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House Leaders Postpone Vote on American Health Care Act

Share Tweet Email House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to the media after after a House Republican closed party conference attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, on March 21 / Getty Images BY: Ali Meyer Follow @DJAliMeyerMarch 23, 2017 4:17 pm House leaders have postponed voting on the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, which was originally slated to happen Thursday night, NBC News reported. President Donald Trump met with House Freedom Caucus members Thursday in an attempt to get them on board to vote for the legislation. Chairman of the caucus Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) said there was no deal made. “The president was incredibly gracious and willing to work with us,” said Meadows. “We had a positive and productive conversation.” “We’re not there yet, but I am hopeful we can get this done,” he said. “President Trump, his team, and my colleagues are all actively working to make real changes to the bill. If the bill remains the same, I remain opposed to it and cannot vote for it.” Following the Freedom Caucus meeting and an announcement from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) that his weekly press briefing was postponed, House leaders decided to cancel voting on the legislation tonight. A source from the White House says that there will likely be a vote on the legislation Friday...

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Sean Spicer Fired Back at NBC Reporter: ‘At Some Point There Should Be a Concern About the Substance’

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fired back at NBC’s Peter Alexander during the Thursday press briefing for caring more about the process of how House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) shared intelligence information with President Donald Trump and the press, than the actual substance of his statements. Alexander prefaced his question by pointing out that Nunes apologized for the way that he handled and presented information regarding the surveillance that “potentially could have been collected about President Trump and his associates during the transition period.” “So I guess my question is why was it appropriate, why does the White House believe it was appropriate for chairman Nunes to come and give this information to the president regarding an investigation about the president’s own associates during the campaign?” Alexander asked. “The reality is, he made a decision,” Spicer said. “No one had a problem, by the way, in the press corps getting briefed before everybody else.” “He briefed your colleagues before he briefed anybody else,” Spicer said. “I don’t hear too much crying about that.” Spicer said that the White House was not given any prior notice to Nunes wanting to brief them. “His comments yesterday were very clear. The intelligence and the information that he picked up had nothing to do with Russia,” Spicer said of Nunes. “I think he felt as though, according to his own words, that he had an...

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Iran’s Spymaster Claims Pro-Regime Agents Operating in D.C., London, Canada

Iran maintains a network of spies and lobbyists who clandestinely push the Islamic regime’s agenda in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, according to the head of Iran’s ministry of intelligence, who touted the pro-Iran network’s ability to spread its ideology to the West. Mahmoud Alavi, Iran’s intelligence minister, in recent remarks independently translated by the Washington Free Beacon, bragged about the Islamic Republic’s ability to operate an unnamed “lobby group” in D.C. that helps to push the regime’s hardline agenda. Alavi disclosed that Iranians with dual citizenship in the United States, Canada, and England, remain devoted to the “Islamic revolution” and are working to promote this agenda in their adopted homelands. In D.C., Alavi claimed, a “lobby group for the Islamic Republic of Iran” is working to bolster the regime’s international status and help legitimize its nuclear endeavors. “They have a lobby group for the Islamic Republic of Iran which does not cost us money,” Alavi said, without naming the specific organization. “We should not accuse them and say things that discourage them about the ancestral homeland, this is not good, and losing this capital is not good for the regime.” Iranian dual nationals living in the West remain devoted to the Islamic Republic, he added. “It is wrong to say that all dual nationals are traitors, spies, or foreign agents; many of dual nationals love Iran, are a capital...

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Spicer to Reporter: Older Men Don’t Need Maternity Care

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter on Thursday that “it is fair to assume” an older man would not need maternity coverage in his health insurance plan. RealClearPolitics correspondent Alexis Simendinger suggested to Spicer during the White House press briefing that many people buy insurance not knowing what type of coverage they will need. “Well, I think if you’re an older man, you can generally say that you’re not going to need maternity care,” Spicer quipped in response. “That’s possible,” Simendinger responded before proceeding with her question. The two were discussing the House Republican bill to replace Obamacare, which President Donald Trump supports. The post Spicer to Reporter: Older Men Don’t Need Maternity Care appeared first on Washington Free...

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New York Times Fails to Use ‘Muslim,’ ‘Islamic’ in Initial London Terror Coverage

Thursday’s print edition of the New York Times failed to use the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” in its coverage of the London terrorist attack that left four dead, but did not shy away from condemning “deadly” anti-Muslim “Hindu extremists” in India. The paper of record quoted a law enforcement official who said Wednesday’s attack outside Parliament was “inspired by international terrorism,” but did not focus on what motivated the attacker. It repeatedly referred to the suspected terrorist—who was shot dead by security after stabbing a police officer to death—as an “assailant” or “lone male” responsible for the “confusing swirl of violence.” Even when the paper described parallels with previous terror attacks carried out by Muslim extremists, it refused to say the motivating factors in each case. “It appeared to be the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings,” the paper said in a front-page story titled “Deadly Rampage in Heart of London.” There was no mention of what motivated the July 7, 2005 bombings that left 52 dead and more than 700 injured, nor was there any mention of the identity of the attackers. The paper referred to terrorist attacks in France and Germany that left hundreds dead as “mass violence” and noted that England has largely avoided such attacks. The 2005 bombings were exceptions the Times linked to “political violence.” Gun regulations and counterterrorism measures, rather than tighter border...

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