GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued Sunday the Senate’s recently released health care bill will significantly improve the current Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, and will include protection of Americans’ medical coverage, but acknowledged having to “thread a needle” to get the measure passed.

The bill, which was written behind closed doors, is facing its fair share of criticism from Democrats who say that it negatively mimics the House’s plan. Sen. Voting yes on the Senate health care bill would be a vote directly against me, my family and all Pennsylvanians.

Small business owner Molly Connor is one of 70,000 Hoosiers who may lose her insurance on Indiana’s exchange. Elaine Rodriguez spoke for many parents saying her disabled daughter, Leandra, depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.

The Republican senator told reporters Friday, “I wouldn’t say they are losing it”.

All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump’s agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law.

Mr Obama also wrote that politics could not get in the way of the “compromise” needed between Republicans and Democrats in order to not “put the American people through [the] pain” of being excluded from benefits while pregnant or sick, expensive bills, or high deductibles “while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return”. That program is jointly funded by the states and the federal government.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.

Cassidy’s concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen.

Brian Sandoval, the governor of Heller’s home state, is a Republican, but he is counting on Heller to provide what could be a crucial vote to maintain President Barack Obama’s health care law, which has been a boon for the working poor in Nevada. Sen.

“The Medicaid cuts are the part of the Senate bill that probably give us the most heartburn”, Moller said.

Calls to the White House and the GOP majority’s office were not immediately returned. “People aren’t out here because it’s super fun to be in the spitting rain, protesting for hours, people are out here because it’s literally life or death”, Vashti Bandi of South Philadelphia said.

Far-right Republicans in his state – who strongly support President Trump – also have their eyes on Heller to see if he will abandon the president.

Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, oppose the current version of the bill for being too similar to Obamacare. The legislation would also allow states to opt-out of Obamacare’s Essential Health Requirements, a change that would pave the way for insurers denying comprehensive coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

SYRIA: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

SYRIA: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the USA military shot down the Shahed 129 as it approached an established coalition combat outpost near al-Tanf in southeast Syria, where the U.S.is holding training sessions for local fighters against the Islamic State group, VOA reported. In Syria, we have a common foe, ISIS.

The U.N. children’s agency says the European Union has donated 90 million euros ($100.3 million) that will help provide critical services and support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S.is not aware of who was manning the drone, but noted that Iran has sold the Shaheed-129 drone to the Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

It described Binali as “a close confidant” of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he “had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world”.

It said the latest contribution brings the total funding from the EU Trust Fund for UNICEF’s work on the Syria crisis response to almost €200 million ($223 millions).

Hostilities resumed Tuesday as government troops captured a hill west of the city and a former army base that was held by rebels, according to the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the AP reported. He is blaming the government for the truce’s collapse.

More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria s conflict began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011.

Senior Guard commanders said on Monday that the missile strikes were meant to send a message to “terrorists” who carried out attacks in Tehran two weeks ago as well as their regional and worldwide supporters, a reference to Saudi Arabia and the US.

Nouri Mahmoud, spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia which is part of the SDF, told Reuters Islamic State had been ousted from the suburb of Kasrat al-Farj as the SDF moved in along the southern riverbank from the west.

Sunday’s shoot-down of the Syrian fighter marks an escalation in tensions in an already war-torn region.

It was not known what exactly was hit and Iran has provided no details. The Syrian situation could escalate quickly into a hot war if Russian Federation shoots down a USA military plane. “They too can take their place in the framework of these efforts… but all this requires detailed work”, Kalin said.

The larger problem, the officials and analysts said, is that Trump and his national security team have not advanced a long-term political strategy for Syria’s future.

The move comes days after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian jet, and Syrian ally Russian Federation responded by threatening to treat planes from a us -led coalition operating in the skies over Syria as targets.

As it tries to craft a Syria strategy, the Trump administration is divided between those who consider Islamic State the primary enemy and some officials who think the war in Syria is part of an existential struggle between the United States and its Gulf allies on the one hand and Iran on the other, said a third U.S. official, who has participated in government deliberations on Syria.

“The two countries don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues”, West said, noting that Trump spent considerable time on the campaign trail promising closer relations with Russian Federation.

In Canberra, a Defense Department statement said on Tuesday that “Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats”. On Sunday, Iran launched medium-range ballistic missiles at ISIS targets near Deir ez-Zour.

Putin offers political asylum to Comey

Putin offers political asylum to Comey

Russian President Vladimir Putin has joked that he’s willing to offer former US FBI director James Comey asylum, comparing him to Edward Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency contractor who took refuge in Russia after being accused in the US of leaking classified information.

Then he is not the head of a special service, he is a human rights activist defending a certain stance. Therefore, if Comey is persecuted in United States that we would be ready to offer political asylum to former FBI Director.

On June 8, Comey appeared for testimony on the Trump-Russia probe at the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded past year that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election specifically to help Trump win.

Putin said many heads of state around the world had told him of similar U.S. meddling in their internal affairs. “We have our opinion, we say it openly, but it’s not some kind of underground sabotage activity”, Putin said.

From the interviews the filmmaker said he was able to see “from the other side” what the West was preparing.

At a congressional hearing this month, Comey said Trump asked him to drop an investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, while the United States president has accused Comey of not telling the truth.

“We have moved to a period of growth“, Putin said, adding that “we’ve witnessed growth for three consecutive quarters“.

Russian Federation has climbed out of recession despite continuing Western sanctions, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that the restrictions have forced the country to “switch on our brains” to reduce its dependence on energy exports.

He also said Comey said there was no sign Russian interference had affected the vote count.

The program featured Putin ticking off a regional governor for a delay in housing payments, and promising to investigate why a Siberian teacher had such a low salary.

With that seed planted, Putin went in for the kill. In the fifteenth edition of the show – which spanned over a duration of four detailed and intense hours – Putin dabbled in heavy topics on the Russian economy, foreign policy, the Ukrainian crisis, and much more.

Putin did not directly answer a question which asked whether or not he would run for president again next year. In true Russian Federation style, Navalny has been arrested for organising an “unsanctioned rally” and jailed for 30 days.

The president said Russian Federation has “many friends” in the U.S., although “media hysteria” has taken its toll on bilateral relations.

Tens of thousands rallied Monday in Russia’s 11 times zones to protest official corruption, heeding a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“Do you truly believe that the nation actually believes these staged questions?” someone asked.

It was unclear if the questions were allowed onto the air deliberately, or due to a production error.

Portugal battles to contain deadly wildfires amid heat, wind

Portugal battles to contain deadly wildfires amid heat, wind

The water-dropping plane was among the teams trying to hold back fires that have killed more than 60 people in central Portugal.

Earlier this morning, fire in Central Portugal, which killed many people in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze, was 85 per cent under control after more than 1000 firefighters toiled overnight.

An official at Portugal’s air accident office, Maria Jose Andre, said she had been told by the civil protection agency that a Canadair plane had come down.

But in a freakish sequence of events, officials with the Portuguese government and the Civil Protection Agency said they could not confirm a crash had taken place.

However, 30 water-dropping aircraft were battling the blazes, some operating under bilateral agreements with the Portuguese government and others as part of an European Union co-operation agreement. Authorities say that after four days they have mostly extinguished a wildfire in the center of the country that killed tens of people last weekend.

“This is great progress”, Vitor Vaz Pinto told journalists, according to AFP news agency.

A rescue helicopter and ambulances were mobilised after reports the plane had crashed.

Planes from Spain, France, Italy and Morocco are among those helping to fight the fires. More than 1000 firefighters on the ground and aircraft from several countries are battling the blazes.

The Civil Protection Agency said about 2,400 firefighters and 24 water-dropping aircraft were fighting the deadly wildfire around the area of Pedrogao Grande, which was raging for a third consecutive day about 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Lisbon.

The blaze had appeared to be under control on Tuesday, only for it suddenly to flare again, forcing authorities to evacuate 40 hamlets near the village of Gois, not far from Pampilhosa.

The official death toll from the fires now stands at 64.

It has been dubbed the “road of death” as Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa led calls to find out why it had not been shut.

Many of those who perished were caught in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze, majority on the N236, now dubbed the “road of death” by local media.

The Source Sports Presents Live At The 2017 NBA Draft

The Source Sports Presents Live At The 2017 NBA Draft

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make National Basketball Association game balls. He wanted to remain in the Los Angeles area after averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and six rebounds in his lone season as a Bruin.

It was fun watching the confetti rain down as Sixers fans at an outdoor draft party cheered raucously as Fultz’s name was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as the No. 1 pick.

If Jahlil Okafor stays with the Sixers once the regular season comes around, it doesn’t look like he’ll be starting for the team. Fox and Kentucky got the best of Ball and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on March 24, with Ball erupting for 39 points and holding Ball to 10 in the Wildcats’ 86-75 victory.

Fultz, who spent one year with the Huskies before declaring for the Draft, was a highly-touted point guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

He also gives us incredible insight into his experience leading up to the draft, including the whirlwind that coincided with the Sixers’ making the move from third to first overall to select Fultz.

“I’m very excited, just like the fans in Philly, how they back up their players”, Fultz said. That young core of talent is expected to provide a base to rebuild the 76ers, who were 28-54 last season.

Ben Simmons, the Sixers No. 1 overall pick in 2016, made $5.9 million last season and is due $6.4 million this coming season.

Now, Ball will be focused on bringing the Lakers back to the promise land. Fultz is the closes thing the Sixers have had to a player who actually sees the team and wants to be a part of it. But Joel Embiid was the only athlete to get two of the top-15 most RT’d tweets.

Ball was projected to be picked by the Lakers’ new front office of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

Before whispers of the trade surfaced with Boston and Philadelphia, Fultz was scheduled to work out for the Celtics. The Kings got two picks out of it – and took Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. Dunn and/or Markkanen must become impact players or this trade will be one of the worst of the decade. Those are lottery pick tools, but he wound up being selected with the 47th pick in the draft. The freshman sensation averaged 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for the ACC powerhouse.

The Sacramento Kings chose to pick a guard with the 5th pick as they selected De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky.

United States tech titans urge Trump to tackle skills gap

United States tech titans urge Trump to tackle skills gap

This was the first meeting of the White House’s American Technology Council, which will see the Trump administration work alongside tech companies to bring federal bureaucracy up to date with the latest technology. They hope to build a working relationship with the White House on the bipartisan issue of modernizing government.

She completed the gorgeous look with taupe colored high heels.

The American Technology Council is about to take place, and tech CEOs are expected to discuss with President Donald Trump issues about immigration reform.

Throughout the meeting, Trump admitted that the United States government very munch needs to play “catch up” with the private sector in terms of technology, saying that federal agencies owe it to citizens to offer “dramatically better services to citizens”. Despite having one of the most high-profile and demanding positions on President Donald Trump’s team, he’s managed to avoid the media nearly entirely. Trump has spoken out against illegal immigration and signed an executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, a source of tension with technology firms.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was focusing on technology this week.

Participating Silicon Valley chief executives, besides Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Pat Gelsinger of VMware, include Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (parent company of Google), Tim Cook of Apple, Brian Krzanich of Intel, Steven Mollenkopf of Qualcomm, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe and Ginni Rometty of IBM. Among those attending included Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, who castigated Trump for his travel ban and the US withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. No comment from Apple or White House so far.

“We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room – but that’s nearly the exact number that we’ve created since my election”, he said to laughter from the attendees. Most of the government’s 6,100 data centers can be consolidated and moved to a cloud-based storage system.

Tesla founder Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger, both quit Trump’s high-powered business advisory panel a few weeks ago, after the president pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord. “Technology will play a role both in the creation of the jobs and the skills”.

Although the White House invited Facebook to attend the council’s meeting, the company did not send a representative.

18 of the founding members of the council will attend the meeting, but two figures will be noticeably absent: Tesla and SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk, and the former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick. Our veterans deserve better, and that’s what we are going to deliver.

Tory leadership contest would be `catastrophic´ for Brexit talks, says Davis

Tory leadership contest would be `catastrophic´ for Brexit talks, says Davis

Another contender for the leadership is Mr Johnson, but the Foreign Secretary has ruled out running until after Brexit is delivered in 2019, arguing that the Government has to “get on and deliver” a deal.

The Cabinet minister branded the United Kingdom an “irritating member” of the European Union and outlined his hope Brexit would turn the country into a “friendly, comfortable ally” of the bloc.

Davis, who launched the Brexit talks with European Union negotiator Michel Barnier last week, also threw his support behind Prime Minister Theresa May, saying he took his share of the blame for advising her to hold an early election this month in which her Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority.

“He is a more credible caretaker than the current prime minister”.

Asked about the rumours this morning, Mr Davis told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that a row over leadership would be “catastrophic” because of the high-stakes Brexit negotiations. “I happen to think we’ve got a very good Prime Minister”.

“I know she is coming under a lot of pressure at the moment but I have seen her in action, I have seen a number of prime ministers in operation over the years – I go right back to Margaret Thatcher – and I think she is very good, she makes good decisions, she is bold, she takes her time”.

Brexit secretary David Davis has slammed colleagues speculating about Theresa May’s leadership, calling the “self indulgent”.

But an alliance with Mr Davis would gain Hammond the trust of Eurosceptics, claim his proponents.

Asked if there would be a deal, Mr Davis said: “I’m pretty sure, I am not 100% sure, you can never be, it’s a negotiation”. You can be sure there’ll be a deal, (but) the deal I want is the free trade agreement, the customs agreement and so on. “I think one to two years is more likely”, he said.

Asked what message he would like to send Tory MPs seeking a leadership battle, he said: “Don’t be so self-indulgent”.

“There will be many issues like that, where we will try to defeat the government where we can”.

Mr Clarke insisted “the vast majority” of Tory MPs and party members “do not want us to plunge into a leadership crisis”.

“We will use every parliamentary mechanism we can to defeat the government”.

He suggested the General Election result will force Mrs May to compromise on her Brexit plans in order to “reunite” the Tory party, admitting: “We are very divided on Europe”.

The Chancellor supports a “soft Brexit“, prioritising business interests and the labour market over immigration controls.

‘Un-Islamic, inhumane:’ Erdogan blasts Qatar isolation

‘Un-Islamic, inhumane:’ Erdogan blasts Qatar isolation

In what appeared to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials alleged Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda “at all levels” in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region.

An embargo has also cut off food, transport and other links between the four countries and Qatar, which typically imports around 80 percent of its food from its neighbors.

He added that Qatar “was facilitating the talks between the Americans, the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan”.

He also said that “no one has the right” to pressure Qatar to silence TV network Al-Jazeera, which is based in Doha. Qatar sent its ships to Sohar Port in Oman.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Monday the sanctions imposed against Qatar were neither humanitarian nor Islamic, and urged Gulf and Arab countries to solve the crisis.

Speaking after meeting Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Mr Johnson said: “I have been in touch with my counterparts across the region about the current tensions with Qatar”.

Qatar says it has begun shipping cargo through to Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy rich nation.

Somalia on Sunday rejected an $80 million offer from Saudi Arabia to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, according to local media.

Another implication is that Qatar has promoted 2022 as a regional World Cup, to bring together fans across the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Somaliland backed the embargo against Qatar, siding with allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE by blocking its airspace.

The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the Bahraini Charge d’affaires accredited to Turkey met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Monday.

“The US sees Hamas as a terror organization, but to the rest of the Arab nations it is a legitimate resistance movement”, Al-Thani said during a visit to Russian Federation.

Turkey has also fast tracked a decision to approve the deployment of troops to Qatar – part of an existing bilateral agreement but widely interpreted as a show of support for the blockaded nation.

LaVar Ball To Possibly Appear on WWE Raw In Los Angeles

LaVar Ball To Possibly Appear on WWE Raw In Los Angeles

In what was shocking news Tuesday night, D’Angelo Russell together with Timofey Mozgov have been traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the Nets’ 28th pick in this year’s draft.

The LA Lakers have selected Instagram savvy player Lonzo Ball who has played just one season of college football in the National Basketball Association draft. I mean, would the Pacers want Iman Shumpert for two years at $21 million, J.R. Smith three years and $44 million or Kevin Love at three years and $72 million? It is also very clear that they feel he is a player they can build a team around that can compete for many years to come. Having finalized the Russell trade, the Lakers then drafted Ball with the No. 2 overall pick and tabbed him as the team’s starting point guard and team leader. “Don’t break all my records”. We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day, all right? I think they have enough talent.

As Lonzo Ball walked out to the mound to toss the first pitch Friday night at Dodger Stadium, there was probably a little bit of pressure.

Part of the reason they traded Russell was that they believe Ball brings what he couldn’t.

Johnson, who helped the Lakers win five championships in the 1980s, has set the same expectations for Ball, who has drawn comparisons with Magic for his playing style and pass-first attitude. “Come see me when he does, I’ll have another hat on that says ‘I told ya so’”.

The T-Wolves also received draft rights to 16th pick Justin Patton of Creighton, while the Bulls beefed up their roster by getting promising Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen of Finland, the seventh player taken. “The great ones all have it, and we hope that by the way he plays, everyone else on our team becomes better“.

All in all, Los Angeles clearly hold the strong belief that Ball can be the player that finally lifts them out of the rut that the franchise has been in for the last four years. He treated people the right way.

With his son making the interview rounds in the tunnels of Barclays Center, LaVar excitedly talked about how he had predicted for a long time that his son would go to the Lakers. But the good news for the former McDonald’s All-American and the Lakers is that Bryant is athletic and only 19 years old, and therefore definitely worth the risk.

Ball usually grins or sighs when his father gets on the microphone, but he openly acknowledged he also wanted to land with the Lakers, who needed a serendipitous draft lottery to end up with the second pick.

“I don’t think there’s one thing you can learn from him”.