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EU leaders to weigh terrorism, defense ties, migration

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Tusk indicated that after weeks of negotiations, a decision on the procedure was close at hand but the final decision on the cities isn't expected until later this year. "So who knows? You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one", Tusk continued, quoting the often-invoked lyric from the late John Lennon's " Imagine ". Read More »

A victory for Donald Trump and Brian Mast in Georgia

Truman in 1952: "The people don't want a phony Democrat". Jon Ossoff supporter Jan Yanes, center, cries as the Democratic candidate for the 6th congressional district special election in Georgia concedes Tuesday night. Cynthia McKinney, who served several terms in Congress, most recently from 2005-2007, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics. Read More »

Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

With the exception of the Ossoff-Handel race, Democrats were competitive, as a growing number of voters perhaps are being turned off by Trump's failure to get much done and came out to the polls . The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election . Read More »

Les nouveaux équilibres du gouvernement — Macron

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Aucune des affaires qui empoisonnent le début du quinquennat n'a cependant donné lieu à ce stade à une mise en examen de Richard Ferrand , François Bayrou , Marielle de Sarnez ou Sylvie Goulard . Le président a indiqué qu'il avait " accepté " la démission de sa ministre et qu'il " respect (ait) son choix ". Laurent Wauquiez voit dans ces démissions " une crise gouvernementale majeure et un scandale politique ". Read More »

Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020

She and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chair of the House Democrats' campaign arm, stressed that in all of the special elections that took place in solidly red districts Democrats had significantly narrowed the gap. Kathleen Rice (D-Ny.) said on MSNBC Thursday. And progressive activists' willingness to pour millions of dollars' worth of small-dollar online contributions into Ossoff's campaign - donations fueled nearly entirely by a desire to deal Trump a political setback - was ... Read More »

Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral

Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion. Eastern Vision, a Hong Kong-based tour company that specializes in travel for university students and new graduates, stopped taking USA citizens on tours to North Korea in early 2016, after Warmbier's arrest. Read More »

Michael Barone: The Outlook After the Special Elections

The Twitter-verse isn't generally a friendly place, but the barrage of tweets following Republican Karen Handel's Tuesday victory in the much-watched Georgia congressional race were especially untoward - with much of the heat directed at conservatives. Read More »

Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

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Trump then followed up the Johnson tweet by asking why the Obama administration didn't "stop" Russia's hacking. In 2012, Trump claimed climate change was a Chinese hoax. today, including 10 years ago when he first hacked the exact same 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting machines used in the state of Georgia during Tuesday's Special Election for U.S. Read More »

Imagine! Lennon brings no peace, but discord at EU summit

Closer defence co-operation has been identified as an area in which the remaining European Union can make progress once the obstacle of British objections has been removed. "I would much rather that we have a good deal for Ireland in time than one that doesn't work for is in a shorter period". "If we back this image that Brexit perhaps would not happen, it brings an uncertainty". Read More »

Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill

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Already a handful of Republicans are not on board with the plan, as Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have put out a statement indicating they don't like the GOP plan - on the other end of the spectrum, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) don't like provisions dealing with Planned Parenthood. Read More »

Republican Karen Handel wins hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia

Tom Price , whose departure to join the Trump administration set off the months-long contest, won re-election a little more than six months ago by more than 20 points. "If we could just get a few votes from the Democrats", Trump said , "it would be so easy and so lovely". "We gotta address it or we're going to continue to lose". Read More »

Huge GOP Turnout Doomed Democrat in Georgia

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We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent not a smaller one. "And I will work just as hard to earn your confidence in the weeks and months ahead". Party leaders profess encouragement from the trends, but the latest losses mean they will have to rally donors and volunteers after a tough stretch of special elections. Read More »

Should Democrats be anxious about their losing streak?

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already hard day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats. However, Whoopi Goldberg disagreed and said she doesn't even consider the Democrats' loss to Republicans in Georgia an actual "loss". Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race. Read More »

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

Democrats also continue to have trouble fielding candidates who connect with voters, and they need to better explain how they're good for their districts, not just how Trump is bad for everyone. Republicans won two seats in the U.S. House late Tuesday, defeating Democrats in SC and also in the most expensive U.S. House race in history, Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Read More »

What's next on health care draft in Congress

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You just can't cut taxes the way Republicans want and have "insurance for everybody" like Trump promised. There is opposition to the bill from half a dozen Republicans and push back from Democrats. Also watch for Dean Heller of Nevada, who is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection next year and who represents a state that expanded Medicaid . Read More »

Hassan: Senate health care bill is "heartless"

Senate Republicans' health care bill , long-awaited and shrouded in secrecy throughout its crafting, was revealed Thursday with hopes for a vote on the measure in short order. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lashed out against the bill later on the floor, labeling it a tax break for wealthy Americans and warning against the cuts to Medicaid . Read More »

Here's what's in that secret GOP healthcare bill

The subsidies enabling low-income people to buy private health insurance are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill , a "major improvement" from a measure approved last month by the House that tied them exclusively to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins said . Read More »

Andre Ward becomes pound-for-pound king, stops Sergey Kovalev

The payoff in dollars and praise should be commensurate with the risk, and as Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter clearly realizes, the ratio only makes sense north of cruiserweight. At the time of the stoppage, Ward was up on two out of the three judges scorecards. When he was asked for a prediction last week, that was clear. Read More »

Saudi King Shuffles Succession, Hawkish DM Is Now Crown Prince

Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who holds the defense portfolio, will now be the deputy prime minister. Throughout the early morning, it aired footage of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef pledging allegiance to the younger Mohammed bin Salman , who knelt and kissed his cousin's hand. Read More »

Ex-Obama homeland security chief to face intelligence panel

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The testimony came a day after White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a briefing he did not know whether President Donald Trump believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee , asked Johnson. Johnson said in his opening remarks. He said it appeared as though hackers working on behalf of the Russian government were "scanning for vulnerabilities" in the US election. Read More »

Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

The bill can not be filibustered because it requires only a majority vote to pass. President Donald Trump said Wednesday night he hopes to "surprise" with a plan that has "heart". an expansion of ObamaCare. There was also an argument over Medicaid's growth rate going forward, with conservatives favouring lowering the growth rate in 2025. Read More »

Mohammed Bin Salman wins support of Riyadh's 'allegiance council'

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That country's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Wednesday congratulated the new crown prince on his new role, according to state news agency QNA. Sheikh Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League, described the appointment of the new crown prince as successful and promising given the national and worldwide prestige Mohammed bin Salman enjoys. Read More »

Verizon Opens Preorder for New iPad Pros #49869 - 06/07/17 02:27 PM

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While not exactly groundbreaking, iOS 11 does bring some useful features and improvements to the table like peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a redesigned Control Center . Apple described iOS 11 as "the biggest software releases ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features". Not everything is going to be this great after the release of Apple's mobile operating system. Read More »

Queen's speech does not mention Trump's United Kingdom visit

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The Queen said the "Great Repeal Bill" would repeal the European Communities Act, the 1972 legislation that enshrined Britain's membership of the European bloc. In her speech, the Queen gave details of proposals by May's government to pave the way for Britain's future outside of the EU. Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital with an infection hours after attending Royal Ascot with the Queen, Buckingham Palace says. Read More »

Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill

With only 52 GOP Senators, the bill won't pass if three of them vote "NO". Criticism after criticism that Republicans have lobbed at Democrats over the years about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed apply to a far greater extent to the health-care bill the GOP leadersip has been drafting covertly. Read More »

Amazon stumps up nearly $US14B for Whole Foods Market

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Inc. will pay $42 per share for Whole Foods Market Inc., including debt. And this headline from Business Insider helps explain it: Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods - and Walmart, Target, and Kroger should be terrified . Amazon already has made inroads into the supermarket business with its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service and a prototype checkout-free Amazon Go brick-and-mortar store, so far only open to employees. Read More »

U.S. sends B-1b bombers in show of force against North Korea

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A US diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure the release of American college student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) plans to attend his funeral in OH on Thursday. The US regularly conducts "assurance and deterrence" bomber flights with its military partners in the region, but the drills are often criticized by North Korea as provocative acts. Read More »

Senate Republicans unveil healthcare bill

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The Senate measure includes deep cuts to Medicaid, fundamentally reshaping that program from an open-ended government commitment to a system of capped federal payments that limit federal spending. Holding yet another campaign-style rally in his first months in office, President Trump taunted Democrats about the GOP's wins in the special congressional elections in Georgia and SC. Read More »

Protests Ahead of Major Health Care Bill Debut

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Senate conservatives also seemed wary of the emerging bill. With the Congressional Budget Office unable to release its analysis of any GOP plan until next week, there might be only a handful of days between publication of the official scorekeepers' estimates of what the bill would do to Americans' health care and the Senate vote. Read More »