Tax bill kills health insurance mandate

The final tax bill being hammered out among Republicans in Congress thoroughly kills one of the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act — the mandate. The mandate requires just about everyone to have some form of health insurance or pay a fine. The Supreme Court calls it a tax. It was meant as an incentive so younger, healthier people who […]

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UN chief: It’s key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea’s growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it’s important to avoid miscalculations and misperceptions that “make us sleepwalk into a war.” Guterres, who met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, said the U.N.’s objective is to avoid a conflict. “I think […]

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Redbox returns to internet video with On Demand service

The last time Redbox tried online video in earnest it… didn’t go so well. The company’s Redbox Instant was effectively trying to challenge Netflix head-on, which seemed foolhardy even in 2013. After lots of teasing, though, it’s ready for a comeback. It’s launching a Redbox On Demand service that offers movies and TV shows (notably, including new releases) for purchase or rent — it’s steering clear […]

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Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

Nomination hearings for U.S. district court judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little mass entertainment — in other words, not typically the stuff of viral videos. But a clip of one of President Trump’s federal judicial nominees struggling to answerrudimentary questions about the law garnered well more than 1 million views in a matter of hours on Thursday night and stoked […]

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Trump Jr. mocked for net ‘neutality’ tweet

Twitter users pounced on Donald Trump Jr. Thursday for a tweet about the debate over net neutrality that featured a prominent typo and an apparent misconception about which president appointed the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Donald Trump Jr. ✔@DonaldJTrumpJr I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutalityactually […]

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Republicans Prepare for Final Rollout of Tax Bill

As Republicans prepared to roll out their $1.5 trillion consensus tax plan, questions continued to loom about how the last-minute changes would be paid for and whether reluctant Republicans in high-tax states would have their concerns satisfied well enough to get them on board with the bill. Republicans plan to unveil a final bill Friday with the aim of voting […]

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Israel to close Gaza border

The Israeli military said it will close border crossings into Gaza beginning Thursday until further notice “due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments.” The crossings being closed, Kerem Shalom and Erez, are the only two on the Israeli borderleft. Israel has closed border crossings when tensions are high, some which have not been reopened to date. The […]

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If net neutrality is repealed as expected

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal net neutrality rules Thursday, a move that will likely have major implications for internet service providers, startups and consumers. The hotly contested move centers on a set of regulations passed in 2015 by a Democratic-controlled FCC that prohibited broadband companies from blocking websites, slowing connection speeds and charging for faster delivery of […]

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The Republican tax bill that could actually become law

Congressional Republicans have reportedly struck a deal on tax reform, enabling them to pass a final bill shortly after the House and Senate each passed its own proposal. The combined proposal would slash corporate tax rates permanently, offer temporary cuts for individuals, and repeal the individual mandate in Obamacare, a $338 billion health care cut that leaves 13 million more people uninsured by 2027. The result is […]

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Two controversial federal judge nominees will not be confirmed

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican said Wednesday that two of President Trump’s nominees for open seats on the federal bench will not be confirmed, just a day after urging the White House to “reconsider” them. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that based on his discussions with the White House, the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley would not move […]

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