House Republicans pass healthcare bill in first step toward replacing Obamacare

Partisan approval with one vote to spare sends American Health Care Act to uncertain fate in Senate, after negotiations reveal fissures in Republican party House Republican narrowly approved a controversial plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, taking a significant first step toward fulfilling a seven-year promise to repeal and replace the 2010…

Tom Price resigns as health secretary over private flights and Trump criticism

Former Georgia congressman resigns after chairwoman says decision imminent, having apologized and refunded some costs The health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has resigned, after revelations that he spent more than $ 1m of taxpayers’ fund on traveling including chartered flights. Reports about such travel by Price and other cabinet members- including the EPA…

Republicans fail to repeal methane regulations for drilling on public lands

Vote on Obama-era rule to reduce emissions from oil and gas drilling on federal land fails 51 -4 9 as three Republican senators defect A Republican move to undo restriction on emission reductions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has suffered an unexpected defeat in the Senate. A bill to repeal a Department of Interior…

Is Oklahoma trying to be America’s least progressive state?

As a budget crisis bites, liberals and some conservatives wonder if rightwing fears over abortion and transgender rights are tipping their state into chaos Sitting in a barge on a pond in northern Oklahoma, on a weekend away, Troy Stevenson took a phone call about the news from Washington. He resigned himself to a busy…

Clinton may have taken performance-enhancing narcotics before debate- Trump

Republican suggests medication exams before next showdown and recurs distrust of rigged election at New Hampshire rally Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that Hillary Clinton might have taken performance-enhancing drugs to prepare for their presidential debates, and that both candidates for president should be tested before Wednesdays final debate. Were like athletes, the Republican nominee…

Republican healthcare plan will cost 23 million people their coverage, CBO says

Hastily passed House bill which some members said they hadnt read before voting on it would improve on previous version by a mere 1 million people The hastily redrawn Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare would leave an extra 23 million people without health insurance over the next decade, the first official independent analysis of the…

‘You’re kidding, right? ‘ WaPo’s The Fix suggests GOP do what to court minorities?

You might wanna settle in, then. It’s gonna be a while … Mkay. Well, perhaps it’ll make more sense if we read it 😛 TAGEND Theres evidence that pollution is substantially worse in black and Latino neighborhoods, and yet its hard to recall any presidential candidate from either party speaking about this directly. With the…

Republican push ahead with plans to hinder insurance coverage for abortions

A proposed bill would enforce a far-reaching prohibit on private insurance coverage for abortions under Obamacare, and could see tens of thousands lose out Republicans in Congress are advancing a bill that imposes a far-reaching prohibition on private insurance coverage for abortion services for as long as the Affordable Care Act remains in effect and…

Is Trump moving to the centre on handguns? Don’t hold your breath

The president seemed ready to take on the NRA but experience should construct us wary of his inconsistency and inability to master detail Donald Trump stunned Washington this week by espousing a series of gun control measures long opposed by the National Rifle Association and most Republicans on Capitol Hill. The predominating question remained how…