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A Bipartisan Obamacare Breakthrough

“After a lunchtime briefing from Murray, Schumer said there was broad support among Democrats for the deal” writes Russell Berman for theatlantic.com. Representative Mark Walker of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, also panned the agreement. “The GOP should focus on repealing & replacing Obamacare, not trying to save it. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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GOP Senator Announces Bipartisan Deal on Health Insurer Payments

“Even with Trump’s support, it’s not entirely clear that a deal negotiated by Alexander and Murray can get through Congress” reports thehill.com. When Republicans in the Senate made a last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare in September, the Alexander-Murray talks were cut off, with some GOP senators saying their bipartisan efforts would go nowhere in the House.Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was “pleased” with the deal and urged Republican leaders to take it up as soon as possible.The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee caucus quickly criticized the…

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Senators have ‘short-term plan’ to stabilize Obamacare markets

“Trump’s move, coupled with an executive order he signed Thursday, is widely expected to harm the Obamacare markets” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. A Republican senator said he has reached a tentative deal with a Democratic counterpart to provide a short-term stabilization fix to Obamacare health insurance markets, NBC News reported.Patty Murray, D-Wash., comes five days after President Donald Trump’s decision to kill billions of dollars worth of crucial Obamacare payments to insurers.It was already leading to higher premium prices for individual health plans next year. The deal would also…

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Apple responds to top senator’s privacy questions about the iPhone X’s face scanner

“Senator Al Franken said on Monday that Apple was working with his office to answer any questions about Face ID, Apple’s new facial recognition technology that goes on sale on November 3” writes Kif Leswing for businessinsider.com. I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Stock market will tank if tax reform fails, Trump adviser warns

“Stocks will plummet if the GOP tax reform efforts fails, President Trump’s economic adviser warned Tuesday” writes Joseph Lawler for washingtonexaminer.com. The Business Roundtable, a group of big-business CEOs, found in a recent survey of its members that half would scale back current investment plans if tax reform fell through.Holding out the prospect of stock market turmoil would give the administration one more threat to keep Republican senators in line on a tax bill.The concern is that today’s stock prices might already include some expectations that Trump will sign a…

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Auston Matthews scores four goals in NHL debut

“With his first three shots in his debut performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews netted three goals in the first 21 minutes and 25 seconds of play” writes Rhiannon Walker for theundefeated.com. Matthews became the first player since 2010 and the fifth player overall since 1943 to score three goals in his rookie debut.That made the rookie the first player to score four goals in his NHL debut. Source: theundefeated.com Share This:

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Republican Senators Want No Part of Trump-Corker Feud

“With their shrugs and with their silence, Republican senators responded on Monday to the Trump-Corker feud with a resounding plea: Keep us out of it” writes Russell Berman for theatlantic.com. The reticence of Republican senators to take sides was notable, but not surprising.The Republican senators keeping quiet on Monday included those who have most frequently criticized the president: John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Senators call for greater Facebook transparency amid Russia investigation

“Facebook announced the finding on September 6, after months of denying any Russian election interference had occurred on the platform” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. There has been significant reporting on the Russian ads, but while they’ve been released to the committee, Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to propose a bill that would regulate online election ads more heavily, bringing them in line with current restrictions on broadcast and print ads.The company found more than 200 accounts it believes may have been intended for election interference, although it did not find any…

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Top senators hint the Russia probe is heating up

“The committee interviewed seven individuals present at the event, Burr said, and their testimony was consistent” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.com.au. The committee also interviewed “every person involved” in what many perceived as a weakening of the GOP’s campaign platform on Russia and Ukraine.Over the past eight months, Burr said, the committee has conducted over 100 interviews that yielded nearly 4,000 pages of transcripts. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

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