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Kansas health care experts critical of Senate GOP's 'repeal-and-replace' plan

None of the Senate's 48 Democrats are expected to support the package, meaning the legislation survives only if no more than two Republicans vote no. Brian Sandoval in Las Vegas. It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025. Read More »

EU's Barnier assures Britons of compromises on Brexit

British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (2L) and his delegation attend a meeting with European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier (2R) and his delegation at the start of Brexit negotiations at the European Commission in Brussels on June 19, 2017. Read More »

Dems turn against party leaders following losses

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Pelosi added that Republicans have long sought to target Democratic leaders in their advertising, "and usually they go after the most effective leaders". In response to Ossoff's completely undebatable suggestion that many working people have a hard time making ends meet, she said, "That's the difference between conservatives and liberals; I don't believe in a livable wage". Read More »

Democrats and the losing politics of contempt

US President Donald Trump knocked Democrats on Wednesday for obstructing his agenda, one day after a fellow Republican won a congressional race in Georgia that was widely seen as a referendum on his young, turbulent presidency. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing spec. "I don't think anyone who is truly left-of-center would be in a situation where they would have had a hard choice to make over Ossoff or Handel", Owens said. Read More »

Special election results herald shift in thinking | Letters

The Georgia race featured a nail-biting finish , with the possibility of flipping a traditionally-Republican district. The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars. Read More »

North Korea conducts rocket engine test, says US official

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A midrange ballistic missile was launched from a test site in Hawaii, but an interceptor missile launched from USS John Paul Jones missed the target, the agency said . "We have come to a stalemate when it comes to North Korea ", she said in response to a question from news.com.au. Without this information, the USA could fail to completely eliminate North Korea's rapidly progressing nuclear threat in the first throes of a war, potentially unable to stop an attack on the U.S. Read More »

South Korea conducts missile test with warning to North Korea

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Furthermore, if North Korea imploded, China would have to be directly involved in the creation of a buffer State to avoid both South Korea's contagion and the direct confrontation with the USA forces. First, THAAD is essential not only to protect South Koreans, it is also essential to our ability to protect the 38,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stationed there. Read More »

Israel Mocks Iran's First Strike on ISIS in Syria As 'A Flop'

The launch of surface-to-surface, medium-range missiles into Syria's Deir el-Zour province comes as Islamic State militants fleeing a USA -led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there. President Bashar al-Assad's forces, aided by Iranian-backed militias, have engaged in a race with FSA rebels in recent weeks to seize areas in the southeastern desert vacated by retreating Islamic State insurgents. Read More »

Cabinet reshuffle under way at Downing Street

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He will now head up the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which over the past year has been run by Andrea Leadsom . Responding to the appointment, Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation , which represents food and soft drink manufacturers operating in the United Kingdom, said: "It is a big boost that the Prime Minister has appointed one of the Cabinet's heaviest hitters to a ministry so significantly at the heart of Brexit ". Read More »

Pelosi Pushes Back: 'I'm Worth the Trouble'

With the president's approval numbers hovering below 40 percent, should the Democrats be anxious about their losing streak in what could be considered an election year's pre-season? Many are calling for new leadership. And Republicans say just narrowing the margins in red districts still spells a loss. She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go. Read More »

Justices could consider fight over electoral maps

While the term is named for Gerry , redrawing districts was not his invention. And typically, they draw districts to protect their incumbents and give their party an edge. He can speak about the potential impact of a possible Supreme Court ruling on redistricting rules nationwide. "The number of Democrats and Republicans is about the same, but the state assembly leans heavily toward Republicans because of how the lines were drawn", he says. Read More »

Democrat Leader Blames Gerrymandering For Special Election Loss

Ossoff spent an unprecedented $23.6 million in his runoff campaign against Republican Karen Handel , who raised $4.5 million. There were some elections in Georgia and SC that we didn't quite get to the finish line on, but you know what folks? To me, all the 2017 elections have done so far is support what we can already know from Donald Trump's approval ratings and the general pattern of mid-term and off-year elections, which is that 2018 should be a pretty good year for the Democrats. Read More »

Best NHL expansion team ever?: Vegas might have the cards

This comes after the NHL 's newest team made its expansion draft selections during Wednesday's awards show. "I'm really pleased with what's available", McPhee told reporters in Las Vegas on Sunday. But the biggest victor had to be the Minnesota Timberwolves, who extracted All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Timberwolves in a trade that still saw them pick in the first round. Read More »

MP: 15 arrested for 'sedition', after celebrating Pakistan's Champion Trophy win

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also announced a cash bonus of Rs 2.9 crore (Pakistani rupee) to the team as part of the contract, besides giving a cash bonus of Rs 1 crore to every player. A Pakistani man was arrested past year for waving an Indian flag when his idol, Indian batsman Virat Kohli , made a match-winning century. "This is the moment we were waiting for..." India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the ... Read More »

Pelosi defends herself as leader

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Mrs. Pelosi has been her party's leader since 2003, overseeing losses in 2004, big gains in 2006 and 2008, then watching as her party slipped into its smallest minority in almost a century. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". Handel also said that she would "absolutely" consider prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. Read More »

Defending Senate Repeal Effort, Trump Trashes Obamacare

The Senate version of Trumpcare goes even further, according to the draft released by Sen. President Donald Trump is waiting, eager to deliver on a campaign promise to repeal the law. "We'll have to see". Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) said there are parts of the bill he supports such as the expansion of association health plans and the reform of Medicaid. Read More »

Syrian Minister Says US War on ISIS "Fake"

Iran's missile strike on the Islamic State on Sunday appears to have been a massive failure, after it only two of the seven missiles fired actually hit their targets. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said coalition aircraft would continue to conduct "operations throughout Syria , targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for Coalition partner forces on the ground", and that their operations would not be changed in light of the Russian threat. Read More »

Minnesota health care interests cool to Senate health bill

That was then, and this is now an entirely different era. The centerpiece of the Senate bill is a series of major reductions in federal aid for health care. Within three hours, his Facebook message had garnered more than 300,000 "likes" and 97,000 shares. This reinsurance fund would give federal injections to insurers to help them cover higher-cost enrollees. Read More »

Health care poses a test of Trump's work with the Senate

The bill also makes major cuts and structural changes to Medicaid, a health insurance program relied upon by almost 75 million Americans - primarily low-income, disabled, and elderly. "It'll be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said. "And we'll see if we can take care of that", Mr Trump said, calling the group of conservative senators "four very good people". Read More »

Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

This is the first time since its 1980s war with Iraq that Iran has launched a major missile strike outside the country. On Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the missile strike was just a small part of the Islamic Republic's reaction to the "indiscriminate" attacks by the terror group on the Iranian soil. Read More »

Could The Stand's boss lead the SNP in Westminster?

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SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson was ousted by the Tories and hours later former first minister Alex Salmond lost his seat, in what has been described as the party's "Michael Portillo moment". Ms Dugdale said of Ms Sturgeon: "The one thing I would ask her to do is to shelve her plans for a second independence referendum". Labour's Lesley Laird took Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath from the SNP with 17,016 votes, while the SNP's Peter Grant held Glenrothes with a much reduced majority over ... Read More »

The official Brexit negotiations have begun

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday he still thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides". Despite this consensus, the issue is trickier than it looks. "This strongly suggests that it is the UK's weaker regions which are most exposed to Brexit ". Read More »

Franken Among Those Calling GOP Health Care Bill "Cruel"

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He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. "No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues. Fixing the bill to save Medicaid's expansion theoretically wouldn't convince any of them to change their vote, while further cuts could alienate other so-called "moderate" Republicans like Heller. Read More »

Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill's Passage Won't Support It

Well, North Carolina, for starters. "Page by page, this Republican plan forces Americans to pay more for less, less comprehensive health care coverage", said Sen. The Senate bill would phase out extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program. Read More »

Editor's Note: Anti-Trump isn't enough for Democrats

Some Democrats have blamed Pelosi for the party's loss in the Georgia special election on Tuesday. Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. Read More »

EU's Tusk says British offer on expats' rights "below expectations"

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "These proposals are frankly too little too late, and leave millions of people still facing unanswered questions over their futures here". Britain's prime-minister Theresa May gave a statement in front of the European Union board of leaders this Thursday, her first official discourse on the issue since the approval of the Brexit process and plan. Read More »

Qatar agree to $12bn military jet deal

Security Council sanctions lists and therefore any work with Qatar Charity was unaffected by the Arab states' blacklist. It gave no reasons for the move, but Djibouti had earlier downgraded its diplomatic ties with Qatar after the Gulf move against Doha . Read More »

Some Flights Canceled Out Of Phoenix Due To Heat

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The mercury also hit 100 degrees at 8:42 a.m., which was a few minutes earlier than Tuesday. Arizona is seeing the most stifling temperatures, but the wrath of the heat wave is being felt across Nevada and California as well. Triple-digit heat is in the forecast from Southern California up through the Central Valley. A couple of weeks ago, parts of interior ME had a heat wave and heat advisories were issued. Read More »