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UK parliament hit by cyber attack – The Hill

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

The British parliament was hit by a cyber attack Friday night that left members and staffers unable to access emails as hackers attempted to exploit weak passwords and gain access to accounts. Multiple news agencies reported Saturday that the U.K. parliament was hit by a “sustained and determined” effort by hackers, a report which was confirmed on Twitter by multiple members of parliament. “Sorry no parliamentary email access today –…

The Incredible Shrinking White House Briefing – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

“It’s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies,” Mr. Spicer said at the lectern, when asked why Friday’s briefing had been taken off-camera. “I don’t think that the be-all and end-all is whether it’s on television or not.” Advertisement Continue reading the main story Off-camera briefings have occurred under previous presidents, often parceled out among regular televised sessions with the press secretary. But…

Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11′ – The Hill

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFormer Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ Trump notes ‘election meddling by Russia’ in tweet criticizing Obama Trump slams Obama for doing ‘nothing’ about Russia before the election MORE‘s top intelligence official at the Pentagon said Saturday that the Russian interference in the 2016 elections was “the political equivalent of 9/11.”   Michael Vickers, who served as Obama’s undersecretary of defense, said…

Trump’s previous promises on health care – CNN

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Some US States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire – NPR

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Grenfell Tower in London. The unburned lower floors with untouched cladding are seen still in place. Niklas Halle’n /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Niklas Halle’n /AFP/Getty Images Grenfell Tower in London. The unburned lower floors with untouched cladding are seen still in place. Niklas Halle’n /AFP/Getty Images The type of siding or “cladding” used on the Grenfell Tower in London — and suspected in the massive fire that killed…

China Landslide: 120 Feared Buried in Mountain Village in Sichuan – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

BEIJING — At least 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. The landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Mao County at about 6 a.m. local time (6 p.m. Friday…

Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation’s health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond “Obamacare.” Former President Barack Obama’s signature law is usually associated with subsidized insurance markets like HealthCare.gov. But the Affordable Care Act also expanded Medicaid. Not only would the GOP legislation scale back coverage through the insurance markets and phase out the…

Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill’s Passage Won’t Support It – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

So far, five Republican senators have said they cannot vote for the Affordable Care Act repeal as written: Mr. Heller, whose concerns are with the bill’s benefit cuts, and four hard-line conservatives who say the bill is too generous. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Mr. Heller did not rule out ultimately voting for a version of the bill, leaving the battle for 50 votes ahead of a Senate showdown…

Frustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response – The Hill

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Obama administration is under fresh scrutiny for its response to Russian meddling in the election after new details emerged this week about how the White House weighed its actions against the 2016 political environment. Then-President Obama was too cautious in the months leading up to the election, frustrated Democratic lawmakers and strategists say.  “It was inadequate. I think they could have done a better job informing the American people…

Sean Spicer banned TV cameras. Again. So we annotated his briefing. Again. – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens during a Jan. 20 news briefing. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred television cameras from a media briefing on Friday and prohibited live audio broadcasts, marking the third time this week that spokesmen for President Trump have imposed such restrictions.  In keeping with a promise we made Monday, The Fix has annotated a transcript of the session, since it could…

The Latest: Evacuated London residents express anger, fear – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

LONDON — The Latest on London’s public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Residents of a public housing complex being evacuated in north London because of fire safety concerns say they are both angry and frightened about being forced from their homes. Resident Michelle Urquhart says she’s angry because residents were assured as late as Thursday that the…

Freshman GOP rep calls for Mueller recusal from Russia probe – The Hill

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017

A member of the House Freedom Caucus on Friday called on the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, to recuse himself in the federal probe into Russian election meddling. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Az) said the “integrity of his appointment” was in question due to Mueller’s friendship with ousted FBI Director James Comey. “His ability to be impartial is doubtful because he has surrounded himself with highly partisan lawyers who make…

Several GOP governors voice doubt about health-care bill just released by Senate – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Several moderate Republican governors are expressing reservations about the health-care bill unveiled in the Senate Thursday, further complicating efforts by GOP congressional leaders to make good on their promise to end the Affordable Care Act. John Kasich of Ohio, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland issued separate statements criticizing aspects of the legislation, including the secrecy under which it was written as well…

Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears – BBC News

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Media captionCamden residents react to tower block evacuations More than 800 homes in tower blocks on a council estate in Camden, north London, are being evacuated because of fire safety concerns. Camden Council says people in five towers on the Chalcots estate will be moved for “urgent fire safety works” – and it is “block-booking hotels”. The estate’s cladding is similar to Grenfell Tower in west London, where there was…

California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP) Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial legislation into law that allows child welfare providers — including faith-based adoption agencies — to refuse adoptions to hopeful parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” In response, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that his state will prohibit its employees from traveling to Texas because Texas has enacted laws that, he said, discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and…

Poll: Former AG Lynch should be investigated – The Hill

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

A majority of voters say former Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be investigated for an election-year meeting with former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonPoll: Former AG Lynch should be investigated Poll: Trump approval rating rebounds OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal MORE that took place while the FBI was investigating Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBiden rips Senate GOP healthcare bill, says it ‘isn’t about healthcare’ Clinton: If Republicans pass ObamaCare repeal, ‘they’re the…

CNN sent a courtroom sketch artist to cover a White House press briefing – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

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The Daily 202: Senate Republicans want to get to yes on the health care bill – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Ted Cruz leaves the Senate floor after a vote yesterday. The Texas senator is one of the holdouts on the health care bill, but he’s widely expected to come around. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: Much of the concern that Republican senators expressed yesterday about the draft health-care bill felt more like political posturing than genuine threats to torpedo the effort. There are not currently the 50 votes…

Arab Nations Issue Demands on Qatar – New York Times

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

After the Arab nations announced that they were cutting ties with Qatar, Mr. Trump tweeted his support and even suggested he had been responsible for the move. During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017 But that did not stop his administration from signing…

Massive Fire At London High-Rise Started In A Refrigerator, Police Say – NPR

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017

Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire are seen near the building in North Kensington, west London, Friday. Combustible cladding has been found in “a number” of similar tower blocks in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said. Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire are seen near the building in North Kensington, west London, Friday. Combustible…

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