senate healthcare overhaul: Hopes and hurdles

But that ended Thursday after Senate Republicans unveiled their health care bill . "It's the only way I'm going to vote yes". When it comes to managing Republicans' best interests, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, rarely loses. Read More »

Gunman acted alone in Alexandria shooting

Steve Scalise , R-La., the House majority whip. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has undergone several surgeries and remains at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in fair condition . Hodgkinson has been previously charged with battery, with one incident allegedly involving him aiming a shotgun at a young man, and in March his neighbors complained about him shooting 50 rounds on his own property. Read More »

"No Nexus to Terrorism" in Congressional Baseball Shooting


Timothy Slater , special agent in charge of the criminal division for the Washington field office , would not classify it as a hit list , saying it was only "a piece of paper". "I had a great meeting with Steve-O this morning and he's bright, he's alert", Ryan said. Hodgkinson's arrest in 1992 by Illinois State Police for suspicion of resisting and obstructing a peace officer also was dismissed. Read More »

Fifth Republican senator opposes chamber's health-care bill


After almost eight years in a dark closet, the Republican Senate's version of a health care bill has finally seen the light of day. "In this form, I will not support it", he told a news conference in Las Vegas on Friday. "It's not that they're opposed", he said. "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 »

Church calendar for Saturday, June 17


Monday for Saturday publication. Christian Fellowship Church , 9074 Old Marlin Road. Guest speaker: Rev. Sammy Edmond, Mansfield Avenue Baptist Church , Fort Worth; keynote speaker: Rev. White Oak Grove Baptist Church , 9012 Mellon Road, Sutherlin, will hold a Four Season Tea at 6 p.m. June 24 with music by The Williams Sisters and The Richardson Brothers. Read More »

GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

As of today, five Republican senators oppose the senate's bill. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill. He said "small tweaks" during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". Although Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure " mean " last week. Read More »

Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill

The 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump by rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to millions of Americans since it was passed in 2010. Read More »

Trump Uses Georgia Victory To Taunt Democrats


Ossoff's loss, while a stinger for Democrats, is hardly a crushing blow to the party in the long term. . "Republicans will continue to run ads trying to demonize whoever is the Democratic Leader", said Drew Hamill, Pelosi's spokesman. "No, we're not inevitable", Brzezinski said. Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the ... Read More »

A weakening Cindy heads inland, spreading rain far and wide


The weather Friday was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia a year ago. McGill reported from New Orleans. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has numerous reports of street flooding in the southern part of the state but no major damage or injuries. Read More »

Tax cuts for rich are part of the Senate GOP health bill

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the bill through his chamber next week. "This current draft doesn't get the job done", said Sen. A majority of Americans, 51 percent, have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, the law's highest mark ever in the seven-year tracking poll; 41 percent said they had an unfavorable view. Read More »

Casey heads to Pennsylvania to hammer Senate health bill

The Senate bill looks a great deal like the House bill , which would leave 23 million more people without insurance over the next 10 years , according to the Congressional Budget Office . "I will be voting no". Cassidy, who proposed health care legislation that was sidelined by Senate GOP leadership, also was non-committal in his statement about the proposal released Thursday , saying it had some positive elements. Read More »

Trump says GOP thrives with Pelosi in power

While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader previous year - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership. Read More »

Four GOP Senators, including Johnson-WI, withhold support from health care bill

On Facebook , Obama said "fundamental meanness" was at the heart of the bill. One such protester was Phillip Corona, who said he traveled from Wisconsin to make his fears known to lawmakers in the case that Medicaid is slashed. 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 »

Second mistrial declared in police shooting of Cincinnati man

Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a second mistrial in the murder case after receiving a note from the jury. "We are nearly evenly split regarding our votes", the jurors wrote to the judge . Tensing then reaches into the auto with his left hand and yells "Stop!" twice before pulling out his gun and shooting a single shot in the DuBose's head. Read More »

13 ways the Senate GOP health-care plan could impact MI

He predicted that his call for a preservation of Medicaid expansion would lose the support of the more conservative senators from non-expansion states in the GOP Senate conference. Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not flawless, nor could it be the end of our efforts. Read More »

Expect a rainy New Orleans weekend after Tropical Storm Cindy


Tropical Storm Cindy has come ashore in the gulf, bringing high winds and heavy rain and weakening to tropical depression Cindy . In Knoxville, Tennessee, the power-generating Tennessee Valley Authority, said it was drawing down water levels on nine lakes it controls along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, anticipating heavy runoff from Cindy's rains once the storm moves inland. Read More »

Brendan Dassey lawyers petition for his release


Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit Court room in Wisconsin in 2006. It appears to be a classic case of a false confession, and with questionable evidence and many odd coincidences leading to his uncle's conviction in the murder, there's plenty of people who are convinced that neither Dassey nor Avery were actually at fault. Read More »

Tri-State Braces for Possible Impacts From Tropical Depression Cindy


The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometres) are expected to push river and lake levels higher in coming days as what remains of an earlier tropical storm crosses Tennessee and Kentucky and enters West Virginia. But the heaviest downpours are expected in East Texas, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Elsewhere, the MS coast received some of the heaviest rain. Read More »