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Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal bill, move on to other issues

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Some on the right agree Texas is getting a raw deal. Some have argued it is an asset. Without the mandatory coverage of essential benefits, the health law's limits on out-of-pocket spending would be "essentially meaningless" because it applies only to those essential services, according to a blog post on Thursday by Timothy Jost , an Emeritus law professor at Washington and Lee University. Read More »

First casualty for House Freedom Caucus after health care meltdown

The strength of the Freedom Caucus lies in its ability to block the Republican House majority from passing bills on party-line votes if its members deem them insufficiently conservative . We were captives in an internal House caucus fight. In a comment that channels what Trump said Sunday, McClintock protested the group's tactics as playing right into the hands of the Democrats. Read More »

Dylann Roof's friend sentenced to prison

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Yet Meek was not punished Tuesday for failing to notify authorities of Roof's plans before the shooting, as this does not constitute a criminal act. Meek also knew Roof had a gun. Instead, he was prosecuted for stopping a friend immediately after the attack from calling the police to report Roof as a suspect. In a deal with prosecutors, Meek pleaded guilty to concealment of a crime and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Celebrities Speak Out About Missing Black Girls In DC

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Makayla Randall , pictured on the far right, has been missing since October 1, 2012 and was last seen in Oak Park, Missouri. Numerous children are also minorities. It seems the strategy of getting the word out definitely works - unfortunately people have a tendency to add their own facts and get things wrong on social media. Read More »

Unsettled weather ahead for the workweek

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If you have any yardwork to get done this week, save it for Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Cloudy for a while with some rain, drizzle and fog, then clouds and some sunny breaks, milder. Wednesday: Partly sunny. High: 50s. Good evening! Looking at rain showers beginning tonight and continuing into the day tomorrow. Our next weather system moves in Friday , bringing a chance of rain and cooler temperatures, in the lower 50s. Read More »

School burglar caught with his trousers down

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Most burglars are caught red-handed, but one alleged thief in Arizona was caught by his own trousers. Witnesses said the hapless fellow had been seen trying to open some doors at Miles Elementary School at around 10.30 on Friday morning. Sensibar and Woodall snapped a photo and shared their story on Facebook. KGUN has reached out to TUSD and Tucson Police for a comment regarding the situation. Read More »

Gorsuch nomination not shaken in hearings

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They have been unable to unearth any hint of scandal or impropriety in Gorsuch's years as a private lawyer or a judge on Colorado's 10th Circuit. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the. "If I have to change the rules to put this man on the Supreme Court, I will", Graham said. "His nomination will have a cloture vote". Nevertheless, the national interest requires that Democrats judge Gorsuch "on the merits", as Sen. Read More »

First Report: Luke Maye Shoots UNC Past Kentucky

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Seconds later, UNC's celebration began. Well, Harris made it official Sunday that he would indeed become a Tar Heel. The national semifinals in Phoenix will feature No. Not a chance, though. Kentucky guard Malik Monk had just knocked down the second of his two 3-pointers inside the final 40 seconds, this one with 7.2 seconds remaining. Read More »

One dead, 16 injured in OH nightclub shooting

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That person's identity remains unknown. He had reportedly said that he had shot two Iranians after shooting the Indians. No arrests have been made. Police ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack. But a bystander told the Cincinnati Enquirer security was not screening patrons. Gunfire erupted shortly after one a.m. Police say a fight inside the nightclub set off a shooting rampage. Read More »

Sweet: Trump blames Dems, but Obamacare now his problem

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At the beginning of the day, Trump told Republicans to vote on the bill Friday or he would leave the ACA intact and move on to other legislation. The end of the most recent season coincided with Trump's first days in office, and the new administration yanked some advertising meant to encourage sign-ups - resulting in a small dip in enrollment by the final deadline. Read More »

Woman killed in Valley Head crash Tuesday, two others injured

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Tuesday in northeast Alabama . Summerville said the incident happened on Alabama 117 at mile marker 9. "It's such a awful thing to happen", Dekalb County Coroner Tom Wilson told a local outlet. About a half hour after Patterson's accident, police said her 8-year-old daughter Libby Patterson was hit by a auto while crossing the street on the same highway. Read More »

Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting Leaves 1 Person Dead and 15 Injured

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Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the bar was very crowded at the time when several men got into a dispute at the bar and shots were fired by several people. This is the third shooting at this nightclub since 2015.There was one in September and one on New Years. Several hundred people were inside the large club. Read More »

Authorities Release Identities of Four Killed in Northern Califo

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They say his sister, 14-year-old Mia Vasquez, was a goalie on her school's soccer team. He had just transferred from John Cabrillo Elementary School more than a week ago. They have not named a motive or said what relationship he has to the dead. A candlelight vigil is being held on Saturday night for the four victims who were killed in South Land Park. Read More »

Why Republicans were in such a hurry on health care

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That company may offer several plans. Another freaky thing about Ryan's plan is that it doesn't solve the problems many Republicans point to in Obamacare, such as eliminating government-mandated health benefits. The upside to eliminating the essential benefit clause is it would nearly assuredly lower premiums, perhaps enticing younger, healthier adults to enroll (which has been one of the biggest challenges for Obamacare). Read More »

Snake hitches free ride on Alaska flight

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Passengers on an Alaskan flight were freaked out after it was discovered there was some loose cargo on board: an actual live snake! A man apparently brought the snake onto the plane at Aniak in southwest Alaska without registering it, then exited the plane at Anchorage not realizing that it had gotten loose and was still on the plane, CBS News reported . Read More »

SC's Sanford and Graham see chance for better healthcare bill

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The bill would have repealed almost $1 trillion in taxes enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , but it coupled the tax cuts with spending cuts for Medicaid so it wouldn't add to the budget deficit. The deduction reduced their federal tax bills by almost $70 billion. Trump, who swiped at the House Freedom Caucus in a tweet ahead of the vote on Friday, has made clear he wants to move on to tax reform. Read More »

Art of the deal fails Trump as healthcare bills pulled from vote

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the news site Axios Friday that he has been overseeing the administration's tax reform bill for the past two months. The question is what the package ends up looking like. Neither Trump nor Ryan indicated any plans to try to tackle healthcare legislation again anytime soon. Read More »

Immigration officials arrest 61 people during sweep in Nevada

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Some of those arrested had previously been removed from the United States and illegally reentered. One person was convicted on a traffic offense. He also did not receive clear answers on whether the agency would target young undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Read More »

Trump on Obamacare defeat: 'We were very close'

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All the Democrats were expected to vote against it. Schumer spoke two days after House Republicans pulled their health care bill at the last minute to avoid a certain defeat. The uncertainty of those final moments as Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Ryan worked back rooms and phone lines to squeeze out a victory, sent restless Republicans out into the hallways of Congress. Read More »

MS governor joins others in backing GOP health plan

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More than 24 million people received health care from community health centers in 2015. The original budget office scoring released on March 13 projected that the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion from 2017 to 2026, increase the number of uninsured by 14 million people, and reduce premiums by 10 percent by 2026. Read More »