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Trump to Require Health Insurance Companies to Cover All Pre-Existing Conditions for All Customers

President Donald Trump said that he is intending to pursue an executive order to require health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers. “Over the next two weeks Ill be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” Trump said at a news conference at his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Thats a big thing. Ive always been very in strongly in favor—we have to cover pre-existing conditions.” “This has never been done before but its time that people of our country are properly represented and properly taken care of.” The president provided no further details about his plan, including whether or how his executive order may be different from that which was required under the Afforable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under the law passed under former President Barack Obamas administration, health insurance companies cant refuse to cover people or charge people mor..

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House Democrats Can Sue Trump Over Pentagon Funds for Border Wall, Court Rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that House Democrats can sue the Trump administration for diverting $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. In the newest salvo in a legal battle over the border wall, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that congressional lawmakers can proceed with a lawsuit that would seek to assert Congresss authority to appropriate funds. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has demanded that Congress fund construction of a wall on the southern border—his landmark campaign promise. After a congressional spending bill allocated around $1.3 billion for border security, falling short of the nearly $5 billion Trump requested for the wall, he declared a national emergency and by its authority reallocated $2.5 billion in defense and military project funding appropriated by Congress, sparking several lawsuits. President Donald Trump visits a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Otay M..

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Trump Administration Recommends Executive Action as Stimulus Talks Break Down

Trump administration officials stated on Friday that they plan to recommend that President Donald Trump take executive action on several stimulus provisions as talks between Democrats and Republicans falter. “Unfortunately, we did not make any progress today,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters following talks. “We discussed the same issues.” Trump, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter around the same time that his administration will be “going a different way.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are “only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus!” the president said in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!” The $1 trillion in funding to state and local governments has been one of the main sticking points for White House officials. Trump later in a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, told r..

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California County to Give $1,250 Stipend to Some COVID-19 Sufferers

Californias seventh most populous county will give people infected with the CCP virus a one-time lump sum payment of $1,250 under a pilot program meant to help vulnerable residents unable to work while self-quarantining after contracting the potentially deadly bug. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the program, which will initially be limited to some 7,500 residents referred to by designated clinics in five high-risk neighborhoods in Alameda County, according to a letter (pdf) from Lori Cox, director of the countys Social Services Agency. Vanessa Cedeño, policy director for the Board of Supervisors, told the Los Angeles Times that a key success factor in Alameda Countys efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 is to make sure people who have contracted the virus safely isolate at home. “If people are afraid to get tested or they cannot isolate safely when theyre COVID positive, then our efforts to contain the virus are not going to be as successful,” Cedeño s..

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China Prefers Trump Doesnt Win a Second Term: Intelligence Official

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not want President Donald Trump to win reelection in November, according to a new intelligence assessment. “We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection,” William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement on Friday. The CCP is working hard to influence the election and policy arguments, including putting pressure on elected officials and candidates party leaders view as being opposed to Chinas interests. The Trump administrations increasingly hard-line stance against China, including its forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, has led to an increase in criticism against the administration, according to Evanina. “Although China will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action, its public rhetoric over the past few months has grown increasingly critical of the current Administrations COVID-19 response..

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Top Democrat: No Question Kanye West Campaign Is Meant to Take Votes From Biden

A top Democrat claimed on Friday that theres “no question” Kanye Wests 2020 campaign is aimed at siphoning votes from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “I dont think theres any question about that,” Clyburn said during an appearance on MSNBC. “We saw what was going on in Wisconsin where he was getting help getting on the ballot. But African Americans, most especially, know what this campaign is all about.” West, 43, is an artist known for his support of Republican President Donald Trump. He announced last month he was mounting a third-party bid for the presidency, saying he does not support Trump any longer and hoped both Trump and Biden dropped out. West made it onto the Oklahoma ballot but has missed some deadlines, such as South Carolinas, and withdrawn filings for other states, including New Jersey. West filed paperwork this week to get on Wisconsins ballot. Wests efforts have been aided by lawyers and others connected to the Republican party, but theres no concrete pr..

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House Ethics Committee Finds Rashida Tlaib Violated Campaign Finance Rules

The House Ethics Committee found Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a member of the so-called “Squad,” violated campaign finance rules by receiving a campaign salary after she was no longer a candidate. The House Ethics Committee ordered her to pay $10,800 she drew as a salary from campaign funds after she won in 2018, ending a yearlong investigation. She was not penalized further because it didnt find evidence of “ill intent on her behalf,” according to the panel in a report (pdf). “These payments allowed her to forego her salary from her full-time employment so that she could fully participate in campaign activities,” the report stated. “However, because she received some of those funds, totaling $10,800, for time periods in which she was no longer a congressional candidate, those funds were inconsistent with FECAs personal use restrictions.” The committee, however, stipulated that her error was due to “bad timing” and was not done out of malevolence. It will take no further action oth..

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Former US National Security Adviser Scowcroft Is Dead at 95

WASHINGTON—Brent Scowcroft, a pragmatic three-star general who served as national security adviser to Republican U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and later criticized President George W. Bushs Iraq war policies, died on Thursday. He was 95. Scowcroft, a member of the presidential commission that investigated the biggest scandal of Ronald Reagans presidency and an architect of the 1991 Gulf War under the elder Bush, died of natural causes, according to a statement on Friday from a spokesman for the Bush family. Scowcroft reached the rank of Air Force lieutenant general during a 29-year military career and was an influential voice on U.S. national security for decades. He was a cautious internationalist—he called himself a realist—closely aligned with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Scowcroft served as chief military aide to Republican President Richard Nixon during a time when the United States was looking to extricate itself from the Vietnam War, then beca..

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Pelosi, Schumer Say Trump Administration Declined $2 Trillion Pandemic Deal

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats are willing to reduce the Democratic relief package by $1 trillion if the White House and GOPs leadership will increase their plan by $1 trillion. Democrats proposed a $3 trillion bill called the HEROES Act, passed by House Democrats in May, while Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion HEALS Act last week. If the two parties agree to a $2 trillion deal, as Schumer is suggesting, it is not clear what provisions will be left out or included. Schumer told reporters Friday that Republicans “rejected it totally,” referring to the proposal, adding that Republicans want to spend “as little as possible” on pandemic relief. “Well take down a trillion, if you add a trillion in. They said absolutely not,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) added in the news conference. “I will once again make the offer: Well come down a trillion, you go up a trillion, and then well be within range of each other,” Pelosi added. “But again, this a ..

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Progressive Upstart Cori Bush at Least One Year Late Disclosing Her Personal Finances as Required by Federal Law, House Records Show

—- Cori Bush, the Justice Democrats-supported progressive activist that defeated 10-term Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. in Tuesdays Democratic primary in Missouri, is at least a year late in disclosing her finances to the public as required by federal law, public records show. Bush has yet to submit her personal financial disclosure to the House of Representatives for her 2020 campaign, according to the House Office of the Clerk, which maintains a database of financial disclosures of congressional candidates and members of Congress. That hasnt stopped Bush from funneling over $25,000 from her campaign to her own pockets in the form of a salary with payments beginning in April, Federal Election Commission records show. A candidates failure to file their financial disclosure form is “technically a violation of the Ethics in Government Act,” government affairs lobbyist Craig Holman of the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen told the Daily Caller News Foundation. However, the statute is “..

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