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West Virginia Senate passes amended tax bill


At the heart of the heartburn is the House's and Senate's failure to reach a compromise on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Wednesday was the 100th day of the Legislature's annual session. "We'll probably have a slightly different glide path for expansion states for a phaseout, " Thune said . The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, expressed disappointment after the vote. Read More »

Who said people are leaving Maine? Census records population growth


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he's not too concerned by last year's drop. Only North Dakota and the District of Columbia saw the addition of housing units increase by more than the pre-2007 levels of 1.4 percent. In the past, Salt Lake County, centered around Salt Lake City, developed largely independent of its southern neighbor, Perlich said. The census estimates are arrived at by using a formula that establishes a base population and considers births, deaths and net migration data. Read More »

Iran's Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit

In addition to increasing the voter turnout numbers during his speech, which can not be independently verified, Rouhani also focused on the lack of an election in the land of its arch-enemy, Saudi Arabia . " Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace , all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism", he said. Read More »

OPEC and other nations extend output cuts

But the news that the cuts will be extending for nine months past the end of June has sent the price of oil tumbling. But the intended impact could be short-lived. Oil prices continue to see pricing pressure because OPEC "keeps kicking the proverbial can down the road", said Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy, a Dallas oil and gas exploration and production company. Read More »

Fed ties rate hike to economic rebound

Stocks were slightly higher for most of the day as the market kept chipping away at the losses it suffered one week before. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 1.35 points, or 0.01 percent, to 20,939.26. In the oil space, WTI Crude at New York Mercantile Exchange gained 0.8% to USD51.75. The Canadian dollar strengthened to a five-week high of C$1.3402 per USA dollar CAD=D4 after the Bank of Canada was more upbeat about the economy than some investors had expected. Read More »

Fed minutes, updated GDP and perhaps more Trump trouble


They also discussed steps for shrinking the USA central bank's $4.5 trillion in bond holdings. U.S. markets made solid gains despite comments from the Federal Reserve regarding the likelihood of a rate rise in June, as well as a reinforcement of commentary on the need to address the Central Bank's balance sheet. Read More »

CBO: House GOP Health Care Rewrite Would Leave 23M More Uninsured

Rates, however, would vary widely depending on what benefits states require insurers to cover. The CBO found that the amendment, proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), will make the individual insurance markets more unstable in states that take full advantage of its provisions. Read More »

Ivanka terms Saudi visit 'amazing and historic'


Building on a munitions deal begun during the Obama administration, the weapons package was officially finalized in a signing ceremony just hours after Air Force One touched down in Riyadh - where the president was greeted with a thundering display of flying jets, blasting cannons and trumpets. Read More »

President Trump to meet leaders of NATO, which he once called 'obsolete'

In return, allies rattled by a resurgent Russian Federation will hope for a public display of commitment from Trump to Article 5 , the alliance's one-for-all collective defence pledge. "France and Germany believe it is". Trump had suggested this could depend on when allies paid their dues. Now only 5 of the 28 members spend the required 2% of their GDP on defence . Read More »

Manchester bombing: Three more arrested


Police have confirmed that three people have been arrested in connection the atrocity. Rudd, Britain's top domestic defense official, told BBC News on Wednesday that Monday's attack , in which 22 people were killed and 64 were injured, was a "devastating occasion". Read More »

Senate leaders await analysis of GOP health bill

The Democratic opposition, meanwhile, emphasized the negative consequences for people in light of the CBO analysis , focusing particularly on the loss of coverage for tens of millions of citizens. The video moves on to clips, followed by quotes, that illustrate some of the "lies" that Democrats are pushing, according to the GOP. Republicans in Congress generally focus more on reducing health costs than on expanding coverage. Read More »

Rouhani dismisses Trump warning over Iran 'threat'

Speaking alongside Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Mr Trump was referencing revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat during a recent meeting in Washington with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador. Read More »

Donald Trump's Budget, Spending Cuts Are 'Moral,' Mulvaney Says


Queens congressional members had choice words for President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal, claiming it will wick away vital resources from working class Americans to line the pockets of the wealthy with tax cuts. On May 23, Vox correspondent Matt Yglesias pointed out that for anyone over 35, annual growth of 3 percent "doesn't sound outlandish" because it is reminiscent of GDP growth during the 1990s. Read More »

Ford's new CEO promises a fit - but fun - company


Ford Motor Co .'s new President and CEO Jim Hackett expects Ford's ventures into self-driving cars and the massive amounts of data they generate will become profitable enough to help carry the automaker through the highs and lows of automotive sales cycles. Read More »

23M more to lose health care under Republican plan

The result, the CBO projects, will be that insurers will drop several benefits that now are mandated to be part of all insurance plans in those states. The House-passed bill, he said, “does not. "The AHCA is a first step but not the solution". As NPR's Susan Davis reported Wednesday , the Senate is likely to write its own version of the bill. Read More »

South Korea military suspects object crossing border was North Korean balloon


The Security Council statement emphasized "the vital importance" of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action". He also described North Korea as a "fully-fledged nuclear power". The council was due to meet behind closed doors yesterday. The North and the South regularly send balloons filled with information or propaganda into one another's countries, dropping leaflets for citizens to see. Read More »

23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

The analysis also found that by 2026, "an estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law". Healthcare in America is broken, and instead of fixing the mess, the Republicans passed a tax cut disguised as a health care law. That's $32 billion less than the estimated savings for the previous version of the bill. Read More »

Fed minutes: Officials back reducing bond holdings this year

Nothing in the material the Fed released Wednesday suggested otherwise. "But today's Fed minutes might provide them with the force they need to get the United States currency moving higher again", says Chris Beauchamp at IG. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 28 cents to $51.74 per barrel in NY while Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, climbed 29 cents to $54.44 a barrel in London. Read More »

Cabinet Members Testifying on Trump Budget on Capitol Hill


Mr Sanford said that the budget "assumes that the stars perfectly align" by promising an economic growth rate of 3 per cent but that such an economic surge wouldn't increase inflation. Guess who uses SSDI? "You have this perverse incentive effect going on, because the work requirements have been decimated", Kudlow said of Clinton-era policies that weaned people off government payments. Read More »

Oil prices steady as market awaits extended output cut


USA crude oil refinery inputs averaged 17.3 million barrels per day during the week ending May 19, 2017, 159,000 barrels per day more than the previous week's average. Higher crude prices would fatten profits for oil companies and energy services firms that make up the core of Houston's economy. This has not only ensured their continued operations but have made it easier for venture capital funds to offer their financial assistance, taking comfort that there is a floor below which prices ... Read More »

South Korea Fires Warning Shots At Unidentified Object From North Korea


North Korea in the past year has frequently dropped often-graphic leaflets in South Korea, attacking the country's conservative politicians and the US, but this is the first reported case of the propaganda balloons being sent south since the inauguration of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in administration earlier in the month. Read More »

Mulvaney defends plans to cut social programs


Similarly, Rep. Mark Sanford , R-South Carolina said, "I'm not seeing how you get there mathematically". There were 28 million beneficiaries of the programme before the recession, he said. The new program has been championed by Trump's daughter, Ivanka. Also lopped off is $192 billion for food assistance. His goal is to balance the federal budget in that time. Read More »

Trump pledges to help end Palestinian-Israeli conflict


The senator said that, while working to achieve peace is a "noble endeavor", doing so this time "won't be easier" than it has been in years past. To demonstrate its fairness, the Trump administration invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House weeks before Trump's trip to Israel . Read More »

OPEC likely to extend oil output cuts, but price relief elusive


Alan Eyre, the State Department official who keeps tabs on Middle East energy, was spot on: "The more success OPEC has in complying with and extending its November deal, the more it ensures [that] USA production bounces back". Brent has averaged about $54 a barrel since the end of November when OPEC members agreed to quotas. Asset management firm AB Bernstein said in a May 16 report that OPEC cuts would "lead to accelerated inventory drawdowns in the second half of 2017, but the return ... Read More »

Geely to acquire Malaysian carmaker Proton


Proton previously attempted to woo partners, but before now, the Malaysian government would not allow a foreign bidder to get in on the deal. "Our very own much-loved brand now has a real chance in making a comeback". It plans to launch the next-generation Elise in 2020, with the vehicle homologated for sales in the USA. The agreement with Geely, the parent company of Hong Kong-based Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd and Sweden's Volvo Car Group, is expected to be signed in July. Read More »

Purdue defends budget's food stamp cuts to angry Democrats

Medicaid spending would fall from 2 percent of the economy to 1.7 percent in 2027 due to the reductions in spending projections by Trump. He calls it "immoral". According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, bedrock Republican states that Trump won have long food-stamp rolls: 3.8 million people in Texas, 682,077 in Vice President Mike Pence's home state of in, 815,000 in Alabama and 1.6 million in Georgia, for example. Read More »

Kaine: 'Broken promises' in Trump budget

Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took heat for those proposals on Wednesday, with both Democrats and Republicans questioning his budget's unrealistic assumptions and blasting its huge cuts to programs for the poor to pay for more military spending. Read More »

Unity, consensus is solution against terrorism: Iranian President

Rouhani added that Hezbollah is a respected and trusted group among Lebanese people and accusing Hezbollah of being terrorists will not help solve the terrorism problem. In the final days of the presidential campaign, various global media reports had indicated that Rouhani had re-fashioned himself in the image of a reformist, as part of an effort to overcome voter apathy in the wake of a first term that led to no significant change in the domestic situation. Read More »

If Brazil president goes, here are possible replacements

Masks are displayed during a protest by non-governmental organization (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) against political corruption scandals in front of the National Congress in Brasilia , Brazil May 23, 2017. "President Temer will not allow that". This would argue for a continuation of the reform programme. Before that, he spent much of his career in the private sector. Read More »

Ariana Grande's mother escorted fans to safety after Manchester blast


Manchester chief constable Ian Hopkins did not give details of the suspects address or any further information about him. Investigators hunted Tuesday for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concert-goers still wearing the American pop star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. Read More »

In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments


I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are: "losers". The U.S. leader likely shied away from delving into further detail because of more pressing problems he faces at home and overseas, including growing allegations over his ties with Russia, North Korea's nuclear threat and the bloody civil war in Syria. Read More »