‘This is brutal’! Wolf Blitzer scolds CNN reporter for using ‘not good sources’

July 31, 2017

Wolf Blitzer recently took it upon himself to try and help combat CNN’s image as a purveyor of “fake news” by lecturing a reporter on air about the difference between “good” and “bad” sources. Check it out: Things got very awkward on CNN when @wolfblitzer taught @GloriaBorger about using better sources https://t.co/qo8lA7ujoL — David Rutz (@DavidRutz) July 28, 2017 Will CNN broadcast Wolf Blitzer’s Journalism 101 class to reporters on…

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Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Cuts threaten rural hospitals ‘hanging on by their fingernails’

July 1, 2017

(CNN)One Monday in 2013, Dr. Alluri Raju learned that the only hospital in rural Richland, Georgia, would close on Wednesday. But there were still patients in hospital beds and surgeries scheduled for Wednesday. Ultimately, the hospital closed that Friday, leaving the rural town without a hospital for miles. Raju, who had been the hospital’s chief of staff, is now the only doctor left in the town a two-hour drive south…

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First on CNN: Kamala Harris maneuvers to help 2018 Democrats — and build a national profile

July 1, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris is using her newfound progressive stardom to raise money for her Democratic colleagues — and amplifying buzz about the California freshman as a prospect for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination in the process. The email list Harris has used to raise the bulk of that money is 10 times the size it was at this time last year, during her Senate campaign. She’s used that list…

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Baton Rouge cop killer left note, fired at least 43 rounds

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The Louisiana law officers who killed Gavin Long after he shot dead three of their colleagues in a targeted attack on police in Baton Rouge last summer were justified “and certainly saved other lives,” a prosecutor said Friday. Long, a 29-year-old black Missouri resident and discharged Marine, arrived in Baton Rouge five days earlier and was determined to kill police officers, “black or white … as long as they had…

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Living to 125 and beyond: Scientists dispute there’s a limit to our lifespans

July 1, 2017

(CNN)Don’t mess with our collective dreams of immortality. A flurry of new research vigorously opposes a study from last year that dared to suggest there might be a ceiling to the human lifespan. The debate over his original paper, published last October in Nature and widely reported by CNN and other media outlets, took Jan Vijg, senior author, by surprise. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN…

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Founder of failed Fyre Festival faces federal fraud charges

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The co-founder of the Fyre Festival was arrested and charged with one count of federal wire fraud on Friday, according to the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office. He was arrested Friday in New York and is scheduled to appear before a US Magistrate Judge on Saturday. It’s unclear whether McFarland has an attorney.

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China refuses cancer treatment abroad for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo

June 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Nobel prize winning Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been refused permission to travel overseas to receive cancer treatment. His case has come under an international spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn’t treated in prison. In a statement released Wednesday, Shenyang authorities appeared to attempt to dispel this speculation, saying his cancer was diagnosed less than a month ago, on…

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Why Obamacare is here to stay, even as GOP strives for repeal

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans continue to work to repeal and repeal Obamacare, but even if they succeed, it has become clear this week that the law has fundamentally shifted expectations surrounding health care in the country. “You can’t just erase Obamacare and go back,” said Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue. Psaki: Dems should negotiate healthcare with GOP McConnell threatens bipartisanship

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US teen birth rate drops to all-time low

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year, a new government report published Friday found. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend. In 2016, the number of US births totaled 3,941,109, a decline of 1% compared to 2015. The fertility rate of 62 births per 1,000 women is a record low for…

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California says key ingredient in Roundup weed killer can cause cancer

June 30, 2017

(CNN)One of the most popular herbicides in the world can cause cancer, California health officials say, and they might demand warnings saying so. California keeps a list of carcinogenic chemicals because of a law commonly called Proposition 65, which “requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.” The decision to add glyphosate to that list stemmed from…

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Activists protest GOP health care bill on Capitol Hill

June 29, 2017

(CNN)Over a thousand chanting activists walked a lap around the Capitol building Wednesday evening to protest the American Health Care Act. The march was part of a three-day “People’s Filibuster,” co-organized by more than 19 groups, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and American Federation of Labor. Philadelphia resident Signe Espinoza, 24, kicked off the post-march rally by sharing her personal health care experience on stage.

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National Guard Fast Facts

June 29, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at the National Guard, a reserve military force and the oldest component of the US armed forces. Other reserve groups have no affiliation with the National Guard. (Ex. Army Reserve) Each US state, territory and Washington DC has its own National Guard. The National Guard takes an oath to perform state or federal missions and can be deployed for either. A governor can call up troops to…

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Rep. Pete King on health care bill: ‘It’s wrong to pass something for the sake of passing it’

June 29, 2017

(CNN)Hours after President Donald Trump told reporters to expect a “big surprise” on the stalled Senate health care bill, one Republican lawmaker slammed the bill, invoking the “do no harm” principle. The New York lawmaker voted for the House health care bill, but has come out against the Senate bill. “The Senate did, as far as I can tell, take care of the pre-existing conditions questions, but if anything, they’ve…

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Donald Trump has a chance to step up for a signature win

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Your turn, Mr. President. The contrast was obvious to the euphoric Rose Garden rally that Trump hosted with GOP House members after they passed their Obamacare repeal bill in May. This time, Republicans sat around tables in the East Room expressing frustration at negative ads being aired against moderate Sen. Dean Heller, who has opposed the bill. The delay in the Senate vote represents a failure — that could…

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Facebook live video captures Boston drug overdose

June 28, 2017

(CNN)Two men in Boston tapped on a car window when they saw a man and woman passed out, a needle lying in the woman’s lap. After nearly a minute of banging on the driver’s side window, the woman came to, startled and disoriented. The man, identified in the video as Dan, could not be shaken awake. Dan would not regain any level of consciousness until his friend administered two doses…

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Pharmacist linked to fungal meningitis outbreak gets 9 years in prison

June 28, 2017

(CNN)Pharmacist Barry Cadden was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday after his facility caused at least 76 deaths in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak. In a filing on June 22, the prosecution placed the number of deaths caused by Cadden at 76, making it the deadliest meningitis outbreak in US history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had officially announced 64 deaths, but “they stopped counting a year…

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Sen. Murkowski on health care bill: ‘I don’t have enough information’

June 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday that she doesn’t “have enough information” to vote for on the Senate GOP’s health care bill. Murkowski’s comments come just hours after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Senate bill’s impact, prompting multiple Republicans to express doubts about the legislation or reiterate that they would not vote for the bill in its current form.

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

June 27, 2017

(CNN)As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out. On Friday, she tweeted her son’s latest hospital bill and it went viral. “It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan’s most recent open heart surgery,” she wrote Chandra also added up what their bill would have been without insurance:…

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President Stephen Colbert in 2020?

June 26, 2017

(CNN)“Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the 46th President of the United States: Stephen T. Colbert.” Colbert’s remarks came Friday during an appearance on the Russian late night TV show, “Evening Urgant.” While being interviewed by the show’s host, Ivan Urgant, Colbert revealed that he had a big announcement. Then, with a straight face, Colbert declared, “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020.”…

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