Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'

Updated at 5 p.m. ET House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law." Ryan may have...

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Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpdQ7OGgOGY Throughout the campaign, President Trump billed himself as a master negotiator who would make the "best deals" for the American people. That reputation and the reach of the president's bully pulpit face a tough test Friday after he gave House Republicans an ultimatum to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — or leave Obamacare in place. A vote is now expected sometime Friday afternoon, though the GOP plan known as the American Health...

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Trump Ultimatum For House GOP: Vote On Health Bill Or Affordable Care Act Stands

Updated at 9:48 p.m. ET The White House issued an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday: Vote for the current GOP health care replacement plan or leave the Affordable Care Act in place and suffer the political consequences. President Trump is done negotiating over the health care bill and wants a vote on Friday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers. The former South Carolina congressman said that if the House does not pass the bill, the president is...

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Georgia Lawmakers OK $49 Billion Budget With Teacher Raises

Georgia teachers and other state employees would get a 2 percent salary increase while staff overseeing child welfare cases will see a 19 percent raise under a state spending plan approved Wednesday by the General Assembly. The $49 billion budget includes about $25 billion from state sources particularly income taxes; the rest is largely provided by the federal government. The spending plan for the year starting July 1 now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal, who has broad power to veto individual line...

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On today’s show, we’re going to talk about something that’s completely free of charge but that many, many people might call the most valuable commodity in the world: sleep. It’s supposed to be a restful and restorative process. So why does it produce such anxiety?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” remember the guy spinning plates on Ed Sullivan? We figured that’s what Washington must have felt like today with the GOP health care bill up for a vote but in the midst of our discussion on whether the bill would pass or fail, news broke that it had been pulled from consideration!

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The Breakroom gang joins host Celeste Headlee to weigh in on the week's news. The panel includes Georgia State University professor Hector Fernandez, Bee Nguyen of Athena’s Warehouse, Ed Sohn of Thomson Reuters, and Natalie Dale of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

 

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Gwinnet County Sheriff's Office

On March 18, a pair of Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly stole items from a storage area without permission.

Corporal Ronnie Rodriguez and Deputy Jason Cowburn were arrested by Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office investigators on March 22 and charged with theft of county property. Investigators did not specify what was taken, but arrest warrants valued the property between $1,500 and $5,000.

Revised Georgia Redistricting Plans Face Strong Public Opposition

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GOP lawmakers on a key Senate committee approved a revision Friday of controversial redistricting plans, but Democrats and others accused Republicans of lacking transparency.

"It was rushed through and nobody saw the maps until this morning. We didn't have time to get public input," said Sen. Steve Hensen, D-Stone Mountain. He complained that the committee chairman didn't share the new maps with the minority before the meeting.

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Run The Jewels Questions Our Innocence In New Video For 'Legend Has It'

Leave it to Run the Jewels to find the connection between psychedelic drugs and systemic disorder. The new video for "Legend Has It," the first from the duo's third LP RTJ3 , finds Killer Mike and El-P tripping on acid in a police lineup alongside a rotating cast of unusual suspects: a nun, an "innocent" little girl, a fireman, even a clown-faced police officer. Directed by Brian Beletic, the treatment intentionally "plays with the theme of guilty until proven innocent," he says. "We live in...

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U.S. State Department Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

Updated at 11 a.m. ET Friday The U.S. State Department has signed and issued a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. That reverses former President Barack Obama's 2015 decision to reject the controversial pipeline. Pipeline company TransCanada says that in conjunction with the Trump administration signing off on its pipeline, it will drop a claim for more than $15 billion that it filed under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The company also says it will drop a...

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These days just about every device is "smart." There are smart cars, phones, TVs, grills and speakers, and most people don't think twice about buying a new TV, hooking it up to the internet and giving it access to different apps.

But all that connectivity means data is being shared and collected by the devices and the apps used.

On-Air Challenge: Take two-word clues that might appear in a crossword. The first and last letters of each answer are the same as the first and last letters of the clue.

Example: Football mistake --> FUMBLE (both the clue and the answer start with F and end with E)

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  3. Warm material
  4. Stairway toy
  5. Math operation
  6. Spanish mister
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  8. Cable giant
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Undergoing treatment for cancer is hard enough by itself. And for many cancer patients who spend most of their time in a hospital, it gets even harder with the loss of basic comforts. The hospital's sterile environment, the fluorescent lights and the disposable gowns do little to make medical treatment more bearable. Nikla Lancksweert, wanted to do a little something to help with that dehumanizing experience, focusing on an alternative for those uncomfortable hospital gowns.

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Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. One of her images shows a young girl about to be dragged into the sky by a pack of flying toy horses. Another series shows horses, hedgehogs, cockatoos and camels posed before different sumptuous feasts, as if having their own last suppers.

Christina Ricci's film career began early — at just 10 years old, she played the adorably malevolent Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. From there, she went on to play fascinating and often dark and damaged characters, making a name for herself as an actress who could tap into complex roles.

The numbers, in several cases, are astounding. 350.org, a climate action group, saw donations almost triple in the month after Donald Trump's election. Since Trump's win, Planned Parenthood told NPR it's gained over 600,000 new donors and more than 36,000 new volunteers. And the American Civil Liberties Union has raised more than $80 million since November 8th.

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