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'Skinny' Senate GOP healthcare bill fails early morning vote

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As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. US Republican Senator John McCain asks questions to Attorney General Jeff Sessions (unseen) during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017. Read More »

Judiciary member warns president on special counsel, attorney general

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The Republican senator on the committee, Lindsay Graham, told Trump not to fire Mueller or Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that if he did, there would be holy hell to pay. If Mr Trump were to order Mr Mueller fired and Mr Rosenstein refused - and then resigned, or was himself fired by Mr Trump - it could set up a repetition of the so-called Saturday Night Massacre of 1973, in which former president Richard Nixon's search for a Justice Department official willing to fire the ... Read More »

Palestinians celebrate as barriers removed from Jerusalem holy site

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The incident lead to Israel demanding Jordan respect the diplomatic immunity of diplomatic mission staff and Jordan demanding the Jordanian police be allowed into the Israeli embassy to look into the matter. "We will be able to offer prayers inside the compound", said Abdel-Azeem Salhab, director of the Islamic Waqf Council which administers al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Read More »

McCain Votes Against 'Skinny Repeal,' Bill Fails

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The promise of repeal has animated the Republican Party for seven years, and the defeat was a devastating loss for the GOP and President Trump . Later Tuesday, the GOP could only garner 43 votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Read More »

Priebus out as chief of staff, Trump names Kelly as replacement

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Having just hit its half-year mark, the Trump administration has already lost a number of senior officials, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn , former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey , former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke , former Deputy National Security Advisor Kathleen Troia McFarland and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Kate Walsh. Read More »

Trump to sign bill for new sanctions on Russian Federation

The reason Moscow acted now, instead of waiting to see what Trump will do with the sanctions bill, is that they feel the Senate is the important body when it comes to passing the bill. Now, a bipartisan majority in Congress seems to want to punish Russian Federation for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. Still, the hope for Trump reasserting himself on Russian Federation policy is not completely dead yet. Read More »

Watch the moment that McCain voted no on Obamacare repeal

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They appear trapped in the fallacy of sunk costs: Having invested so much political capital in the ACA's repeal, they can not possibly abandon it. Even more: President Donald Trump will speak about cracking down on criminal activity from Central America. Read More »

Trump wanted Priebus to respond to Scaramucci dis

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The reporter writes that the leaking of the dinner was evidence to Mr Scaramucci that rivals in the White House , who opposed his appointment, were still plotting against him, particularly Mr Priebus. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement " Reince Priebus is a good friend". "I just had a good conversation with General Kelly and the president, and I think you may know, I've been obviously talking to the president for a few days about this and ultimately I formally resigned ... Read More »

Trump advisers eyeing possible Priebus replacements

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Brad Gerstman, a NY lobbyist and public relations executive, said it probably doesn't matter to Trump that Scaramucci and Priebus don't get along. Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he was "doing great" and dispelled rumors that he resigned under pressure after an extraordinary week in the Oval Office. Read More »

Amit Shah and Irani file for RS from Gujarat

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The Congress nominee can sail through if he musters the support of 47 MLAs and the party is able to guard against further desertions from its legislative arm. Shivakumar, who is in Singapore on an official visit. The resignation of six MLAs of Congress from Gujarat has anxious the party in the national level. Read More »

John McCain gives middle finger to Americans, stops repeal of Obamacare

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This last twist left conservative pundits reeling. The final tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. " All Republicans are going to vote against it". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , D-N.Y., said Democrats were "relieved" at the outcome of the vote, and called on McConnell to allow committees to consider the legislation, as is the traditional process in Congress. Read More »

Republicans strain for modest 'skinny' redo of 'Obamacare'

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Brooks urged Senate Republicans not to quit pushing to repeal and replace ObamaCare , but he said that if they're willing to quit, maybe some Republicans should quit too. Now that three Obamacare repeal efforts have failed in one week, and the House of Representatives is about to leave for its recess, is the Republican movement to repeal and replace Obamacare dead? And he suggested that, heading into the 2018 midterms where the party in power tends to take some hits, that the Republican ... Read More »

Vettel Sets Track Record In Final Hungary Practice

This was particularly the case in the afternoon, when most teams opted to focus on race pace, as Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein and Renault's Jolyon Palmer halted proceedings in separate incidents. The next series of races in Belgium and Italy have also historically played to the strengths of their vehicle. Vettel told a media conference: "I don't have a contract [for next year] yet". Read More »

Venezuelan protesters take to streets to defy Maduro

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Protests were also held in San Cristobal, a town on the border with Colombia. "National meetings and demonstrations, concentrations of people and any similar acts that may disturb or affect the normal development of the electoral process are prohibited throughout the country", Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said at a news conference in Caracas . Read More »

India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in Galle

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In doing so, he equalled the records of former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar (116 Tests) and VVS Laxman (134 Tests), who both have 17 Test hundreds. On Friday, an hour's extension largely made up for the loss of one hour and 24 minutes of play following sharp showers in the second half of the post-lunch session and the fourth day's is slated to start 15 minutes earlier at 9.45 am. Read More »

Reince Priebus says 'I am Team Trump' in first post-resignation interview

The former Republican National Committee chairman faced a hard task from the outset as he attempted to wrangle a hodgepodge of rival staff factions divided by ideology and allegiance, his influence supplanted by several other top advisers - including the President's own kin - who reported directly to Trump and not to the chief of staff. Read More »

Foxconn to build LCD factory in USA, investing 10 bln Dollars

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Now, the large company has signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to work with Ginseng producers. President Trump later joined them. "Second, it is clear that we still have a great deal of work ahead of us to ensure that this deal fully protects taxpayers and local governments and that it benefits workers". Read More »

Tesla Model 3 handover takes place tonight

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Musk described how the company went through "production hell" to deliver its first three models. Like many analysts, Krebs will be keeping her eye on the quality of the Model 3 sedans that Tesla delivers in the coming months. Bearing in mind the car's promised US sticker price of $35,000, we expect UK cars to cost in the region of £35,000 - although this assumes the UK government will continue to offer a grant for private buyers of electric cars. Read More »

'Skinny Repeal' dead on the Senate floor

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But health policy analysts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success. Several Republicans , in fact, said they would vote for this bill only if guaranteed that it would never, ever, ever become law. By taking them out of the pool, it allows the insurance industry to really function in a much more effective way without having the cost inflation and rising cost of care that has driven many people out of that marketplace. Read More »

North Korea conducts new intercontinental ballistic missile test

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Trump said in a statement that the United States will take "all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies" in Asia. South Korea convened a meeting of its own national security council. "We are working to isolate and increase pressure on North Korea with the goal of convincing the regime to return to serious talks aimed at denuclearization". Read More »

Kasich at Ohio State Fair: 'We will come through this'

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Officials with the California State Fair in Sacramento also announced they shut down their Fire Ball ride immediately after the OH accident. John Kasich , Ohio's Governor, ordered the closure of all rides until they're inspected for safety. Read More »

Paul Ryan is willing keep Obamacare repeal negotiations with the Senate alive

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During a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is visiting the White House Tuesday, Trump opened his remarks by saying that McCain is a "very fearless man" who "made a tough trip to get here and vote". So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down", Trump tweeted early Friday after GOP leaders failed to patch party divisions and the Senate rejected a last-ditch bill to keep the effort alive. Read More »

GOP's repeal of insurance mandate could backfire

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McCain planned to deliver a speech on the Senate floor after the vote. McCain, 80, has been recovering at home in Arizona following a brain tumor diagnosis. But the United States political tones shifted, culminating with the verbal jabs of one Donald Trump, who beat all expectations and became president. Read More »

Charlie Gard dies days before his first birthday

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A family friend posted a statement on Facebook saying: "The hospital have set the bar so high that in terms of clinical team for Charlie's end of life nothing seemed good enough for Great Ormond Street". Born on August 4 of a year ago, Gard's condition was discovered in September and he was admitted to the Great Ormund Street Hospital (GOSH) the following month, in October. Read More »

Watching Next Month's Solar Eclipse? Here's How To Do It Safely

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So Miller thought going to Nebraska to see a total eclipse was a good idea. How does that little moon block out the huge sun? - Join Dennis Schatz, nationally recognized astronomy educator, for an interactive presentation to learn when the eclipse will occur, how to view it safely, and why it has been so long since we've seen a total solar eclipse . Read More »

'Skinny' Obamacare repeal fails after Sen. John McCain bucks GOP line

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The President said they "let the American people down". "This is clearly a disappointing moment". After the bill's failure, McConnell essentially returned a version of Obamacare repeal back to the Senate schedule. The vote was always going to be close, with Senate Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski telegraphing that they would oppose the measure. Read More »

Dems try to out-populist Trump with re-re-re-branding

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Democrats said they will counter President Trump's " The Art of the Deal " with " A Better Deal ". It was from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer , and it was about how Democrats move forward with a new slogan - " A Better Deal " - and new policies. Read More »

Senate plan a catastrophe

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A vote should take place this week; the outcome remains in doubt. On Tuesday night, he told a roaring, placard-waving crowd at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio: "Any senator who votes against repeal and replace is telling America they are fine with the Obamacare nightmare , and I predict they'll have a lot of problems". Read More »

Here's the Exact Moment Obamacare Repeal Died in the Senate

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Lisa Murkowski , "This law is not affordable for anyone in Alaska". "I urge everyone to support it". The Senate healthcare reform process already traversed a rocky path. Senate Republicans came out of 20 hours of debate with a stunning failure in their efforts to overhaul the USA healthcare system - and Sen. It was not meant to become law, but to open a path for a House-Senate conference committee to try to work out comprehensive legislation Congress could pass and send to Trump. Read More »

Pakistan SC disqualifies PM Sharif in Panama Papers case

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Reports had earlier said that if convicted, Sharif may step down and his Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) may install his brother Shahbaz Sharif as the "dummy PM". Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif is a frontrunner for the post of interim prime minister of the country in place of Nawaz Sharif . The court was announcing its verdict in connection with the Panama Papers case. Read More »

Driver charged in immigrant deaths

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Officials were brought to the trailer by a man who had approached an employee of the Walmart store and asked for water. These kinds of horrific tragedies are occurring with shocking frequency in San Antonio , which has become a center of human smuggling and trafficking. Read More »

Neymar "still with us" insists Barcelona boss Valverde

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Barcelona is now touring the United States in the International Champions Cup. The match starts on Thursday at seven in the morning. Pique posted a picture of himself with Neymar , along with the simple message "se queda", which translates as "he stays". Read More »