GOP Leaders Issue Revised Health Bill as They Press for Vote

Senate leaders released a slightly revised version of their health-care bill Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to win over enough holdouts to pass the measure, with at least six Republicans signaling opposition. The most significant change is the inclusion of a new provision to encourage Americans to maintain continuous health-care coverage that would replace Obamacare’s individual mandate. […]

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Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner as Iran prepares to vote

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners’ opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He’ll soon find out if voters think it’s enough to keep him in the job. The 68-year-old cleric, a moderate within Iran’s political system, has […]

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Republicans didn’t like their health-care bill but voted for it anyway

Republicans pushed a health-care bill through the House Thursday that few lawmakers truly liked. They instead viewed the measure as a necessary step to demonstrate some sense of momentum and some ability to govern in GOP-controlled Washington. Rather than embrace policy cobbled together to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, many Republicans simply decided the best move was to approve […]

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House Democrats to force vote on bill requiring Trump to release his taxes, visitor logs

House Democrats plan to force a floor fight with Republicans on Thursday over legislation that would require President Trump to disclose information about his personal taxes, business holdings, ethics waivers, and visitors to the White House and his vacation properties. Knowing that the legislation will be blocked by Republicans who control the House, Democrats are hoping to squeeze the majority […]

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Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them. Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more money in their pockets. Why do people vote against their economic interests? The answer, experts say, […]

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Lords urged to back Brexit bill after MPs vote

Legislation empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start Brexit negotiations moves to Britain’s House of Lords on Thursday — with ministers urging peers to do their “patriotic duty” and back it. MPs in parliament’s lower chamber, the House of Commons, overwhelmingly backed the bill late Wednesday to allow May to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which she […]

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Americans voted for change. Will they get it?

Nothing about the 2016 presidential election was predictable — not the purloined emails, vulgar videotaped bragging, the insults flung every which way, or the riotous, raucous ascent of a reality television star as he defeated the first woman nominated for the presidency. Debates over precisely what led to Donald Trump’s victory may continue for decades. Undeniable even now is that […]

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Vote on Israel could spur further action — or trouble for UN

The U.S. green light that allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem could spur moves toward new terms to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it also poses dangers for the United Nations with the incoming Trump administration and may harden Israel’s attitude toward concessions. The Obama administration’s decision to abstain and […]

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