One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from senator’s office …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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London fire: Tower victims ‘may never be identified’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… Portillo said the prime minister “didn’t use her humanity”. Labour MP Harriet Harman also criticised Mrs May for not meeting residents, writing on Twitter: “She should have been prepared to listen to them.” Conservative MP Chris Philp later told Newsnight the prime minister was “keen not to intrude and cause disruption”. Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said on BBC One’s Question Time that “security concerns” had also stopped Mrs May …

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Nothing About My Anxiety Is Cute

June 5, 2017

… tied up neatly. As a kid, I used to stare at the ceiling and feel a heaviness on my chest.Luckily, I had parents who were super proactive and understanding, parents I could approach with my mental health concerns. And for me, medication helps curb some of the issues from my anxiety disorder. But not all. Because nothing is ever perfectly, magically healed. That’s just not how this stuff works. Anxiety is not an identity for viral consumption. It’s not for likes or praise. Anxiety …

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

… anti-gender-based-violence advocate. Arlette Contreras Bautista is a woman whose severe beating at the hands of a partner was captured on camera and ignited a movement in her home country of Peru. Trumps proposed budget threatens to funnel funding for programs that benefit domestic-violence survivors stateside into other concerns like border protection and immigration enforcement. In parts of the country, domestic-violence survivors are reportedly afraid to come forward to the police out of fear …

May 24, 2017
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Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

… over the levels of personal debt among working households. Warnings The City regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has warned of an acceleration in consumer borrowing, such as loans, overdrafts, credit card debt and car finance. This echoes concerns raised by the Bank of England. Image copyright PA Image caption Car sales have boomed in recent years The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. …

May 23, 2017
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