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A new draft of the Republican health-care bill would reportedly let Alaska and Hawaii keep ObamaCare.

Republicans have just days left to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with only 50 votes and no Democrats. With two no votes already — Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Rand Paul — "undecided" Sen. Lisa Murkowski could cast the decisive vote against it. As a result, one Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal ...

- The Week - US

45 After Dark: The Gambler edition.

In the context of the Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been cast as a quiet, cautious force. Much as the Kentucky Republican has been throughout his rise to power. This week is changing that. As POLITICO's Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan report, this week — in a touch-and-go Alabama ...


Trump doesn't embody Western values, unlike JFK and Obama: German envoy.

Donald Trump doesn't embody Western values in the way that previous presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama did, according to Wolfgang Ischinger, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

US comedian takes center stage in battle to save Obamacare.

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 — Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel has emerged as the unlikely town crier against the latest Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare, highlighting his son's heart disease in an emotional new appeal to salvage America's...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Roy Moore: No Such Thing as 'DREAMer' Illegal Alien, Program Was 'Never Passed by Congress'.

Anti-establishment Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore denounced the use of the term the open borders lobby and mainstream media have used to describe illegal aliens shielded by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

- Breitbart - US

Tens of millions of Americans could lose Obamacare tax credits because thousands of Alaskans won't.

A reported plan to win one vote could mean an oddly balanced system.

- Washington Post - US

Ex-Obama adviser Axelrod defends friend Sean Spicer for how he handled 'worst job in America'.

David Axelrod's friendship with former White House spokesman Sean Spicer helped him score a noteworthy scoop earlier this year when Spicer visited Axelrod's Institute of Politics on the eve of President Donald Trump's inauguration.Now that Spicer is something of a national laughingstock, the friendship...

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Chuck Todd blames Obama for US race problems by claiming Eric Holder is same as Jeff Sessions.

In a discussion about race relations in the United States, MSNBC's Chuck Todd tried to claim that former President Barack Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder is exactly the same as President Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Alfonso Aguilar of Latino Partnership for C...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump's ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is the new darling of the neocons.

She issued a scathing denunciation of the flawed and very limited' Iran nuclear deal. Remember how some people used to think that an isolationist Donald Trump would slay the zombie neocons of the Republican Party? Here's why Trump's foreign policy terrifies neocons' . The Neocons v Donald Trump' . Trump,' wrote the former ...

- New Statesman - UK

Chelsea Clinton: I Didn't Block Trump After His Golf Ball Retweet.

Chelsea Clinton commented on a ThinkProgress report that President Donald Trump blocked a woman on Twitter with Stage 4 cancer after the woman criticized the president.

- Newsmax - US

Former Deputy Secretary Of State Talks About Future Of Iran Nuclear Deal.

President Trump has suggested he wants to revisit the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the deal.

- NPR - US

U.S. judge aims to quickly decide lawsuits over DACA

A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. President Donald Trump this month decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Is it the Kremlin's turn to get WikiLeaked?

It's been seven years since WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange threatened to drop an information bombshell on the Kremlin that would show Russians the inner workings of their government and business world. WikiLeaks went on to publish hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and, more recently, a huge trove of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

John Lewis blames Trump for open racism: 'He made it comfortable for people to put on their hoods'

Rep. John Lewis blamed President Donald Trump for waking up the dormant racism lurking within American society. The Georgia Democrat said Thursday, during a civil rights town hall hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, many believed the election of President Barack Obama had sig...

- The Raw Story - US

Republicans 'close' on healthcare's last chance: Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to get behind the party's “last best chance” to repeal and replace Obamacare as congressional leaders scrambled to secure enough support ahead of a planned vote next week. Pence, in an interview on Fox News, said R...

- The Raw Story - US

Sen. Bill Cassidy: Graham-Cassidy 'Returns Power to the State and the Patient'

Sen. Bill Cassidy joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Thursday's Breitbart News Daily to talk about the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill and its prospects in the Senate.

- Breitbart - US

What you need to know about the bill that could kill Obamacare

Republican senators in the US are making a last-ditch attempt to pass legislation which would largely repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a smaller and more state-led alternative.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan says a lesson from his father helped him navigate tense situations and 3 a.m. phone calls

Getty Images/Win McNameeJohn Brennan used to have one of the most stressful jobs in the world. Brennan was the director of the CIA until January 2017; he worked with Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. In an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Brennan spoke with Business ...

- Business Insider - US

Mike Pence makes bizarre dodge of question on GOP healthcare bill by quoting Thomas Jefferson

Joshua Roberts/ReutersVice President Mike Pence side-stepped a question about whether the Republicans' new Obamacare repeal and replace bill would guarantee health insurance for people with preexisting conditions as Obamcare does now. "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt brought up late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's ...

- Business Insider - US

Republicans 'close' on healthcare's last chance: Pence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to get behind the party's "last best chance" to repeal and replace Obamacare as congressional leaders scrambled to secure enough support ahead of a planned vote next week.

- Reuters - US

The God whisperers: The most powerful Trump advisers you've probably never heard of

After President Donald Trump rescinded an Obama-era executive order that offers work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, many religious communities responded with resounding disapproval. In addition to faith-based groups that physically protested the move, a staggering number of ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Pence inaccurately claims 'thousands' of counties have no choice of health care provider

In an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, Vice President Pence rolled out a popular conservative talking point while discussing the existing Affordable Care Act and Republican plans to repeal and replace it. One problem: The talking point is completely false. “Almost anything would be better than ...

- ThinkProgress - US

The Senate might clear the biggest roadblock Trump faces in cementing a key part of his legacy

The Senate is engaged in a fierce battle over the future of the "blue slip" process. It's one of the only pieces of leverage the party that doesn't control of the White House has over judicial nominations — which President Donald Trump is making at rapid pace. Republicans who spoke of the value of the practice when ...

- Business Insider - US

Simon & Schuster Reports Extraordinary Sales for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 'What Happened': Biggest First Week Sale for Hardcover NonFiction Since 2012

Simon & Schuster today announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton's WHAT HAPPENED sold 167,000 hardcover copies in the United States in its first week on sale. Based on weekly data reported by NPD Bookscan, this outstanding sales volume gives WHAT HAPPENED the biggest first week sales recorded by any author for a hardcover ...

- WebWire - US

Jimmy Kimmel Doubles Down on Criticisms of Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Jimmy Kimmel once again attacked GOP plans to repeal Obamacare, this time defending his criticisms of the legislation and pushing back at those who dismissed him as just a comedian. In his monologue on Tuesday, Kimmel called the co-author of the legislation, Sen. Bill Cassidy a “liar,” for coming on his show ...

- Variety - US

VP Pence on latest GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare

During his wide-ranging interview with "CBS This Morning," Vice President Mike Pence also answered questions about the new efforts by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to repeal Obamacare. He also discussed the status of pre-existing conditions.


Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill 

Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the US healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of “real human suffering.”

- BDNews24 - BD

Key Words: Cassidy and Kimmel continue their Obamacare back-and-forth

The back-and-forth between Bill Cassidy, medical doctor and U.S. senator, and Jimmy Kimmel, talk-show host and besotted parent, is turning into a pretty sustained rally.

- Marketwatch - US

Mass. Gov. Baker Opposes Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

David Greene talks to GOP Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, who signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to table the Graham-Cassidy bill, which attempts to repeal Obamacare.

- NPR - US

Obama's Spy Scandal? James Clapper Claims FISA Wiretap Of Paul Manafort Conducted Without His Knowledge

Either way, we either have a very sick man in James Clapper, or we have a scandal brewing that could shatter the media's love affair with the Obama presidency. If they'd only have half an interest in pursuing it.

- Mediaite - US

Obama says people trust civilians more than presidents

Former President Barack Obama said the public is more likely to embrace his ideas of change in America and its pivotal role in global challenges, now that he has left office. During an event sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Wednesday, the former president said he had...

- The Raw Story - US

Pence: We Can Address Any Funding Issues With Obamacare Repeal Later

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday morning joined “Fox and Friends” to help sell the Senate's last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare, where he argued that “almost anything” would be better than the Affordable Care Act and that any funding issues with the current proposal could be addressed later. ...

- TPM News - US

World Leaders Urge Trump Not To Pull Out Of Iran Nuclear Pact

Mary Louise Kelly talks to former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, who warns if President Trump pulls out of the deal, it will alienate allies, and Iran may restart its nuclear program.

- NPR - US

Hillary Clinton memoir What Happened sells 300,000 copies

What Happened, which tells of the 2016 US election campaign, was released on 12 September.

- BBC - UK

Why the Republicans' new health-care bill is a big fat lie

My mother once told me: Never assume mendacity when stupidity is a sufficient explanation for someone's behavior. This adage is being put to the test by Senate Republicans' fourth and final bill to repeal ObamaCare. Written by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy , this bill is so bad that you'd either have to be lying ...

- The Week - US

What's going on with the new Obamacare repeal push?

Republicans are hoping a bill known as Graham-Cassidy will move health care funding to the states


Graham-Cassidy Strips Away The Few Concessions GOP Moderates Already Won

The Senate is barreling toward a vote next week on a recently unveiled bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act and convert Medicaid into a shrinking block grant. With just a few days left to muster the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill before the clock on reconciliation expires, the bill's ...

- TPM News - US

Kimmel Hits Back After Trump Jumps To Cassidy's Defense On O'Care Repeal

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel's war of words with Sen. Bill Cassidy escalated Wednesday night when Kimmel doubled down on his criticism of the Senate's latest bill to repeal Obamacare and responded to defenses from both Cassidy and President Donald Trump. Kimmel first criticized Cassidy Tuesday night, arguing that the ...

- TPM News - US

Stephen Colbert shakes his head at undead TrumpCare, ties it to Trump's made-up African nation

Stephen Colbert's Late Show kicked off Wednesday night with an homage to the late horror director George A. Romero and the zombie genre he spawned, plus a dig at Zombie TrumpCare. Yes, Republicans are trying once again to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Colbert said. "This is beyond beating a dead horse. This is getting damn ...

- The Week - US

Sen. Jeff Flake tells Stephen Colbert why he's voting for Graham-Cassidy despite his bipartisan reputation

Senate Republicans are planning to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, and they can only lose two Republican senators to squeak it through with the vice president's tie-breaking vote. One of the Republicans who says he's a yes on Graham-Cassidy, Sen. Jeff Flake , came on Stephen Colbert's Late Show ...

- The Week - US

Obama criticizes Republican health plans

In a rare public appearance eight months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama took shots at his successor's plans on health care and foreign policy but didn't criticize him by name.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Illinois submits big Obamacare rate increases to the feds

Hundreds of thousands of Illinois consumers who buy health insurance on the state's Obamacare exchange will likely see average rates increase by 16 percent to 37 percent next year for the lowest-priced plans, according to a new analysis. The Illinois Department of Insurance submitted rates to the...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Republicans Plan Healthcare vote; Obama and TV Host Denounce Bill

Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of real human suffering.' President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustration ...

- Novinite - BG

Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's: Afghan president

Says the message to Pakistan to become a responsible stakeholder in the fight against terrorism has never been clearer The post Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's: Afghan president appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

US Senate Set for New Health Law Repeal Debate

The U.S. Senate is set next week to again debate overhauling the country’s health care policies, a last-ditch effort by Republicans to dismantle the signature law championed by former Democratic President Barack Obama.   A spokeswoman for Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that senators would consider ...

- Voice of America - US

Afghan President Says Trump War Plan Has Better Chance Than Obama's

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan. Ghani also said that former president Barack Obama "did ...

- Voice of America - US

In Rare Public Speech, Obama Decries Republican Healthcare Bill

Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans’ latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict “real human suffering” on Americans. In his speech at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation event in New York City, Obama also laid out ...

- Voice of America - US

WATCH: Obama on latest ACA repeal efforts: 'It is aggravating'

Former President Barack Obama also joked that he's not quite sure why some Americans don't support the single-payer system that has been gaining steam in the Democratic Party.

- ABC News - US

Obama on Republican repeal-and-replace efforts: 'It is aggravating'

The president praised the 2010 Affordable Care Act as "hard-won progress."

- ABC News - US

Obama defends health care law amid last-ditch effort to repeal and replace

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill would keep Obamacare's taxes in place, but turn most of the revenues over to the states to come up with their own health care systems. Former President Obama argued Wednesday that some states might allow insurers to once again charge more for pre-existing conditions. Nancy Cordes reports.