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  1. Sen. Pat Roberts apologizes for flippant comment about mammograms

    03.24 / 05:46 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    With quips like this, it's almost as if Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) got his degree from the Mike Huckabee School of Joke-Telling. On Thursday, Talking Points Memo reporter Alice Ollstein tweeted that she had asked Roberts if he supported getting rid of "essential health benefits" as part of the American Health Care Act, the Republicans' proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. His response? "I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms." Roberts quickly became a prime example of a boob that…
  2. Trump is reportedly dealing with self-doubt over his support of the GOP health-care bill

    03.24 / 04:40 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    In public, President Trump is having a great time pretending to drive big rigs and wearing pins that read "I Heart Trucks," but behind the scenes, he is seriously regretting throwing his support behind House Speaker Paul Ryan's health-care plan, The New York Times reports. Four people close to the president told The Times he now wishes he had pushed through tax cuts first, which would have pleased Republicans, rather than focus on the deeply unpopular health-care overhaul. Stephen Bannon,…
  3. A Congressional Budget Office report won't be released on final health-care bill before vote

    03.24 / 02:35 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    There will not be a score from the Congressional Budget Office released before Friday's vote on the latest version of the Republicans' health-care bill, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters Thursday night. Some of the changes to the original bill include the removal of items listed as essential health benefits under ObamaCare, like prescription drug coverage, doctors' services, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, and…
  4. Federal agency says Trump's D.C. hotel isn't in violation of government lease

    03.24 / 02:35 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The General Services Administration has decided there is no conflict in President Trump's hotel lease from the government, the federal agency announced in a letter released Thursday. The GSA signed off on the deal after Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and lawyers changed the lease so revenue from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., will stay with the hotel and not go to the president's personal trust company. While Trump turned over operation of the business to his adult…
  5. Trump: If GOP health-care bill is rejected, ObamaCare will stay

    03.24 / 00:20 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Hours after Thursday's scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act was postponed, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said President Trump is demanding a vote on Friday. Mulvaney also said that should the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fails, Trump is ready to move forward and leave ObamaCare in place. In order for the Republican's plan to pass, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) can only lose 22 votes on the floor, and more than two dozen members of the…
  6. Canada's largest school board, scared students will get stopped at the border, cancels U.S. trips

    03.24 / 00:20 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The Toronto District School Board, the largest in Canada, announced Thursday it has made the "difficult decision" to indefinitely cancel all future trips to the United States, due to President Trump's temporarily blocked travel bans that keep people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "It's about inclusion, equity, and fairness," school board spokesman Ryan Bird told BuzzFeed News. "We don't want some of our students stopped and not being let in at the…
  7. U.S. blasts South Sudan government over reaction to famine

    03.23 / 23:04 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    In South Sudan, about 5.5 million people — almost half the population — face food shortages, and the U.S. is casting blame on the government. "The famine is not a result of drought, it is the result of leaders more interested in political power and personal gain than in stopping violence and allowing humanitarian access," Deputy U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. "The government's continued unconscionable impediments to humanitarians seeking access to …
  8. Revised CBO score on GOP health bill shows same coverage, 'smaller savings'

    03.23 / 21:57 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday released a revised report on the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace ObamaCare. The CBO's new estimate considers revisions made to the GOP health bill since the original report issued two weeks ago. "This estimate shows smaller savings over the next 10 years than the estimate that CBO issued on March 13," the report reads, while "the estimated effects on health insurance coverage and on premiums for health insurance are…
  9. House leadership reportedly delays vote on endangered health-care bill

    03.23 / 19:46 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A GOP aide told the media that there will not be a vote on the Republican health-care bill Thursday night, after hours of desperate vote-rallying appeared to have fallen flat. BREAKING: AP Source: House GOP leaders delay vote on health care repeal bill, in setback for President Trump and Speaker Ryan. — The Associated Press (@AP) March 23, 2017 Earlier on Thursday, roughly two dozen members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus announced they would not support the American Health Care A…
  10. White House insists GOP health-care bill will pass ahead of tight vote

    03.23 / 19:46 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On Thursday afternoon, the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced it had not reached a deal in discussions with President Trump over the American Health Care Act, the Republican health-care bill that is expected to be put to a floor vote Thursday night. Losing the support of the conservative caucus narrows the bill's chances of passage considerably: Republican leadership cannot lose more than 22 Republican votes and still pass the bill through the lower chamber, but roughly two dozen…
  11. March Madness basketball resumes with Sweet 16 play

    03.23 / 18:36 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes Thursday with the regional semifinal games of the Sweet 16. Kicking the round off are the semifinal games for the Midwest and West regions. In the Midwest, No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Michigan face off at 7:09 p.m. ET in a clash of high-octane offenses. Later, the 9:39 p.m. ET matchup between No. 1 Kansas and No. 4 Purdue will feature two of the top big-men in college basketball in Kansas' Josh Jackson and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan. In the West, No. 1…
  12. Sepsis is the number 1 killer of patients in hospitals. A doctor might have just stumbled on the cure.

    03.23 / 18:36 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Sepsis is the number one disease that kills people in hospitals, and there is no known effective cure. But thanks to the quick thinking of Dr. Paul Marik of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, there soon could be, NPR reports. When a 48-year-old woman suffering from severe sepsis came into his intensive care unit in January 2015, Marik decided to respond by administering intravenous vitamin C, mixed with a low dose of corticosteroids and thiamine, another vitamin. "I was expecting the next…
  13. The Senate just voted to repeal privacy laws protecting your internet browsing history

    03.23 / 18:36 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The Senate voted 50-48 along party lines Thursday to repeal an Obama-era law that requires internet service providers to obtain permission before tracking what customers look at online and selling that information to other companies. The repeal is supported by major internet companies like Facebook and Google as well as internet providers like Verizon and AT&T, Vanity Fair reports, adding that there would likely be an option for consumers to opt-out. "There are two sides to this," said…