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Qatar Downplays Effects of Diplomatic Crisis

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Morocco said it would send plane-loads of food to Qatar to boost supplies there after Gulf Arab states cut diplomatic and economic ties with Doha . He hoped that the Gulf crisis would soon be resolved in the best interest of the Ummah. They've also hired former Attorney General John Ashcroft's firm as its lobbyist, agreeing to pay US$2.5 million (S$3.45 million) to get help complying with USA money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulations and to stress its efforts to combat ... Read More »

GOP turnout confounds pollsters in Georgia election

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Pelosi said she respected critical opinions, but, "my decision to stay is not up to them". Joe Cunningham, running for the House in SC, promised on Wednesday morning that he would not vote for Pelosi for Speaker if elected. "You see these commercials that tie these candidates to Leader Pelosi week in and week out in the past several months". Democrats have now lost all four opportunities to win in special elections so far this year, following earlier losses in Republican-held ... Read More »

Trump kicks Nancy Pelosi when she's down

Our DCCC polling team and outside pollsters went into dozens of districts in the last few months to learn: Is the momentum real? According to the Washington Post , Pelosi had 98 percent name recognition in the district but her approval rating was "35 points underwater". Read More »

Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

The Senate measure maintains much of the structure of a House bill passed in May but differs in several key ways. The House approved its version of the bill last month. However, with a 52-48 majority, the Republicans are not certain to be able to pass the bill, especially since some appear to be less than impressed with the legislation. Read More »

Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill . While many have expressed concern over funding cuts to the Medicaid expansion population, one analyst believes they may not even ever happen. Read More »

How do health bills, ACA compare?

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U.S. Republican Senator Dean Heller said on Friday he would not support a health care bill unveiled by the Senate Republican leadership in its current form, becoming the fifth Republican senator to oppose the draft legislation, MSNBC reported. Read More »

PM Modi to boost trade, security ties during three-nation tour

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Openings in foreign investment notwithstanding, India's continued embrace of its government-funded public sector enterprises continues to disturb foreign investors and stifle the domestic private sector. President Trump looks forward to "advancing our common priorities? fighting terrorism , promoting economic growth and reforms and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region", according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Read More »

Republican Senate health bill decried by Reform movement

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Democrats say they offered to help fix Obamacare but were rebuffed. Reaction to the proposal ranged from lukewarm to outright derision. John Thune of South Dakota said Thursday he didn't think Paul, despite saying he wanted to work with leadership on the legislation, would ever "be there" in the "yes" camp. Read More »

Johnson: Senate bill doesn't address health care costs

Democrats have blasted the Senate bill , with some calling it " meaner ". (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington . Read More »

Democratic Losses in Special Elections

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Some Democrats saw Handel's failure to maintain the 23-point lead won by the district's previous Republican victor - current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - as a positive sign for the future. Both candidates tried to focus on local issues and avoided mentioning Trump, whose approval rating sits at 37 percent, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. Read More »

Is Nancy Pelosi in Trouble?

Other Democratic leaders echoed his sentiment. And anyway, parties don't win the House by winning the 24 (what the Democrats need) easiest seats; they fail to win some with a better partisan balance and pick off a few that look hard going in. Read More »

A majority of Americans now say they like Obamacare. That's a first

The announcement comes after weeks of discussions behind closed doors. Texas' two USA senators are split over their chamber's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead". A quarter of Coloradans use Medicaid , and because the Senate health care bill wants to roll back the expansion, it could affect The Centennial State in a major way. Read More »

Republicans reveal bill to replace Obamacare

Mitch McConnell , the Senate majority leader, is expected to bring the healthcare bill to a vote next week. WASHINGTON (AP ) - Republican Sen. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. Read More »

DNC Chairman Tom Perez suggests Democrats could 'take 50 seats' in House

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Ossoff and his opponent, Republican Karen Handel - who won the seat on Tuesday evening with 52% of the vote - spent a combined $50 million raised from national Democratic and Republican organizations. Especially in a constituency like Georgia , which has been in Republican hands since 1979. Overall, Wasserman found, Democrats outperformed the voting tendencies of their districts by 8 percentage points in this year's special elections , a good omen for 2018 even if they did ... Read More »

Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

The Commonwealth Fund said that ME would lose 10,000 jobs and shave nearly $1 billion off the value of its economy by 2026 under the American Health Care Act approved by the House. The more precious the metal, the better - but more expensive - the coverage. For the next two years, the Senate would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people. Read More »

Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination in Narendra Modi's presence

Though the Opposition parties are well aware that the numbers in the Presidential race do not favour them, they nevertheless made a decision to field a common candidate to make a political statement. "They are saying we finalized the Presidential candidate without consulting them". With huge numbers in his favour, Ram Nath Kovind , BJP's candidate for the post of president of the Indian Union, is sure to settle down at Raisina Hills soon. Read More »

Murkowski reviewing Senate Republican health care bill

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state". The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes. His mention of "meanness" in the Senate bill was a swipe at Trump having called the House version of the repeal legislation "mean" during a private meeting with Republican senators last week. Read More »

Karen Handel speaks to FOX 5 following 6th District win

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Kathleen Rice , D-N.Y., on Friday. In 15 years, she's raised nearly $570 million for Democratic campaigns. It's about all they can do. "I said on April 18th, primary night, that for Republicans it needed to be all hands on deck, from the foot soldiers on the ground, all the way up to the Vice President and the President", said Handel. Read More »

GOP senator is latest to oppose health bill

The Senate bill puts the burden back on states to make up the cost, something that could be tough in Colorado, where voters have to approve all tax increases. Following the release of the proposal, protesters gathered outside Capitol Hill in Washington , while several Republican senators also seemed to echo Mr Obama's bipartisan pleas. Read More »

Political Junkie Ken Rudin: GOP Senators Unveil Health Care Plan And More

The Senate Republicans' Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) ends Medicaid expansion by 2024, and also makes additional cuts to the overall program starting in 2025. The state has added 200,000 more people to its program under the Obama overhaul. But I think we're going to get there. With women's voices conspicuously absent from much of Senate Republicans' discussions, the health care bill's restrictions on basic health services for women indicate to critics that Republicans failed ... Read More »

What The Democratic Loss in Georgia Means For The Midterms

Trump said his early successes are driving his critics "crazy". And after Republican Karen Handel pulled out the win, the leadership-backed superPAC said using the Democratic leader prominently was one of its most effective tactics. Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader's ouster after Tuesday's special election loss in Georgia. But Georgia 6 was the most moderate by far. Read More »

Senate Healthcare Bill Makes Major Cuts to Medicaid

The plan gets rid of those mandates. The legislation caps per-person payments to the states, giving the states a new incentive to run the program efficiently. The day started in dramatic fashion as Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally revealed the Senate's version of the Obamacare replacement. Read More »

Karen Handel Victory Has Silver Lining for Democrats

Some liberals are putting an optimistic spin on things: It's a good sign for Dems, they argue, that Ossoff got as close as he did to victory in a district that hasn't voted blue since Jimmy Carter was president. "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out, ' Trump tweeted Thursday morning". "I think our leadership owes an explanation of what happened, how resources were spent, but also a plan going forward", Moulton said yesterday. Read More »

Some Dems Want Pelosi Out as House Minority Leader

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The coach would be out and there would be a new strategy put in place", the NY lawmaker added. We need a vision-where are we going? "The margins that we've been able to close and the gap narrowing is incredibly encouraging", said Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson Texas Democratic Party . Read More »

Au tour de François Bayrou de démissionner — France

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Il s'agit de la juriste et membre du Conseil constitutionnel Nicole Belloubet , nommée à la Justice où elle succède à François Bayrou , et Florence Parly aux Armées pour succéder à Sylvie Goulard . "Nous n'avons pas le sentiment qu?il y ait de difficulté politique avec le MoDem", a-t-on dit dans l'entourage d'Emmanuel Macron . Ce témoin ajoute également que certains de ces eurodéputés du parti de François Bayrou se seraient plaint de ne pas " pouvoir disposer de ces assistants qui ... Read More »

Trump signals willing to work with Republicans on healthcare bill

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The White House has yet to speak out against or in favor of the Senate AHCA bill. Trump's assertion few hours ago that he has helped pass and signed 38 Legislative Bills, mostly with no Democratic support, and gotten rid of massive amounts of regulations is of no use in case of Obamacare as long as the whole Republican Party stands behind him. Read More »

Donald Trump could win 2020 presidential election, here's why

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According to the New York Times , defending her position, Pelosi boasted about her effectiveness at the top of the Democratic party. In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" that aired on Friday, Trump said he would like Pelosi to stay right where she is because she has an "extraordinary record against her". Read More »

Democrats secretly met to plan the ouster of top party leader

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Ryan said Pelosi stands in the way of the party's goal of flipping control of the House back in their favor for the first time since 2010. Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters. Read More »

Four Republican senators not ready to vote for healthcare bill

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens. "Now it's failed - it's virtually out of business - Obamacare is a disaster, and we're trying to do something in a very short period of time", Trump said. Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday is even worse in some ways than the disgusting bill the House narrowly approved in May. The Senate would determine who gets tax credits to help buy insurance by income, rather than age. Read More »

SA Govt Asks Trump to Reconsider Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

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It is hard to claim President Donald Trump's decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord on climate change will necessarily have a negative long-term effect on the environment. Through cooperation, Nairobi, Kigali, Cape Town and other cities in Africa are taking advantage of European experiences in clean transport, energy efficiency and clean tech. Read More »

Trump takes veiled shot at Obama for Warmbier's late release

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The North Koreans compared this Trump " wag the dog " scenario to former President Bill Clinton using military strikes on Iraq to distract from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, claiming that Trump would use the same tactic to avoid a "tough situation" in the US that could lead to his impeachment. Read More »

Compare the Senate, GOP health bills and 'Obamacare' on key issues

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would hurt children by scaling back Medicaid . It is clear that the bill passed by the House in May will not meet the challenges of our health care system. Asked how those sorts of people would have more access if the measure would result in Medicaid cuts , Scott offered a complete mischaracterization of the bill. Read More »

Everyone Loves The Jersey This Fan Wore To The NBA Draft

There was something, that he didn't want to play for the Celtics. Jackson will be a good National Basketball Association player, but the question is if he can be great. In order to make good and consistent player decisions, we need to be on the same page and all in on a style of play". Of course, this is all part of the Lakers' efforts to acquire Paul George , who has expressed interest playing near his childhood home, without a contending team swooping in with a better offer for Indiana. Read More »