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Kathy Castor says now is the time for GOP and Democrats to come together and repair healthcare

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is breathing a sigh of relief now that the GOP-Senate led repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has blown up in spectacular fashion. On Monday night two Senate Republicans – Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, came out in opposition to the bill, leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of those needed to start debate on the measure. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he hoped…

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Kathy Castor on latest GOP health care proposal: It’s the same bad bill

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Not surprisingly, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is giving a thumbs down to the Senate’s revised health care bill. “Unfortunately, the latest GOP Trumpcare bill is just as terrible as the previous version,” she said in a statement. “The inclusion of the Cruz Amendment would inflict even greater suffering for Americans with pre-existing conditions – on top of an already brutal bill.” The “Cruz Amendment” proposed by Republican U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee would allow insurers to sell plans that do…

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If another SCOTUS opening occurs, will Charles Canady get a serious look?

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According to Sen. Charles Grassley, the U.S. Supreme Court may need to fill another opening this summer. The Iowa Republican, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not name names, but rumors are swirling it could be the Court’s swing vote, 80-year-old Anthony Kennedy. If that occurs, President Trump will go back to his list of 21 potential nominees, now numbering 20 after  the elevation of Neil Gorsuch. Rumored to be on the short list before Gorsuch’s selection was Judge William…

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Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, push their ‘parent penalty’ tax reform issue with leadership

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Contending that parents are double-taxed for children, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Utah’s Mike Lee are again pushing a plan to eliminate the so-called “parent penalty” in tax reform, with a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. “Our tax code today treats parents unfairly. The payroll taxes that help pay for federal retirement benefits fall on American parents who simultaneously bear the financial cost of raising their children, the next generation of workers whose…

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Mac Stipanovich: Win or lose, Never Trump movement remains proud

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With Donald Trump still down in the polls with a week to go, the edifice of excuses designed to justify his potential defeat is being hurried to completion. To the foundation stones of voter fraud and a mainstream media conspiracy his campaign manager recently added treason, alleging that if Trump loses it will be, in large part, because he was stabbed in the back by the Never Trump renegades in the GOP. That is a baldfaced lie. Never Trump did not…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.14.16 – Mission creep in Yemen?

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The real news is out there — you just have to search for it. While the increasingly dysfunctional presidential election grips/horrifies the nation, there are things happening in the world that U.S. citizens should be aware of — such as our involvement in Yemen. On Thursday, the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer. Now some might…

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Koch network refusing to help Donald Trump

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From a luxury hotel on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, some of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors are rebelling against Donald Trump. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, host of the exclusive weekend retreat, did not mention Trump by name as warned that political leaders are giving “frightening” answers to America’s challenges. One of his chief lieutenants was more direct as he made clear that Koch’s expansive political network would not use its tremendous resources to help Trump win this…

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