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The Republican healthcare bill: what's next in challenge to Obamacare?

Republicans rushed an updated version of their healthcare plan through the House of Representatives earlier this month without knowing how much it would cost or how many people would lose insurance as a result. This week, the nonpartisan congressional budget office released its assessment – and the …

Health Care

Trump criticizes German trade surplus, again

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — President Donald Trump has criticized Germany's trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious …

Economy

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat …

North Korea

Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the …

Health Care

Putin offers transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, raising the stakes in an affair that has sent the White House into a tailspin.<p>Speaking at a press …

Donald Trump

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.<p>“I hope you can …

Donald Trump

Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for Money for Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Days before he was fired as F.B.I. director, James B. Comey asked the Justice Department for more prosecutors and other personnel to accelerate the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.<p>It was the first clear-cut evidence that Mr. Comey believed …

Donald Trump

Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off U.S. political storm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.<p>The Republican president …

Donald Trump

North Korea accuses CIA of biochemical plot to kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea has accused the CIA of attempting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un, using unspecified biochemical substances during a public ceremonial event in the capital, Pyongyang.<p>The ministry of state security issued a statement claiming the US intelligence agency had bribed a North Korean …

North Korea

House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance …

Health Care

Trump's Energy Department Just Killed Jobs In 19 States

It’s a lot easier to kill jobs than to create them. It is much easier to kill innovation than to create it. Trump’s Department of Energy, led by former Texas governor Rick Perry, seems to be taking the easy route.<p>As reported in the journal <i>Science</i> this week (and first reported by Politico Pro), DOE …

Donald Trump

Pence: Tax Plan Could Increase Deficit ‘Maybe in The Short Term’

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday morning acknowledged that the Trump administration's tax proposal could increase the deficit, at least at first.<p>"Maybe in the short term," he said during an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," while predicting that it would eventually be …

Republicans

Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>It was the third Trump executive …

US military strikes on Syria: what we know so far

The US has launched a missile strike against Syria for the first time since the civil war began, targeting an airbase from which the US said this week’s chemical weapons attack on civilians was launched by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.<p>What we know so far<p>The missile strikes targeted Shayrat airbase near …

Middle East

Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

<b>Updated at 2:47 p.m. ET</b><p>Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday as the 113th justice to serve on the nation's highest court. The final vote was 54-45, mostly along party lines.<p>Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath in a private ceremony at …

Mitch McConnell

Will We Ever Reach Another Star?

<i>We hear about discoveries of exoplanets every day. So how long will it take us to find another planet like Earth?</i><p>There are two separate parts of your …

Cruise Ships

Pence to meet with more House Republicans as health care talks intensify

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Mike Pence will speak with House lawmakers for the second time in 24 hours as Republicans continue to push ahead with efforts to build consensus and finally make good on their promise to repeal Obamacare.<p>But the problems that plagued the GOP two weeks ago -- …

Health Care

EgyptAir Flight 804: 'Black box' signals detected, French investigators say

<b>Cairo (CNN) —</b> A French naval vessel has detected underwater signals from one of EgyptAir Flight 804's so-called black boxes, investigators said Wednesday.<p>Specialized locator equipment on board the French vessel La Place detected signals from the seabed in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian …

Airplanes

Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know

<b>What is it?</b><p>Launched by a group of private citizens, the popular initiative asks the Swiss government to give people an unconditional basic income …

What everyday life is like for transgender people living in North Carolina

North Carolina's controversial HB2 ordinance — commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill" — prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their gender identities. The law has tangible consequences for the bodies and souls of transgender people in the state, says …

Transgender bathroom rule a matter of dignity, Obama says

WASHINGTON — New federal rules on school bathrooms are designed to protect transgender students from bullying, President Obama said Monday.<p>"Anybody who has been in school, in high school, who has been a parent should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority — kids who have a different …

LGBTQI

Hillary Clinton keeps losing. So how come she's winning?

Bernie Sanders is on a roll. He's won three of the last four Democratic primaries and barely lost Tuesday in Kentucky.<p>Yet Hillary Clinton is likely to continue her seemingly unstoppable march to the party's presidential nomination.<p>How can that be?<p>It's not a conspiracy, as some angry Sanders backers …

Middle-class

Biden: 'I would have been the best president'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that aired Wednesday he would have been the "best president" had he run for the highest office in the land.<p>"I think I would have been the best president, but it was the right thing not just for my family but for me," not to run, Biden …

Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders wins West Virginia primary, keeping up pressure on Clinton

A defiant Bernie Sanders refused to go gently into the night on Tuesday with another last-minute primary win over Hillary Clinton that comes despite her commanding lead in the national race for delegates.<p>In a fundraising email sent out soon after polls closed, the leftwing senator hailed his …

Government

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.<p>The surprise declaration from Ryan on CNN's "The Lead" amounted to a stunning rebuke of Trump from the Republican Party's …

Watch as Whoopi Goldberg Loses It on Ben Carson Over His Support of Donald Trump: ‘He’s a Racist!’

Dr. Ben Carson fervently defended his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an appearance on “The View” on Thursday morning, sparking a response from Whoopi Goldberg in which she called Trump a “racist” who’s “not good for the country.”<p>The segment started with …

There's a standing desk and balance board for kids now

Given the increasing anxiety of what sitting is doing to our bodies, it was only a matter of time before someone began worrying about our nation's children. After seeing his son's classroom, FluidStance chief Joel Heath decided to build the UpGrade, a standing desk and balance board combo for …

Seattle police clash with protesters following May Day marches

(Reuters) - Five Seattle police officers were injured and at least nine people arrested on Sunday night, after unruly demonstrators hurled projectiles and Molotov cocktails and broke windows, authorities said.<p>Protesters gather every year on May 1 to focus attention on labor and immigration issues, …

Latin America