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Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.



Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured Americans

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week.



Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.



'Like bombs': Takata's air bags still out there

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

Takata's lethally defective air bags proved to be the company's undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world.



5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.



Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.



Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy covered timberland and fields across the rural Deep South on Saturday, but the sun peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst was over.



Ferguson attorney: Brown family settles for $1.5M

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

The $1.5 million awarded this week to the parents of Michael Brown is the latest of several large settlements involving killings of black people by police, but it's far from the largest.



Doctors: Officer stabbed in neck at airport recovering well

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch "slash" that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries and a nerve by "millimeters," one of his doctors said Friday.



AP sources: Military to seek delay on transgender enlistees

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.



Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.



Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.



North Korea: It's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.



Americans and guns: It's complicated

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns.



McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge -- persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.



Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America.



Ending guessing game, Trump admits there are no Comey tapes

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

Ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy, President Donald Trump declared he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.



Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.



Richmond mayor: Keep Confederate statues, but add context

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

The towering Confederate monuments in Virginia's capital city shouldn't be taken down, but instead should be supplemented with historical context about why they were built, Richmond's mayor said Thursday.



Auto club predicts record travel over July 4th weekend

Posted 6/23/2017 in National

Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.



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