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  • Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

    06/21/2017 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 21, 2017 | lauran Neergaard
    An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss among seniors, gradually eroding crucial central vision. There are different forms but more than 5 million people worldwide, and a million in the U.S., have an advanced type of so-called "dry" macular degeneration that has no treatment. First patients may notice blurriness when they look straight ahead. Eventually many develop blank...
  • The Daily 202: Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election

    06/21/2017 7:01:00 AM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Washington Posy ^ | June 21, 2017 | James Hohmann
    THE BIG IDEA: With all the ballots counted, Republican Karen Handel won the most expensive House race in U.S. history by 3.8 percentage points. That’s a larger margin of victory than the 1.5 points that Donald Trump carried Georgia’s 6th Congressional District by last November. Handel even wound up winning by a greater margin than the GOP candidate in an unexpectedly close special election to replace OMB Director Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina that had not been on the national radar.
  • Trump on Karen Handel's special election win: 'Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!'

    06/20/2017 9:11:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2017 | David Caplan
    President Donald Trump was quick to react to Karen Handel's win in Tuesday's special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, writing a series of tweets following The Associated Press' projection that she was slated to beat Democrat Jon Ossoff. "Things are looking great for Karen H!" tweeted Trump at 10:21 p.m., nine minutes after The AP made its projection, based on the Republican leading by a 52.5-47.5 margin with 168 out of 208 precincts reporting.
  • Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detainment

    06/19/2017 2:28:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 124 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2017 | Susan Svrluga
    Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, his parents announced. On Thursday, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said that the 22-year-old Otto Warmbier had extensive loss of brain tissue, and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.
  • Senate leaders plan to rush a health-care bill to a vote

    06/19/2017 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2017 | Philip Bump
    When the Republican-led Senate Rules Committee briefly flirted with the idea of restricting television interviews in the hallways of the Capitol last week, it became only the most obvious manifestation of how the party’s leaders were handling the development of a bill to overhaul Obamacare: out of the public eye. While that effort was quickly sidelined after some outcry, the Republican leadership in the Senate was otherwise unfazed in its push to craft a bill that would expose its members to as little negative public attention as possible. No repeat of the town hall meetings that drew angry constituents who yelled...
  • This New Trump Plan Could Be the Answer to Millennial Job Woes

    06/18/2017 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 18, 2017 | Nicholas Wyman
    On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to substantially increase the number of U.S. apprenticeships from the current 500,000 (minuscule for the size of the economy) by doubling the amount the government spends on apprenticeship programs. Trump’s emphasis on this plan is cause for optimism that he will significantly improve the number and quality of apprenticeships in the economy. Trump’s plan will be a boon to employers. First, they will have a strong role in its composition through a task force that Trump announced. Successful apprenticeship programs work best when designed by employers around their own needs. The...
  • U.S. rescinds Obama plan for some undocumented parents

    06/15/2017 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2017 | Reuters
    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum on Thursday rescinding an Obama-era plan to spare some illegal immigrant parents of children who are lawful permanent residents from being deported, the department said in a statement. The program, which was announced by President Barack Obama in 2014, never took effect because it was blocked in federal court.
  • Top Republicans Tell Trump: Make Obamacare Work, for Now

    06/15/2017 2:27:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 61 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 15, 2017 | Russell Berman
    With Democrats accusing the administration of sabotaging the health law, two GOP committee chairmen urge the president to continue payments to insurers that could shore up the insurance market. With Democrats accusing the administration of sabotaging the health law, two GOP committee chairmen urge the president to continue payments to insurers that could shore up the insurance market.
  • Trump Signs Apprenticeship Order: "We're Here To Celebrate The Dignity Of Work"

    06/15/2017 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 15, 2017 | Tim Hains
    President Trump signed an executive order Thursday to expand apprenticeship programs for students and workers: We're joined today by Secretary Acosta, Secretary Ross, and Administrator McMahon as we prepare to make a historic announcement to train Americans for the jobs of the future. We have a lot of companies moving into this country. You see the unemployment rate is at a very, very low level. Job enthusiasm and manufacturing, business enthusiasm is at record levels; never been higher. And a lot of good numbers are coming out, including almost $4 trillion in gain to the stock markets since the election...
  • Mueller Seeks to Talk to Intelligence Officials, Hinting at Inquiry of Trump

    06/14/2017 9:31:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2017 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel examining Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, has requested interviews with three high-ranking current or former intelligence officials, the latest indication that he will investigate whether President Trump obstructed justice, a person briefed on the investigation said on Wednesday. Mr. Mueller wants to question Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former N.S.A. deputy director. None of the men were involved with Mr. Trump’s campaign. But recent news reports have raised questions about whether Mr. Trump requested their...
  • Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation

    06/14/2017 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Matt McGrath
    Speaking to the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker categorically ruled out any re-negotiation of the Paris climate agreement. The European Commission President said: "We have spent 20 years negotiating", and now was the time for implementation. US President Trump has claimed that the accord could be amended and made more palatable to his country. Mr Trump announced earlier this month that the US would leave the pact. In his remarks to MEPs, Jean-Claude Juncker described the US decision as not just a sad event, "it is a sign of abdication from common action in dealing with the fate of our planet".
  • The remarkable steps Republicans are taking to obscure what’s in their health-care bill

    06/13/2017 7:26:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2017 | Philip Bump
    News on Tuesday that on-camera interviews might be significantly curtailed within the Capitol is an on-the-nose manifestation of something that had otherwise not attracted a lot of attention: The Republican effort to replace Obamacare was being put together almost entirely outside of the public’s ability to see what was happening.
  • Jeff Sessions Fends Off Senators Pressing Him on Russia and Trump

    06/13/2017 4:08:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 13, 2017 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and REBECCA R. RUIZ
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered an indignant defense on Tuesday against what he called “an appalling and detestable lie” that he may have colluded with the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election, showcasing his loyalty to President Trump in an often contentious Senate hearing but declining to answer central questions about his or the president’s conduct. Sounding by turns defiant and wounded, Mr. Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, often infused his testimony with more emotion than specifics. He insisted repeatedly that it would be “inappropriate” to discuss his private conversations with the president, however relevant they might...
  • Trump's strain with Obama marks departure from presidential fraternity

    06/11/2017 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2017 | Kevin Liptak
    Nearly five months ago, President Donald Trump bid farewell to a grinning Barack Obama, waving as the military helicopter shuttling his predecessor into post-White House life got smaller and smaller. They haven't spoken or seen each other since. For a President who seeks extensive counsel from outside the White House -- in calls to old friends, business executives, and even despotic foreign leaders -- Trump has largely forgone advice or guidance from any of the men who have held his job previously. In the months after Trump and Obama carried out a peaceful hand off of power, the two have...
  • Senator says Trump should turn over Comey tapes

    06/11/2017 2:03:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 97 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2017 | Dino Grandoni
    On Sunday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said President Trump should turn over tapes of conversations he had with former FBI director James B. Comey — if they exist. “He should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel,” Collins told Brianna Keilar on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I don’t understand why the president just doesn’t clear this matter up once and for all,” she added.
  • Trump, in Miami speech, set to roll back Obama's Cuba policy

    06/10/2017 5:08:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 10, 2017 | Serafin Gomez
    President Trump will head to Miami on Friday, home to a large and influential Cuban-American community, to unveil his administration’s new Cuba policy -- which will roll back central parts of his predecessor’s efforts to normalize ties with the Communist island nation, according to a senior administration official and other sources.  While details on the changes to the policy have yet to be fully revealed, a U.S. official suggested that Trump would call for Cuban President Raul Castro to push for more political freedom and to release democratic activists in Cuban prisons, among other initiatives. Trump is at the same...
  • Comey followed careful plan in leaking memos

    06/10/2017 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2017 | Katie Bo Williams
    James Comey’s release of his memos to The New York Times was a carefully orchestrated act that appeared designed to shield him from any legal repercussions, whistleblower and ethics lawyers say.  While President Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is reportedly preparing a leak complaint against Comey, experts say the fight over Comey’s disclosures is more political than legal. “It’s clear that Comey understood the legal principles [protecting disclosures],” said Stephen Kohn, a lawyer who specializes in whistleblower cases. But, he said, “Trump’s lawyer was also smart because he’s filing these complaints in places that don’t mean anything. It’s public relations.”
  • Anti-Sharia marches kick off in numerous cities across the country

    06/10/2017 9:54:57 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2017 | Abigail Hauslohner
    NEW YORK CITY — An increasingly vocal anti-Muslim activist group has kicked off protests in numerous cities across the country, marching in opposition to Islamic law, which the group believes is threatening American society. ACT for America, a lobbyist organization with close ties to the Trump administration that has helped pass state-level bills targeting Islamic law and refugees, organized the protests as a nationwide “March Against Sharia.”
  • Trump promises ‘massive permit reform’ in infrastructure bill

    06/09/2017 1:54:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2017 | Melanie Zanona
    President Trump promised on Friday to include “massive permit reform” in his $1 trillion infrastructure package as a way to speed up the lengthy construction approval process, which he blamed for getting in the way of efforts to repair the country’s infrastructure. Trump's goal is to bring the approval process from as long as 10 years down to two years, while providing “one point of contact to deliver ‘yes or no’ for the entire federal government,” Trump said during a speech at the Department of Transportation headquarters. The White House will try to achieve that target by setting up a...
  • Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath

    06/09/2017 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 9, 2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and GLENN THRUSH
    President Trump on Friday accused James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, of lying under oath to Congress in testimony that the president dismissed as a politically motivated proceeding. Mr. Trump also asserted that Mr. Comey’s comments on Thursday, in which the former F.B.I. director implied that the president fired him for pressing forward with the Russia investigation, had failed to prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow nor any obstruction of justice. “Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction,” Mr. Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, during a news conference with the visiting Romanian president. “That...