Senate GOP expected to add new penalties for the uninsured into their health bill – Vox

Senate Republicans are expected to revise their health bill early next week, adding in a provision that could lock Americans out of the individual market for six months if they fail to maintain continuous insurance... Read More

Koch network withholding support of Senate health-care bill, pushing for changes

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Koch network is working with conservative allies behind the scenes to make changes to the Senate health-care bill that was unveiled this week, declining to endorse the measure as it stands.... Read More

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

LONDON (AP) — British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country’s Parliament after discovering “unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.” A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution,... Read More

Trump’s Lies

Jan. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)Jan. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on... Read More
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The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid

by Robert Reich Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to... Read More
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Housing crisis threatens a million families with eviction by 2020

More than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020 because of rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing, according to a devastating new... Read More
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Reports that Trump considering pulling out of peace efforts ‘nonsense,’ US official says

US President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing whether to pull out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a “tense” meeting with White House senior staff and officials in Ramallah, according to London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat on... Read More
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The Dubious Counting at the Center of the G.O.P.’s Health-Care Reform

After #Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, released a draft of the Senate health-care bill, on Thursday morning, the media finally began focussing on the essence of what Republicans are proposing: an enormous redistribution of... Read More

This is what foreign spies see when they read President Trump’s tweets

Every time President Trump tweets, journalists and Twitter followers attempt to analyze what he means. Intelligence agencies around the world do, too: They’re trying to determine what vulnerabilities the president of the United States may... Read More
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California activist Tom Steyer adds health care to his brand

SAN FRANCISCO — California billionaire activist Tom Steyer made his name as an environmental activist, worked with Democratic groups to register a million new voters and redefined green politics with high-profile campaigns on climate change... Read More

‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’

Almost two years ago, I wrote an article for Politico endorsing Donald Trump for president. It was a tongue-in-cheek effort—I “supported” Trump only because I thought he would lose to Hillary Clinton, disastrously, and that... Read More
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Hyunsu’s Butterfly Frees a Young Boy’s Soul

by Thomas Park Clement Hyunsu Legacy of Hope (Thomas Park Clement and his wife Wonsook Kim created two identical bronze statues that sit in Seoul, Korea and Howard County Maryland outside special schools to commemorate... Read More
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Releasing Hyunsu’s Butterfly

The journey from Korea to his ‘forever home’ and tragic death less than four months later at the hands of his adoptive father, came full circle with the dedication of hauntingly beautiful statue carved by... Read More
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Andrea Leadsom’s call for ‘patrotic’ Brexit coverage prompts anger

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, has come under fire for calling on broadcasters to be “a bit patriotic” in their Brexit coverage. The outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, described Leadsom,... Read More

Morning Joe hammers Trump: ‘Why does this man keep freaking out? This is how a guilty person acts’

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted President Donald Trump for signaling that he might fire special counsel Robert Mueller from leading the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia. ADVERTISING The “Morning Joe” host said Friday morning... Read More
‘More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer’: Bill Maher blisters GOP’s ‘spiteful’ Trumpcare bill

‘More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer’: Bill Maher blisters GOP’s ‘spiteful’ Trumpcare bill

BO host Bill Maher tore into the Senate Republican’s proposed replacement for Obamacare on Friday night, saying it resembled less a cure for America’s health care crisis and “more like a manifesto from the Zodiac... Read More

Twelve seconds of gunfire: School playground shooting still haunts the first graders who survived | The Washington Post

Recess had finally started, so Ava Olsen picked up her chocolate cupcake, then headed outside toward the swings. And that’s when the 7-year-old saw the gun. It was black and in the hand of someone... Read More
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Making America scared again won’t make us safer

Sally Q. Yates served in the Justice Department from 1989 to 2017 as an assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. attorney, deputy attorney general and, briefly this year, as acting attorney general. In today’s polarized world, there... Read More

Why I resigned from the Foreign Service after 27 years

#David Rank served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1990 to 2017. The opinions expressed here are his own. This month, I resigned from the State Department’s Foreign Service, stepping down as the senior U.S.... Read More
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Brexit: May ‘blocked unilateral offer for EU citizens’ rights’ last June

Theresa May was the sole cabinet minister to block a unilateral offer to EU citizens that they could remain in Britain in the days following the referendum, according to an editorial in the London Evening... Read More
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How Two Common Medications Became One $455 Million Specialty Pill

After I was prescribed a brand-name drug I didn’t need and given a coupon to cover the out-of-pocket costs, I discovered another reason Americans pay too much for health care. by Marshall Allen ProPublica This... Read More
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Hundreds evacuated from London tower blocks over fears of Grenfell repeat

Hundreds of residents of a #housing estate in north London have been evacuated overnight after fire inspectors said five tower blocks were at risk following the Grenfell Tower blaze. People living on Chalcots estate in... Read More

Poll: More Americans Believe Comey Over Trump

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump when it comes to their differing accounts of events that led up to Comey’s... Read More
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White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according... Read More
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Dean Heller of Nevada becomes fifth GOP senator to come out against health-care bill

McConnell (R-Ky.) cannot pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes. The GOP holds a 52-48 advantage over Democrats in the Senate, with Vice President Pence standing ready to break ties in the... Read More

Trump’s Presidency Is Losing Its Legitimacy

Mounting evidence that Trump’s election was aided by Russian interference presents a challenge to the American system of government—with lasting consequences for democracy. Day by day, revelation after revelation, the legitimacy of the Trump presidency... Read More
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The Richest Person In Every State – Digg

Here are some fun things we noticed: • The Walton family (of Wal-Mart fame) claim two states — Texas and Arkansas — the latter of which is home of the Wal-Mart headquarters. • The state... Read More

Why Reince Priebus Can’t Save His Job

Congratulations, you’ve got the worst f—ing job in government.” That’s what James A. Baker III, Ronald Reagan’s consummate gatekeeper, tells every new White House chief of staff when asked for advice about the role. In... Read More
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More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

The gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred. by A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke ProPublica In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores... Read More
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Farms hit by labour shortage as migrant workers shun ‘racist’ UK

A 20% shortfall in migrant workers relied on to pick #fruit and vegetables is blamed on Brexit making the UK seem ‘xenophobic’ “The grim reality is that the perception from overseas is we are xenophobic,... Read More