House Obamacare Repeal Gets Yanked in Major Defeat for Trump and the GOP

Photo Credit: www.speaker.gov President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have stunningly failed their first major legislative test, as a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund the health safety net Medicaid program was pulled from the floor 15 minutes before voting was to begin. A chorus of “No” could be heard in the live feed from House chambers before ...

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Tobias Ellwood appointed to privy council for Westminster attack response

The Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood, who battled to save the life of a police officer in the Westminster terror attack, and the security minister, Ben Wallace, have been honoured for their roles in responding to the atrocity. Downing Street announced that the Queen was “pleased” to approve the appointment of Ellwood and Wallace to the privy council. Ellwood, ran ...

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Selected Articles: US Coup in Ukraine: Aftereffects, Untold Story of the Greek “Bailouts”

Selected Articles: US Coup in Ukraine: Aftereffects, Untold Story of the Greek “Bailouts” What America’s Coup in Ukraine Did By Eric Zuesse, March 24 2017 On March 23rd, Gallup headlined “South Sudan, Haiti and Ukraine Lead World in Suffering”, and the Ukrainian part of that can unquestionably be laid at the feet of U.S. President Barack Obama, who in February 2014 imposed upon Ukraine a ...

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Powerful Texas Republican sees tough road for ‘bathroom bill’

The Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said on Friday a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people would face a tough time in the chamber, where there are worries of an economic hit to the state if it became law. Speaker Joe Straus, who sets the Republican-dominated House’s legislative agenda, stopped short of saying the measure ...

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Germany will 'win the peace' in Europe because of Brexit, says Lord Heseltine

Germany will “win the peace” in Europe as a result of Brexit, with the UK’s influence diminished, former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine said. The Tory peer said it was “quite unacceptable” that Germany would be in a dominant position in Europe having lost the second world war. Lord Heseltine, who was sacked from a string of advisory roles within ...

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The EU should rebrand itself as the protector of its nations | Natalie Nougayrède

If one image can sum up the paradoxes that increasingly lie at the heart of the European project, as it celebrates its 60th this weekend, this may be a good one. Last month, hundreds of thousands of Romanians demonstrated against corruption. As night fell, they used the lights on their smartphones to form the national flag. Then, with equal enthusiasm, ...

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Trump's Budget Director Has Some Deeply Distressing Advice to Americans Worried About Their Health Benefits

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has a solution to Americans who think they should have insurance that includes essential health benefits: Just change the state apparatus! “If you live in a state that wants to mandate maternity coverage for everybody, including 60-year-old women, that’s fine,” Mulvaney told CBS News Friday morning, Talking Points Memo reported.  He argued that control over minimum coverage ...

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Harman urges law change to protect rape complainants

The Labour MP Harriet Harman has introduced a proposed law change that would prevent rape complainants from being quizzed in court about their sexual history, saying the move was needed in the wake of the acquittal of the footballer Ched Evans. Evans won his appeal last year in a case that centred on evidence from two other men who testified ...

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WATCH: Sean Spicer accidentally says ‘tax returns’ instead of ‘tax reform’ — and quickly regrets it

Sean Spicer accidentally blurted out “tax return,” the release of which is an ongoing scandal for his boss, during a White House press conference — and quickly realized and corrected his error. The White House press secretary said President Donald Trump was “excited” to… Continue reading

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Pro-EU march to go ahead in London despite Westminster attack

Organisers of a pro-Europe demonstration in London have said it will go ahead as planned on Saturday despite concern that a major political protest might be inappropriate after this week’s nearby terrorist attack. Unite for Europe said it was important that the march, ending with a rally in Parliament Square, demonstrate the resilience of British democracy. It encouraged supporters to ...

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Friends reunited? Boris Johnson and David Cameron spotted having dinner in New York

As far as political uncouplings go, the breakup of David Cameron and Boris Johnson was a fairly spectacular public affair. But it seems they might have buried their Brexit hatchet and resumed the schoolboy friendship split asunder by European tensions – thanks to a shared dinner in New York city on Thursday night. The pair were photographed on the streets ...

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Illegal U.S. Occupation Forces in Syria and Iraq: Pentagon Intends Establishing “Interim Zones of Stability”

Addressing members of America’s imperial war coalition in Washington Wednesday, Rex Tillerson said Washington intends establishing “interim zones of stability” in Syria and Iraq – without further elaboration. US-installed Iraqi puppet leader Haider al-Abadi was pressured to let US forces operate in Iraqi territory. He’s silent on relentless Pentagon terror-bombing, massacring Mosul civilians, ones escaping saying they fear US warplanes ...

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Trump Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Groups Vow 'Fight Is Not Over'

Protesters in San Francisco line the streets. (Tara Lohan)Photo Credit: Tara Lohan Nearly a decade after it first applied for a presidential permit, TransCanada is getting the green light from the Trump administration for its $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. POLITICO reported Thursday that the U.S. State Department’s undersecretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, will approve by Monday the cross-border permit needed ...

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Media hype about the Westminster attack will only encourage others | Simon Jenkins

On Wednesday afternoon a car went on to the pavement on Westminster bridge and killed three passersby. A man leapt out and stabbed a policeman. He was shot. No one knew who he was, only that he was dark-skinned and bearded. The police later released the names of those who tragically died in this dreadful incident. The possibly intended victims ...

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Her silence is ‘deafening’: Planned Parenthood CEO slams Ivanka for not standing up for women’s health

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards spoke with BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Friday morning about the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, and particularly noted how many “women will lose their lives over this bill.” Richards called the bill the “most anti-… Continue reading

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UK can't blame EU for problems that led to Brexit, says Juncker

British politicians sowed the seeds for Brexit by blaming the European Union for problems over which the bloc has little control and while building an economy dependent on foreign labour, the president of the European commission has said. Writing exclusively for the Guardian as EU leaders meet to celebrate the bloc’s 60th anniversary in Rome, Jean-Claude Juncker warns that “for ...

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'The Brexit vote is starting to have major negative consequences' – experts debate the data

David Blanchflower Professor of economics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and member of the Bank’s MPC from June 2006 to May 2009 With prices and wages heading in different directions, consumers are set to feel the pinch in 2017. Inflation surprised to the upside again on the latest figures. The consumer prices index rose to 2.3% in February from 1.8% ...

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Hard Right Targeting Its Fury Over Botched Health Care Bill at Trump Official

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Conservatives are beginning to eat their own in the debate over replacing and repealing the Affordable Care Act. As President Donald Trump struggles to negotiate a deal with the most right-wing caucus in the House, conservatives who have spent the last several months celebrating the complete Republican takeover of federal government and mocking liberals are beginning to wake up ...

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Keir Starmer interview: ‘Winning elections is all I’m here for, that’s why I came into it’

It is often said that even the least prepossessing backbenchers arrive in Westminster thinking they could one day be prime minister. I have met a lot of MPs, and unless the human capacity for self-delusion is greater than I’d grasped, I find this hard to believe. In Keir Starmer’s case, however, the old cliche probably understates his ambition. If he ...

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British police make new ‘significant’ arrests over London attack

A police officer stands in front of an armoured police personnel carrier on a street leading to the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 24, 2017 British police said Friday they had made two further “significant” arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they appealed for information about the homegrown killer who left four people dead. ...

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Those who believe in a united Europe must stand up and be counted | Guy Verhofstadt

Tomorrow, EU leaders past and present will gather in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, the forerunner to the European Union. In the decades since it was signed, European countries have worked successfully to fight against the return of the rampant nationalism that led to two world wars and ...

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The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.” Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, ...

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Photo of woman in hijab passing attack victim on bridge 'misappropriated'

The photographer whose picture of a woman walking past a victim of the Westminster terrorist attack was claimed by anti-Islam blogs as evidence for the faith’s indifference to suffering has defended her and said the image was “misappropriated”. The picture, showing a woman wearing a hijab and looking at her phone on Westminster Bridge as a group of people gathered ...

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How One Activist Is Recruiting Diverse Candidates to Continue the Vision Started by Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Puja Datta The 2016 election season created many overnight activists, including Puja Datta, who was nearly a decade into a career at a large credit bureau, having never so much as called Congress. Then the Bernie Sanders campaign happened. The experience changed the Columbus, Ohioan’s life. “I knocked on doors in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky,” ...

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The Westminster attack shows the new challenges facing UK counter-terrorism | Emily Winterbotham

On Wednesday, the wave of terror attacks witnessed in Europe and elsewhere struck at the heart of London. The attacker has now been identified as Khalid Masood, born in Kent – a 52-year-old known to the security services. Isis has also claimed responsibility, although their inability to name the attacker before the police did raises some doubts as to the ...

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PHOTOS: New species of cloud identified in 21st century Cloud Atlas

Celebrate with some amazing photos of the fluffy stuff. Claudia Hinz | International Cloud Atlas The iridescence is caused by diffraction of sunlight in all the tiny, uniform clouds. Clouds are a lot like Baskin-Robbins. They’re timeless, can be found all over America, and come in 31 flavors. A… Continue reading

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London attack: police name 75-year-old victim and make two 'significant' arrests – live

We have spoken to the police and the GLA [Greater London Authority]. We can confirm that the march will go ahead. All plans remain the same. We will only move to our contingency if the police are still investigating the crime scene come Saturday. Our contingency will include the same march start point and time (Park Lane, 11am) with an ...

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Brexit is a failure and a tragedy, says EC chief Juncker

Brexit is “a failure and a tragedy”, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said. The EU’s most senior civil servant promised that Brussels would approach the negotiation of Britain’s withdrawal in a “friendly” and fair way, but warned that European institutions were not “naive” about the process. He confirmed that the UK would be presented with a ...

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Selling Dog and Cat Meat Is Still Legal in Most of U.S.—but a Federal Ban Could Soon Be in Place

close up, cat and dog together lying on the floorPhoto Credit: VP Photo Studio/Shutterstock When images of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China hit the internet in 2013, there was no closing the Pandora’s box. Shock, anger and outrage at the brutality inflicted on what most Westerners view as humans’ best friends spurred millions around the world ...

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Democratic Party Floats “Proposal” For A “Palace Coup” against Trump

On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addressed an open letter to a group of generals, deep state operatives and a corporate executive in President Trump’s cabinet, effectively calling on them to organize a palace coup. The recipients of Friedman’s letter, code-named “Calling On a Few Good Men,” are three generals—Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster ...

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Raccoons of the Resistance: you can't dismantle capitalism if you have a headache | First Dog on the Moon

At the Raccoons of the Resistance Self Care Workshop: Are you saying drinking a nice glass of pinot grigio is a valid instrument of social and economic change? Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and ...

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Oklahoma woman demands answers on Trumpcare while stuck on airplane with her senator

Kendall Brown catches her Senator on a plane and demands discussion of healthcare (Photo: Kendall Brown/Twitter) Oklahoma resident Kendall Brown tweeted to Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) Thursday morning after he said that it was his role to “listen to all voices” on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. She invited him to respond to her letters, emails and tweets about ...

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Westminster attacked – Politics Weekly podcast

Anne Perkins is joined by Hugh Muir, Polly Toynbee, Alan Travis and Heather Stewart to discuss the terrorist attack in Westminster and the political response A terrorist attack in London and an assault on parliament left three people and the assailant dead and 29 people injured. With a massive police investigation underway, MPs got back to business today. But what ...

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'We must honour his legacy': Bill Clinton at Martin McGuinness' funeral – video

Former US president Bill Clinton urges mourners at the funeral of Martin McGuinness to ‘finish the work he has started’. Inside Derry’s St Columba’s church on Thursday, Clinton recalls his and the former IRA chief of staff’s role in the peace process Source link

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The 5 Most Devastating Lines from Chuck Schumer's Call to Filibuster Neil Gorsuch

While the American Health Care Act sputtered in Congress, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans Thursday to invoke a filibuster of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch after the judge’s third day of confirmation hearings. More impressively, he urged his fellow senators to follow suit. Here are the five most devastating lines from Schumer’s speech on the Senate floor. 1. ...

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Love, tolerance and defiance to the fore as MPs assemble | John Crace

The prime minister began her statement on Thursday with a measured act of defiance. “Mr Speaker,” Theresa May said. “Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy. But today we meet as normal – as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do – to deliver a simple message: we are not afraid.” ...

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‘Congratulations on the brown table’: CNN panel mocks lack of diversity at GOP Freedom Caucus meeting

Don Lemon commented Thursday night on a photo Vice President Mike Pence shared to Twitter earlier in the day showing his and President Trump’s meeting with the white, male Freedom Caucus. Washington Sen. Patty Murray (D) retweeted the photo with the caption, “A rare look inside the GOP&#… Continue reading

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MI5 launches review of whether it could have stopped Khalid Masood

Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 has embarked on an internal review of whether it could have stopped the Westminster attacker. The agency had investigated Khalid Masood in the past in relation to concerns about violent extremism but he had since had dropped off its radar. The agency will face questions, as it did after the London bombings in 2005 and ...

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Sixteen Mind-Blowing Facts About Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy

Government documents declassified after the passage of the JFK Records Act in 1992 prove that the official narrative is bull***t. There is overwhelming evidence implicating the CIA and other United States intelligence agencies, as well as top military officials and corporate entities, in a complex plot to stage a coup against a president who rebelled against their wishes. Many of ...

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Our values will prevail, defiant Theresa May tells MPs as parliament resumes

Theresa May told MPs “our values will prevail” as she delivered a defiant statement to a packed House of Commons less than 24 hours after the attack on Westminster. May said that parliament, and the UK, “will not be cowed” by terrorism. In an effort to emphasise business as usual, May’s spokesman later confirmed she would press ahead with invoking ...

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White Supremacist Who Traveled to New York to Murder Black Men Followed Extremist Racist On-Line Groups Who Support Trump

A white supremacist who traveled to New York City to kill black men subscribed to numerous neo-Nazi, anti-feminist and far-right conspiracy theory channels on YouTube, according to what appears to be his personal account on the website. James Harris Jackson stabbed a black man with a sword on the street in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 22, in what he admitted ...

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Westminster vigil: we will never be cowed by terrorism, says mayor

Thousands of people have gathered to commemorate the victims of the attack in Westminster, and to hear speeches by the capital’s mayor and other leaders aimed at preventing terrorism from spreading division and hatred. The vigil in Trafalgar Square, central London, was held to honour the dead and injured, Sadiq Khan said, but also “to send a clear, clear, message ...

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Thousands line the streets for Martin McGuinness’ funeral – video

Shops and schools closed and thousands of people come out to pay their respects to Martin McGuinness, the IRA commander turned political dealmaker who played a central role in bringing Northern Ireland’s Troubles to an end. He died this week at the age of 66 Source link

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House Republican Extremists Hijack Obamacare Repeal, Delaying Vote With Demands That Will Trash Health Care for Millions

Photo Credit: twitter.com/realDonaldTrump No matter when the House votes on repealing Obamacare—it was scheduled for Thursday but abruptly postponed—President Trump and the House GOP have shown the nation that the Republican Party’s most extreme elements are in the driver’s seat. Instead of anything resembling political discipline or party unity, the arch right-wing House Freedom Caucus has demanded a series of ...

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The Guardian view on terror in London: standing together against cynicism | Editorial

Theresa May has had a torrid political March on several fronts, but she has a valuable gift for calm and a knack of catching the public mood at moments like the aftermath of the attack on Wednesday afternoon in central London. In a statement to MPs today, Mrs May successfully combined dignity with emotion as she paid tribute to the ...

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Rising death rate of white working class rooted in poor healthcare and lack of job prospects: report

A new report from the Brookings Institution by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton finds that the death rate among midlife, white working class Americans has steadily risen over the last two decades. Their findings noted the rising death rate could be connected to poor job prospects, familial issu… Continue reading

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Selected Articles: Ten Ways to Reduce Terrorism, FBI’s Trump/Putin Conspiracy Theory

Selected Articles: Ten Ways to Reduce Terrorism, FBI’s Trump/Putin Conspiracy Theory The FBI’s Conspiracy Theory of a Trump/Putin Collusion Has No Clothes By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, March 23 2017 Unable to provide an ounce of evidence that a Trump/Putin conspiracy stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, the corrupt US “intelligence” agencies are shifting their focus to social media and ...

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