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Here's The Latest On Obamacare Repeal

It would appear that Paul Ryan still lacks the votes to pass the Obamacare repeal and replace bill (that also ends Medicaid as we know it) tomorrow. Reports are he will be putting the squeeze on individual members this evening, but in...Show More Summary

Ex-House intel counsel says Rep. Nunes tipping off Trump is 'breakdown in entire oversight process'

Jeremy Bash is the former chief counsel to the House Intelligence Committee. His background also includes time as the  chief of staff to the director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011 and as chief of staff to the secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. Show More Summary

Arabs protest UN's withdrawal of Israel 'apartheid' report

An Arab delegation has met with the U.N. secretary-general to protest what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour calls the "bullying tactics and intimidation" that led to U.N. withdrawal of a report … Click to Continue »

Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated

Florida's education commissioner announced Wednesday that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates. Commissioner … Click to Continue »

After Delay From Trump Administration, Bumble Bee Finally Listed As Endangered Species

The rusty patched bumblebee officially became the first bee species to be listed as endangered in the continental U.S. on Tuesday after a delay caused by an executive order from President Donald Trump.

Smiley Asks If GOP Will Try to Ignore Slavery Ban After Blocked Obama on Court

On Tuesday's Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, as New York magazine's Andrew Sullivan appeared as a guest to discuss current political events, host Smiley at one point fretted that -- because Republicans denied President Barack Obama the chance...Show More Summary

Spotlight on green news & views: 1000s of gas bubbles in Siberia; GOP lawmaker says God pollutes

This is the   490th edition   of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the March 15 Green Spotlight. More than 26,675 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Show More Summary

Trump pledges support to save retired coal miners health care fund

President Donald Trump pledged his support Wednesday for the rescue of a health-care fund for thousands of retired coal miners and their families, an issue that almost triggered a government … Click to Continue »

So, Were Trump’s Tweets Right After All?

(John Hinderaker) Today House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that, as has long been rumored and reported, one or more intelligence agencies did collect communications of members of President Trump’s campaign...Show More Summary

Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump

A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump is leaving the Republican Party. Rep. Beth Fukumoto … Click to Continue »

Why OPEC Is Finished—and Russia Too

(Steven Hayward) Tracy Alloway (@TracyAlloway) of Bloomberg News points us to this chart from a recent Goldman Sachs presentation on oil production costs, which is being called the “OPEC’s Nightmare” chart, as it shows how the falling...Show More Summary

Senate votes to block Labor Department rule

Employers are required to maintain a log of workplace injuries and illnesses that occur during a five-year span, but an employer may only be cited for failing to keep proper health and safety records within six months. Critics say the Obama administration was trying to extend the penalty window to five years, describing the rule as an unlawful power grab.

Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way

The chair of the Florida Senate's Health Policy Committee says they're at least two weeks away from voting on a medical marijuana bill. The committee held a workshop on Wednesday … Click to Continue »

Analyze this

(Scott Johnson) Politico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Show More Summary

Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump's wrath

NEW YORK (AP) — Hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the House GOP health bill are bracing for payback from a president who claims his favorite biblical passage is "an eye for an eye." The scheduled roll call vote for...Show More Summary

The Latest: Groups seek to intervene in Keystone XL review

The Latest on groups seeking to intervene in Nebraska's Keystone XL review (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Activists who want to derail the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska have asked … Click to Continue »

Revisiting NFIB v. Sebelius

I take Kevin Drum’s point in this post to be that the view that the Supreme Court is in general too inclined to overturn federal laws is hard to square with the view that it should have struck down Obamacare because of the individual mandate. Show More Summary

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