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Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administration’s goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a “secret list” of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. “They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what we’re hearing is that they just didn’t want to tell you about it,” said Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. “They thought it would be bad for…

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FTC said to be reviewing “deceptive” Amazon pricing

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into whether Amazon’s discounts are as good as they seem.  As part of the FTC’s review of Amazon’s (AMZN) agreement to buy Whole Foods (WFM), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, Reuters reports, citing a source close to the probe. The FTC and Amazon didn’t immediately return requests for comment.  The probe is based on a complaint from the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Reuters said. The consumer group earlier this month published a…

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Public Health: Byrd Bath: Seven Provisions That Could Disappear From the Senate Health Bill

The rules are complicated, but most come down to a key question: Does the change in the law affect the federal budget? Legislative changes with no budgetary impact are not allowed in reconciliation bills. Items that have a nominal budget impact, but are mostly there for policy reasons, are also supposed to be struck, though that’s a more subjective standard. Ms. MacDonough is just one person, but as long as she continues to hold the office, her say goes. That makes predictions difficult. But we convened a panel of experts…

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New Health Bill Is Forecast to Leave 15 Million More Uninsured Next Year

Mr. Cruz’s proposal was included in a version of the bill released last week, but it has been assailed by the insurance industry. While the provision was omitted from the latest version of the bill that was released on Thursday, it remains under consideration to be part of the repeal legislation, a Republican congressional aide said. The budget office released its analysis as Senate Republicans are struggling to keep alive their longtime goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act — and to settle on a strategy for achieving that aim….

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Why “Sesame Street” may not be doomed financially

An amateur video showing “Sesame Street” star Elmo getting “fired” was posted on YouTube earlier this year after news broke President Donald Trump was planning to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. However, the beloved children show’s financial situation is more complicated than the satirical clip suggested. For one thing, Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” — provides the show to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for free, and it doesn’t receive any direct government support to produce the program, thanks to a distribution deal it signed in…

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Trump ditches “let Obamacare fail” plan, urges senators to stay in town

President Trump said senators shouldn’t leave town for August recess without repealing and replacing Obamacare during a White House lunch with GOP senators Wednesday, reversing his position from the day before when he said he wanted to, “let Obamacare fail.”  “For seven years, you had an easy route,” Mr. Trump told the GOP senators. “I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a plan.” “The people of this country need more than a repeal,” the president also said. “They need a repeal and a replace.” Mr. Trump on…

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Trump makes last-ditch effort to revive health care plan

 President Donald Trump says it’s probably time to “just let Obamacare fail” after the latest humiliating heath bill collapse in the Senate. Still, he’s making a last-ditch effort to find some way to revive his party’s seemingly failed efforts on the bill. Trump stayed largely on the sidelines as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled unsuccessfully to round up support to make good on the GOP’s years of promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. But with McConnell’s third and final effort — on a repeal-only…

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