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How the GOP health care bills help the rich.

The Senate bill to get rid of Obamacare differs in key ways from the House-passed version. But both bills eliminate the tax burden imposed on the richest Americans by the Affordable Care Act.

- CNNMoney - US

Jeh Johnson: Trump's Rhetoric 'Sending Signals' Russia Meddling Will Be Tolerated.

The Obama administration owed it to the public to report that it knew Russia was interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but it was a "very big decision" to make considering then-candidate Donald Trump was saying the election results would be rigged...

- Newsmax - US

WashPost: Obama WH 'Choked' on Response to Russian Hacking.

The Obama administration had definitive proof Russia was meddling in the presidential election – but became so mired in secret debates over a response it only ended up expelling 35 diplomats and closing two compounds in the U.S., The Washington Post reported Friday.

- Newsmax - US

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'.

By Jeff Mason and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage. Five Republican senators have announced they will not ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Obama approved 'cyber weapons' in response to Russian attacks: report.

President Barack Obama's team reportedly debated dozens of options for making Moscow pay for attempting to influence and discredit last year's presidential election.

- Yahoo! News - US

Ex-Obama official: Handling of Russia 'is hardest thing to defend,' WaPo reports.

- CNN Top Stories - US

GOP's challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care...

- Deseret News - US

A.M. notes: Jazz draft day results, Jury awards West Jordan cop $2.7 million, Obama's struggles to punish Russia.

Want to get ahead of the news to start your day? Here's a look at the top world, national, Utah and trending news for June 23.

- Deseret News - US

WaPo: CIA Intel Showed Putin Directly Ordered Operation To Get Trump Elected.

Intelligence obtained by the CIA last summer found that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a cyber campaign intended to help elect Donald Trump and damage the electoral chances of Hillary Clinton, according to an exhaustive Washington Post report out Friday into the Obama administration’s response ...

- TPM News - US

Conway: People Who Doubted Trump Could Win Interfered In Our Democracy .

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway expressed frustration Friday at being asked repeatedly what President Donald Trump was doing to discourage future election interference by Russia, eventually suggesting that Americans who doubted Trump could win the election similarly interfered in the democratic process. The ...

- TPM News - US

GOP Hates O'Care Out Of Pocket Costs—Until Its Own Plan Makes Them Worse.

The conservative complaint that the Affordable Care Act led to higher out-of-pocket costs has been so deeply ingrained into GOP Obamacare repeal talking points that even President Trump—he of “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated” fame—managed to work it into his tweet storm ...

- TPM News - US

Trump Pokes Fun At VA Chief, Mouths 'You're Fired' Catchphrase

President Donald Trump poked a little fun at Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin at a bill signing Friday. Trump, Shulkin and an audience of dozens had gathered in the East Room to sign into law the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which aims to protect VA whistleblowers and make it easier to fire ...

- TPM News - US

GOP: Actually High Out of Pocket Costs Are Awesome!

People who follow health care policy discussions have known how crazy this is forever. But GOP criticisms of Obamacare for high deductibles and out of pocket costs have always been particularly duplicitous and dishonest since Republicans think out of pocket costs and deductibles should be higher! That's just because they're ...

- TPM News - US

Spicer Insists Senate O'Care Bill Won't Affect Medicaid Recipients

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday insisted that Senate's freshly unveiled Obamacare repeal bill would not affect anyone currently enrolled in Medicaid and said that President Donald Trump was “very supportive” of the legislation. “I think that the President's very supportive of the ...

- TPM News - US

How The Senate O'Care Repeal Is Even More Radical Than The House's

At first glance, it appeared the Senate Obamacare repeal legislation took a less aggressive approach than House Republicans to the waivers offered to states to opt-out of Affordable Care Act insurer mandates. In fact, some conservatives were griping about it. But, while substantively the Senate GOP proposed waivers look ...

- TPM News - US

Spicer Condemns Violent Rhetoric After Adviser Who Said Clinton Should Be Shot Visits WH

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said comments about President Donald Trump’s assassination were “troubling,” hours after the White House hosted a former adviser to Trump’s campaign who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot for treason. “I think it's troubling,” Spicer said in ...

- TPM News - US

Rep. Thomas Massie: 'Obamacare 1.1' Will 'Cause a Quicker Death Spiral'

Libertarian-leaning congressman slams the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Kennedy

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Sen. Dean Heller Comes Out Against Obamacare Repeal Bill, E.U. and Japan Inch Closer to Trade Deal, and Johnny Depp Apologizes For Trump Assassination Joke: P.M. Links

While the United States continues down its protectionist path, other areas of the world are gaining a bit more trade freedom. Japan and the European Union are reportedly nearing a trade deal that would rollback restrictions on food and automobile imports. Johnny Depp issued an apology for joking about assassinating ...

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Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Intelligence date showing Russian agents rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks prompted the outgoing Obama administration to devise plans for cyber retaliation

- National Post - CA

What is a Cyber Bomb?

The Washington Post published an article Friday about a CIA intelligence report that talks about the Russian hack in the 2016 presidential campaign and talked about Obama planting “cyber weapons,” which brought back the question, what is a cyber bomb? The report talked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's ...

- Mediaite - US

NH State Rep. Who Said Hillary Clinton Should Be 'Shot For Treason' Attends White House Bill Signing

A New Hampshire state Representative and President Donald Trump supporter who once said Hillary Clinton should be "shot for treason" was invited to a White House bill signing on Friday.

- Mediaite - US

'I feel like we sort of choked': The Obama administration's tough choices about Russian election interference

The Fix's Callum Borchers and Aaron Blake explain President Obama's tough choices about how to react to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

- Washington Post - US

How Obama tried to punish Russia

Washington Post reporters explained on June 23 how the Obama administration struggled to retaliate against Russia and Vladimir Putin for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

- Washington Post - US

Secret CIA report from sources 'deep' in Kremlin detailed Putin's direct order to elect Trump: report

A report compiled by the CIA and sent directly to former President Barack Obama detailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct instructions to interfere in the 2016 election and help elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, the Washington Post reports. Among the revelations in a bombshell report...

- The Raw Story - US

Senate intel panel opens investigation into Loretta Lynch based on debunked Russian intelligence

Republican senators have opened an investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch based on the same Russian fake news that prompted former FBI director James Comey to act on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The secret document, which the FBI now considers to be phony, appeared to b...

- The Raw Story - US

Obama ordered 'cyber bombs' for Russia: report

President Barack Obama ordered a secret program to plant cyber bombs' in Russia's technological infrastructure following Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, The Washington Post reported Friday. The project was still in the planning stages when Obama left office, and it is unclea...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump Department of Energy official sent racist and sexist tweets , called Obama 'Kenyan creampuff'

William Bradford, President Donald Trump nominee to head the Energy Department's Department of Indian Energy was a voluble Twitter user prior to his appointment, using off-color language to lob a number of racist, sexist right-wing tweets at former President Barack Obama and others. The Washin...

- The Raw Story - US

Obama planned to leave 'digital bombs' for Russia after hacking

President Obama secretly planned to retaliate against the Russians by planting "cyber weapons." Nathan Rousseau Smith explains.         


The Senate GOP hid the meanest things very deeply in its Obamacare repeal bill. Here they are.

The Affordable Care Act repeal bill unveiled Thursday by Senate Republicans has aptly drawn universal scorn from healthcare experts, hospital and physician groups and advocates for patients and the needy. That’s because the bill is a poorly-disguised massive tax cut for the wealthy, paid for by...

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North Korea says U.S. student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

By Jack Kim SEOUL - North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministry spokesman said Warmbier was "a victim of the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Trump is 'very supportive' of Senate healthcare bill: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump is very pleased with the draft healthcare bill Senate Republican leaders have unveiled and wants to continue to "push it forward," the White House said on Friday. "The president is very supportive of the Senate bill. There's a lot of ideas in there - he's talked about having heart," White House ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Obama Authorized Cyberstrikes Against Russia Through Secret Program That Continues Under Trump

Following the Kremlin-directed cyberattacks that upended the Democratic Party last summer, then-President Barack Obama reportedly approved the use of cyberweapons targeting sensitive Russian computer systems, according to a new report from the Washington Post—one of the most comprehensive so far to describe the…

- Gizmodo - US

Trump Trolls Media with Three Unanswered Questions about the Democrats and Russia

On June 22, President Donald Trump raised three unanswered questions about the Democratic Party and the Obama administration's role in claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

- Breitbart - US

CIA thinks Putin directed US election interference: report

The CIA informed President Obama that the Russian president gave direct orders to ensure that Trump beat Clinton The post CIA thinks Putin directed US election interference: report appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

North Korea says U.S. student's death a 'mystery to us as well'

North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministry spokesman said Warmbier was "a victim of the policy of strategic ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Obama readied US for 'cyberwarfare' against Russia after hearing of election interference

Former president reportedly set in motion potential retaliation against Moscow before leaving White House

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Wall Street weighed down by health, consumer shares

NEW YORK, June 23 — US stocks were mostly lower today, dragged lower by healthcare and consumer staples shares. Health stocks had rallied yesterday after Senate Republicans unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare. However, the bill...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Los Angeles Wants to Rename Rodeo Road 'Obama Boulevard'

A Los Angeles city councilman has proposed renaming a 3.4-mile segment of Rodeo Road, between Jefferson Boulevard and Arlington Avenue -- already known as "President's Row" -- after former President Barack Obama.

- Breitbart - US

Paul: Insurance Should Be Available for $1 a Day — Current Plan Predicated on 'Propping Up' Insurance Companies

Friday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Sen. Rand Paul made the argument that those who might lose their Medicaid coverage due to any Obamacare repeal should be offered an inexpensive option for coverage. Paul proposed a $1 a day plan and said the existing system and the current proposals were ...

- Breitbart - US

Heritage: Senate Healthcare Bill 'Falls Short on Repealing Obamacare,' Does Contain Some Positives

Research Assistant for Domestic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Jean Morrow, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Friday regarding the newly released Senate Healthcare Reform Bill.

- Breitbart - US

Barack Obama Plans Return to Campaign Trail to Save Democrats

Former President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail this fall in an effort to stem a series of Democratic electoral losses, according to a report in the HuffPost.

- Breitbart - US

Obama reportedly directed the NSA to infect Russia with cyber weapons to cause 'pain'

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisThe National Security Agency infected key Russian networks with remotely-controlled "implants" that would cause "pain and discomfort" if they are ever used, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The Post report, which focuses on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential ...

- Business Insider - US

Obama didn't act strongly against Russian election hacking because he assumed Clinton would win

White House PhotoEven though Barack Obama knew about recurrent cyberattacks months before the actual election, he chose not to interfere because most of the administration assumed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, the Washington Post reports. Back in August, Obama received a highly classified intelligence report ...

- Business Insider - US

Washington Post: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. The post Washington Post: Obama’s secret struggle ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Obama begins nostalgic vacation in Indonesia with his family

Officials say former U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived on the resort island of Bali to begin a vacation in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child.

- FOX News - US

10 things you need to know today: June 23, 2017

1. Senate Republicans on Thursday released their long-awaited proposal to replace ObamaCare. The 142-page bill includes deep cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to acquire health insurance. The Republicans' "Better Care Reconciliation Act" also calls for creating a new menu ...

- The Week - US

Trump blasts Mueller over 'bothersome' friendship with Comey

On Friday, Fox & Friends aired the first televised, in-person interview President Trump has given in six weeks. In it, Trump praised progress on health care, claiming that "I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years," and blamed the Obama administration's "unmasking and surveillance" for his threat to ...

- The Week - US

5 explosive details from The Washington Post's damning report on the Russia hacking

On Friday, The Washington Post published an extraordinary, comprehensive report of the Obama administration's actions in the face of mounting evidence that Russia severely affected the U.S. presidential election last year. "It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend," one senior Obama ...

- The Week - US

The Trump administration is pulling an anti-extremism grant from a group that combats white supremacy

The Department of Homeland Security is jump-starting a $10 million Obama-era grant program aimed at "countering violent extremism," but it is withdrawing funding from a group that combats white supremacists, Politico Playbook reports. When former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the program just days before President ...

- The Week - US