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Senate GOP health care bill vote: The whip count  
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 2: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, flanked by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), speaks to the media. The Senate is days away from voting on a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but leadership has, for the time being, fallen short so far of securing the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure. Republicans actua

The Note: Can Republicans stanch the bleeding on health bill?  
Brace for another Supreme Court pick battle? Washington is on alert for a possible retirement announcement that would change the court in a "YUGE" way. There's high speculation that it could be swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. A crucial week for health care. The Congressional Budget Office score is expected early this week. Some GOP senators are waiting for the formal analysis before making the

GOP Medicaid cuts would hurt much more than health care  
The Senate’s new health bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, proposes even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill. At risk is a program that provides relatively low-cost care to nearly 75 million Americans — including children, pregnant women, disabled individuals and elderly people in nursing homes.  As physicians, we are dismayed by the prospect of millions of patients losing access to

Air bag maker Takata declares bankruptcy  
June 26 (UPI) --Japanese automobile parts manufacturer Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan,the company announced Monday. The company is under pressure from lawsuits and recall costs worldwide related to defective vehicle air bag inflators. It is responsible for billions of dollars to banks and automakers for the costs of replacing the parts. In January, Taka

You’re not crazy: Trump just blamed Obama for the Russian attack that Trump says didn’t happen  
You’re not insane. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is currently blaming the previous president, Barack Obama, for not doing enough — indeed, for not doing anything, he says, to prevent the Russian attack on the 2016 election, which Trump has repeatedly said is a hoax. In other words, Trump wants to know why didn’t Obama prevent this thing that never actually happened. Again, you’

At least 6 dead after Colombia tourist boat capsizes  
At least 6 people died when a boat carrying more than 150 passengers capsized while on a sightseeing tour on a reservoir in northwestern Colombia. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos visited the El Peñol-Guatapé reservoir, about 40 miles east of the city of Medellin, and promised authorities would do "everything in their power" to rescue any survivors and promised that searches would continue t

Obama should have done more to counter Russia's election meddling, top Dem says  
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election. "I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake," Schiff, of California, said in a televised interview with C

Trump coaxing Senate health bill holdouts to get in line  
President Donald Trump is taking his obligatory swipes at Democrats opposing the Senate health care bill, but balking Republicans are the ones who can expect to feel the most heat. An outside group run by many of Trump’s campaign advisers launched a $1 million-plus ad blitz against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, who said he opposed the bill in its current form because of Medicaid cuts. A Trump tweet Sat

Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo  
TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enrol their children in schools. Refugee claims are taking longer to be completed than at any time in the past five years, according to previousl

Inside Raqqa, ISIS militants' fast-shrinking terror capital  
CBS News correspondent Holly Williams, left, walks through Raqqa, Syria, with members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces, June 25, 2017. AYN ISSA, Syria -- Just three weeks ago, walking the streets of Raqqa would have been suicidal for an American TV crew. Now, ISIS is losing its grip -- besieged by U.S. coalition airstrikes and America's allies on the ground, a rag-tag army known as the Syr

Japanese airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy  
Troubled Japanese car parts maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan. It faces lawsuits and tens of billions of dollars in costs over an airbag defect linked to at least 17 deaths globally. “At a board meeting on June 26, our company decided to begin procedures in filing for bankruptcy protection,” Takata said in a statement after filing for Chapter 11 bankru

White House talks energy as health care vote looms  
At the Capitol, senators are deciding the fate of President Donald Trump’s biggest policy priority: repealing Obamacare. But at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s “Energy Week.” While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to cobble together enough votes to pass a health care bill, Trump is slated to tout U.S. energy “dominance” at a pair of events at the White House and Energy Depar

Takata announces bankruptcy protection filing  
Takata announces bankruptcy protection filing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people. (June 26) Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2t9k8FY Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankr

British PM Strikes Deal With Northern Ireland Party To Prop Up Her Minority Government  
British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government with the support of a small Northern Irish Protestant party. After May lost her majority in parliament on June 8 with a failed gamble on a snap election, she tried to secure the backing of the small Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and its 10 lawmakers, though talks had dragged on for more than two weeks.

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