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‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread

“I’m so done,” moaned Cathy McPherson, 58, a retired court clerk in Sonora, Calif., with hypertension, who has been covered by plans under the health care act from the outset. “It’s what I think about all the time and I am totally burned out. They go over and over it. Can you stop? Just stop it for a little bit? Go on vacation! Relax! Because I’d like a vacation from it, too!” On Thursday, as a vote loomed on a last-ditch repeal measure, many suspected the uncertainty would not end….

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Sanders holds White House press briefing amid ObamaCare repeal debate — live blog

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing Thursday as senators debate a so-called “skinny” ObamaCare repeal. Follow Fox News’ live blog below. Mobile users click here. Source: Fox News

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Joint chiefs of staff chairman says transgender policy unchanged for now

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly in the military until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump’s “direction” to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday. In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said “there will be no modifications” to current policy for now, amid questions about Trump’s announcement on Twitter that the U.S. government will…

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Interior secretary called Murkowski to say Trump “wasn’t pleased” with her health care vote

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivered a warning to Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski about her vote the health care bill, CBS News Nancy Cordes confirmed in an interview Thursday morning.  “I did have a conversation with the secretary, and he told me what I already knew, which was that the president wasn’t pleased with the vote that I had taken, and I knew that,” Murkowski told Cordes.  The Alaska Dispatch News first reported the conversation and said that Zinke had also called her fellow Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, also a…

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Rick Perry Fell for a Prank Call, but He Is Not the First

Ms. Palin responded: “You know, I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally, and your beautiful wife. Oh my goodness, you’ve added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours.” A spokeswoman for Ms. Palin, Tracey Schmitt, said in a statement afterward: “Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C’est la vie.” Mr. Audette was less gracious. “I…

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Report: Interior secretary called Alaska’s senators to threaten them over health care vote

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened both of Alaska’s senators on Wednesday over the way they both have voted on health care, reports Alaska Dispatch News. After President Trump blasted Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, for opposing a motion to proceed to open the health care debate, Zinke called her and her colleague Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, saying that Murkowski’s “no” vote on Tuesday put Alaska’s relationship with the Trump administration in jeopardy, the report said. Some issues and pending legislation items that both senators care about could now be at risk,…

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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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US-Mexico border mayors convene amid high-stakes debates

Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 7:23 AM EDT The first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association since Donald Trump became president of the United States begins Thursday as the stakes of debate in Washington could hardly be higher for the region of 12 million people stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Trump is moving ahead with plans to build a “big, beautiful wall” separating the two countries and add 5,000 Border Patrol agents, despite uncertainty about how much Congress will agree to pay. The U.S.,…

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How often do people spy on their partners?

The idea of digital privacy is coming to seem positively quaint as hackers track our keyboard strokes, malware filches our personal financial data and state-sponsored snoops foreign and domestic thumb through oceans of metadata in search of kompromat. But perhaps the greatest threat, it turns out, has a more familiar face. Some 37 percents of millennials read their romantic partners’ email messages, texts and social media feeds at least once a week without their permission, a recent YouGov analysis found. Nearly a quarter of them spy on their significant others…

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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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