- Rep. Chris Collins of New York said Friday he is "counting on" his colleagues in the House to join him in passing the GOP's health care plan, saying they have the choice of voting to get rid of Obamacare or to keep it intact. "It is a binary choice right ...
- Pro-Obamacare groups are calling on Congress to shoot down the House GOP health care bill as part of a last-minute public relations push to kill the bill. Ahead of an expected vote on Friday, the Alliance for Healthcare Security, which is comprised of liberal advocacy groups like Families USA, continued ...
- A national tea party group is supporting the health care bill that President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan are urging lawmaker to pass on Capitol Hill. Sal Russo, the co-founder and chief strategist of Tea Party Express, which bills itself as the largest tea party political action committee, ...
- MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell went after President Donald Trump on Thursday night for giving up so quickly on health care reform.
Trump reportedly told Republicans in Congress that he was done negotiating and that if the bill didn’t pass on Friday, he’d leave Obamacare in place.
“This is the laziest, most ignorant president in history,” O’Donnell said on “The Last Word.” “President Obama never once said something like this in the cr
- To make a deal, you have to know when it's time to walk.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP want to repeal and replace Obamacare. But on “The Daily Show” Thursday night, Trevor Noah urged them to take their time.
He even offered some friendly advice.
“Hey Republicans, I know you’re excited that you’re finally in power, but slow down,” Noah said. “Health care is a long-term commitment, not a one-night stand. Take it from me: Premature legislation doesn’t make anyone h
- Republican Rep. Brian Mast, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost both of his legs, told reporters he recounted his own experience to his colleagues at the closed-door GOP conference meeting Thursday night over the health care bill.
- Republicans and Democrats are demanding more information about connections between President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and several foreign entities -- including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT.
- House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) defended himself Thursday following blistering attacks from his colleagues for presenting President Donald Trump with claims the president may have been incidentally monitored during surveillance by U.S. intelligence, saying he had “an obligation” to do so.
“It’s clear that I would be concerned if I was the president, and that’s why I wanted him to know, and I felt like I had a duty and obligation to
- Progressive groups appear delighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday signaled to Democrats that they should filibuster Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
After the senator announced his plans to vote “no” on the nominee, who sat through 20 hours of confirmation hearings this week, advocacy groups sent him a letter expressing their disapproval for anything short of an all-out war.
- Former President Barack Obama says there's nothing wrong with Obamacare that couldn't be fixed by President Trump doing a better job of managing the health care law. Emerging Thursday from his post-presidency cocoon, on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and the very day that Mr. Trump was ...
- Rick Gates, the longtime deputy to President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was forced to leave his position with a nonprofit supporting Trump this week due to his longstanding relationship with Manafort, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
- At least six Secret Service employees are expected to face discipline over a security breach on March 10 in which a man gained entry to White House grounds, a Secret Service source told CNN Thursday.
- Rep. Mo Brooks as of Thursday evening remained a holdout on the GOP health care bill, which he decried as a "massive Republican welfare plan."
- Despite being packed with record-breaking weather events, 2016 saw a significant drop in broadcast news coverage of climate change, according to a study released Thursday.
ABC, NBC CBS and Fox News Sunday collectively devoted two-thirds less time to coverage of climate change than they did in 2015, according to the nonprofit watchdog Media Matters. The year’s coverage of climate change was the least since 2011, the study found.
Media Matters broke down the coverage on Sunday shows an
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" with increased enforcement operations in an effort to pressure those jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration agents, a senior US immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions told CNN.
- President Trump is supposed to be in command of the vast resources of the U.S. intelligence community, but so far he has shown himself unable — at least publicly — to use the authority to root out leakers or get to the bottom of alleged surveillance of his transition team. ...
- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are still scrambling Thursday for a deal and looking for votes on their landmark bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
- (Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing someU.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.
Hospitals typically lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, technology or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. In addi
- Republicans rescheduled their Obamacare showdown vote for Friday after President Trump told them he's done negotiating and they'll either have to take or leave his bill. Rep. Chris Collins emerged from a closed-door meeting to say a first vote will happen at 10 am and a final vote Friday afternoon, ...
- Dwindling jobs for white, poorly educated, middle-age Americans is not only destroying their livelihoods and marriages, but also their lives, two Princeton University economists argue in a paper released Thursday.
The mortality rate for whites with no more than a high school degree was about 30 percent higher than for blacks in 2015, according to the report, to be presented at the Brookings Institution on Friday. That’s a huge increase from 1999, when the mortality rate for this
- WASHINGTON ― The Trump White House is done negotiating over repealing and replacing Obamacare, senior officials said Thursday night, and Republicans are moving ahead with a vote on their bill Friday, even though they seem to lack enough support for passage and recalcitrant conservatives and moderates continued talking.
Tension boiled over in a meeting between top administration officials ― including top strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus ― and Republican
- WASHINGTON — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday signed a controversial bill to lower the state’s blood-alcohol limit for drivers to 0.05 percent — the strictest standard in the nation.
Herbert said in a statement that the bill is good public policy aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths on Utah’s roads.
“Public safety is our focus,” he said. “This law does not target drinking; it is a public safety law that targets impaire
- WASHINGTON ― The General Services Administration said Thursday that Trump International Hotel in Washington isn’t violating its lease with the government, even though it appears to prohibit an elected official from benefiting.
The declaration by the GSA that the president’s business is in full compliance with lease terms comes after the Trump Organization modified its business structure to conform to legal language that appears to prohibit an elected official from taking p
- WASHINGTON ― The former top official at the Obama Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is taking over the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 67-year-old organization sometimes described as the lobbying arm of the civil rights movement.
Vanita Gupta, who ran the Civil Rights Division for the last two-plus years of the Obama administration, was named the next president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Thursday. Later this year, she will succeed Wade Henders
- Democrats, women's groups and liberals seized on a photo Thursday shared by Vice President Mike Pence of a meeting he attended with President Donald Trump and members of the House Freedom Caucus.
- By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google <GOOGL.O> or Facebook Inc <FB.O>.
The vote was along party lines, with 50 Republicans approving the measure and 48 Democrats rejecting it. The two remaining Republicans in the Senate were absent and did not cast a vote.
According to the rules appro
- The long-delayed confirmation hearing of Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finally arrived before the Senate on Thursday.
For two hours, members of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee peppered the former Georgia governor with questions mostly centered on elements of trade, crop insurance and forest policy, but largely avoided more controversial topics.
The most glaring omission was any real interroga
- If you’re one of the millions of people who stands to lose their healthcare when Congress destroys the Affordable Care Act, you’re probably wondering what you can do to stay healthy!
Well, don’t worry, comedians Brandt Hamilton and Lauren Greenhall have some useful tips that will keep you alive longer ― fingers crossed.
And lucky for you, “fingers crossed” is a treatment fully covered under the Republican plan!
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- Two new studies offer insight into how people get hooked on opioids. One critical way is taking prescription narcotics: The risk of transitioning from short-term to long-term opioid uses spikes after only eight days of taking narcotic pain pills, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there’s a second major risk for young people, too. According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, keeping unsecured opioids in the home is a key point of
- Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!The leader of the free world took a break from being cranky to play with a truck. The State Department will approve the Keystone pipeline permit, capping off another successful election cycle for the Green Party. And the intensity level of Sean Spicer’s press briefing was upgraded today from “making unflinching eye contact while holding a lit match to palm” to &ldquo
- At some point in the next few days, the House of Representatives is allegedly going to hold a vote on the American Health Care Act, which was hastily being revised in the dead of night on Wednesday after it became clear that it wasn’t cruel enough to win the Republican votes it needed. This round of “repeal and replace” fury has had it all: wretched Congressional Budget Office scores, internecine fighting, packed town halls of angry constituents, and President Donald Trump
- WASHINGTON ― If this is The Art of the Deal, then Donald Trump needs to write a new book.
In his first, and therefore crucial foray into presidential negotiating, the prince of New York real estate has been introduced to a world he never faced when he was buying and building.
In Washington, legislating, and leading the country as president, require more than simply bullying people, or buying them off with borrowed cash.
You can’t even build your own design. You have to build what oth
- A prominent neo-Nazi is condemning the recent fatal stabbing of a black man in New York, mainly because he fears it will compromise the public’s perception of white supremacists and increase discrimination against them.
Andrew Anglin is the founder of the Daily Stormer, a website that the Southern Povery Law Center says is dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.
His own writings include many offensive statements about African-Americans and how h
- The NCAA will not hold any of its college sports championship events in North Carolina for at least the next five years if the state’s legislature fails to repeal an anti-transgender law it passed last year, the NCAA said Thursday.
Last year, the NCAA moved seven championship events ― including men’s NCAA Tournament games ― out of North Carolina after the passage of HB2, a law that prohibited localities from enacting laws to protect people from discrimination based on sex
- President Donald Trump met with a group of truckers and CEOs at the White House on Thursday afternoon, ostensibly to discuss healthcare and the photos are... something.Many of the photos feature Trump hanging out in the driver’s seat of a truck, making all sorts of whimsical faces.
So, naturally, Twitter did what Twitter does best and meme-ified Trump in a truck.
All of this was happening, by the way, while the House delayed and subsequently postponed the GOP health care bill vote&nbs
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged Thursday afternoon House Republicans will have enough votes to pass a bill repealing and replacing part of Obamacare.
- WASHINGTON ― Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) announced on Thursday that he is trapped in a Randian nightmare where members of Congress seek to “beat down” the virtuous organization Goldman Sachs ― a benevolent force in American democracy that goes to great lengths to “employ the little guy.”
“I feel like sometimes I’m living a reality TV version of Atlas Shrugged,” Tillis declared at a Senate hearing. “There are a lot of people in this Congre
- When it comes to the fate of the GOP's health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado.
- WASHINGTON ― Twenty-four activists were arrested Thursday outside the White House at the conclusion of a march against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
The progressive organizations sponsoring the march, including the foundation-backed Center for Popular Democracy, chose to put forward 24 people for the act of civil disobedience to symbolically protest the 24 million people who are projected to lose their insurance under House Republicans’ bill.
Federal law prohibits political prot
- Virginia gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart's campaign has, for the past year, made edits to Stewart's Wikipedia page to remove unflattering information and add more positive messaging.
- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia that would merit a grand jury investigation.
- President Barack Obama’s health care law hasn’t always been beloved by the public. But it’s never been as unpopular as the Republican bill now intended to destroy it, according to the latest polling.
When the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010, after months of debate, about 42 percent of the public approved, according to HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate, with about 50 percent disapproving ― a level of discontent that proved to be bad news for Democrats a
- President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are still scrambling Thursday for a deal and looking for votes on their landmark bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
- The Justice Department is investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter on allegations that he used tens of thousands of campaign dollars for personal use, the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday.
- House Republicans beat an embarrassing retreat on health care Thursday, postponing a long-promised vote to repeal Obamacare after President Trump struggled to sway reluctant conservatives who said the GOP replacement wasn't good enough. Hoping for a marquee victory seven years to the day after the Affordable Care Act was ...
- Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer came out swinging, vowing to vote against the judge, hours after Neil Gorsuch wrapped up his marathon testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- A state lawmaker in Maine has introduced a bill that would affirm climate change denial as free speech in the state, and shield deniers ― notably ExxonMobil ― from prosecution by the state’s attorney general.
Republican Rep. Lawrence “Larry” Lockman introduced LD 771, titled “An Act To Protect Political Speech and Prevent Climate Change Policy Profiling” earlier this month, at the behest of Jonathan Reisman, a self-described “prominent ‘
- WASHINGTON ― Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) had a disturbing response Thursday to a reporter for who asked if he supports Obamacare’s “essential health benefits,” which require insurers to cover basic services like maternity care and prescriptions.
Talking Points Memo’s Alice Ollstein tweeted Roberts’ answer:
I asked Sen. Roberts if he supports scrapping Essential Health Benefits. "I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms," he snarked. #AHCA— Alice Olls
- Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, apologized Thursday afternoon for making an apparent joke about mammograms related to what features are or are not included in Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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