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Tensions Rise as Russia Retaliates Against New Sanctions Bill


Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer have urged the Senate to pass the legislation without delay. Close US ally Germany has already indicated that it opposes anti-Russia sanctions, believing them to serve US industrial policies alone. Russia's action Friday mirrored the Obama administration's response to Russia's cyberattack on the Democratic Party and interference in the 2016 presidential election . Read More »

Senate Democrats After The Collapse Of Trumpcare: Back To Work

The setback leaves Trump without a major legislative win after more than six months in power, despite Republicans controlling the White House, Senate and House. An equal or larger amount of credit ought to go to Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski, who stood firm despite huge political pressure and, in Ms. Murkowski's case, shameful threats by the Trump administration. Read More »

Trump Threatens to End Insurance Payments if No Healthcare Bill


New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation and the governor called on both parties to fix the Affordable Care Act , after the dramatic rejection early Friday of a Republican proposal. In 2016, they took the White House. We will then, through Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and further legislation, strengthen the private markets for health insurance to drive down costs and make affordable insurance available for all. Read More »

Another Voice: Ban on transgender military is disrespectful


Locally, OutCenter executive director Mary Jo Schnell tells WSJM News this sort of rhetoric from the White House is risky because transgender people are "supremely at risk" when this stuff happens. "We have been openly serving for the past year". Trump's decision would revoke a policy approved by the U.S. Department of Defense under President Obama, which allowed transgender individuals to serve in the military. Read More »

Venezuela: Ban on protests lays groundwork for mass human rights violations


At least nine deaths have been reported since Friday, bringing the death toll over the last four months of protests to more than 120. Maduro, who took over from charismatic President Chavez in 2013, maintains that resurrecting the constituent assembly - a group of 181 people directly chosen by the government, plus 364 directly-elected - is the best way to safeguard "the peace of the country". Read More »

Upset about failed ObamaCare votes, Trump calls on changes from Senate Republicans


So the question is, what's next in Washington , D.C? McCain rushed back to Capitol Hill to vote earlier this week after being diagnosed with brain cancer . Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press" told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Arizona's Morning News on Friday that "at the end of the day, McCain chose the institution over doing any favor for his party". Read More »

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be elected as interim PM of Pakistan


A day earlier, the relevant authorities started putting down the pictures of the former prime ministers at Jinnah International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport and Benazir International Airport. The Panama Papers leak sparked mass protests in Pakistan and calls from opposition political groups for a panel to investigate Sharif and his children over their alleged offshore accounts. Read More »

Ex-Navy doc vows free surgery for transgender military patients


That bill was loaded with items Trump wanted, most famously a down-payment on his long-ballyhooed border wall between the United States and Mexico. She emailed us her reaction to the controversy by saying, "I was definitely shocked". Beyond the immediate issues at hand, the ban on trans military personnel underscores at least two problems for the the president and the Republican Party. Read More »

Donald Trump threatens to end insurance payments if healthcare bill fails


Hours after the U.S. Senate defeated an overhaul of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Arkansas health professionals urged elected officials to focus on finding solutions. If Trump cut off the payments, what would insurers do? The main objection to skinny repeal was the damage it was expected do to the individual insurance market . Read More »

Trump's New Chief of Staff: Women in Combat Would 'Lower Standards'


White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon may also be falling out of Trump's graces, as Scaramucci openly criticized him of trying to make a name for himself and diverting from the president's agenda. "Ultimately, the problem isn't with the chief of staff, the problem is with the president - he does not have a disciplined style". Priebus refused to even mention Scaramucci, only to praise his former boss, President Donald Trump, as "decent" and 'incredibly hard-working'. Read More »

Nitish expands Cabinet, Sushil Modi gets Finance, IT


Shouting slogans and carrying placards, the RJD legislators stood at the main entrance of the assembly, protesting against Nitish Kumar . Besides Bijendra Prasad Yadav, a minister in all Nitish Cabinets since he first led an NDA government in 2005, some of the prominent JD (U) leaders retained are Sharavan Kumar, Jai Kumar Singh, Rajiv Ranjan Singh and Santosh Kumar Nirala. Read More »

President Trump tweets John Kelly as new Chief of Staff

Scaramucci created a White House spectacle Thursday following his Wednesday night tweet accusing someone of leaking a financial disclosure document that is publicly available. He added that he agreed the White House might well benefit from "a reset", and he said, "I'm always going to be a Trump fan". "Reince is doing a fantastic job at the White House". Read More »

McCain 'No' Vote Sends GOP Back to Square One


Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Buoyed by a signal from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal Obamacare . Read More »

'Skinny' Senate GOP healthcare bill fails early morning vote


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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 »