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House Speaker Paul Ryan rolled up his sleeves on Thursday to sell the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the GOP plan during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
Seven weeks into the Trump presidency, the coal industry and electric utilities are getting restless for their promised relief from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions. But they might not have to wait much longer, according to the authoritative energy news site E&E News, which is reporting that the administration is preparing to set the repeal in motion with an executive order as early as next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked Thursday whether Mexico will pay for President Trump’s planned wall along the United States’ southern border — a promise Trump repeated countless times during his 2016 presidential campaign.
In a video posted to Snapchat on International Women’s Day, Hillary Clinton urged women to “resist” and assert themselves politically. “There’s a lot to fight for: Planned Parenthood, education, health care, jobs,” Clinton said in the video, published Wednesday. Clinton donned red, the official color of “A Day Without a Woman.” In honor of International Women’s Day, the organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington promoted the initiative, encouraging women to strike on Wednesday to demonstrate their economic importance.
The Republican plan to repeal Obamacare was approved by the House Ways and Committee in the early Thursday, capping an 18-plus-hour debate over the legislation. And the marathon session was not without its testy moments.
Paul Penzone, Democratic candidate for Maricopa County sheriff, speaks to supporters during an election night party, on Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. Penzone unseated longtime incumbent Joe Arpaio. PHOENIX, Ariz. — Last Friday morning, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone walked a few blocks from his office in downtown Phoenix to Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, where he patiently took questions from a room full of Latino journalism students from high schools around the county.
I’ve been thinking about Barack Obama lately, and not because I suspect he ordered a tap on my phones, or directed his agents to eavesdrop through my flat-screen, although I like the idea of someone poring through hundreds of pages of transcripts of me ranting about how I can’t seem to switch channels without turning on the Xbox. Obama had been saying he didn’t consider terrorism an existential threat to the country, the way we once viewed the specter of nuclear war. This was well before anyone considered Donald Trump a plausible president of the United States, so Obama wasn’t talking about anyone in particular.
President Trump and Republicans in Congress tried to regain the initiative Wednesday in the battle over health care, seeking to recover from the withering criticism of their rollout of a replacement for Obamacare. To that end, they went after the Congressional Budget Office, which is still days away from releasing its analysis of the Republican bill. “If you’re looking at the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during Wednesday’s briefing with reporters.
House Republicans continued to push their controversial bill to repeal and replace Obamacare through two committees Wednesday evening, as angry Democrats sought to delay the votes as long as possible. Republicans on the Committee on Ways and Means voted down Democrats’ numerous amendments, one by one, and ignored their repeated complaints that the majority was rushing through a vote to change the nation’s health care system without first receiving an estimate of its cost and impact from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday evening that the bronze statue of a fearless little girl defiantly staring down the famous “Charging Bull” statue near Wall Street will stay in lower Manhattan through April 2. De Blasio revealed how long the much-discussed statue would stay in a tweet at 6 p.m. on March 8, International Women’s Day. “Our future rests in the hands of fearless girls,” the caption reads.
With the Plaza Hotel, which President Trump once owned, as a backdrop, a crowd gathered at the southeast corner of Central Park on Wednesday afternoon as part of the “A Day Without a Woman” strike. Set to coincide with International Women’s Day, the protest was organized by the same team behind January’s Women’s March on Washington, a massive Saturday protest that coincided with many sister marches across the country and ultimately became the largest single-day demonstration in United States history. Wednesday’s gathering was promoted as “a show of solidarity and revolutionary love,” ahead of another rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park on Wednesday evening, and the crowd, overwhelmingly female but otherwise diverse, was appropriately buoyant.
Press secretary Sean Spicer discussed the White House’s reaction to the “A Day Without a Woman” protests taking place around the country at his daily briefing on Wednesday. Organizers said the protests were designed to highlight “the economic power and significance that women have” and raise awareness of “the economic injustices women and gender-nonconforming people continue to face.” The organizers encouraged women to go on strike and “refrain from paid and unpaid work” as part of the protests, which were held on International Women’s Day. Yahoo News asked Spicer about the protests at the briefing.
American women stayed home from work, zipped up their wallets, wore red and joined rallies across the country to demonstrate their economic clout Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day events around the globe. The Day Without a Woman protest in the U.S. was put together by organizers of the vast women’s marches that were held coast-to-coast the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. School districts including those in Prince George’s County, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, canceled classes because so many teachers and other employees were expected to be out. In Providence, Rhode Island, the municipal court closed for lack of staff members.
Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric and crew took a trip to Capitol Hill to interview Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) to discuss the Obamacare repeal bill. Senator Collins said that she believes the House needs to “slow down” in its quest to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law and that the current bill unveiled this week would be dead on arrival in the Senate.
On Wednesday evening, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife, Heidi, will dine with President Trump at the White House. “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. Trump brought the rumor up again the day after accepting the Republican nomination in Cleveland.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday that she believes the U.S. House of Representatives needs to “slow down” in its quest to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law and said the current bill unveiled this week would get a chilly reception in the Senate. Collins, a moderate Republican who has bucked Trump on a handful of his Cabinet nominations, said she is concerned by analyses that estimate 6 million to 10 million people would lose their coverage under the bill and that older people’s premiums would rise. Asked if she agreed with her colleague Sen. Rand Paul that the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate, Collins responded “yes.” But she stressed that the bill is a “work in progress” and may improve to the point where she could support it.
Wednesday March 8, marks International Women’s Day, with festivals, concerts and exhibitions among the numerous events planned around the world to celebrate the achievements of women in society. The Soviet Union declared it a holiday in 1917. It was predominantly celebrated in socialist and communist countries until it was adopted in 1977 by the United Nations.
In honor of International Women’s Day, the organizers of the highly successful Women’s March on Washington are promoting A Day Without a Woman. Bustle and its sister site, Romper, also will not publish any content Wednesday.
ALOHA MEANS HELLO AND GOODBYE. Hawaii will sue over Trump’s new travel ban. “The state of Hawaii said in a court filing Tuesday that it intended to file a legal challenge to President Trump’s revamped executive order pausing refugee resettlement and immigration from six majority-Muslim countries,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “In a court filing in the state, Hawaii Atty. Gen. Douglas Chin asks the court to approve a swift briefing schedule on the state’s intended request for a temporary restraining order blocking the new travel ban before it takes effect on March 16.”
Obama greets Trump at Trump’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., in January. President Trump’s recent Twitter attacks against former President Barack Obama, including his evidence-free claim that Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election, have apparently put a strain on what Trump had recently described as their unlikely friendship. An Obama aide told the Wall Street Journal that the former president was “livid” over the accusation that he ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower.