New version of health care bill will help Alaska, Maine — home of two holdout senators

 

WASHINGTON — The Republican senators at the forefront of the latest effort to undo the Affordable Care Act plan to release a revised version of their bill Monday sending more health care dollars to the states of key holdouts, as hardening resistance from several GOP senators left their proposal on the verge of collapse.

According to a summary obtained by The Washington Post, Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, will propose giving Alaska and Maine get more funding than initially offered. Those states are represented by Republican senators Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Susan CollinsMaine, who have expressed concerns about the bill but have yet to say how they would vote.

The Cassidy-Graham legislation would overhaul the ACA by lumping together the current law’s spending on insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid and redistributing it to states in the form of block grants. Alaska would get 3 percent more funding between 2020 and 2026 than under current law, and Maine would get 43 percent more funding during that time period, according to a summary obtained by The Post.

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US Health secretary Tom Price under investigation over travel fees

One of President Donald Trump‘s senior officials is under investigation for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money on flights around the US.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took five flights in executive jets last week alone, instead of taking commercial flights.

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And, the league reacts and unites in reaction to Comrade Trump’s comments.

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This weekend, the professional sports world was rocked by widespread protests against racism, police brutality and President Trump. On Sunday, members of the majority of all National Football League teams took the knee or locked arms during the national anthem, or even sat out the anthem entirely. Professional baseball players, WNBA players, cheerleaders and national anthem singers also protested on Sunday. The weekend of defiance came after Trump lashed out at players who have joined a growing protest movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against racial injustice. This is Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday evening.

President Donald Trump: “Luther and I and everyone in this arena tonight are unified by the same great American values. We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’?”

Why we all love Senator John McCain

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On Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers are scrambling to save their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, after it looks like they will again fail to secure enough votes to pass the legislation. On Friday, Republican Arizona Senator John McCain announced he will not support the Graham-Cassidy bill. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also opposes the legislation, and Maine Senator Susan Collins, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have all indicated they may vote against the bill. Top Republicans have revised the legislation to add additional benefits for Alaska and Maine in efforts to woo Senators Murkowski’s and Collins’s votes.

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Not again, Weiner! Convicted.

Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner departs US Federal Court in New York City following his sentencing.

Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner burst into tears as he was sentenced to 21 months in jail for sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl.

He pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor and agreed not to appeal against a prison sentence of 27 months or less.

Weiner, 53, quit Congress in 2011 over a sex scandal and was again exposed in his 2013 run for New York mayor.

His lawyers had asked a US District Judge for probation instead of jail.

But in sentencing Weiner, Judge Cote said: “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”

“Anthony Weiner, a former Congressman and candidate for Mayor, asked a girl who he knew to be 15 years old to display her naked body and engage in sexually explicit behaviour for him online,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H Kim said in a statement on Monday.

“Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison.”

In addition to jail time, Weiner was sentenced to three years of supervised release, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office.

Weiner’s attorneys contended the former politician had acted out of the “depths of an uncontrolled sickness” and was now seeking treatment.

In a letter to US District Judge Denise Cote, Weiner said he felt “profound” regret for his crimes and his “continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations” of his wife, Huma Abedin, and ruined their marriage.

Ms Abedin filed for divorce on the same day her husband was found guilty in May

North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country. Where’s Rodman when you need him?

Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!

 

Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers.

This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world “should clearly remember” it was the US that first declared war, Mr Ri said.

The two sides have been engaged in an increasingly angry war of words.

Despite weeks of tension, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two.

After Mr Ri addressed the United Nations on Saturday, the US president responded by tweeting that Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “won’t be around much longer” if they continued their rhetoric.

Mr Ri’s response came as he was leaving New York, following the UN General Assembly.

“In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operations table of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea],” he added.

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Trump NFL row: US president denies comments were race-related

Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!

 

US President Donald Trump has said his comments about national anthem protests have “nothing to do with race”.

A number of sports players and teams demonstrated during the US national anthem over the weekend.

Demonstrations against racial injustice and police violence began last year but intensified after Mr Trump said players who failed to stand should be fired or suspended.

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