House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, Despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown while they worked on a broader deal to …


Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, Despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …


Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

… territory.” However, all this creates the appearance that Ivanka is still intent on maintaining her business portfolio and potentially even pursuing lucrative business deals under the shadow of her father’s White House. We have to remember that Despite divesting some of her assets and selling $36.7 million in assets to comply with ethics rules, Ivanka still owns her clothing and jewelry brand. And like her father, Ivanka retains her ownership role in her massive global business …


Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

… file objections to the execution protocol, and only acted at the last minute. Judge Jane Kelly, in a dissent, argued the the case was about more than which drugs are used to put inmates to death, and questioned whether Arkansas was in line with the Eight Amendments evolving standards of decency. Despite the federal appeals ruling, a state court ruling remains in place that blocks the state Department of Corrections from using pancuronium bromide a second drug in the lethal three-drug mixture. …


Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… “The true cost of these policy failures is even greater. There is a human cost in the disruption caused to the education of the thousands of those pupils who attended schools which have closed. “Usually it is local authorities who have had to pick up the pieces by finding alternative places for the displaced children. “The NUT’s biggest concern is that the government is intent on proceeding with these programmes Despite growing evidence that the UTC and studio schools …


Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… in Syria because it helps connect the crisis to Americans memories of oustingsecular dictators, like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, only to leave space for horrific groups like the so-called Islamic State. Defenders of Assads rule use the secular label to argue that he is better than any alternative in Syria, Despite well-organized homegrown resistance to the dictator and differences between the situation in Syria and those in Iraq and Libya.Kucinich, a two-time Democratic presidential …


Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

… terrible,” said He. “Trump may be …illogical or clueless about politics, but he knows that things have to change — and the only way to do so is through unconventional means.” “As he turns the world upside down, China must feel nervous.” Giant gold Mao statue torn down Hands off Despite Trump’s fiery attacks on the campaign trail — accusing China of “raping” the US economy and stealing millions of American jobs, among other …


Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

… Northern Ireland Prison Officers Association. As a unionist prison officer, what he said came as a surprise. He agreed to do an interview Despite the Northern Ireland Office advising him against it. I felt he wanted to get his message across. I asked if he respected the prisoners for their protest. “I don’t think they just do it mainly for publicity but because it’s their belief. I suppose one could say a person who believes sincerely in what he is doing, and is prepared to …


#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… first taste of Washington while working in her husband’s office, and when he died in 1940, she ran in a special election to finish out his term. According to a House biography, she beat her Republican primary challenger 10-to-one. Without a Democratic challenger, she won her late husband’s seat, becoming the state’s first female member of Congress. Despite this lack of emphasis on the “feminine” …


In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

March 29, 2017

… million people were recorded as using Clapham North and High Street stations in 2015. His day begins at the former at 05:00. Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover Grover observes that Clapham has a retail vacancy rate well below the UK’s average. Despite this, 18 premises have left the street in the past two years, including a pet shop, florist, bookshop and bakery. Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover …


The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… that the federal government paid directly to the insurers. Altogether, Claire figures, they ended up spending less than $3,000 a year on medical care, Despite having so many conditions requiring ongoing, otherwise expensive treatment. The coverage was hardly perfect. Coventry, the insurer they had for the first year, kept refusing to authorize Claires surgery. The network for the policy they got the following year didnt include a therapist she was seeing for postpartum depression. But the plan …


Police: Hunt continues for armed teacher who kidnapped student

March 20, 2017

… insubordination by Mr. Cummins. There was a continuing investigation by the Maury County Sheriff’s Office. Cummins’ dismissal on March 14 was a result of the TBI’s issuance of the alert,” the paper quoted Doddridge as saying. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed to CNN that Cummins was fired last week. Dad ‘not doing well’ Whatley said that Despite his Feburary 6 letter to Marczak, school officials did not do enough to keep Cummins away from …


CNN’s Brian Stelter Slams Trump For Being A ‘Fox News Presidency’

March 19, 2017

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter accused the White House of being the Fox News presidency on Saturday, Despite President Donald Trumps recent attempt to blame the network forunsubstantiated claimsthat Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election. Whitfield noted that while the network has tried to distance itself from the wiretapping claim made by its analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, she found the shift of blame interesting given Fox News and Trumps rather cozy relationship. …


The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

… the Netherlands, this label isnt fair here either. Scott Peterson via Getty Images Orhan PamukNuri Bilge CeylanDeniz TortumDeniz Gamze ErgvenGaye Su Akyol Despite Geert Wilders defeat, I fear that the genie put out of the bottle by right-wing European politicians will continue haunting the continent. As my plane started descending on Istanbul, I had the distinct memory of an Amsterdam coffeehouse by a canal that I used to frequent as a 23-year-old. With a cigarette in my hand, I would …