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Syria conflict: US jet 'downs drone' near Jordan border


In another first, Iran - another close Assad ally - fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday. Immediately after the Syrian Su-22 fighter jet dropped its bombs, two American F/A-18E Super Hornets, flying from the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, engaged, firing a AIM-9 Sidewinder - a short-range air-to-air missile - at the Syrian plane from about half a mile away, two U.S. Read More »

Décryptage de la 'photo de famille' du gouvernement Philippe II

La photo du premier gouvernement d'Edouard Philippe avait été réalisée dans les escaliers du hall de l'Elysée . Le soleil et la canicule étaient au rendez-vous. Les deux femmes secrétaires d'Etat à rejoindre le gouvernement héritent de nouveaux postes: secrétaire d'Etat auprès de la ministre des Armées pour Geneviève Darrieussecq , et secrétaire d'Etat auprès du ministre de la Transition écologique pour Brune Poirson . Read More »

Alabama warns of floating fire ants in floods

It's good news for the Triangle after a week of heavy rain brought as much as 6 inches to Hillsborough and other areas north of Durham, 4 inches to parts of Cary and 2-3 inches to much of the remaining areas. A state of emergency was declared in Alabama and Louisiana Wednesday, and portions of the Gulf Coast are under tornado watches and flash flood watches and warnings associated with Cindy. Read More »

Conservative party call centre 'may have broken election law'


The Conservative Party has been accused of pushing its message on potential voters in a way that may have breached data protection laws. On the day that voters went to the polls, undecided voters were told that "the election result in your marginal constituency is going to be very close between Theresa May's Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party". Read More »

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill


But there's no death spiral in Florida, judging from preliminary numbers released by the state on Thursday that show six insurers plan to sell coverage in the state through the federal marketplace in the coming year. Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now. He plans to review an upcoming cost analysis of the bill and will decide whether to vote on it based on the bill's final language, he said. Read More »

Taylor Swift Makes $400K By Streaming Her Songs Again


In total, approximately $397,000 was made by allowing the 27-year-old's first five studio albums to be played on streaming services since June 8. Taylor Swift has reportedly raked in nearly $400,000 in the two weeks since she returned her music to major streaming services. Read More »

Auditor faults Penn State's tuition hikes, admissions record

The report recommends the university be included under the commonwealth's Right to Know Law and Public Official Employee Ethics Act as well. "Stated simply, it costs PSU no more to educate a nonresident student over a resident student; yet PSU charges almost twice as much for a nonresident student", the report said. Read More »

Ecuador ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change


But that goal is looking more unreachable. "We commit to defining a reduction target for voluntary emissions, reporting advances in reductions, presenting climate change adaptation policies, carrying out the financial evaluation needed to meet this objective, and aligning financial flows toward low emissions", the ministry said. Read More »

Philadelphia repo man tows minivan with sleeping girl in back


The woman and bystanders screamed as the tow truck drove off with the girl and the vehicle, which police say had tinted windows and was double-parked. "The vehicle, to me, appeared unoccupied", he said. He insists that when he stopped he checked the back seats and didn't notice anyone inside and it was only when police officers searched the auto that it was revealed the youngster was inside. Read More »

California AG bans state travel to Texas, 3 other states

SB 17 could allow student-run organizations in colleges and K-12 schools to discriminate against classmates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a law that allows child welfare providers to deny services because of "sincerely held religious beliefs", a provision that critics interpreted as permitting adoption agencies to deny services to gay families. Read More »

Politique : premier Conseil des ministres pour le nouveau gouvernement

Le nouveau gouvernement français d'Edouard Philippe a été dévoilé. Voici, en images, le second gouvernement du quinquennat d'Emmanuel Macron . Y aura-t-il de nouveaux membres de LR dans le gouvernement? La presse a relevé jeudi le caractère plus "technique" que "politique" du gouvernement Philippe 2: " une équipe d'experts plus que de politiques", pour Le Parisien, "un gouvernement de techniciens à (la) main" d'Emmanuel Macron , selon Libération, "la part belle aux ... Read More »

Trump says he is 'very supportive' of Senate healthcare bill

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would eventually make deeper cuts to the Medicaid program for the poor. They said it would lower costs. However, according to NBC News , some key components of Obamacare will remain unchanged, such as protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions , and adults (up to age 26) will be able to maintain their parents' insurance coverage . Read More »

Government health insurance markets holding up, barely

Living in West Virginia, perhaps the nation's poorest state, I have also seen the benefits of the ACA's Medicaid expansion since 2014. Any rollback in Medicaid coverage for low-income New Mexicans, she said, would be devastating for the state. Read More »

Republican wins pricey $79m Georgia race

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. Read More »

UN Leader Softens His Predecessor's Criticism of Iran Missile Tests

While participants in the Vienna agreement have not yet announced their stance towards the new sanctions law that was adopted by the US Senate, Iran's IRNA agency quoted well-informed sources as saying that the EU, Russia and China do not regard the US Senate decision to impose new sanctions as a violation to the JCPOA. Read More »

Canada's Trudeau: Trump Listens But Twitter Puts a 'Wrinkle' in Diplomacy


Asked about Trump's penchant for eyebrow-raising tweets , Trudeau replied: "There's no question that the way the president chooses to speak directly to people through social media is a new wrinkle in global diplomacy". "I can understand the laughter", he said, "but there's a lot of politicians who have a deep vested interest in being right all the time. What I've found from this president is: he will listen to arguments made, he will look at the ensemble of facts and proposals ... Read More »

Macron ouvre à gauche et sort le MoDem — Gouvernement


Par contre, ils vont basculer à l'Assemblée nationale, avec l'immunité parlementaire, sans aucun problème? Selon plusieurs observateurs, le cas Bayrou embarrasse le gouvernement contrairement à celui de ses collègues ministres rattrapés par des affaires. Read More »

Capitol police arrest protesters, some in wheelchairs, outside McConnell's office

Throughout the post , Obama said many would be harmed if the bill made it through the Senate. "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo". We'll update this page with any major opposition from the GOP joining these four senators on Thursday. It would reduce over three years the federal money that states get to cover the new enrollees over three years, starting in 2021 and ending in 2024. Read More »

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss


Put another way, while it's true that the GOP win Tuesday night staved off a wave of panic among Republicans , which itself was important for their party, that doesn't mean the current trends shouldn't worry them over the long term. Pelosi said she didn't want to hear Republicans "all of a sudden be sanctimonious" as if they had "never seen such a thing before". Tuesday night's outcome in a special House race in Georgia was a triumph for the GOP, and the most recent and devastating ... Read More »

Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi


Trump said . "So let's get started on winning the races where we really do have a chance". House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's confident she has the support in her caucus despite finger-pointing and frustration after Democrats lost a Georgia special election . Read More »

Houston to join lawsuit against Texas 'sanctuary city' law


The term "sanctuary cities" has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects in the USA illegally. How Does SB4 Impact Houston? The Houston area is home to the third-largest population of immigrants in the country illegally, behind New York City and Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center. Read More »

With the clock ticking, Britain, EU play up chance of deal


Leaders had agreed with summit chair Donald Tusk not to open discussions with May and she left immediately afterwards, leaving the other 27 to discuss other Brexit issues without her. "So now that the negotiations have started, we are determined to get on with the job and deliver that certainty as soon as possible". "In the long run, this will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the rest of Europe", Johnson said at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Read More »