McConnell: ‘Time to move on’ after healthcare defeat

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said “it is time to move on” in a floor speech early Friday after the stunning defeat of the GOP’s scaled-down plan to repeal key parts of ObamaCare. McConnell at times sounded emotional in making brief remarks on the floor after three GOP senators voted against the “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill. McConnell called GOP […]

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Japan’s defense chief quits over alleged document cover-up

Japan’s beleaguered defense minister resigned Friday over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scandal-ridden government. Tomomi Inada denied, however, that she herself took part in the alleged cover-up. Abe said he accepted her resignation and assigned Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to take on the defense portfolio for now. […]

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After amassing 2 billion users, Facebook isn’t slowing down

Even as Facebook continues to fight fake news and tweak its hate speech algorithms, it still remains the world’s most popular social network with over 2 billion monthly users as of June. In its most recent earnings report, the company has recorded yet another profitable quarter with $9.32 billion in revenue, a 47 percent jump from this time last year. User growth […]

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GOP lawmakers openly defy president as frustration mounts

They passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides. Republican lawmakers have openly defied President Trump in meaningful ways this week […]

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Senate rejects measure to repeal parts of Obama health law

The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): 1:45 a.m. The Senate has rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health law, dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump and the GOP agenda. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it was unclear if Senate […]

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AG tells AP he’ll remain as long as Trump wants

UPDATE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells The Associated Press he’ll continue to serve as long as President Donald Trump wants him to. Sessions told AP Thursday in El Salvador that Trump has every right to find another attorney general. He says: “I serve at the pleasure of the president. I’ve understood that from the day I took the job.’ Sessions has […]

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ISIS struggles to defend its capital in Syria

The Islamic State is struggling to mount an effective defense of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the terror group’s headquarters, where local forces are making rapid headway in ousting the militants, the U.S. military said. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they have captured 40% of the city since June 6, when the final assault into Raqqa began.  “We […]

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YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge

YouTube’s head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music with YouTube Red to create a single service. During a panel session for the New Music Seminar conference in New York, Lyor Cohen stated that the company needed to merge the two services to help educate consumers and bring in new subscribers. “The important […]

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Graham Warns Trump of ‘Holy Hell to Pay’ if Sessions Fired

A prominent Republican senator warned President Donald Trump Thursday “there will be holy hell to pay” if he fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions and dared the commander-in-chief to “accept the consequences” if he made such a move.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the many GOP lawmakers furious over Trump’s escalating attacks on Sessions, let the president know in no uncertain terms […]

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Paul Ryan admits defeat, giving up on border adjustment tax

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R – Wis.) has agreed to jettison one of the most controversial aspects of his tax overhaul plan, clearing the way for the White House to move forward on its plans for sweeping tax cuts later this year. After months of talks, Ryan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R – Texas) have […]

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