White House offers muddled message to states considering Medicaid expansion
The White House didn?t have a clear message for states looking to potentially expand Medicaid in the wake of the American Health Care Act?s (AHCA) failure, implying that the bill would have saved the program for low-income and disabled Americans by cutting nearly a trillion dollars from its funding. Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during Tuesday?s briefing about possible expansions of Medicaid coverage in Kansas, Georgia and Virginia. The three states are in varying stages of moving toward joining the 31 states that have already opted in to Obamacare?s expansion of the decades-old program, which covers 74 million Americans.
?I am a child of refugees?: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban
Trump?s initial travel ban was met with a swift backlash and stymied by the courts. ?We?re spending just one night here and we can always go inside if we get cold, if we get wet, but refugees don?t have that option available to them,? said Amaha Kassa, executive director of African Communities Together, as rain began to beat down on the makeshift tent city. ?Trump?s executive orders are going to cut the heart out of these programs,? said Kassa, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia at age 4 as an asylum seeker.
Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested
A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police investigate whether he acted in self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Pricey New Drug Promises Eczema Relief
Democrat Adam Schiff, probing Trump-Putin ties, has gone up against Russia (and Stephen Colbert) before
WASHINGTON ? Congressman Adam Schiff, increasingly the Democratic point man on the investigation into allegations of overly cozy ties between President Trump and Russia, is a soft-spoken former federal prosecutor and a critic of government surveillance who may be the only lawmaker ever to draw blood from comic Stephen Colbert ? literally. Now Schiff is locked in a tense, headline-making standoff with the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, over how to proceed with a multi-tiered investigation into Russia?s alleged interference in the 2016 election, a probe that the White House sees as a dagger aimed at Trump?s legitimacy even though Schiff hasn?t drawn blood yet.
Video of 13-Year-Old Boy?s ?Excessive? Pat Down at Dallas Airport Goes Viral
Special Ed Teacher Arrested Over Alleged Relationship With Student at All-Boys Middle School: Cops
Brain implant lets paralyzed man feed himself using his thoughts
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A paralyzed man in Cleveland fed himself mashed potatoes for the first time in eight years, aided by a computer-brain interface that reads his thoughts and sends signals to move muscles in his arm, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The research, published in the journal Lancet, is the latest from BrainGate, a consortium of researchers testing brain-computer interface technology designed to give paralyzed individuals more mobility. Prior tests of the technology allowed paralyzed people to move a robotic arm or a cursor on a keyboard just by using their thoughts.
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection
Toshiba's loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, the companies said Wednesday, as the troubled division wrestles with huge losses and accounting fraud claims. Westinghouse technology is at the core of about half of the world's nuclear reactors. "Westinghouse Electric.... and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates, today filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code," the US firm said in a statement.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez Asks For Staff Resignations