Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

April 27, 2017

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by Politico, gives renewed insight into where the GOP may be moving …

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Government shutdown: Trump shows ‘reasonableness’ on border wall

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown. But there are still obstacles to passing a spending bill by Friday, sources tell CNN. Congressional negotiators are now trying to work through another major issue: what to do about cost-sharing reduction payments, money the government …

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Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

April 22, 2017

Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said theres little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out toslash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife. The first Earth Dayis credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Air …

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a gun owner, he says in the ad: “For generations, this old rifle …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… approached by several candidates interested in taking on the [3rd Congressional District], but none as far into their campaign as Kathie Allen, she said. Dr. Allen will now begin to position herself for a run in a open seat. Republicans have a deep bench of talented candidates in Utah who are more than up to this challenge, he said in a statement. The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018. Allen told HuffPost she hopes the Democratic Party can build off …

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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 …

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These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

If Republicans on Tuesday manage to lose the suburban Atlanta congressional seat they have held consistently since the late 1970s, they can pin some of the blame on Sandy Rosenberg, a longtime resident of Marietta, Georgia. The House seat was recently vacated by Tom Price, who is now President Donald Trumpshealth and human services secretary. Before that, it was held by Johnny Isakson, now a senator. Before Isakson, it was the home base of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Rosenberg, a …

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Trump denies climate change, but could one day be its victim

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida’s coast. Not that surprising, except this was a Senate committee field hearing challenging the position shared by President Donald Trump and many Republicans in Congress that climate change isn’t real. The site of the hearing — just four miles from Trump’s weekend getaway in Palm Beach — was clearly intended to send a …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

Its going great! Were making America great again, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) told The Huffington Post on Thursday when asked how things in the House were going. Were making progress on all those things, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) said. When you have a bill thats not ready for prime time, the best thing for the American people is that we back up and get it right. Even Speaker Ryan (R-Wis.), who presented Republicans with a timeline at the beginning of the year that had them finished with their …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… the U.S. capital, where Senate Republicans have been working to get President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, confirmed to the high court. A few Democrats said they’d vote for Judge Gorsuch as well, but most of them have been working to block the nomination. And in the back and forth between the political parties, both a filibuster and the nuclear option came into play yesterday. We defined these terms on Wednesday’s show. You can find that in our archives at …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… PERSON].” Using the person’s actual name would obviously make it easier for craven leakers to find their targets. After speaking to the press, Nunes headed off to tell Trump about his alleged bombshell. The news is taken by some Republicans and administration allies and officials to mean that Trump’s accusation had some basis in fact. Again, it didn’t. Nunes, though, had successfully confused the issue. But wait, the drama — and most important part of the story …

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For GOP on health care, there’s no ‘moving on’

March 29, 2017

(CNN)What a fiasco. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a “setback” and that Republicans are “moving on” from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. “We will be living with …

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Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russia ties

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republicans and Democrats are demanding more information about connections between President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and several foreign entities — including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT. The top Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee sent individual letters to four top Trump administration officials requesting any documents they have related to Flynn’s communications with and payments from Russian, …

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Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton’s loss

March 21, 2017

(CNN)There was something for everyone in Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing — for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the presidency was stolen from them in last year’s election, and for Republicans, confirmation that there’s a serious problem with the leaking of secrets by officials in Washington. Russian espionage is nothing new, yet its possible role in the Trump campaign and administration is something the committee is just beginning to …

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

March 20, 2017

narrative, the Affordable Care Act imposed regulations that made insurance more expensive for families like the Gibbses and then it spent a bunch of taxpayer money in ways that dont actually help them. That narrative is more or less correct. It is alsoleaves out the part about how those same regulations, and that same government spending, have put decent coverage within reach for families like the Secrists. Take away the rules and the money, as Republicans propose to do, and families like …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… FBI investigations into the extent of Russian meddling in the election campaign. Republicans hope Comey will state that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump aides and officials from Moscow, a move that could begin to break up a cloud of Russian intrigue that has stifled the early weeks of the administration. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Who is James Comey? Trump’s failure to provide evidence for his wiretapping accusation …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump, health care failure is not your only option. You can still work with Democrats to repair problems with the Affordable Care Act, top Democratic senators said Thursday. That has led some Republicans, including Trump himself, to suggest in recent days that perhaps the law could collapse on its own, and then Democrats would have to come up with a solution. There is one large problem with the Obamacare death spiral theory, and that is that the recent …

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Florida Prosecutor’s Refusal To Seek Death Penalties Draws Political Backlash

March 17, 2017

… than two years. Following Hurst,Florida still permitted death sentences by non-unanimous jury vote, requiring at least 10 votes rather than 12. Scott signed a bill Tuesday to require a unanimous jury vote in death sentences. Meanwhile, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and state Republicans including U.S. Rep. Bob Cortes and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, slammed Ayalas stand asdangerous and outrageous. Ayala won election in 2016 in a race that, like all but three state judicial circuit …

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Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?

March 16, 2017

… vehemently oppose provisions like the refundable tax credits; moderate Republicans, meanwhile, are deeply wary of the proposed changes to Medicaid. Changing the bill to appease one faction of the GOP conference could lead to more defections from another. Adding to the bad news is the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis this week that some 24 million more Americans would be uninsured over the next decade under the House GOP bill than under Obamacare. The following whip count continues …

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Trump promises ‘negotiation’ on controversial health care bill

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump promised Wednesday that the increasingly contentious Obamacare replacement bill would be open to “negotiation,” and that his trademark deal-making could help save the legislation. The American Health Care Act, crafted by the House GOP but backed by the White House, is in dire political shape as a growing number of hardline and moderate Republicans vow to oppose it. Trump said at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, that the steadfast …

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Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn

March 10, 2017

… all costs. Or at least sounding the alarm about a nominee who even opponents say comes across as likable. The collective, which includes established advocacy organizations and newer onesformed in the wake of Trumps election, wants to channel the anti-Trump sentiment sweeping the Democratic base. And they want to make it clear that the political battle over the empty Supreme Court seat which President Barack Obama lost when Republicans successfully blocked Judge Merrick Garlands nomination in …

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Insurers Are Worried About The House GOP Health Care Bill

March 9, 2017

… Republicans are scrambling to get the bill to Trumps desk before Congress Easter recess, which begins April 10. We offer our comments on the recently-introduced American Health Care Act in the spirit of working collaboratively with Congress and the Administration to find practical, workable solutions that improve affordability, value, and access, Marilyn Tavenner, AHIPs chief executive, wrote in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Ga.) and House Energy and …

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Republicans Obamacare Replacement Just Got A Powerful Enemy

March 8, 2017

WASHINGTON Provisions in the House Republicans Obamacare replacement billthat would raise insurance costs for older Americans are drawing resistance from the influential seniors lobby. The measure was chief among the reasons AARP, the nations largest organization for older Americans,cited in explaining its opposition to the House bill on Tuesday evening. AARP, which has nearly 38 million members ages 50 and older, is also firmly opposed to a pair of major changes to Medicaid that the House …

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Paul Ryan Calls Obamacare Repeal Plan An ‘Act Of Mercy’

March 8, 2017

… have found that, on the whole, access has clearly improved perhaps because critics exaggerate the extent of the problems, and perhaps because even imperfect Medicaid or Affordable Care Act plans are superior to having no insurance at all. Heres a quick rundown of the research: The GOP Repeal Bill Would Make Access Worse The main argument Republicans make about their proposal the reason they say it will improve access is that it would reduce costs. At first blush, the argument seems …

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GOP tries to keep agenda on track, despite Trump tweets

March 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republicans in Congress are determined to push full steam ahead with a key campaign pledge — repealing and replacing Obamacare — despite the President’s bombshell wiretapping claims that have put pressure on congressional committees to launch investigations and answer questions about a claim for which they’ve seen no evidence. In what’s become a ritual, GOP lawmakers are returning to Washington to take action on a major agenda item but are once …

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