CIA no longer arming anti-Assad rebels, Washington Post reports

July 20, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to discontinue a program of arming and training anti-Assad rebels in Syria, according to a report in the Washington Post which cites unnamed US officials. “It’s a strategic mistake…. (support for the rebels) was a pressure point on Assad and a pressure point on the Iranians… and the Russians,” according to Bob Baer, CNN Intelligence and security analyst and former CIA operative….

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McCain faces his greatest battle

July 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)John McCain has always lived for the fight. Now he’s facing his toughest battle. He’s a warrior politician who bears the scars of a lifetime of military and political campaigns and health scares on his body and across his soul. He’s collected more enemies and friends than most men and is a certified national hero. Aggressive tumor removed from McCain’s brain McCain faces his greatest battle The absolutely remarkable…

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Mitch McConnell ‘master tactician’ label damaged after Senate health care fight

July 20, 2017

(CNN)The looming defeat of the Senate health care bill marks a dramatic low point in the otherwise lofty political career of Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s majority leader who is often described as a disciplined “master tactician” of the Senate accustomed to methodically building legislative victories for Republicans. “This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” McConnell replied. “A lot of people have been involved in the…

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Trump and Republican senators are the 53 angriest people in Washington

July 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The GOP turned into the Grouchy Old Party, as recriminations flew after the failure this week to repeal and replace Obamacare — the greatest motivating cause of Republican voters for more than seven years. Trump, facing criticism of his own conduct in the failed effort to replace his successor’s signature law, suggested simply that the Republican majority on Capitol Hill was not up to the job.

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Trump letting Obamacare fail is ‘cynical and sinister,’ Sen. Cory Booker says

July 19, 2017

(CNN)New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker slammed President Donald Trump for declaring he would let Obamacare fail Tuesday, saying “that’s not just cynical, it’s actually sinister.” “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us,” Trump said. “It would be nice to…

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How the Republican health care bill fell apart

July 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Republicans’ signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare came to a screeching halt Monday night after Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came together, shocked Capitol Hill and vowed to vote against the latest draft of the GOP’s health care bill. Across town, over rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash at the White House, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders were attempting…

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The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers

July 17, 2017

RIP health care.Image: GOMBERT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the gig economy seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workersexcuse me, independent contractorsdidnt have to worry about going broke…

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Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa to water the grassroots

July 16, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Iowa, there was an election to win. It was November 2016 and Sanders was barnstorming Hawkeye State college towns, trying in vain to drum up support for Hillary Clinton. Making the first of two scheduled summer visits here, the state that will play host to the first-in-the-nation caucuses of a still far-off presidential campaign season, Sanders kept up his…

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McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery

July 16, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the Senate will delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot. Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky — have already said they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation.

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Anderson Cooper to White House official: ‘I’m just going to ignore the insults’

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Anderson Cooper responded to an attack on CNN and other journalists from White House senior aide Sebastian Gorka Wednesday, telling the outspoken adviser to President Donald Trump that his insults were not worth responding to since they did not contribute to the dialogue. “Your chyron talked about a crisis,” Gorka said. “Your reporter talked about a bunker mentality. I actually work in the West Wing. I work in the White…

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Pence sends a message to McConnell, Paul on healthcare in their own backyard

July 13, 2017

(CNN)“Help is on the way!” Vice President Mike Pence declared to small-business owners at a roundtable in Kentucky as he spoke about the adverse effects of Obamacare. While the president had no public events on Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Kentucky, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, for a roundtable listening session, a speech, and a private reception in Lexington.

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Downbeat Republicans no closer to health care deal, but ready to vote next week

July 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican senators were no closer to a health care deal on Tuesday after the surprise decision to delay the Senate’s summer recess and as a bombshell revelation about Donald Trump Jr. hung over Capitol Hill. Instead, members arrived at a weekly lunch meeting to a chaotic scene where swarms of reporters peppered senators with questions about the news that President Donald Trump’s eldest son had agreed to meet with…

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FBI: SWAT team arrests soldier on terrorism charges in Hawaii

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)An FBI spokesman on Monday confirmed that a SWAT team arrested a soldier in Hawaii over the weekend and charged him with supporting ISIS. In a release, the FBI said it had worked closely with the Army in this case. The statement said the investigation by the FBI and the Army had been going on for more than a year.

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Trump largely absent in final health care sprint

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has no plans to play a larger role in selling the Republican health care bill this week, an administration official told CNN Monday. There are no plans for Trump to travel the country to pitch the bill, the official said.

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Amid health care push, White House can’t shake Russia

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)Any hope that President Donald Trump’s direct talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election might help get him and the White House out from under the mountain of suspicion he has faced since coming into office had evaporated by Monday afternoon — and got buried by Monday night. The White House tried to veer away from those controversies, drawing attention to administration nominees…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

July 8, 2017

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Rep. Steve Scalise back in intensive care unit

July 6, 2017

(CNN)Rep. Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the intensive care unit “due to new concerns for infection,” a statement from his office said. Scalise, the Republican House majority whip who represents Louisiana, was critically injured when agunman, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire on the GOP baseball team as they were practicing for a charity game on June 14. Shooting victim: I was hit and ran for my life…

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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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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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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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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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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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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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