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White House, Republican leaders join new push for Obamacare repeal as bipartisan effort falters

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President Trump and Republican leaders have joined a revived push to roll back the Affordable Care Act as lawmakers faced a critical deadline next week and efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise appeared to collapse. But it was still unclear Tuesday evening whether Trump and his Senate allies would secure the votes to finally pass the sweeping legislation, which would not only scrap the 2010 law but also restructure — and possibly terminate — hundreds of billions of dollars of federal healthcare funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to commit to scheduling the vote even after Trump personally called senators and Vice President Mike Pence told them that now was the time to act. Further complicating the new GOP repeal push, more Republican governors Tuesday came out against the bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), joining a growing list of patient advocates, hospitals and physician groups opposed to the measure. “We ask you to support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets,” a bipartisan group of 10 governors, including four Republicans and an independent, wrote in a letter to Senate leaders. “Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties,” the governors wrote.…

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Maduro Calls Trump 'Hitler' After U.S. President Slams Venezuela at UN

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UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S. president "the new Hitler" of international politics. He also accused Trump of threatening to assassinate him, even though Trump did no such thing. Trump threatened to build upon sweeping economic sanctions that the U.S. slapped on Venezuela last month if Maduro "persists on a…

Evacuate or Die, Puerto Rico Is Warned Ahead of Maria

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Authorities warned Puerto Ricans to evacuate or die on Tuesday as Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to threaten the region in almost 90 years, barreled toward the U.S. territory. Maria, a Category 5 storm — the strongest there is — killed one person and injured two other people as it roared through the island of Guadeloupe on Monday night. At 9 p.m. ET, Maria's winds had strengthened to 175 mph as it churned within 145 miles of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was passing near the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and was heading straight toward Puerto Rico at about 10 mph, on track…

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico, damaging buildings and causing panic

Washington Post + 25 other

MEXICO CITY — On the anniversary of its deadly 1985 earthquake, Mexico City again shook with terrifying force on Tuesday, as a 7.1-magnitude temblor damaged buildings, knocked out power and caused alarm throughout the capital. Just a couple of hours after a siren signaled an annual earthquake drill, the ground began to shake, walls buckled and residents fled into the streets. There were reports of fires and gas leaks and people possibly trapped in rubble in the Mexican capital. Local radio in the city of Cuernavaca, about 35 miles south of Mexico City, also reported that people were pinn…

Trump’s tax proposals are wildly out of sync with what most Americans would do, our new study shows

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Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) holds a copy of the Republicans’ 2018 budget plan in the Capitol in July. (EPA) It’s no secret that the Trump administration needs a win. Since taking office, the president has not signed any major legislation into law, and the White House is regularly reported to be in turmoil. Both Republicans and the White House are hoping tax reform will be their big break. Since coming back from the August recess, President Trump has been traveling across the country selling his tax reform approach. So far, he has offered four main bullet points: First, it reduces taxes. S…

MLB home run record (5,693 in 2000) on track to fall Tuesday

Chicago Tribune + 4 other

Giancarlo Stanton's smacks, Aaron Judge's jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sport is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday — and not just top the old mark, but smash it like one of those upper-deck shots that have become commonplace in the Summer of the Slugger. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the record set in 2000. Juiced balls? Watered-down pitching? Stanton's renaissance? Sensational starts by Judge and…

Spanish Police Arrest Catalan Officials Over Secession Vote

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Voice of America, Spanish Police Arrest Catalan Officials Over Secession Vote Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign for a secession vote in Catalonia began to gather momentum in 2011. The move was the latest spike in tension in the standoff between authorities based in Madrid and pro-independence Catalans. Almost immediately after the news, hundreds of Catalans gathered to angri…

Massachusetts sues Equifax for not protecting state residents

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Tami Chappell | Reuters Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta, Georgia. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax following a breach that exposed the personal data of as many as 143 million people, including 3 million in the state. Equifax's share price has fallen by about one-third since it disclosed the data breach, which included sensitive data like Social Security numbers, on Sept. 7. Equifax shares dipped 0.1 percent to $94.25 on Tuesday. "Equifax knew about the vul…

Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' undermine law's moral authority

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday criticized sanctuary cities that try to protect immigrants in the country illegally as places that "undermine the moral authority of the law." He made the comments a day after the Trump administration appealed a judge's ruling blocking its efforts to withhold money from the cities. Sessions, speaking to law enforcement officers in a sanctuary city in the sanctuary state of Oregon, urged officials who have decided that local police should not cooperate with federal immigration agents to reconsider those policies. As he spoke, protesters…

Georgia Tech student made bizarre 911 call before being fatally shot

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“Hey, I’m over at West Village,” Scout Schultz says in the 911 tape, according to Buzzfeed. “It looks like there’s somebody like skulking around outside.” Schultz adds, “It looks like he’s got, he’s got a knife in his hand. I think he might have a gun on his hip.” Schultz said the suspect was a male with long blond hair — which matches the student’s own description. Police later said Schultz was carrying a multi-purpose tool with a knife but no gun. On Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation also revealed the ide…

Robert Griffin III blasts Santana Moss: 'To openly lie about me is a betrayal'

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Former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sounded off Tuesday against Santana Moss after the former wide receiver said Griffin took credit for Mike Shanahan’s firing. Speaking on 106.7 The Fan on Monday, Moss told Chad Dukes that Griffin went from being happy Mike and Kyle Shanahan were fired to being miserable under Jay Gruden. The former wide receiver said Gruden ripped Griffin constantly for not playing to his standards.  Moss also said when it came to Griffin, “you saw one thing and heard another” behind the scenes.  Griffin fired back.  No…

Navy Ship Collisions Occurred Amid Budget Woes, Fatigue, Leaders Say

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WASHINGTON — Frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance, gaps in training and nearly a decade of budget constraints and uncertainly have strained the U.S. Navy, eroding readiness in a Pacific fleet that is responsible for monitoring Chinese aggression and protecting America against North Korea's nuclear threat, Navy leaders and members of Congress said Tuesday. The Navy's top officer, however, said he can't yet draw a direct link between those problems and a series of ship collisions and accidents this year that resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors. Adm. John Richardson, chief of …

Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

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With a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparking accusations of ethnic cleansing from the United Nations and others, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her country does not fear international scrutiny and invited diplomats to see some areas for themselves. Though an estimated 421,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in less than a month as their villages burned and hundreds were killed, Suu Kyi said the "great majority" of Muslims within the conflict zone stayed and that "more than 50 percent of their villages were intact." The Nobel Peace laureate's global im…

U.K. Police Arrest 3 More Over Parsons Green Attack

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LONDON — Three people have been arrested in a 24-hour period in Wales in connection with the terrorist attack at a London Tube station that briefly sowed panic on the city’s transport system last week, the police said on Wednesday, bringing the number of people in custody to five. Scotland Yard said two men, ages 48 and 30, were arrested on Wednesday under counterterrorism laws in Newport, a university city in southeast Wales not far from Cardiff, as part of the investigation into the attack that injured at least 30 people. The arrests came a day after the police said they had detained a 25-ye…

The Latest: California farming district rejects tunnels plan

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a water district vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion tunnel project (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Board members of a key California farming district have voted not to participate in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion water tunnel proposal. Farmers in Westlands Water District - the nation’s largest irrigation district - said Tuesday the cost was too high to sign on to California’s biggest water project in a half-century. The district is a key player in the project and officials in other districts were watching the vote as they prepare t…

Toys R Us: The birth — and bust — of a retail empire

Washington Post + 5 other

The toy giant recently filed for bankruptcy. (Leon Neal/Getty Images) In the early 1980s, a week before Christmas, a woman walked into a supermarket-size store in Tysons Corner, Va., and became so dumbfounded that she started talking to herself. “Where’s the robot?” she said. “And the hairy monster?” A Washington Post story that recounted her muttering did not say she was delusional. She was simply overwhelmed by a store that had become, in The Washington Post’s words, “like McDonald’s…an American institution.” Toys R Us. “What we are is a supermarket for toys,” founder Charles Laza…

Emmys steady in ratings but no Colbert bump; football rules

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hard-working Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert and a Sean Spicer cameo helped the ceremony avoid a ratings slide but failed to significantly boost viewership. Sunday’s Emmys on CBS drew 11.38 million viewers to rank as the week’s No. 6 program, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. That’s slightly more than last year’s audience of 11.3 million, which was a record low for the ceremony. Colbert’s opening song-and-dance routine and extended monologue included a number of digs at President Donald Trump and an appearance by former White House…

Protesters Make Good on Threat to Disrupt St. Louis Business

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Voice of America, Protesters Make Good on Threat to Disrupt St. Louis Business When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.   The unrest that followed Friday's ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars and even forced U2 to call off a concert that would have drawn 50,000 fans into the heart of the city. And protest organizers may not be done.   The demonstrations engulfed the St. Louis region after a judge acquitted Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony…