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‘Repeal now, replace later’ could have an immediate impact on consumers

WASHINGTON — Consumers would feel the impact immediately if Republicans repeal “Obamacare” with no replacement. Problems could start this fall for customers buying individual health policies, say independent experts, with more insurers likely to exit state markets around the country, and those remaining seeking higher rates. RELATED LINKS McConnell aims for full Obamacare repeal after replacement bill withers After failed ...

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WATCH: President Trump criticizes states withholding voter info

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump kicked off his voter fraud commission’s first meeting Wednesday by criticizing states that failed to comply with the commission’s requests to turn over voter information. Trump says “one has to wonder what they’re worried about.” Numerous states rebuffed the commission’s request for detailed voter data, including voter names, voting histories and party registrations. READ MORE: ...

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Twitter chat: The PBS NewsHour goes ‘Inside Putin’s Russia’

Over the course of a week, the PBS NewsHour provided its audience with a close look at Russian life in the six-part series, “Inside Putin’s Russia.” PBS NewsHour special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin spent seven weeks in the country to explore its bilateral relationship with the U.S., the effectiveness of the Russia propaganda machine, and the fate ...

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Meet the lawyers on Trump’s growing legal team

As the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continue to expand, so too does President Donald Trump’s legal team. Here’s a closer look at the lawyers representing the commander-in-chief, both on his White House and outside legal teams. Ty Cobb (White House special counsel): Cobb is the newest member of the Trump team, as well as the first ...

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Iran still top state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. report says

WASHINGTON — Iran continues to be the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in a new report that also noted a decline in the number of terrorist attacks globally between 2015 and 2016. In its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” released Wednesday, the State Department said Iran was the planet’s “foremost” state sponsor of terrorism ...

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House votes to delay Obama-era smog reductions

WASHINGTON — The House voted Tuesday to pass a Republican-backed bill delaying implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants. Congress voted 229 to 199 to approve the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. The measure delays by eight more years the implementation of 2015 air pollution standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the prior administration. The bill ...

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When did wolves become dogs? New research throws a bone into the debate

Scientists have long been divided over when, where and how many times wolves were domesticated into our beloved dogs. Geneticists at Stony Brook University in New York turned the debate back on its head Tuesday with a new theory: Wolves were domesticated just once, between 36,900–41,500 years ago, a discovery that could change the historical record on our loyal canine ...

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Trump had second, undisclosed conversation with Putin at G20 summit

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany earlier this month. White House spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke privately at a dinner for world leaders and their spouses at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, ...

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Senate to vote on ‘Obamacare’ repeal next week

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote early next week on trying to move ahead on a straight-up repeal of Barack Obama’s health care law. RELATED CONTENT WATCH: Vice President Pence says Congress needs to ‘step up’ on health care The health care bill collapses, leaving a divided GOP at crossroads The sticking points keeping the GOP health ...

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Carson pledges to fight homelessness, despite deep proposed budget cuts

WASHINGTON — Housing Secretary Ben Carson pledged Tuesday to “work toward a time when no family is without a home” — even as the Trump administration seeks sharp budget cuts that critics say would lead to more people living on the streets. “A man will not beat addiction from a gutter, he will not get psychiatric help underneath a bridge, ...

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