Trump’s Health Reform Pitch Includes Several Falsehoods

After efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed, President Trump pressed Republican lawmakers to keep their seven-year promise by demonstrating a sales pitch they could use: point out the flaws of the current law and “sell our plan.” Here’s an assessment. Mr. Trump conflated data about health care premiums, selectively chose the largest increases, and falsely suggested they were […]

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Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?

If you browse through the latest headlines about the now month-long border stand-off between India and China, you might think the Asian rivals are teetering on the brink of an armed conflict. The rhetoric is full of foreboding and menace. A Delhi newspaper says China is warning that the stand-off “could escalate into full-scale conflict”. Another echoes a similar sentiment, […]

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Elon Musk: 29-minute NYC-to-DC hyperloop gets approval

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk claimed Thursday that he had received “verbal” government approval to build a futuristic underground rail system that would take riders from New York to Washington, D.C. in less than half an hour. In a series of mysterious tweets that would not be taken seriously if it were practically any other corporate executive, Musk befuddled the transportation […]

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Tax reform battle could be worse than health care brawl

The recent congressional wrangling over Obamacare may turn out to be tame compared with the looming fight over your taxes.Despite widespread, bipartisan agreement that U.S. tax rules need to be rewritten, there’s little consensus on how to go about it. That’s one reason it’s been three decades since the last major overhaul, when President Ronald Reagan fulfilled a campaign promise […]

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Republicans’ health-care split goes all the way to the party’s soul

For decades, the Republican Party has stood for small government and pledged — if given the opportunity — it would safeguard the country’s financial future by cutting trillions of dollars from federal entitlement programs.  That chance finally came this week. The party balked. At the heart of the failed Senate effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act were irreconcilable […]

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Iran’s president threatens response to new U.S. sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would “respond appropriately” to new U.S. sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments,” Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting. But if the U.S. wants “to press forward with new sanctions under any pretext […]

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Nintendo’s Switch Online smartphone app is now available

After launching the Switch without an online service to speak of, Nintendo has released the iOS and Android app that will be required for much of the system’s internet functionality. Nintendo Switch Online will handle voice chat, game invites, and various other features for games that support the app; Splatoon 2, for instance, has its own ranking and information service called SplatNet 2. Splatoon 2 won’t be […]

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Crumbling health bill dents McConnell image as top tactician

When the banner Republican effort to scuttle and rewrite President Barack Obama’s health care law crumbled this week, the falling debris popped a hefty dent into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s image as a dauntless legislative tactician three chess moves ahead of everyone else.  His two attempts to craft legislation replacing Obama’s law have collapsed for lack of GOP support. […]

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