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Senate turns to “skinny repeal” in Obamacare replacement battle

July 27, 2017, 6:36 PM| After attempts to pass a more substantial health care bill failed, GOP leaders are honing in on the so-called “skinny repeal,” which would eliminate just a few key parts of Obamacare and leave much of the legislation in place. Nancy Cordes has more. Source: CBS News – Health

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Right and Left React to Trump’s Transgender Ban

_____ • Max Boot in Commentary: “This may be good politics, but it’s bad policy.” Mr. Boot argues that Mr. Trump’s tweets on the transgender issue are a way of deflecting “attention from the multiple crises besetting his presidency” and an attempt “to try to stay in the good graces of the religious right.” Moreover, he notes, the president’s announcement is conspicuously absent of details, “leaving it to someone else to work out the actual policy he just announced.” Read more » _____ From the Left • Gersh Kuntzman in…

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Trump and Congress Reach Deal on Principles of Tax Overhaul

Republicans plan to heed the lessons from their health care legislation efforts and use a more conventional process to get a tax bill done. Policy staff members for the House Ways and Means Committee and for the Senate Finance Committee are expected to work through August to write the tax legislation. Mr. Trump is expected to spend time next month barnstorming the country to make the case for the tax overhaul. The statement on Thursday said Republican leaders were prioritizing permanent tax changes that reduce tax rates for all American…

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Tech Tip: Why One Antivirus Program Is Better Than Two

Q. Should I use more than one Windows 10 antivirus program on my PC? A. Installing more than one program to constantly scan and monitor your PC for viruses and other security threats can create problems, because the two applications will likely interfere with each other’s work. Clashing antivirus programs can cause the computer to behave erratically and run more slowly as the applications battle for system resources. Photo Windows 10 displays a list of the programs protecting your PC in the security area of the Control Panel. Credit The…

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Docs: Bitter custody battle before slaying of Calif. boy

Aramazd Andressian Sr. with his son Aramazd Andressian Jr. CBS Los Angeles LOS ANGELES — Divorce documents reveal a bitter custody battle filled with accusations of potential parental abductions, harassment, allegations of molestation, and a request for a domestic violence restraining order by the parents of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found near a lake in June, reports CBS Los Angeles. Detectives believe Aramazd Andressian Jr. was killed by his father after a family trip to Disneyland because the father wanted revenge against the child’s mother. Andressian, Sr., 35, is…

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Charlie Gard Set to Die in a Hospice After Parents Accept He Can’t Go Home

This week, Ms. Yates, a caregiver, and Charlie’s father, Chris Gard, a postal worker, ended their monthslong legal battle to get the infant experimental treatment, which could have involved taking him to the United States, acknowledging that the infant’s illness was irreversible and that he should be taken off life support. But even the question of when and where he should die — and how long he should be kept alive — became a source of acrimony between the parents and the institution responsible for his care, Great Ormond Street…

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Senate health care saga continues — live updates

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) arrives for a health care vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 26, 2017. Eric Thayer CBS News’ Rebecca Shabad, Emily Tillett, John Nolen and Kathryn Watson have contributed to this developing story. The Senate is set for what could be an all-day — or an all-night — battle Thursday over how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  At 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Senate is expected to continue debating and amending the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the…

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Feature: Why Hollywood Is Trying to Turn Everything Into Movies — Even Mindless Games Like ‘Fruit Ninja’

So over time, Vinson has moved toward making movies backed by intellectual property. He was the executive producer of the so-bad-it-was-good ‘‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’’ (2013), which barely broke even domestically but went on to record a worldwide gross of $226 million. He also produced the ‘‘Journey To’’ franchise (‘‘Journey to the Center of the Earth,’’ 2008; ‘‘Journey 2 the Mysterious Island,’’ 2012) based on Jules Verne’s stories, which has been solidly profitable, with a worldwide gross of over $500 million. (A third installment is in development.) He is…

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Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

Andrew M. Slavitt, the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been trolling Republicans over health care on Twitter, posting hundreds of tweets each week that attack their proposals as meanspirited and wrong. Kathleen Sebelius, Mr. Obama’s first secretary of health and human services, will soon embark on a monthlong bus tour designed to pressure members of Congress to oppose the health care law’s repeal. And a few blocks from the Capitol, a political war room run by Leslie Dach, one of Mr. Obama’s top health…

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New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop

In this artist rendition provided by TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope is seen. China and India have signed on to be partners for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the world’s largest when it’s finished in 2018, at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. AP/Thirty Meter Telescope HONOLULU — A construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred, a hearings officer recommended Wednesday. Retired judge Riki May Amano, who is overseeing contested-case…

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