Obama on Senate bill: It’s ‘not a health care bill’

June 23, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke out against a proposed GOP Senate bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The GOP-proposed bill would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate Obamacare’s taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. …

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Chelsea Clinton accuses Bannon of ‘fat shaming’ Sean Spicer

June 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)The punchline, for lack of a better word, in a piece in The Atlantic on the much-maligned decay of the White House press is a text message, presumably joking, from White House adviser Steven Bannon to a reporter explaining why Sean Spicer has spent less and less time in front of cameras at the podium. We don’t KNOW that Bannon was joking, mind you. He didn’t respond to follow-up questions, according to writer Rosie Gray in The Atlantic piece. But treating the …

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Marco Rubio opens Twitter ‘investigation’ into failed Ivanka Trump hug

June 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)Sen. Marco Rubio went on a tweetstorm Tuesday afternoon after his greeting with Ivanka Trump on Capitol Hill earlier that day went viral. He also added that he and his team were attempting to obtain video footage of the encounter to expose what really happened between himself and the White House adviser and first daughter. A call for help came next, when Rubio asked those who happened to be filming at the Senate carriage entrance Tuesday between 11:20 a.m. and …

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Conservatives on Capitol Hill anxiously await health care bill

June 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be on the verge of releasing a bill to repeal Obamacare, but he’s got conservatives to convince before he can be sure he has the votes to pass it. “I think they’ve forgotten all the rallies where we said we’re going to repeal it. We had thousands of people standing up and cheering us on, saying we’re going to repeal it and now they’ve gotten pretty weak-kneed and I think they want to keep it,” …

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Earth To Ivank Trumpa: Your Dad Invented Vicious

June 13, 2017

It is hard, and theres a level of viciousness that I was not expecting, the first daughter said in an interview on Fox & Friends Monday. But this isnt supposed to be easy, she added bravely, speculating that rough politics should be expected because her father is so transformative. The WASHINGTON Post deadpanned: Irony is dead. One of the most stinging criticisms of Ivankas lament came from John Podhoretz, columnist in the usually Trump-friendly New York Post, who called the first …

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Trump admin ending program for mothers, children seeking asylum

June 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)The Trump administration is shuttering a program designed to keep vulnerable asylum seekers — mainly mothers and young children, including pregnant and nursing women — out of detention. The move is the latest effort under President Donald Trump to prioritize immigration enforcement and deportations over policies he argues incentivized people trying to come to the US illegally. But critics say it will place an undue burden on traumatized families with legitimate …

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Katy Perry and the gospel of ‘Witness’

June 13, 2017

… the missionary zeal with which the former Christian singer takes her politics. The WASHINGTON Post called her album “half-woke.” During the live stream she almost like a convert, newly aware of social injustice and privilege, having faced blowback for controversies like wearing cornrows in her music video for the song “This Is How We Do” or making a joke referencing Britney Spears’ breakdown seen as insensitive to those with mental health problems. “I listened …

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on WASHINGTON again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, comes despite …

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Inside Paul Ryan’s fundraising plan to keep the House majority

June 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t concerned about his House majority. At least publicly, that is, where he dismisses questions about “Democratic waves” and repeatedly steers talk back to the GOP agenda at hand. The Romney who leads Trump’s RNC More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Tweet Machine PRO Developers – Unlimited Clients Faster Smarter Better – Special Offer Try Faster Smarter Better NOW! 7 …

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Lawsuit Accuses Glass Artist Dale Chihuly Of Plagiarizing Work

June 3, 2017

The suit, filed by the lawyers of Michael Moi in King County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for Western WASHINGTON, claims the prolific decorator of botanical gardens has been involved in a myriad of clandestine painting sessions with Moi, but has never compensated him or given him credit for his efforts, despite the artists promises otherwise. In a press release sent to HuffPost, Chihulys camp strongly refutes Mois claims, dubbing the lawsuit baseless. Moi also alleges …

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Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON If you listen to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator , the biggest environmental problem facing the United States isnt climate change (, anyway), or lead-tainted drinking water or . Its that Barack Obama didnt clean up the most contaminated and hazardous sites across the country. A declared that Pruitt was here to clean up the Obama administrations toxic mess. The former Oklahoma attorney general would have the American people believe that what the Superfund program …

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South Carolina Democrat’s Poll Shows Progress Against GOP Rival

May 31, 2017

The margin is an improvement from a 16-point deficit in March, according to a summary of the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Group polling obtained by HuffPost that wasfirst reported by The WASHINGTON Post. The special election to fill the seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will occur the same day Democrats hope to take control of Georgias 6th Congressional District, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against Republican Karen Handel, with polls showing him ahead but in a …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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100 Middle Schoolers Refuse Photo-Op With Paul Ryan During D.C. Trip

May 29, 2017

The students were visiting WASHINGTON, D.C., from New Jerseys South Orange Middle School on Thursday when they were offered the chance to pose with Ryan, according to reports. Fellow student Wendy Weeks said she also opted to not take a photo, telling the Village Green that to have stood next to Ryan would have given the wrong impression of how she feels about him. The House Speaker has earned criticism for his tireless efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Student …

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Pete Souza’s most legendary Donald Trump trolls

May 28, 2017

… response to House Republicans celebrating the AHCA win that would strip healthcare from millions, it’s like, suddenly not so sweet anymore. Seven years ago today, practicing to throw out the first pitch for the WASHINGTON Nationals home opener the following week. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 31, 2017 at 9:56am PDT Troll Level: 5 Is it still trolling if you’re just pointing out what great physical shape Obama was in compared to Trump, who turned down …

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Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

… haven’t done much about it. (They’ve had other stuff going on, I guess.) Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Suzan DelBene, of Virginia and WASHINGTON respectively, are looking to change that. On Thursday they introduced the first federal bill addressing the gig economy. The bill would establish a $20 million grant fund within the Department of Labor to incentivize states, local governments, and nonprofits to create “portable benefit models” that would provide benefits to …

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The Most Futile Fight In Washington: Authorizing Wars

May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON At a time when health care reform and Russia investigations are sucking all the oxygen out of Congress, two senators a Republican and a Democrat filed into a small press gallery on Thursday to try and shine a spotlight on another pressing matter: war. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced against the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban. It would give Congress new oversight over military action against those groups and over the countries in which U.S. …

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON It took the House months of infighting and a failed first attempt to ultimately pass a bill torepeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than two weeks later, Senate Republicans are nowhere near reaching an agreement on a bill of their own. As scandal after scandal piled up for the Trump administration last week, Republicans were given some cover. Rather than being flooded with questions as they exited multiple meetings about their own disagreements on how to repeal and …

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