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06/18/2017 –Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch  Senate Republicans are clamoring to hear from Loretta Lynch after former FBI Director James Comey raised concerns about her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” which resembled the Clinton campaign line.  The move could allow Republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling — which top GOP lawmakers have signaled belongs to the Intelligence Committee — and focus on Lynch, who has long been a target of Republicans.

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06/18/2017 – Georgia candidates turn to local stars in campaign’s closing days  SANDY SPRINGS, GA. — Both nominees in the hotly contested Georgia special election had several political heavyweights join them on the campaign trail to rally hundreds of supporters and volunteers in the final weekend push.  Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff spent their Saturdaycampaigning alongside prominent national figures who are also stars in Georgia state politics. Handel and Ossoff square off on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in what has become the most expensive House race in U.S. history.

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06/18/2017 – ObamaCare: Six key parts of the Senate bill   While Senate Republicans are drafting their healthcare plan behind closed doors, they’ve given reporters a general idea of what might be in it. The bill is shaping up to have a similar structure as the House’s bill, while more reflecting the principles of centrist Republicans in both chambers.  Senators are still hashing out the specifics, but here’s a look at where they appear to be headed.

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06/17/2017 – The House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) was NOT the full repeal of Obamacare promised to voters, but it did move the debate forward. More must be done to revitalize our health insurance markets and drive down costs — that should start now in the Senate.  As the process continues in the Senate, conservative lawmakers must ensure three things happen: repeal Obamacare’s taxes, reform Medicaid, and empower states to regulate their own health care markets.1. Repeal Obamacare Taxes:   It’s time to repeal Obamacare taxes once and for all. The House-passed AHCA achieved this goal, and now the Senate must do the same in their final version of the bill.   It’s a very straightforward concept, this is a tax cut that will lower health care costs and put money back in the pockets of the American people — money that was seized by the Obama Administration.   2. Reform Medicaid:   Medicaid was unsustainable and ineffective prior to Obamacare, but then it was radically expanded. At a minimum, the Senate should roll back expansion like the House version of the AHCA did.   In fact, conservatives should encourage their Senate colleagues to improve these reforms in order to minimize waste and fraud, and save our country from bankruptcy.3. Empower States:   Under Obamacare, the federal government basically became the nation’s default insurance commissioner. The House-passed bill allowed states to opt out of some of the premium-increasing insurance mandates created by Obamacare.Now the Senate must give states the ability to opt out of these harmful Title I regulations too. Empowering states and giving them more control to regulate their health insurance markets is essential to draining the swamp in Washington.The Senate is continuing to work on their bill, and a final version could be unveiled later this month. We must do our part by urging conservatives to push for these three things to ensure the Senate repeals as much of Obamacare as possible.
6/17/2017 – Lawmakers struggle to maintain unity after shooting   Lawmakers shaken by this week’s shooting at a GOP baseball practice say the toxic political climate needs to change. But there’s little sign that it will.     The calls for unity in the wake of the attack have already given way to finger pointing, with both sides blaming the other’s rhetoric for exacerbating public anger at Washington.

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6/15/2017 – SANDERS SLAMS IRAN SANCTIONS: Following the vote, Sanders criticized the Senate’s decision to levy new sanctions on Iran, saying that the penalties could put the 2015 nuclear deal at risk.    He said in a statement after the vote that, while he fully supported penalties against the Kremlin for its efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, the Iran sanctions could have dangerous  consequences.    “That is not a risk worth taking, particularly at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and its allies,” Sanders said in a statement. “I think the United States should play a more even-handed role in the Middle East and find ways not only to address Iran’s activities, but also Saudi Arabia’s decades-long support for radical extremism.”

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06/15/2017 – THE TOPLINE: The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia and giving Congress the ability to block President Trump from lifting current penalties.  Senators voted 98-2 on the bill, which also includes new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfer of weapons and human rights violations. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against the measure.  The legislation marks the Senate’s most significant check on the Trump administration’s foreign policy, which has flirted with lifting sanctions in a bid to entice Moscow into an agreement.  The bill now heads to the House, where it faces an uncertain future amid signs of pushback from the administration.

The Hill’s Jordain Carney has the full story here.

06/11/2017 – 3 U.S. Soldiers Killed After Afghan Soldier Opens Fire: Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Saturday in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them, U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News.  The shooter — identified as a member of the Afghan National Army’s Commando Forces — was killed in return fire, officials added.  The incident occurred during a joint U.S.-Afghan military operation in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, according to the provincial governor’s spokesperson.


06/02/2017 – Details Emerge About NSA Leaker Trump Busted… And It’s Worse Than We Thought  President Trump busted the first of many leakers of classified information today.  Reality Leigh Winner, 25, who is an alleged NSA leaker who purportedly passed confidential government information to the press, said online she was part of the “Resistance” and has supported Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter, the terrorist-linked CAIR and Islamic Society of North America.  Yet she was able to obtain a top-security clearance from the Obama NSA.  Winner, a federal contractor, was arrested over the weekend and is facing charges that she removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to a news outlet.  Winner is a rabid Trump-hater.    But she also shows repeated sympathies for the terrorist regime of Iran over America. Here she tells the Foreign Minister of Iran she would stand with Iran over the President of the United States in case of conflict.


06/04/2017 – ISIS Uses Women for Front-Line Fighting?    Desperate to maintain control of the Iraqi city of Mosul but running out of male soldiers to send into battle, the Islamic State group has reportedly begun forcing women to fight for them.
06/03/2017 – Globe heaps scorn on Trump for Paris exit    President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement this week sent shockwaves through global diplomacy.
Former diplomats and experts warned that the U.S.’s disengagement on climate could be a defining moment for a Trump administration that is focused more on an “America First” agenda than engaging with international allies.

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06/03/2017 – Senators want governors involved in health talks   Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid enrollment under ObamaCare are pressing for their home-state governors to be involved in the Senate talks over a new healthcare bill.   The senators are skeptical of language in the bill approved by the House that cuts Medicaid by nearly $900 billion and ends the expansion of federal funding to states in 2020.

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o6/03/2017 – Mike Pence pressures Senate to act on healthcare by summer   Vice President Mike Pence called on Congress on Saturday to pass Obamacare repeal by summer after some senators expressed doubt healthcare reform would get done this year at all.   “This congress must repeal and replace Obamacare,” Pence said during Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride” event in Boone, Iowa.
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06/3/2017 – Trump pushes travel ban amid London Bridge attack   President Trump called for the courts to uphold his travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries after London police are responding to incidents involving a van injuring people on London Bridge and stabbings.”We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,” Trump tweeted. “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
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