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White House: Gov’t to make health law payments this month

“The subsidies are snared in a legal dispute over whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments to insurers” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday.Moreover, ending the payments would only increase federal deficits since it would trigger a rise in separate health law subsidies for premiums, wiping out any potential savings.House Republicans trying to…

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The White House Is Under Siege

“Having long nursed a grudge over being viewed derisively by many business moguls, he reveled in inviting them to the White House” writes David A for theatlantic.com. The improbability of that happening is manifest in the case of Trump’s manufacturing and strategy councils, in which he would not sacrifice white identity politics to defend another of his top priorities. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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The view from the White House is a lonely one as the business community abandons Trump

“Neither has the administration proposed a plan for tax reform, the next big issue on the horizon” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. But here’s where the White House really stands, now that corporate America is bolting for the door: Nearly seven months after Inauguration Day the administration still hasn’t proposed an infrastructure plan. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Trump names Hope Hicks as White House communications director

“Hope Hicks, the White House director of strategic communications, is stepping into the role of White House communications director on an interim basis” writes Caitlin Yilek for washingtonexaminer.com. Hicks, a longtime aide of President Trump, is the fourth person to hold the job since January.Anthony Scaramucci was the last person to hold the top communications job. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Why one man moved into a tiny home as an experiment

“Nathaniel Graf moved into his tiny, eco-friendly house in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania initially as an experiment — but he loved it so much, he decided to stay” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. Graf, who works in the office of sustainability at Swarthmore College, says living a tiny house comes with a bunch of opportunities to reduce his carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Source: aol.com Share This:

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House Tax Chairman Confident on Reform Plan, Others Less So

“I think there’s a lot of uncertainty about whether we can call that ‘tax reform’ or whether that’s something more like ‘tax relief.’”” writes Susan Heavey for reuters.com. President Donald Trump is still seeking his first major legislative achievement and has focused on tax reform.Major tax reform last occurred in 1986 as the result of a broadly bipartisan effort that took several years.Republicans have only a few months to overcome internal divisions and other obstacles to get tax reform done by Jan. 1.FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the House Ways and…

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My favourite home security system just got better — and Canary is now the coolest ‘feature’ in my house

“As a neurotic homeowner, the Canary smart home security system was probably one of the better things to happen to me” writes Matt Weinberger for businessinsider.com.au. The caveat is that you need a Canary membership, normally priced at $US10/month or $US120/year, to take advantage of the intercom and web app features. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

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Trump shuts down CNN’s Jim Acosta for spreading ‘fake news’

“President Trump accused CNN’s Jim Acosta of spreading “fake news” at the White House on Monday, after Acosta asked why Trump decided against holding a formal press conference with reporters” writes Melissa Quinn for washingtonexaminer.com. Acosta pressed Trump on why he wasn’t holding a press conference to take questions on the events in Charlottesville from reporters. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Lots of questions still hang over Trump’s tax plan

“The White House maintains that Congress will begin considering a detailed tax overhaul after the August recess, with final passage in November” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The White House maintains that the House and Senate will begin considering a detailed tax overhaul after the August recess with final passage scheduled for November.The top corporate tax rate is now 35 percent, relatively high compared with similar nations.SO WILL THE DEFICIT RISE? Trump and congressional leaders have kept quiet about just how much a tax overhaul could increase the budget…

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