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Supreme Court Effectively Strikes Down 2 Congressional Districts In North Carolina

Before the redistricting, the two districts did not have a majority of African-American voters, but had consistently elected candidates who were the preference of most African-American voters. When state lawmakers draw district lines following a decennial census, they're legally permitted to consider race as a factor, but as Vox's report explained , "to use race as a predominant factor, the state has to have a compelling interest". Read More »

G7 deadlocks on climate after USA declines to confirm Paris deal


The United States, meanwhile, confirmed "a period of reflection" on the issue, Gentiloni said . He had previously threatened to pull out. The US leader, concluding his first overseas trip in office, was due to fly home later Saturday without giving the customary close-of-summit press conference. Read More »

Gov Dayton Undecided on Budget Bill


Mark Dayton to put the final details on a budget deal. Rep. Sandy Layman (R- Cohasset) indicated she felt good about the accomplishments this session. The Democrat said Friday afternoon he was "genuinely undecided", weighing his concerns about a tax bill he anxious would risk the state's financial stability against the risk of a possible government shutdown if he vetoes them. Read More »

Exposing the Obvious About the GOP Health-Care Bill

The budget office also said the legislation would increase premiums by an average 15 per cent to 20 per cent over the next two years, but push premiums 10 per cent lower than they'd otherwise be by 2026. According to the CBO , older people with low incomes will be disproportionately impacted by the bill, which will increase health care premiums for the elderly in poverty by up to $13,000 in some cases. Read More »

Senate panel seeks documents from Trump campaign


President Donald Trump 's son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. Read More »

4 ways the proposed healthcare bill could affect moms


On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO ) released its analysis of the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA ), and the review contained positive budgetary news, but the overall impact of the bill on health insurance in the country is a larger question. Read More »

G-7 source: U.S. gets more time for climate pact answer


G7 leaders on Saturday wrapped up their annual summit with an unprecedented display of division over climate change as US President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies. In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation. Read More »

Southern rock trailblazer Gregg Allman dead at 69

Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. Gregg , left, and Duane Allman at Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1970. "We will all miss him". Most recently, the band made an appearance on the Top Rock Albums chart dated April 23, 2016, at No. 34 with Live from A&R Studios - a live LP recorded at New York's A&R Studios on August 26, 1971. Read More »

CBO Score Says AHCA Will Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

Trish Riley, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy, says "premiums do not tell the whole story". "If you buy a bike it will cost you less than a vehicle". Public opinion may be a factor: 44 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a Senator of member of Congress who supports the revised GOP healthcare plan. Read More »

Local Reaction To New CBO Score On Health Care Bill

Republicans also control the U.S. Senate, and many Republican Senators say there is no way they can pass the House bill without changes that would protect more consumers. That is because some states would seek waivers from health-care market rules that would allow healthy people to segregate themselves in their own cheap risk pool , leaving sicker people with skyrocketing costs. Read More »

Trump isolated at G7 talks over climate


As the G-7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members - Britain, France, Germany, Italy , Canada and Japan - renewed their commitment to the accord. Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter to announce that he would "make a final decision on the Paris Accord next week", but it was clear the USA president had been a substantial roadblock over the course of the summit. Read More »

Donald Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal


That tweet set a timeframe for the United States to quickly reconsider its original position, contained in the G7 communique , of abstaining from the pact. The Trump administration has argued that trade must be balanced and fair as well as free. But with Trump promising to build a "beautiful" wall on the US-Mexico border, it also said: "we reaffirm the sovereign rights of states, individually and collectively, to control their own borders". Read More »

G7 group to meet Osinbajo, other African leaders


Trump's pending review of US climate policies and decision not to make up his mind before the Taormina summit has braced environmentalists for the possibility of bland language that says little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and emissions under the Paris Agreement. Read More »

Senate laying groundwork for own health care replacement bill


Congress now begins a weeklong recess, with GOP senators still hunting for a health care overhaul plan that can win the support of no fewer than 50 senators, plus Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote. Abbott, who unlike other GOP governors nationwide has welcomed possible bathroom restrictions for transgender people, gave no indication Saturday whether the he might keep lawmakers in Austin. Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian peace deal: It's much harder than Trump thinks


Before departing for the Vatican - the final leg of the president's first overseas trip, which also included Saudi Arabia - Trump gave a keynote address at the Israel Museum. I know you've heard it before. He added that, while "America is prepared to stand with you - in pursuit of shared interests and common security. the nations of the Middle East can not wait for American power to crush this enemy for them". Read More »

Jury selection for Bill Cosby's sex assault trial could be completed Wednesday

Cosby , his lawyers and prosecutors are back in a Pittsburgh court Wednesday to complete jury selection, but 11 have already been seated and only one of them is black. The judge, though, found that prosecutors had other valid reasons to strike two black women from the jury pool earlier this week. His team had been concerned that any juror from Montgomery County might be biased by the media that has surrounded the case in the area. Read More »

Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89

He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his... Carter issued a statement late Friday, calling Brzezinski a "brilliant, dedicated and loyal", adding: "I will miss him". commando mission to rescue the hostages, after which he resigned. The mission never reached the hostages, and eight servicemen died when their aircraft crashed. Read More »

Trump Breaks With Other G7 Nations, Delays Committing to Paris Climate Accord


Trump's surprise announcement, in the form of a tweet on the final day of his lengthy worldwide trip, comes after Trump declined to commit to staying in a sweeping climate deal, refusing to give into intense global pressure. "His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States". Concluding two days at the G-7 Summit, Mr. Trump said his meetings on trade and security were fruitful. Read More »

Iconic US diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89

Mika Brzezinski on Instagram called him "the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have". From 1977-1981, Brzeziński served as national security adviser U.S. Brzezinski's admirers focused on achievements that included the full normalization of US relations with China, an expanded USA role in the Middle East that produced an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, and skillful involvement behind the scenes that kept Poland's 1980 Solidarity revolt against communist rule ... Read More »

Gregg Allman, Southern rock legend, dead at 69

Back in March (17), he chose to scrap all of his 2017 scheduled performances to focus on getting well. In a 45-year run with the Allman Brothers Band , Allman and his raspy tenor put a stamp on such signature songs as the bluesy " Midnight Rider " or the sweetly melodic " Melissa ". Read More »