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Sen. Johnson: More time needed to evaluate health care bill

It comes down to costs. The bill , which was written behind closed doors , is facing its fair share of criticism from Democrats who say that it negatively mimics the House's plan. "That should be the central issue for Republicans - repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable", said Cruz in a statement to CNN . Read More »

Maryland, DC Attorneys General Announce Lawsuit Against Trump

Mr Trump's unique status as both President and the financial beneficiary of his global business empire raised questions about the emoluments clause of the constitution even before he took office. The suit is the first to be filed by a governmental entity, but it is the third such suit targeting Trump for refusing to divest from his private business and allegedly benefiting from foreign agents and other guests with business before the federal government who patronize Trump's properties. Read More »

Senate Republicans just lost a key vote on their healthcare bill

Cruz, in a separate statement , said, "As now drafted , this bill draft does not do almost enough to lower premiums". The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes. But, I say we give it a chance. Sens. 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 efforts. Read More »

Insurance group encouraged by GOP bill

Senate Republican leaders released on Thursday a draft health-care bill, supposedly created to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act . "It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference Friday in Las Vegas, but he did not rule out supporting a reworked version. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm worth the trouble.' Conservatives agree


And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi. Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling former President Barack Obama's health law. Read More »

Senate Healthcare Bill Already in Trouble


The recent rally in hospital and HMO stocks means the Senate Republicans' health-care bill will not pass, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday. "This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Mr Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas. Read More »

Rep. Moulton calls for new Democratic leadership


But at her weekly press conference, Pelosi shrugged of concerns that she was dragging down the party. But for every Democratic official or operative publicly calling for new leadership, there are others who privately express the same sentiment. Read More »

Sen. Dean Heller Is the First Moderate "No" on Trumpcare

Heller's announcement makes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's goal of securing 50 of his party's 52 votes by next week even tougher. One of the most controversial aspects of the senate bill is its treatment of Medicaid . "Like in the House bill , older people around 58, 59, 62, who were lower income will certainly wind up paying a lot more for their health insurance if this bill passes in its current form". Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy Knocks Out Power to Thousands


U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin traveled to another community, White Sulphur Springs, for the dedication of a memorial for eight victims there. Five people in that Appalachian town of 1,500 died in the disaster that piled up water, mud and debris in homes, businesses and streets. Read More »

Health Insurers Concerned by 'Dramatic' Medicaid Cuts in Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to have a vote on the legislation before July 4. Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to cancel a scheduled vote because a split between conservatives and moderates left him without enough support in his party to pass the measure. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing USA student Warmbier: KCNA

The United States is expected to take some measures in response to the death of the former detainee, who passed away Monday while under intensive care at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had been incarcerated for more than a year in North Korea after allegedly stealing a political slogan while on a trip to the capital Pyongyang as a tourist. Read More »

Mitch McConnell works to rally GOP votes for Senate health bill

Not one Democrat plans on supporting the bill, which means Republicans can only afford to lose two more votes in the Senate or the bill will fail. Meanwhile Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are opposed to the bill cutting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood for a year. The top 1 percent of society will find their Obamacare taxes, those created to fund care for the poor, repealed. Read More »

Franken Among Those Calling GOP Health Care Bill "Cruel"

But other provisions aimed at enticing conservative senators could bring more sweeping cuts to the expansion program than the health care bill approved by House Republicans . Mr Obama said that though repealing and replacing Obamacare has become a core issue for Republicans, "we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course". Read More »

Cindy downgraded to tropical depression, but threat isn't over


Street and other flooding was reported in places such as Port Arthur, along Sabine Pass and the border with Louisiana, where Cindy made landfall early Thursday . But Cindy was also bringing rain to an area that needed it. Southeastern Arkansas hadn't seen significant rain in more than a week. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches over southern MS, southern and central Alabama and western Florida Panhandle are expected through Friday morning as well. Read More »

CNN uses sketch artist at no-camera White House briefing

Spicer said that the briefings don't need to be broadcast, even though it has been a longstanding tradition in The White House. Hennessy's presence highlighted the significant change in White House access that has taken place recently. Despite all of these restrictions, however, Spicer did give two on-camera interviews to Fox News on Friday. "The reality is that he wanted to make sure the truth came out and by talking about something like tapes it made people have to-made Comey in ... Read More »

Senate Health Bill: Dayton Disabilities Advocates Raise Alarms Over Medicaid Cuts

Sens. 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 efforts. "And we'll see if we can take care of that". Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. Read More »

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

WHCA President Jeff Mason said he met with White House press secretary Sean Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders , on Thursday to convey the reporters' concerns about the increasing number of off-camera briefings. A day earlier, CNN had hired Hennessy to cover the Supreme Court. "Until those changes happen, I think it has been made clear this is his preferred approach", said Scott McClellan, who was press secretary for President George W. Read More »

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Sketches are also common in courtroom trials. He has covered a wide range of cases, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, terror suspect trials, and Guantanamo Bay detainee hearings. The White House had held just three on-camera briefings over the past three weeks. Mason said he's asked the White House to allow networks to broadcast audio of all briefings, which wasn't permitted on several recent occasions. Read More »

Marker to honor couple who fought interracial marriage ban

Beginning in 2013, it was cited as precedent in US federal court decisions holding restrictions on same-sex marriage in the United States unconstitutional, including in the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. The national ACLU, the NAACP, the Japanese-American Citizens League, U.S. Catholic bishops and others had filed amicus briefs in support of the Lovings . Read More »