White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions Loophole
A top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Forget Cheat ?Sheet? ? Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'
When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland?s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he?d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that?s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he?d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a ?3x5? cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.
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US health secretary suspends use of chartered jets following spending row
Tom Price, the US Health and Human Services Secretary, is to halt taxpayer-funded trips on private jets pending an internal review of his travel arrangements. Mr Price, a key ally of Donald Trump charged with helping to repeal Obamacare, came under fire when it emerged that he and his department had spent more than $300,000 (£222,000) on charter flights. Speaking on Fox News Mr Price said the use of private jets would be suspended while the programme is examined by Daniel Levinson, the department's inspector general. ?We?ve heard the criticism. We?ve heard the concerns. We take that very seriously and have taken it to heart,? Mr Price said. He added that he would co-operate fully with the investigation. But Mr Price denied extravagance, saying that the figures related to 11 trips over an eight-month period and related to both the recent hurricanes and the opioid crisis sweeping the United States. On other occasions, Mr Price added, he and his staff, did use commercial flights and on occasion travelled by road, undertaking car trips lasting several hours. Five ways Donald Trumps healthcare plan is different from Obamacare We welcome this review,? Mr Price said. ?We want to make certain that we have the full confidence of not just this administration, but the American people.? Critics accused Mr Price of using private jets when cheaper commercial flights were available. They pointed out that Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who held the post under Barack Obama, did not use private jets. Charmaine Yoest, Mr Price's assistant secretary for public affairs, previously defended his use of private jets. ?This is Secretary Price, getting outside of D.C., making sure he is connected with the real American people,? she said. ?Wasting four hours in an airport and having the secretary cancel his event is not a good use of taxpayer money."
Steven Mnuchin Says NFL Players Can 'Do Free Speech On Their Own Time'
Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday echoed President Donald Trump?s criticism of professional athletes who protest racism, saying that the players kneeling or making other gestures during the national anthem can ?do free speech on their own time.?
Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun
Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake," the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 -- for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred by Hitler himself.
Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote
By Daren Butler and Raya Jalabi ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take security, economic and political steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman described as a "terrible mistake" that would trigger new regional crises. The United States and other Western powers have, like Turkey, urged authorities in the semi-autonomous Iraqi region to cancel Monday's vote.