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After McCain – What’s next on health care in the U.S. Congress

11:23 pm Sep. 22, 2017

With Friday’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have almost run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they’ve campaigned on for

President Trump heads to Alabama to boost Sen. Luther Strange

12:25 am Sep. 22, 2017

Ahead of a Tuesday Republican runoff, President Donald Trump is fully inserting himself in a U.S. Senate race in Alabama, holding a rally Friday night for Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who faces a spirited challenge from former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, in a race that has strained GOP alliances in the Yellowhammer State.

The President will stop tonight in Huntsville, Alabama – not far from there, Mr. Trump had

Ryan: Congress likely to approve more hurricane disaster relief in October

3:44 pm Sep. 20, 2017

As Hurricane Maria was ravaging the island of Puerto Rico, House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a Wednesday visit to Florida that he expects the Congress will vote on more disaster relief money next month, as federal agencies deal with the aftermath from three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“I’m sure that we’re going to do another, what we call a supplemental, sometime in October, once we have a

Senate panel hears call for better hurricane prep at nursing homes and assisted living facilities

9:41 am Sep. 20, 2017

Citing the deaths of seniors at a nursing home in Florida after Hurricane Irma, and a viral photograph of seniors in waist deep water at a facility in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, a U.S. Senate committee was urged on Wednesday to support stronger regulations for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to better protect older Americans during hurricanes, floods, and other emergencies and natural disasters.

“We need generators to support medical

Senate leaves town with GOP still short on votes for last-ditch health overhaul bill

8:16 pm Sep. 19, 2017

With the support of the White House, Republican leaders in Congress are once again engaged in a full court press to squeeze out 50 votes for a new GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, but in what’s almost a repeat of the last showdown vote earlier this year in the Senate, the decisions of a handful of GOP Senators will make or break this latest effort on Obamacare.

“My

In United Nations speech, President Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea over nukes

9:43 am Sep. 19, 2017

In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump vowed that the United States would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if that regime seeks to use its nuclear weapons against America or its allies, as Mr. Trump singled out North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela in a wide ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly.

In blunt terms, the President zeroed in on North Korea, labeling it a “depraved”

FEMA faces third major disaster relief effort as Hurricane Maria takes aim at US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

4:30 pm Sep. 18, 2017

Still working on recovery and relief efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Florida after Hurricane Irma, federal officials were looking at the chance of even more damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria seemed to be taking dead aim at an area in the Caribbean which just experienced major troubles from Irma earlier this month.

“Maria is likely to affect Puerto Rico as

Legal defense fund set up for ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn

7:39 am Sep. 18, 2017

A former top aide to President Donald Trump is appealing for contributions to a new legal defense fund, as ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn confronts possibly serious legal troubles involved in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and ties to Mr. Trump’s campaign.

“We deeply appreciate the support of family and friends across this nation,” Flynn tweeted on Monday morning, announcing that his brother and sister had