President Trump, Vice-President Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, stood united in defeat in the Oval Office as President Trump shares his thoughts on the failure of the ObamaCare repeal/replace bill to pass the House of Representatives. President Trump points out that any future attempt at repairing ObamaCare will necessarily include Democrats. Ultimately that means a much worse future outcome caused by the intransigent CONservative caucus today with their opposition.
Don´t look now but a cyclone could be spinning off the Bahamas by Sunday. Yep, a tropical system two months before the official start of the hurricane season. Computer model runs and National Hurricane Center forecasters called Friday for the storm to develop cyclonic winds and travel out to sea to the northeast. But it could bring swells and surf to the South Carolina coast, meteorologist Shea Gibson of WeatherFlow said. More importantly, it has meteorologists shifting forward in their seats to begin actively watching for storms to develop in a year when unusually warm waters off South Carolina, as well as in
Monica Conyers’ attempt to book a stay at a luxury Chicago hotel on the company’s dime led to her departure from her radio hosting gig, according to a company memo sent Thursday and a staffer familiar with the details. While the memo from Kevin Adell, founder and CEO of the Southfield-based WFDF-AM (910), The Word Network and WADL-TV, lists seven grievances against Conyers — including such issues as “being obnoxious in the hallways of The Word Network and partying down like (it’s) 1999!”
MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections. The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, and the economy in Europe more radically—and more in Russia’s favor—even than the chaos spawned by Donald Trump’s iffy triumph in the United States. And on Friday, Putin endorsed his candidate: far-right-wing, anti-European-Union, anti-NATO, anti-immigrant, anti-American, pro-Trump candidate Marine Le Pen. Of course, Putin said, “We don´t want to influence in any way the events going on [in France],” but his government received
Conspiracy theorists have argued that there are countless signs proving aliens have visited Earth. However, one of the few humans to have set foot on the moon has said he knows the truth - that if intelligent life was here, they would have made contact with humans. Alan Bean, who was a pilot aboard the Apollo 12 mission in 1969, has proposed that advanced civilizations would be ´more altruistic and friendly´ and would have announced their ´peaceful´ arrival. Scroll down for videos (Photo) Bean, who is 85, was one of the lucky few to walk on the moon. He and three other
House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. President Trump tried to spin the setback as a defeat for Democrats who wouldn´t cross the aisle to support the bill — despite not making any entreaties to the minority party. Trump — who is the first president to enter office without any political or legislative experience — did seem to admit there was a bit of a learning curve when it came to such a complex issue. "This was an interesting
Democrats took a victory lap Friday after President Donald Trump requested that House Speaker Paul Ryan pull the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, effectively ending the party´s quest to replace what is known as "Obamacare." The GOP-backed bill, the American Health Care Act, did not have enough Republican votes to pass the House. An agreement could not be met between Trump and House leadership, and moderate and more conservative representatives on what the bill should contain. In a statement shortly after the bill was pulled, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "So much for the ´Art of the Deal,´
Health Reform: Friday´s decision to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor because it lacked enough votes to pass was a culmination of months of bad decisions, poor planning, and terrible messaging by the GOP leadership in the House. This failure undermines not only the party´s credibility, but President Trump´s purported ability to "make great deals." Worse, it emboldens the left-wing "resistance." Back in early December, we warned in this space that the Republican´s ObamaCare repeal effort was "off to a bad start." That was when House Speaker Paul Ryan was talking up a "repeal and delay" plan that
House Democrats took a “victory” lap Friday after their Republican colleagues pulled the plug on their plan to scrap Obamacare. “Today is a great day for our country,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. “What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people.” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, pulled the bill Friday after it was clear that President Trump and House GOP leaders had fallen short of securing enough support to pass their plan to overhaul the health care system. It marked the second time in as many day that Republicans had to scrap their plan
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with
Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons. Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump´s tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked. If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision came a day after President Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). The decision means the Affordable Care Act remains in place, at least for now, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. It also casts
In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid. Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid. New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born on Medicaid.
A major House committee chair dealt the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act another blow as he announced Friday he would not be voting in favor of the plan as it is now written. Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, chair of the House Appropriations Committee — which is tasked with appropriating discretionary federal funds — wrote on Facebook that he could not vote for the present iteration of the American Health Care Act. "Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America," Frelinghuysen wrote. "Unfortunately, the legislation
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., made headlines this week when he told reporters the intelligence community incidentally collected information on Donald Trump´s transition team following the Nov. 8 election. The congressman´s surprise claim raises many questions, including whether the alleged collection was legal and who was involved. As the issue is a confusing one that likely won´t disappear anytime soon, I´ve compiled a list of the 11 questions you most likely have about this chapter in the ongoing saga involving Trump and the intelligence community: 1. Who is Congressman Devin Nunes? Nunes is chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee,
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, argued Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has made it very difficult for all future Supreme Court nominees to move in the Senate because he thinks the ideology of the nominees is enough of a reason to vote them down. "I wish he had a chance to see [Neil] Gorsuch over the past two days, and anybody observing that is quite seriously voting against him just for political reasons. That´s the conclusion I come to," Grassley said, referring to Gorsuch´s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I think that we've heard Sen. Schumer for several weeks now,
The Secret Service is bracing for the impending appointment of a new director with a senior military rank, the first time an agency chief would come from outside the service in modern history. Agents and officers are expecting Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine general and former head of U.S. Central Command, to tap another general to head the Secret Service and help reform the agency and impose more rigorous and even-handed discipline, according to two knowledgeable sources. President Trump´s appointment of a general to the top Secret Service post, at the behest of Kelly, is
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is calling on his GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill to move forward with the Trump administration’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. “House members need to vote to repeal Obamacare today,” Mr. Walker said Friday on Twitter. “This is their chance to move process forward to get rid of the collapsing govt program.” Mr. Walker is chairman of the Republican Governors Association and also has strong ties to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who, along with President Trump, is lobbying lawmakers to get behind the Republican plan to move the nation away from Obamacare.
The head of the Department of Health said Friday he believes President Trump will follow through on his plan to move on to other issues if the GOP’s health care bill dies in the House. “Well, I think this bill is going to pass today, but I would take the president at his word,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think he has done as much as anyone could expect a president to do to get a piece of legislation passed.” Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan are urging
Until recently, the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare. That vote has been postponed. Obamacare caused premiums to rise for various reasons, chief among them being the vast new regulations the law imposed on insurance markets. While the American Health Care Act does repeal some Obamacare regulations, it does not go far enough. The following chart provides estimates of the average impact that various Obamacare regulations have had on premiums.
One of the tricks in political communications when experiencing difficult times is to drag several other issues into the fray, muddying the waters to distract attention from the main controversy. That’s what you’re witnessing now in the arcane kerfluffle over wiretapping, eavesdropping, surveillance and congressional protocol. So, let’s clear things up. [Snip] In other words, disregard all the pots calling all the kettles black. Here’s what really matters: During the waning days of the Obama administration U.S. intelligence was indeed monitoring the conversations of
Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta. Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged a rowdy demonstration in front of the Santa Clara church in Kaliabang, a neighborhood of Bekasi city, after Friday prayers. Witnesses said police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to force their way into the church, which has been under construction since November. Some also threw rocks and bottles into the site. Raymundus Sianipar, a Catholic priest, said police
Intransigent crony-CONstitutional CONservatives, ie “Freedom Caucus” UniParty members, would do well to remember it wasn’t just Republicans who voted to put President Trump into office, it was also Democrats and Independents. (Photo) Those Trump voters who put President Trump into office can just as easily wipe out the crony-CONstitutional CONservatives who previously hid behind their #NeverTrump-ism. Any vote against the ObamaCare repeal and replacement road map put forth by President Trump, Vice-President Pence, HHS Secretary Tom Price and Speaker Paul Ryan, is a direct vote against the policy agenda of President Donald Trump and his supporters. We voted for Donald
The House Rules Committee on Friday signed off on the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal plan after days of uncertainty, setting up a showdown vote later in the day. The panel was the bill’s final stop before heading for a floor vote Friday, where it´s not clear it has the support from Republicans to pass — the GOP can only afford 22 defections. The Rules Committee voted along party lines to allow for four hours of floor debate on the legislation but to permit no amendments. Late into the night Wednesday and through Thursday evening, GOP leadership and the White House were
Germany´s iconic gummy bear will soon be ´Made in USA.´ Haribo, manufacturer of the beloved chewy treats, will open its first North American candy factory in Wisconsin in 2020, it was announced on Thursday. The Bonn-based company has been selling the sweets in the United States since 1982 and has decided it was time to set up shop. The new $242million plant will be based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, near Kenosha, and is expected to create 400 jobs for the community. (Photo) Haribo invented the gummy bear nearly a century ago and is already the top seller of gummy bears