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Who will decide what the Senate’s health-care bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid state senators.; Iowa congressman walks out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting; Kimmel returns to the air, slams critics of his health-care plea; The Health 202: Republicans are just starting the hard part on health care; Sign up: Get the Health 202 newsletter delivered directly to you; Trump traveled half as much in his first four months as did Obama; Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence, say people close to investigation; Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state; Grassley, Chaffetz rebuke HHS secretary for muzzling agency employees; He says he went to Syria to rescue his wife from ISIS. Now he sits in prison.; 10 important questions raised by Yates’s testimony on the ‘compromised’ Michael Flynn; Sessions reviewing charging guidelines telling prosecutors not to seek mandatory minimums for drug crimes; Guinea pigs or pioneers? How Puerto Rican women were used to test the birth control pill.; No, Stephen Colbert is not being investigated by the FCC for his Trump joke; In response to sex abuse allegation, Sidwell Friends joins other private schools in pursuing transparency; More airport drama: Furious passengers clash with Spirit employees in Fort Lauderdale;
 
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In blow to ties with Turkey, U.S. to directly arm Syrian Kurds against ISIS
President Trump has approved a plan to directly arm Kurdish forces as part of a plan to capture Raqqa, the Pentagon said. Turkey views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, as a threat and has rebuked the United States for partnering with them in its fight against extremists in Syria.
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Who will decide what the Senate’s health-care bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid state senators.
The most powerful bloc in the Senate, based on the size and clout of its members, are the 20 Republicans who come from states that took advantage of the 2010 health law’s federal expansion of Medicaid to provide insurance to millions of lower-income Americans.
 
Iowa congressman walks out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting
Rep. Rod Blum, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, struggled to explain his vote to support the American Health Care Act to a pre-screened audience.
 
Kimmel returns to the air, slams critics of his health-care plea
“I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive,” Kimmel deadpanned.
 
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The Health 202: Republicans are just starting the hard part on health care
Here are five dynamics to watch that will determine if the Senate can get to the needed votes on health care.
 
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Trump traveled half as much in his first four months as did Obama
President Trump’s sojourns since January have been mostly to places where he feels comfortable: Eastern states that voted for him and properties that bear his name. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, not unexpectedly, racked up thousands more miles than Trump. But President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton logged many more thousands of miles over the same time period.
 
Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence, say people close to investigation
During a hearing last week, the FBI director offered new details about what agents found after they realized a laptop belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner, husband of Huma Abedin, contained thousands of work emails involving Hillary Clinton. People close to the investigation said that Clinton aide Abedin did not forward emails to Weiner regularly and only a small number of forwarded emails were deemed to contain classified information.
 
Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state
The Energy Department has activated its emergency operations protocol in Hanford, a small agricultural community in south-central Washington.
 
Grassley, Chaffetz rebuke HHS secretary for muzzling agency employees
The Republican leaders said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s new policy curtailing his employees’ ability to communicate directly with Congress “is potentially illegal and unconstitutional.”
 
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He says he went to Syria to rescue his wife from ISIS. Now he sits in prison.
Belgian national Ahmed Abu Fouad was vacationing with his children two years ago when he got word that his young wife had run away to Syria. Belgium has adopted an uncompromising line on his case, as it has for other countrymen returning from the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate.
 
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10 important questions raised by Yates’s testimony on the ‘compromised’ Michael Flynn
Sally Yates’s riveting testimony raised far more questions than it answered. Most of all, it cast fresh doubts on President Trump’s judgment.
 
Sessions reviewing charging guidelines telling prosecutors not to seek mandatory minimums for drug crimes
If new charging instructions are implemented it would mark the first significant move by the Trump administration to bring back the drug war’s toughest practices.
 
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Guinea pigs or pioneers? How Puerto Rican women were used to test the birth control pill.
Some have compared the first large-scale human trial of the pill in a Puerto Rican public housing project to the Tuskegee syphilis study.
 
No, Stephen Colbert is not being investigated by the FCC for his Trump joke
Even if he were, Colbert’s joke wouldn’t meet standards for obscene content, experts say.
 
In response to sex abuse allegation, Sidwell Friends joins other private schools in pursuing transparency
The school’s unusually detailed and public response — and the admission within it — signifies what is described as a sea change in how schools are reacting to allegations amid a series of high-profile scandals at some of the nation’s most prominent private schools.
 
More airport drama: Furious passengers clash with Spirit employees in Fort Lauderdale
Cellphone video captured pandemonium as screaming passengers clustered around Spirit Airlines ticket counters after nine flights were canceled.
 
 
     
 
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