GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

April 28, 2017

… Democratic victory over conservatives in setting the nation’s health care policy. As President Donald Trump makes another push to repeal Obamacare around the 100-day mark of his tenure in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans appear to have solved their problems with hardline conservatives but haven’t yet rounded up enough support from moderates to give Trump the 216 votes he needs. …


CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous CNN/ORC polls taken after his …


GOP Rep Tells Mom Her Son On Medicaid Should Just Get A Better Job If He Wants Health Care

April 23, 2017

… the service industry did not provide it. He received coverage through Medicaid when Obamacare expanded the program by offering to pick up almost all of the costs for states that lowered their eligibility thresholds. You can watch their full exchange at the 37-minute mark in the video above. The womans reference to essential benefits alludes to the fact that House Republican leaders at one point tried to win over hardline conservatives by removing federal regulations requiring insurance …


The Queen is 91 and to mark it the Royal Family are tweeting lovely old photos

April 22, 2017

Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Turning 91 years old is certainly something to be celebrated no matter who you are. Queen Elizabeth II is 91 today and to mark the occasion, the Royal Family is tweeting black and white photographs of Elizabeth at special moments in her life. SEE ALSO: Living like the Queen for a day is harder than it looks If you visit the Royal Family’s official Twitter account today you’ll be showered with animated balloons in celebration of her big day. …


Man can’t find perfect engagement ring for girlfriend, learns how to make one instead

April 21, 2017

When Mike Boyd went shopping for an engagement ring for his girlfriend Kim, he couldn’t find one that felt quite “right.” So, he decided to something a little bit unconventional. He took a jewellery class and learned how to make a diamond engagement ring entirely from scratch, all by himself. And, it turned out beautifully! SEE ALSO: Star Wars fans shock and delight mark Hamill with wedding proposal “I want to make a ring 100% by myself. Can that be done?” Boyd …


UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… online. More than a quarter (27%) of what was spent online was in financial services. However, attempts of online retailers to make a mark in the grocery sector had so far failed in comparison to the use of cards in shops and supermarkets. Some 41% of in-store card purchases were on food and drink, compared with only 7% via the internet. Pawn shops, laundry and pubs, somewhat unsurprisingly, registered the least online shopping activity, the figures showed. Clicks or bricks Traditional …


Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

Ms Gadhia was speaking to mark the publication of her autobiography, The Virgin Banker. In it, she describes how many business leaders still act like “dinosaurs” towards women. Collective gasp On one occasion when Ms Gadhia was finding an issue at work difficult, a senior male colleague asked her “if she was going through the menopause”. “I was at a dinner with some of the [banking] regulators last year and there was a very senior City man there and the …


Scott Pruitt Heads To Coal Mine To Pitch New EPA Agenda

April 14, 2017

SYCAMORE, Pennsylvania The head of the Environmental Protection Agency chose a Pennsylvania coal mine with a history of violating environmental laws as his venue for unveiling a new plan to refocus his agency in a way that he says will both protect offered roughly 75 miners at the Harvey Mine this hopeful message: The regulatory assault on coal is over. Pruitt, aclimate change denier and longtime ally of the fossil fuel industry, claimed that coal, oil and gas companies are both …


Foul-mouthed chatbot wants to help women close the pay gap

April 5, 2017

… refreshing real talk for a subject where the advice is often earnest and practical but hardly relatable. The chatbot launched Tuesday to mark Equal Pay Day, the annual occasion where we talk about the fact that the median annual pay for women with full-time, year-round employment is significantly less than what men receive. Overall, women make .80 cents for every dollar a white man makes. Latina and black women, respectively, make .54 and .63 cents. The bot was conceived of and developed by the …


Meadows ‘intrigued’ on Obamacare change after Pence meeting

April 4, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s administration had meetings Monday with two key groups of Republicans, whose split over health care policy caused GOP leaders to pull a plan last month to repeal and replace Obamacare. Emerging from a meeting Monday night with Vice President Mike Pence, House Freedom Caucus Chairman mark Meadows said his group was “intrigued” by an idea the White House floated to give states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare regulations using a waiver …


Taiwan by bike: How to cycle around the island in 12 days

March 29, 2017

… 2015. The journey begins The circular round-the-country route typically takes between 10 to 12 days to complete — and is not recommended for beginners. A “O kilometer” mark can be found at Taipei’s Songshan Station, marking the beginning of the route. It weaves through a mix of dedicated cycleways, uncrowded country roads and segregated lanes on busier roads. Most cyclists tackling Route No. 1 start in the flatter area of western Taiwan to build up stamina for the …