Politics

Trump Orders Halt To Obamacare Subsidy Payments

The Associated Press reports: In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, Trump went on Twitter to urge Democrats to make a deal: “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” he wrote. “Massive subsidy ...

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House Intelligence Committee Gives Roger Stone 24 Hours to Name Wikileaks Contact Or Face Subpoena

CNN reports: The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name of his intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “We’ll give it until tomorrow,” Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is running the House panel’s Russia investigation, told ...

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NOT THE ONION: Legal Group Files FOIA Request For “Information On Whether President Trump Is A Moron”

Law Newz reports: On Thursday, a legal group filed three separate Freedom of Information Act requests to learn if President Donald Trump is a “moron” and must be removed under the 25th Amendment. Seriously, that’s how they titled their statement, obtained by Law Newz: “Legal Advocacy Group Files Urgent Freedom Of Information Act Request Of Government Information On Whether President ...

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Tapper: If Obama Had Threatened The License Of Fox News, There Would Be Torches In The Street [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: During a panel discussion on CNN’s The Lead this afternoon, anchor Jake Tapper noted that if Trump’s predecessor had taken aim at conservative outlets in this manner, the outrage would have been so loud that we would have likely seen action in the streets. Pointing out that he began yesterday’s broadcast by holding up a copy of the ...

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Rand Paul Defends Trump’s Exec Order After Having Blasted Obama’s Orders As “King Complex” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended President Trump’s use of an executive order on Thursday, after Republicans previously criticized former President Obama for overusing the tool to bypass Congress. “We’re creating something that is freedom. He’s not creating a new government program,” Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We’ve read the original law and we believe what the president ...

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CALIFORNIA: Democratic State Senate President Kevin De Leon Likely To Challenge US Sen. Dianne Feinstein

CNN reports: California Democratic state Senate president Kevin de León intends to enter California’s 2018 Senate race against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, three sources with knowledge of his plans say. De León has begun calling labor leaders and elected officials to inform them of his plans, the sources said, and is expected to soon announce his campaign against Feinstein, a giant ...

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GOP House Rep May Face Insider Trading Charges

USA Today reports: Congressional ethics investigators have concluded there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.. engaged in insider trading and either took or requested official actions to benefit a company in which he’s the largest shareholder, according to a report issued Thursday. Those may violations of House rules, standards of conduct and federal law, the report states. ...

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LISTEN: What US Diplomats In Cuba Heard

The Associated Press reports: It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: Some hear multiple, distinct tones colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series ...

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For Third Time, Trump Forgets To Sign Order, Starts To Leave Room Before Pence Calls Him Back [VIDEO]

I wasn’t watching the screen so I missed this. The New York Daily News reports: President Trump had to be ushered back to sign his executive order peeling back parts of Obamacare, which he’s spent years bashing. The commander-in-chief began strolling out of the White House’s Roosevelt Room after delivering a full-throated rebuke of the Affordable Care Act. “Thank you ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will answer questions from reporters on Thursday afternoon after President Trump signed an executive order on health care. Trump’s order seeks to expand the ability of small businesses and other groups to band together to buy health insurance through what are known as association health plans. It also lifts limits ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Signs Executive Order To Destroy Obamacare Markets, Enable “Junk” Health Insurance

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is trying to do with the stroke of a pen what Republicans in Congress could not — bring about the end of the Obamacare markets. Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday directing an overhaul of major federal regulations that would encourage the rise of a raft of cheap, loosely regulated health ...

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Trump Pulls US Out Of UN Human Rights Agency

UNESCO’s mission statement: “Contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.” The Associated Press reports: U.S. officials have told the Associated Press that the United States is pulling ...

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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Rips Trump On Free Press Threats: Are You “Recanting Your Oath” To The Constitution?

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is questioning whether President Trump is still committed to preserving the First Amendment after he repeatedly floated retribution against the media for publishing stories he doesn’t like. “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to ...

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Boy Scouts To Admit Girls, RWNJs Predictably Flip Out

The Associated Press reports: Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Under the plan, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all-boys or ...

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Trump Attacks The Free Press: “It Is Frankly Disgusting That The Press Is Able To Write Whatever It Wants To”

The Week reports:  President Trump skewered the free press on Wednesday, telling reporters that “it is frankly disgusting that the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” The comments followed Trump’s tweets Wednesday morning, which reacted to an NBC News story that claimed the president had called for the nuclear arsenal to be increased “tenfold.” “With all ...

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Rapper Eminem Unleashes On “Racist” Trump [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The rapper Eminem struck out at President Trump in a video that played at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, accusing the president of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in almost five minutes of furious freestyle rap. He also excoriated Mr. Trump for his responses to the recent violence in Charlottesville, ...

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National Park Service Pulls Sponsorship Of Ceremony Dedicating Rainbow Flag At Stonewall Monument

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. The National Park Service’s Barbara Applebaum, who arranged the ...

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Champion DOMA Attorney Roberta Kaplan Leads New Legal Group To Challenge Trump’s Business Corruption

Politico reports: A new organization aiming to step up the legal pressure on President Donald Trump’s business empire is launching this week with the backing of several liberal icons, including the lawyer who scored the first big Supreme Court win for same-sex marriage and a TV producer best known for a hotly-disputed story about President George W. Bush’s National Guard ...

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SPAIN: Catalonia President Declares Independence But Suspends Action To Allow For Talks With Madrid [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, said on Tuesday evening that his region had earned the right to independence from Spain, but he immediately suspended the process to allow for talks with the central government in Madrid. “I ask Parliament to suspend the declaration of independence so that in the coming weeks we can undertake ...

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MISSOURI: Republican AG Announces US Senate Bid

The guy who once advocated that Missouri legalize anti-LGBT discrimination (even though no statewide protections currently exist) today announced his run for the US Senate. The Associated Press reports: Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has made it official: He’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018. Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of ...

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