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Thursday, July 20, 2017

On the cusp of a humiliating and politically disastrous defeat, President Trump and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, took extraordinary resuscitative measures on Wednesday to pump oxygen back into their badly fading effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, extended a new offer to wavering Senate colleagues leery of scrapping the health care law. He backed away from his earlier insistence that the Senate focus on a plan to repeal much of the existing Obama-era law and allow a two-year window for its replacement -- an iffy proposition given the difficulties that Republicans are currently having coming up with a consensus health care policy. read more


Monday, July 17, 2017

n USC's lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. read more


Sunday, July 09, 2017

By her own account, the Russian lawyer that managed to slide her way into Trump Tower last year and meet with President Donald Trump's eldest son, his campaign manager and son-in-law had been denied a visa to enter the United States.

Natalia Veselnitskaya filed an affidavit in a federal court describing how she managed to get special permission to enter the United States: "I represent victims in many criminal cases involving economic crimes. I have been retained by Denis Katsyv and the defendants in this action to assist their attorneys in the United States, Baker & Hostetler LLP to prepare their defense," she wrote in the January 2016 affidavit.

The U.S.-based political firm Fusion GPS, was also involved in helping Prevezon, Katsyv and Baker Hostetler. Fusion has been a major focal point of the FBI and Congress investigations after it hired Christopher Steele to produce a salacious intelligence dossier that made wild and unsubstantiated claims about Trump ties to Russia.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

President Donald Trump browbeat Russia on Thursday for its 'destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran' and urged Vladimir Putin's government to join the US and its allies in the fight against violent extremism.

He did not mention Russia by name in his remarks to the Polish people when he committed the US making sure they are 'never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.'

But turning to threats against the West later in his speech in front a memorial to the Warsaw Uprising, Trump railed against 'the steady creep of government bureaucracy,' 'radical Islamic terrorism' and 'powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence and challenge our interests.'

'To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes and cyber warfare, we must adapt our lives to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields,' he said in a direct reference to Moscow's meddling.

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Monday, July 03, 2017

CHOLOMA, Honduras -- His bags were packed, and the smuggler was ready. If all went well, Eswin Josué Fuentes figured he and his 10-year-old daughter would slip into the United States within days.

Then, the night before he planned to leave, he had a phone conversation with a Honduran friend living illegally in New York. Under President Trump, the friend warned, the United States was no longer a place for undocumented migrants.

Shaken, Mr. Fuentes abruptly ditched his plans in May and decided to stay here in Honduras, despite its unrelenting violence and poverty. read more


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