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CBO: American Health Care Act Will Reduce Deficit By $119 Billion

Share Tweet Email House Speaker Paul Ryan / Getty Images BY: Ali Meyer Follow @DJAliMeyerMay 25, 2017 9:32 am The final version of the American Health Care Act, which House Republicans passed as their replacement for Obamacare, is now estimated to reduce the deficit by $119 billion from 2017 to 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The budget office scoring of the original legislation released on March 13 projected that the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion from 2017 to 2026, increase the number of uninsured by 14 million people, and reduce premiums by 10 percent by 2026. The amended legislation would increase the number of individuals with health insurance and would lower premiums. “In comparison with the estimates for the previous version of the act, under the House-passed act, the number of people with health insurance would, by CBO and [Joint Committee on Taxation]’s estimates, be slightly higher and average premiums for insurance purchased individually—that is, nongroup insurance—would be lower, in part because the insurance, on average, would pay for a smaller proportion of health care costs,” the budget office said. The budget office projects that average premiums will rise in the short term, rising by 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019. By 2026, however, average premiums will be 20 percent lower than they are now in states that make moderate changes to...

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U.S. Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

Share Tweet Email The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey prepares for a replenishment-at-sea in the South China Sea / Reuters BY: ReutersMay 25, 2017 9:12 am By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the firstsuch challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over whichChina has territorial disputes with its neighbors. China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged “stern representations” with the United States. China said it remained resolutely opposed to so-called freedom of navigation operations. The U.S. patrol, the first of its kind since October, marked the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, and comes as Trump is seeking China‘s cooperation to rein in ally North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Territorial waters are generally defined by U.N. convention as extending at most 12 nautical miles from a state’s coastline. One U.S. official said it was the first operation near a land feature which was...

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Obama Takes Veiled Shot At Trump in Germany: ‘We Can’t Hide Behind a Wall’

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Nick Bolger Follow @nickjbolgerMay 25, 2017 9:01 am Former President Barack Obama seemed to take a veiled shot at successor President Donald Trump during an event in Germany on Thursday, saying “we can’t hide behind a wall.” Obama’s comments came while arguing about the importance of developed nations being engaged in the global sphere. Obama, speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, began by listing the many things developed nations do to help poor countries, including providing aid and conflict resolution throughout the world. “Those things we do not just for charity, not just because they’re the right thing to do or out of kindness, but also because if there are disruptions in these countries, if there’s conflict, if there’s bad governance, if there’s war, if there’s poverty. In this new world that we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves,” he said before taking the apparent shot at Trump. “We can’t hide behind a wall,” he said, seemingly in reference to Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border. “And I think it is very important for us to see those investments as part of our own wellbeing as well as to the benefit of others.” Former President George W. Bush made a point of not criticizing Obama once he left office in 2009. Some Republicans have also criticized Trump’s proposed cuts...

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Manchin to Flynn: ‘Work With Us, Help Us Prove Your Innocence’

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Charles Fain Lehman Follow @CharlesFLehmanMay 25, 2017 8:55 am Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday called on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to help the Senate Intelligence Committee “prove [his] innocence.” Manchin pressed Flynn to “come and work with us” to clear up the allegations that the former NSA had inappropriate and possibly illegal ties to Russia and Turkey. MSNBC political analyst Nicolle Wallace brought up Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R., Fla.) comments saying that the intelligence committee needed to “get to the bottom” of the investigation into ties between Flynn and foreign countries. “I agree 1,000 percent, we need to get to the bottom,” Manchin said. Manchin then said he couldn’t understand why some of the accused were resisting his and his colleagues’ investigations. “You know what I can’t understand, Nicolle, is that we have people that if they’re being accused—and these are horrible accusations,” said Manchin. “They truly are. Paul Manafort has been turning over, and trying to prove his innocence and been cooperating. Mike Flynn has not.” “Why do you think that is?” Wallace asked. Manchin didn’t have an answer, but he did have a plea for Flynn. “The only thing I can tell Mr. Flynn is: Mike, work with us,” Manchin said. “It’s like extracting a tooth. It is painful, I know,” he said, addressing Flynn. “It’s something you...

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John Kerry Mocks Trump By Telling Harvard Graduates to ‘Learn Russian’

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Cameron Cawthorne Follow @@Cam_CawthorneMay 25, 2017 8:38 am Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday delivered the commencement speech at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he took a shot at the Trump administration by encouraging the graduates to learn how to speak Russian. Kerry said that he is often asked what the secret is to having an impact on government. “It’s recently changed,” Kerry said. “I used to say ‘either run for office or get a degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.’ With this White House, I’d say ‘buy Rosetta Stone and learn Russian.'” The crowd cheered and applauded his comment, prompting Kerry to make another joke at the Trump administration’s expense. “Don’t get upset at me, folks,” Kerry said. “Opportunities have never been better for Kennedy School grads. Just think, there are thousands of jobs open in the Trump administration.” “Anybody here want to be Attorney General?” Kerry asked. Kerry’s jab comes at a time when the administration and former campaign aides are facing unsubstantiated claims by Democrats that Trump associates were colluding with Russians in 2016 to influence the presidential election. “I did not come up here to be partisan or political or pessimistic,” Kerry said. “But I need to tell the truth and together we all need to start acting on it. The worst thing that I can do is insult...

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