GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump’s first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt’s fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction — putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance. If they’ve convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real — and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms — it could translate into a long-term …

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Trump to review power to establish federal lands

April 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will order a review of the 1906 law that gives the president of the United States power to set aside lands for federal protection, administration officials tell CNN, setting into motion a process that could see the Trump administration rescind the protection of lands designated by former President Barack Obama. Trump will sign the executive order Wednesday at the Interior Department, Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters. The order could lead to the …

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GOP Rep Tells Mom Her Son On Medicaid Should Just Get A Better Job If He Wants Health Care

April 23, 2017

… said, eliciting loud groans from the audience. Im sorry, health care is much different than a cell phone and Im tired of people using cell phone analogies with health care, the woman responded, before walking away from the microphone. Bill Clark/Getty Images Davidsons metaphor resembled remarks by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who suggested in March that people should not buy iPhones if they wanted the money to pay for health insurance. Consumers do not have the same power to command …

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25 ways to save $250 a month that everyone is messing up

April 22, 2017

… will be able to send you personalized investment recommendations so that you can get the most bang for your buck. 17. Not harnessing the power of Fintech Speaking of Fintech, financial institutions are using this technology so that you can also automate investing and savings by adjusting your budget and notifying you of any changes in your accounts. You can receive customized financial advice through chatbots to make more informed financial decisions. 18. Avoiding cash Theres a belief that if …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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DNC Announces Members Of Unity Reform Commission

April 18, 2017

… dont see us making the other changes that we need to win in 18 and 2020. Brian Ertz, an Idaho environmental lawyer and Sanders appointee to the convention Rules and Bylaws Committee expressed skepticism. The question is whether the DNC will adopt reforms that necessarily diminish and dilute the power of individual members. And I just dont see that happening. Im hoping Ill be wrong, but Im not counting on it, Ertz said,referring to the fact that all voting DNC members are super-delegates, …

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Iran Boosts Gas-Output Capacity With New Projects at Giant Field

April 17, 2017

… themselves. Half of Iran’s gas goes to warming homes, with the rest used mostly to generate power and for industrial use. New production can barely keep up with domestic demand, and consumption almost doubled to 191.2 billion cubic meters in 2015 from 102.7 billion in 2005, according to BP Plc statistics. Ban Removed Each of the new projects produces 28 million cubic meters a day, Zanganeh told reporters late Saturday. They include phases 17 through 21, with phase 19 having two …

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Salt Bae sprinkling his vote is the only good thing to come out of Turkey referendum

April 17, 2017

… bet. The 18 additional constitutional amendments will eliminate the position of prime minister, give Erdogan more power over the judiciary, and allow him to run for at least two more five-year terms. He’s been criticized around the world for increasingly cracking down on journalists and political opponents in recent years. (Yes, there are serious questions about the legitimacy of the election results. The opposition party is calling for a recount for around a third of the votes.) So, as …

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Scott Pruitt Heads To Coal Mine To Pitch New EPA Agenda

April 14, 2017

… that back-to-basics means back to promoting polluters over public health. Clean power Plan, a policy limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The order also took measures to further protect the coal industry, namely by instructing the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban on coal leasing on federal lands that the Obama administration …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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‘Kindness is everything.’ It’s also your secret weapon for fighting Trump.

April 11, 2017

… Kindness is Everything.” The part about kindness struck Heinz. “Everyone felt so broken,” she says of the gloomy weeks following the election. Focusing on acts of generosity felt like a way to channel grief into positivity. “I very much believe in the power of words and the power of gestures.” “Generosity tends to lead to greater happiness when it allows people to create a social connection.” There are, however, some limitations to people’s …

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Americans Persecuted By Egypt Regime Watch As Trump Embraces It

April 6, 2017

… of repression since he seized power in a 2013 military coup. They share the prisons with an estimated The Trump team has embraced el-Sissiclassifying eople dont know… that tax dollars are going to an authoritarian regime holding our American citizens, Soltan said. Working with fellow activists, he arranged for 2,500 posters to be plastered around the capital and created a display van that would advertise statements from groups like Human Rights Watch. Other Americans with imprisoned …

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Photos of the Rhine River from a ‘fish-eye’ view

April 5, 2017

(CNN)You might say photographers Aude Boissaye and Sebastien Rand enjoy a river connection. As children growing up in eastern France near the Rhine, they learned to respect the river’s power and beauty. Decades later, they met for the first time near the River Seine — not far from where Claude Monet painted his iconic “Water Lilies.” The two hit it off, and it wasn’t long before they turned their mutual passion for photography into a partnership. …

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Patrick Stewart says he’s ‘absolutely’ interested in a Professor X cameo in ‘Legion’

April 2, 2017

… show to prove itself before you call it an X-Men series But what is chapter two going to be? “I like this idea of having to face our demons, and the idea that in the first season, that was an internal struggle for David, and now we’re taking something that has so much power over him psychologically and emotionally and making it an exterior agent. There’s going to be something very complicated about going to war with yourself,” Hawley revealed. “We’ve now …

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Google’s Mars data center and weather control system are just a couple of its best April Fools’ Day pranks

April 2, 2017

… effects showing people being blown away by the power of the windmill mechanisms adds just the right amount of whimsy to let you know that Google is in fact just playing around with yet another wild “what if” idea. Google Puchi Puchi Keyboard Also getting in on the international prank fun is Google Japan, whose team came up with perhaps the most ingenious fake gadget in a keyboard made of bubble wrap. The Puchi Puchi keyboard (in Japanese, “puchi puchi” translates as …

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For once, the outsiders out-lobby the establishment

March 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)It seemed like a just-about-even, all-too-familiar fight: traditional corporate power players staring down scrappier and ultimately hungrier insurgents dead-set on torpedoing the Republican health care bill. In the battles of the past — over the Export-Import Bank, over the debt ceiling and even over Obamacare funding — it was almost always the heavyweight Wall Street-driven wing of the party that was crowned victorious in the internecine fight du jour within the …

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Zurich layover guide: Make the most of your Swiss stopover

March 22, 2017

… power in the city. But on a tight time frame, it might make more sense to grab something on the go. Follow the crowds to the Sternengrill — a mobile bratwurst vendor that is a city institution. Other Swiss specialties include soft, baguette-like pretzels loaded with savory fillings — available citywide from pretzel chain Brezelknig — and fresh-cooked crepes smeared in apple sauce, which you can pick up from countless roadside vendors. Sated on street snacks and sightseeing, …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… and all the ways they would fail families like the Secrists. That is not the only option, however. State and federal officials have the power to help families struggling with premiums and out-of-pocket costs in ways that wouldnt hurt the people for whom the law has provided such valuable protection. Its just a matter of making different policy choices and accepting different trade-offs. One reason that insurance got so expensive for the Gibbses is that they happen to live in North Carolina, a …

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Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

March 18, 2017

… roughly the amount of energy intercepted by the Earth [from]sunlight. Thats the kind of power you need the energy falling on the Earth from the sun, he said. I can imagine [aliens] doing what we are just starting to do now, Loeb said. We shouldnt be guided by prejudice when we think about what may be out there, said Loeb. Many people tend to think they know the truth. They think that we are special, that maybe there is nothing out there. Indeed, its probably the essence of being a …

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Republicans Are Crying About Obamacare Problems They Helped Create

March 18, 2017

… officials had a special role to play, because they retain a lot of regulatory authority over insurance and, crucially, they better understood the idiosyncrasies of their insurance markets and their states residents. Some states, typically the ones that had decided to create their own exchanges, promoted enrollment enthusiastically. But other states didnt offer support. A few again, all with Republicans in power actually did their best to make enrollment difficult. Georgias insurance …

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The only way to prove you aren’t a robot is to solve this chess puzzle

March 15, 2017

… least in part, making an unusual choice: the third bishop. All those bishops can move in lots of different ways, so you get computation explosion. To calculate it out would suck up more than computing power than is available on earth, claimed Tagg. Tagg told us that there is, in fact, a natural way to get to this board configuration. We’re trying to figure it our here, but lacked an extra black bishop. So we tagged one to keep track. Image: lance ulanoff/mashable Sir Richard Penroses …

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A new bill could let employers force their workers to submit genetic test results

March 12, 2017

The bill has slipped by without much notice.Image:  Luis Llerena/stocksnap A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by …

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The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories

March 6, 2017

(CNN)The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories. Donald Trump has brought the art of blaming dark forces for the events taking place in our world to the highest levels of power. On Saturday, as he confronted the political crisis unfolding as a result of his advisers’ contacts with Russian officials — during the time that the intelligence agencies agree the Russians were systematically intervening in the election — he found someone else to blame. …

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Israeli TV Host Denounces Treatment Of Palestinians: ‘Apartheid Has Been Here For Ages’

March 2, 2017

… responsible for, and theyre in a horrible state. Infrastructure, food, health care, education. Millions who are living in abject poverty. Gaza is on the verge of plague, hours on end without electricity or water. Israel controls everything that goes in or out …. Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages. Its just that were on the good side, so it doesnt really bother us. Amid all of this, …

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