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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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For Right-Wing Italian Youth, a Mission to Disrupt Migration

“I certainly wish them the best,” said Richard B. Spencer, a white nationalist in the United States who is a leader of the so-called alt-right, a far-right movement. “This sounds like a wonderful mission.” Except that, as of now, Mr. Fiato’s ship still has not come in. On Thursday morning, the boat was stuck in Egypt, where he said inspectors seemed to be looking for “any misplaced hair” to hold up its arrival. In Italy, members of Parliament have excoriated the mission, and others have wondered if the band of…

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The humiliation of Jeff Sessions

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: The humiliation of Jeff Sessions – I’ll Tell You What: Can this jalopy still run? – Senate GOP tries to cobble ObamaCare cuts revival – House moves ahead on budget, tax cuts – Ahem, hang in there…THE HUMILIATION OF JEFF SESSIONS There is something more than a little jarring in the ongoing humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  In an ill-timed, ill-focused interview with the NYT, President Trump revisited his disdain for Sessions, his first, most-ardent and most-loyal supporter in the…

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said the first vote will be on the House-passed health care bill from May just to open up debate and the amendment process. “The motion to proceed will be just to get on the House bill and the substitute [amendment] will be, you know it’ll be a judgment call the leader will make, at some point between…

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A Bill Funding Arts and Humanities Endowments Passes House Committee

The Republican-led Senate will weigh in on the endowments’ budgets, too, but that process probably won’t accelerate until later in the year. After being passed by the House interior and environment subcommittee last week, the bill — which includes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and others as well as the cultural agencies — was approved on Tuesday by the full appropriations committee by a vote of 30-21. The vote came as a relief to supporters of the endowments. “It is a very solid rejection of…

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