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Conservative Trumpcare Changes Leave Moderates Angry, Freedom Caucus Noncommittal

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly three dozen staunchly conservative House members, refused to vote in favor of the GOP health care bill on Thursday, all but tanking its prospects for a vote that follows the White House's tight schedule. [Full Article...]

Cuomo: Collins' bill would "devaste NY healthcare system"

Cuomo: Collins' bill would Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump support the AHCA, while Democrats and some Republican members have voiced opposition to the bill, including Rep. It was written so that NY is the only state impacted by the change. The state executives office has been a major critic of the House bill, set to be voted on this week, that overturns some Obama-era policies and makes major chang... [Full Article...]

Sheriff says ICE report inaccurate, demands apology

Sheriff says ICE report inaccurate, demands apology Although the report did not list the individuals by name, Stanek said the it referred to two men born in Mexico who were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department and who, upon their February 3 release from Hennepin County Jail, were taken directly into custody by ICE agents. [Full Article...]

Verdict in: Stafford found guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter

Verdict in: Stafford found guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter He says he has never seen the body camera video of that night and even broke down on the stand after seeing those pictures, saying he feels like "sh*t" and that no child should have to go through something like that. Prosecutors said the officers weren't in any danger and shot at the auto from a safe distance, with none of their bullets hitting the front or back of Few's vehicle. [Full Article...]

Newborns named Romeo and Juliet born hours apart

Newborns named Romeo and Juliet born hours apart A diaper by any other name would not smell as sweet to two "star-crossed" babies born earlier this week in a SC hospital. After she posted the cute photos on her Cassie Clayshulte Photography Facebook page, internet users were captivated by the link between the two babies. [Full Article...]

Virginia Court Gives Trump His First Win On Updated Travel Ban

Virginia Court Gives Trump His First Win On Updated Travel Ban The order, Trenga wrote in his opinion, falls well within the president's authority over the country's foreign policy and national security. "T$3 he substantive revisions reflected in [executive order] have". Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores praised Trenga's decision in a statement on Friday. The ruling in Maryland is set to be heard before an appeals court in May. [Full Article...]

Tax season: Avoid IRS impersonators

Tax season: Avoid IRS impersonators The scammers may know details about the victim or trick them into revealing private information, the Sheriff's Office warns. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. No authentic U.S. Treasury or IRS employee will demand payments for any debts to the federal agencies. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for n... [Full Article...]

WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote

WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote He said Speaker Paul Ryan has done what he can, but Republican leaders cannot force lawmakers to vote in a particular way. "I think the speaker is now having a conversation to talk about where that vote count stands". We're just privileged to be in a position to be going". "It's ultimately them that have to go down on the floor and vote". One of the changes that conservative members wanted... [Full Article...]

Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus Insists They'll Oppose GOP ObamaCare Replacement

Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus Insists They'll Oppose GOP ObamaCare Replacement This process assures that Democrats can not filibuster the bill by Democrats in the Senate, where the bill would go for vote once it passes the House. Barron's reports that Republicans are 3 - 7 votes short of the minimum needed to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The U.S. House of Representatives shelved a vote scheduled for Friday afternoon to determine the fate of the American ... [Full Article...]

Paul Ryan's Sad Thumbs-Up After Meeting With Trump Says It All

Trump said he'd wash his hands of health care and "move on" if the House didn't pass the plan Friday. We spoke with Christopher Murray, of Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government. Holding a vote on a GOP bill that would be killed by GOP votes would've needlessly put House Republicans in an very bad position. "We couldn't get one Democrat vote, not one". [Full Article...]

Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote

Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote Despite the push, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said yesterday that there would be "no deal". Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray drew attention to the absence of women in the room by retweeting the photo and sarcastically adding , "A rare look inside the GOP's women's health caucus". [Full Article...]

Trump asks Republicans to withdraw healthcare bill

Trump asks Republicans to withdraw healthcare bill In a morning tweet, Trump targeted the House Freedom Caucus, whose hard-right members have been the core of opposition to the GOP legislation and have faced intense pressure from the White House and party leaders to fall into line. "Our current healthcare system is broken (but the replacement) would harm our local hospitals (and have) a harmful impact on senior citizens", Donovan said. [Full Article...]

Care Vote Canceled as House GOP Balks at Bill

Care Vote Canceled as House GOP Balks at Bill House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally canceled a vote on his Obamacare repeal bill for a second time , repudiating President Donald Trump who has threatened to walk away from health care reform if the measure does not pass on Friday. "Let's just for a moment breathe a sigh of relief for the American people". The move by Trump and Ryan is an enormous gamble. For the president, this piles a b... [Full Article...]

GOP rep: Health bill 'one of the worst' I've seen

GOP rep: Health bill 'one of the worst' I've seen As long as the president and vice president are from the same party, they can then pass anything they want with 51 votes. "I've been making an offer of something we could give them, we could give millions of people the opportunity to be in an association". [Full Article...]

Iowa Senate approves bill that would allow fireworks

Iowa Senate approves bill that would allow fireworks And then on Wednesday afternoon, the White House announced Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron had been convinced by the president during a meeting in the White House to vote for the bill. Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, said he anticipates Democrats will offer amendments to raise the statewide minimum wage if Republicans bring up House File 295 for consideration. [Full Article...]

UCLA vs. Kentucky: 'Traditions like no other'

UCLA vs. Kentucky: 'Traditions like no other' SMU lost only five games all season, two of those to the Trojans. UCLA was pulled into the NCAA tournament by its two gifted freshmen and it will go only as far in this tournament as the two 19-year-olds will take them, all plainly evident in their occasionally shaky 97-80 opening-round victory over Kent State. [Full Article...]

The Future Of Healthcare: Obamacare Replacement Bill Rejected By Conservatives

The Future Of Healthcare: Obamacare Replacement Bill Rejected By Conservatives The Rules committee, usually tightly controlled by GOP leadership, was expected to let the chamber vote on revisions that top Republicans concocted to win votes. Outnumbered Democrats condemned the measure as a transfer of money to the rich, and former Vice President Joe Biden predicted the legislation would fail at a Capitol Hill rally. [Full Article...]

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case Nevertheless, a spokesman for the Department of Justice released a statement to the Hill saying, "As the Court correctly explains, the President's Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation's security". Trump's executive order, signed March 6, was scheduled to go into effect earlier this month. Most provisions remain blocked by court order. CAIR sought an even broa... [Full Article...]

President Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Dramatic Health Care Vote

President Trump Calls Out Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Dramatic Health Care Vote The White House said Friday that Trump was done negotiating on the House GOP Obamacare replacement plan. It's not clear how the Freedom Caucus will respond to Trump's public pressure. Last night, Trump announced that if the new plan is not passed then Republicans are stuck with ACA and the new president will move on to other issues. [Full Article...]

Blast In Western Mosul Kills 130, Including Women, Children

Blast In Western Mosul Kills 130, Including Women, Children As the United States airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city's west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in U.S. [Full Article...]


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