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18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

18 million people could lose health insuranceA partial repeal of Obamacare could leave 18 million people who have insurance today with no coverage one year later, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The report estimates that 32 million people would lose their insurance over 10 years.

The CBO based its estimates on a bill passed by Republicans and vetoed by President Obama in 2015. That bill amounted to a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, eliminating the penalty for people who didn't have health insurance. It also cut out the government subsidies that currently help people pay their premiums.

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‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump for defamation

Summer ServosFormer "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos sued Donald Trump for defamation Tuesday, charging that he smeared her as a liar to save his hopes for the White House after she went public with accusations the president-elect groped her in 2007.

Zervos’s suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that Trump “kissed her on the mouth repeatedly” without consent, “touched her breast” and “pressed his genitals up against her.”

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Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows

Erik PrinceErik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments.

The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations.

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Obama commutes sentence of Manning, pardons Cartwright

Chelsea Manning pardoned

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified military secrets to Wikileaks, the White House said Tuesday.

Manning, who was convicted in 2013 to a 35-year sentence in a military court, will be freed from a military prison in Leavenworth, Kan. on May 17. The soldier, who was convicted under the name of Bradley Manning and now identifies herself as a woman, attracted widespread support from privacy advocates and transgender activists who complained that she couldn't get the medical help she needed in a military prison.

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CIA Director: Donald Trump’s Nazi Germany Comments Are ‘Repugnant’

John BrennanOutgoing CIA Director John Brennan held nothing back in his disdain for some of President-elect Donald Trump’s vitriolic Twitter rants.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal that was published Monday, Brennan referred specifically to Trump tweeting last week about an unverified intelligence dossier that accused him, among other things, of having long-standing ties with Russia:

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HHS nominee's stock buys raise ethical questions: report

Tom PricePresident-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer and then introduced legislation that would benefit the company, according to a CNN report Monday.

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) in March bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares in Zimmer Biomet. Days later, he introduced the HIP Act to delay a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts said would have significantly hurt that company financially, according to CNN.

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Dozens of House Democrats will skip Trump's inauguration in protest

John LewisWhat started as a trickle has turned into a waterfall as dozens of House Democrats announce they are skipping President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this week.

At least 41 House Democrats won’t attend Friday’s festivities, many abandoning the ceremony after Trump lashed out at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, saying the civil rights icon is “all talk” and “no action.”

Democrats in both the House and Senate and even some Republicans rallied around Lewis after Trump’s Twitter lashing. But so far, Democratic leaders still plan to attend the inauguration and no senators have announced they will sit the ceremony out.

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Maine governor to Rep. John Lewis: You need a history lesson

Paul LePageMaine Gov. Paul LePage says U.S. Rep. John Lewis needs a history lesson and should be grateful for what Republican presidents have done for black people.

The Republican governor on Tuesday addressed Lewis' criticism that GOP President-elect Donald Trump is not a "legitimate president." LePage, who's white, said on WVOM-FM that the black Democratic Georgia congressman needs a lesson on how Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and how Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes fought against Jim Crow laws.

LePage says, "A simple thank you should suffice."

TVNL Comment:  How low can LePage get? Never mind, there is no bottom for these bigots.

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European Court says Russia wrongly banned US adoptions

European court of human rightsEurope's human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russia must pay damages and legal costs to Americans who were barred from adopting Russian children.

Russia, which immediately denounced the decision by the European Court of Human Rights, now has three months to appeal.

The panel of seven judges, including one Russian, ruled unanimously that Russia's application of a 2013 law that banned Americans from adopting Russian children was discriminatory.

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