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Trump is picking the wrong battle on health care

(CNN)In the budget that President Donald Trump is expected to release Tuesday, CNN has reported that there will be $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which assumes that the reductions contained in the House health care bill become law. With all of the frenzied coverage of President Trump’s trip overseas and the ongoing investigation into “Russiagate,” one of the biggest stories of the day might have slipped under the radar….

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Cher Makes Us ‘Believe’ At The Billboard Music Awards

Shortly after Celine Dionsang her 1997 hitMy Heart Will Go On, Cher killed it onstage with her 1998 No. 1 song Believe. She then turned back time to 1989, performing If I Could Turn Back Time, in a similar outfit to the one she wore in herlegendary music video filmed aboard the USS Missouri. Everyone was taken with Chers performance, even Dion: After her two powerhouse performances, Cher was presented…

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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over…

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Maryland campus stabbing evaluated as possible hate crime

(CNN)The FBI is helping to evaluate whether the fatal stabbing by a white student of a black student visiting the University of Maryland will be prosecuted as a hate crime, university police said Sunday. Richard Wilbur Collins III was with two friends on the university’s campus in College Park when he was approached by a man and stabbed in the chest with a knife Saturday morning, University of Maryland Police…

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Trump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

(CNN)Donald Trump’s budget that is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday will include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid — a move that underscores the President’s resolve to significantly downsize the federal program even as Republican lawmakers are clashing over the issue in Congress. The $800 billion reduction, confirmed to CNN Sunday evening by a senior administration official, assumes that the GOP health care bill that the House passed earlier…

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Some Notre Dame graduates walk out over VP Mike Pence speech

(CNN)A group of Notre Dame graduates walked out of their graduation ceremony Sunday in protest against Vice President Mike Pence and his policies. Videos showed some students standing as Pence took the podium, then walking out of the ceremony and gathering outside Notre Dame Stadium, where they held a short alternative “graduation ceremony.” The protest action was planned ahead of the ceremony, with activist group We Stand For saying Pence’s…

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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book…

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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr…

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…

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Watch Toby Keith Play An All-Male Show In Saudi Arabia During Trump’s Visit

Keith,author of a song parenthetically titled The Angry American, performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nations capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. Keith played some of his own material, including the song Shouldve Been A Cowboy, in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer. Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history…

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Partisans bend to label Trump’s ‘bow’

(CNN)The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow? During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud. But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al…

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Spy author Anthony Horowitz ‘warned off’ creating black character – BBC News

Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”. He said it was considered “artificial and possibly patronising” to do so because “it is actually not our experience”. “Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought,…

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Report: Sheriff Clarke Plagiarized Parts Of Thesis On Homeland Security

The sheriff used nearly identical language from sources without properly attributing passages 47 timesin his thesis on security, CNNs investigative KFile reported Saturday. Clarke earned a masters degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 2013. His thesis was titled, Making U.S. Security and Privacy Rights Compatible. Clarke reportedly used language from sources including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center, the 9/11…

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Fentanyl seized by law enforcement doubled in 2016, DEA says

(CNN)The United States is seeing a dramatic increase in drugs containing fentanyl, newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration shows. From 2015 to 2016, more than twice as many drugs seized by law enforcement agencies and submitted to labs have tested positive for fentanyl, in what appears to be an escalating trend. The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS), a program of the DEA, points to a drastic surge…

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a…

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and…

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Source: DHS secretary hints at possibly expanding laptop ban to US

(CNN)A congressional aide who was in the room when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly briefed lawmakers tells CNN the ban on electronics on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East and North Africa could expand not just to Europe, as is being discussed, but also to flights departing from the US to overseas. Kelly did not indicate any new threats or intelligence to warrant the expansion, but “gently planted a…

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Church of Scotland expected to back same-sex marriage – BBC News

Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that. Image…

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Donald Trump May Be Causing Problems For Disney World

Disney World, which traditionally has given speaking roles to presidential robots in its Hall of Presidents, is reportedly considering a non-speaking Trump to avoid offending visitors. The animatronic Trump was to have been unveiled June 30,Walt Disney World Today, a website devoted to Disney park news, reported in April. Disney World hasnt confirmed a reopening date. Since the mid-1990s,Disneys Hall of Presidents has featured a recorded statement from the current…

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Biden Reportedly Slams Hillary: ‘I Never Thought She Was The Correct Candidate’

I never thought she was the correct candidate, Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to Fusion reporter Hamilton Nolan.I thought I was the correct candidate. No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for that moment in the nations history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country, TheStreet quoted him as saying. I…

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that…

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Cincinnati mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop’s killer

(CNN)Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer. “I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night. Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused…

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