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GOP leaders praise Trump's balanced budget plan

Despite the criticisms, Republicans in Congress have the upper hand in the eyes of the public when it comes to handling the economy. But trust in Republicans is slightly down since voters were asked the same question a few months ago. Democratic defenders of the program warned that would deny health care and nursing home care to millions of people. DeVos defended the 13 percent cut in the U.S.

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Under US Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

Overall, 51 million people under the age of 65 would be uninsured by the end of 2026, the Congressional Budget Office report said. Some Republicans , including House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the report showed the legislation met key goals, including driving down premiums and lowering the deficit.

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Montana senator on Gianforte: Dealing with media 'part of the job'

Luanne Biggs, who voted for Gianforte , told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle , "I understand the frustration of someone being right in your face". "I do not think it is acceptable behavior, but the choice will be made by the people of Montana ".

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Congressional Democrats demand answers on Trump threats to sabotage Obamacare insurance markets

The loss of such subsidies could cause insurers to bail out of Affordable Care Act markets in 2018 or raise premiums by double digits, and up to 25 percent in Florida , the Kaiser Family Foundation calculated. The judges have not yet acted on that request. This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America's health care debate.

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Tornado touches down in Davie County

Much of the roof was torn off. A survey team from the weather service office in Greer, South Carolina, confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down southwest of Monroe in Union County. Homes damaged and numerous trees down at Hunters Ridge Road and Highway 64. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Yadkin and Stokes counties.

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Donald Trump's budget, spending cuts are 'moral,' Mulvaney says

Many rank-and-file Republicans recoiled from the cuts, however, which would squeeze foreign aid and domestic programs funded annually by Congress by about 10 percent next year and $1.4 trillion over the coming decade. Talking about his small business experience, Smucker asked Mulvaney to respond to his idea that "the best possible thing that we can do is have the higher economic growth".

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White House Seeks a 90-day Delay to Obamacare Subsidy Lawsuit

The Montana race, in an at-large district that covers the entire state, features musician Rob Quist, a Democrat who has made health care a central part of his campaign. -Not great for insurers: The administration asks the court for more time to figure out its next moves and the judge grants it. Insurers are stuck in limbo for the next few months with no more certainty about whether they'll get the payments long-term.

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Uninsured rise by 23 million under Republican health bill: forecast

The CBO said markets for people to buy individual insurance plans could then become "unstable" in states that choose to waive the Obamacare requirements for coverage of pre-existing medical conditions and essential health benefits . The report said while average premiums would be lower than they would be under current law, largely for young and healthy individuals, many would have to pay more.

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Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russia to stay out of election

Both the Senate and the House intelligence committees are investigating Flynn and other Trump campaign associates as part of probes into Russia's election meddling. But reports surfaced that Trump during a meeting in February had told Comey , "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Russian Federation probe.

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GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault of reporter

Jacobs: You just body slammed me and broke my glasses. "Source close to Gianforte campaign says have raised over $100k online in last 24hrs w/ very lg majority of $ coming post incident last night", Alex Moe, NBC News Capitol Hill producer, tweeted Thursday night.

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GOP lawmakers say little about Montana candidate

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement , about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian . "If what was heard on tape and described by eye-witnesses is accurate, the incident in Bozeman is nothing short of assault", the newspaper wrote. "It's also not coincidental that this happened now", CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on air Thursday.

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CBO estimates 23 million to lose health insurance under Republican bill

The report is also saying that the bill would cut the federal deficit by US$119 billion (S$164.5 billion) between now and 2026. She said it would lead to more than 28,000 North Dakotans not having coverage and make coverage unaffordable for more than 300,000 in North Dakota with pre-existing conditions.

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Polls open after candidate charged with assault

What's your sense from your colleagues, is there any concern about him joining the House Republican Conference if he does win? Instead Ryan said , "I'm gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative". According to Jacobs' recording of the interview, which was posted on The Guardian's website, Gianforte can be heard yelling at Jacobs followed by crashing sounds.

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Montonye Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Academic All-District selections must have at least a 3.30 GPA. The sophomore hurdler carries a grade point average of 3.98 and is now majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. The Lake City native capped his cross country career by taking 43 at the NCAA Central Region meet with a time of 26:25.4. Following an eighth-place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:05.76), Harris earned First Team All-America honors.

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USDOT Looking at 13% Cut Under New Trump Budget

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney pushed back against Democratic claims that social safety net cuts included in the Trump Administration's FY 2018 budget proposal might harm poor Americans. He promises a new parental leave program championed by his daughter, Ivanka, but will fall short on his promises for a "massive tax cut". "As the budget process continues on Capitol Hill, it is critical that Congress takes steps to ensure Medicaid funding will meet the needs of ...

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Oklahoma Committees Pass Budget Bills In Chaotic Late Night Meetings

That itself was laughable given how much Republicans had properly criticized congressional Democrats for rushing through their health care overhaul without having a full grasp on its effects. Tuck said the House is waiting on the Senate to appoint a conference committee on oil taxes. "It's controversial", said Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

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57% disapprove of GOP health care bill

The media's obsession with reporting on every perceived scandal they can find in the Trump Administration, whether real or fake, hasn't served the media's own credibility well, (at the very least with conservatives.) The study's writers found that conservative voters were turned off by the media's eagerness to uncover all the dirt they could find in the White House, when in many cases, these stories ended up being full of nothing more than hot air.

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Jeff Sessions Demands Prosecutors Seek Most Severe Sentences For All Crimes

Holder's 2013 "Smart on Crime" policy initiative was aimed at encouraging shorter sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, thus freeing up resources to pursue more serious and violent criminals. This policy reverses former attorney general Eric Holder directive which asked prosecutors to avoid using mandatory minimum sentencing laws . Holder said Justice Department data showed a year ago that while the number of indictments carrying a mandatory minimum sentence declined since his policy ...

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CBO: Amended AHCA still leaves 23M uninsured

If the new bill passes, it will reduce the federal deficits by $119 billion over 10 years, according to the CBO . Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.

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US Republican candidate attacks reporter

Polls have closed in the closely-watched Montana special election. "Are they the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt or are they the party that welcomes and maybe even celebrates people who call the media an enemy of the state - people who physically assault somebody who asks them a tough question".

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Ariana Grande cancels United Kingdom shows after Manchester Arena terror attack

Salman Abedi , a 22-year-old British-born man with Libyan parents, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue after a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande , whose fans are mostly children and teenagers. Many at the concert were young girls and teens enthralled by Grande's pop power - and those who died included an 8-year-old girl. Officials said all the dead and wounded had been identified.

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US Republican charged with assault after 'body-slamming' journalist

During that conversation, another man - who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian - walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte's face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act.

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Russian officials bragged about how well they knew Trump's advisers

The attempts to compel Mr Flynn to produce documents were another sign of the intense focus on Mr Trump's former national security adviser, who was sacked in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including vice president Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials.

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Analysts say GOP health bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

The CBO score comes as Senate Republicans are working intensely behind the scenes to craft a compromise bill that can get the 50 votes it would need to pass the chamber, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie. The agency estimated about one-sixth of the US population - more than 50 million people - live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers.

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2 killed, 25 hurt in Wisconsin and Oklahoma tornadoes

Emergency teams are still searching the flattened Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park near Chetek after the tornado touched down in the area just after 5.30pm on Tuesday. Tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states in the central US, including Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma , where another man was killed.

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CBO: New version of AHCA still leaves 23M uninsured

According to the new CBO score released on Wednesday, the largest savings over the period from 2017 to 2026, or $834 billion, would come from reduced Medicaid outlays to the states, a major source of worry among state officials in MA where 1.9 million people rely on publicly funded care.

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Another embarrassing moment for Donald Trump

On Tuesday's Late Night , Seth Meyers-who joked on Monday that he wished the video came with audio, "so we could hear [Melania] say, 'Get that weak shit outta here, '"-went for the political angle: "Former C.I.A. Netizens suggested, tongue-in-cheek, that there may have been a fly on Mr Trump's hand. But while seeking peace, he said, both Israel and the USA will "build strength to defend our nations".

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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

The ruling will nearly certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court . The order was drafted to restrict movement to and from the United States by citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. "President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe", Sessions said in a statement. The Fourth Circuit found that Chuang erred in including the president in his order, but otherwise upheld the entirety of the injunction.

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Kansas House to debate school funding proposal

The state House was debating a bill Wednesday that would phase in a $280 million increase in education funding over two years. Opponents said raising sales taxes to partially make up for lost revenue from income tax cuts amounts to shifting tax burden from upper-class to middle- and lower-class West Virginians, something Senate Republicans , including Sen.

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Trump's Budget Director: Health Care Bill Would Curtail Health Care Costs

A new report that estimates 23 million people would lose health insurance under the House Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare should prompt their Senate colleagues to rethink efforts to write their own plan, Sen. Republicans said the changes they were making to the bill would not hurt people with pre-existing conditions or their access to coverage. Ryan argued that the CBO score did not take into account the state-level funding for the high-risk pools, saying "the states will ...

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Republican candidate charged with assault

Gianforte himself has not spoken publicly about the incident since a spokesman issued a brief statement a little after the news broke at about 5pm yesterday. Jacobs' claims were supported by an audio recording of the event and an eyewitness account by a Fox News crew that happened to be in the same room.

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Two NC Congressional Districts

This decision will make it easier to challenge GOP racial gerrymanders elsewhere, which is significant because Republicans in almost every Southern state could have drawn another congressional district that would elect black or Latino voters's candidate of choice.

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Jury in Bill Cosby case includes two blacks

Defense attorneys sharply accused the Montgomery County District Attorney's office of engaging in the " systematic exclusion of African Americans " from the jury on Tuesday, reports The Washington Post. She said she went seeking career advice as she considered leaving her job managing the women's basketball team at Temple University. The trial will take place in Norristown in Montgomery County , where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004.

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Pa.'s federal lawmakers assess Trump budget

NY has warned since last year that cuts to health-care services would hit NY hard because it has a vast Medicaid system for the poor and disabled, costing more than $60 billion a year. Budget fights can admittedly get a little wonky, but this one's pretty straightforward: Trump's White House unveiled a budget plan that double-counts $2 trillion .

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Travel ban judges scrutinize Trump's Muslim statements

Federal judges temporarily blocked the ban after several states argued that it discriminated against Muslims. In that event, the White House might have to rethink the outlines of an order to carry out one of Donald Trump's signature promises as a candidate and as president.


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