GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators

The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapsing, even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week. With Senate GOP leaders just one “no” vote away from defeat, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in a TV interview that it was […]

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Pyongyang keeps up military threats against U.S. after Trump’s ridicule

Tension between the United States and North Korea remained high Sunday as Pyongyang released propaganda videos showing U.S. planes and an aircraft carrier under attack. The violent videos came after President Trump derided North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, by calling him “Little Rocket Man” and vowing at the United Nations to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatens the United States […]

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Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app

Twitter today has nearly four times as many monthly active users outside the U.S. as it does in its home market — 260 million versus 68 million — and this week it quietly launched a new app in an effort to boost those numbers further. The social network is testing a Android app for Twitter Lite, a native app version of […]

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Kelly seeks to bring order to chaotic White House.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has a new evening routine: He periodically strolls the perimeter of the White House grounds late at night, inspecting the compound and chatting with Secret Service agents to see if they have what they need. Just two months into his new post, Kelly has expanded his portfolio to include issues large and […]

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Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected

President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president sign off on new, more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share information […]

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Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead weeks ago. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states “implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power […]

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Sanctions won’t stop us, warns N. Korea

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear program. In a strongly-worded statement, the foreign ministry called a new round of restrictions imposed by the United Nations as “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility”. Meanwhile, the US and South Korea have carried out joint military exercises over the Korean […]

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Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after iOS 11

A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple device users to transfer money between each other within Messages or through Siri. Once it’s available, users can tap the App Store icon in the Messages app and then select Apple Pay from the app options. After inputting […]

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Why Trump’s threat to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea is extraordinary

President Trump took to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and, in his maiden speech there, called the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man,” decried “loser terrorists” and said certain parts of the world are “in fact, going to hell.” But Trump’s perhaps oddly chosen colloquialisms masked what was a pretty astounding escalation of his rhetoric when […]

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The key players in Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Obamacare

It wouldn’t be 2017 if congressional Republicans weren’t a few votes shy of passing legislation to kill Obamacare. And it wouldn’t be 2017 if there weren’t dual cases to made that they might actually succeed — and that the likelihood of success looks extremely thin. The advent of the so-called Graham-Cassidy plan means the GOP has another chance to rebound from its […]

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