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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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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