GOP health care working group runs into early obstacles

(CNN)Republican senators are grappling this week with how they can find consensus between their moderate and conservative factions on health care while still managing to get the 50 votes they need to gut the Affordable Care Act. It’s tough math and although it is early in the process, so far the GOP’s health care working group — a collection of 13 GOP senators — has already encountered some of the same hurdles that hindered the House’s efforts, which struggled for weeks to collect enough votes to pass. After last week’s…

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How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector

On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. Since DeVos’s name first surfaced as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, a stubborn, nation-wide procession of feet has emerged in stride to protest what many fear is the beginning of the end of…

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Syria war: Turkish forces ‘push into IS-held al-Bab’

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports say. They have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from IS since late 2016. Ten Turkish soldiers have been killed since Wednesday in the fighting. It is part of a broader offensive by Turkey to push IS and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border. Syrian forces meanwhile have closed in on al-Bab from the south, where there is reported to be…

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War on Black Money: PMO, IB Officials Go Into Huddle, Security Alert to Follow

New Delhi: The Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and his team met with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) late on Tuesday night to discuss any possible law and order fallout of the decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, sources told News18. The officials apprised the PMO of likely security scenarios and a nationwide alert could be issued soon, sources said. Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished his nationally televised speech this evening, there were long queues at ATMs across the country. Network18 reporters fanning…

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The Boxes We Keep Forcing Students Into In The Name Of Education

When I was in school, I thought I knew what I wanted to be in life. I had a few options, with the little I had seen growing up: 1. A Catholic priest 2. A rockstar 3. A doctor I pursued the first early on, got bored of the second and gave up option three in junior college when I couldn’t prick my own finger for a blood sample. I had chosen science after high school, and later on graduated as a math major. I really liked math, I wasn’t…

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How can we put the taste back into British food?

Four strawberries, picked an hour earlier, sit on a saucer on the dining-room table of Lindsey Lodge Farm, a 40-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables in Suffolk. It is June and these strawberries are the first of the English season. Andrew Sturgeon, a farmer for 30 years, smiles, certain of the quality. The aroma is heady, the taste is of strawberries as they ought to be, naturally sweet. Sturgeon delivers to 45 stores belonging to the East of England Co-operative, owned by its members. It is independent from the Co-operative…

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Lose It’s New Photo Tool Turns Your Food Porn Into Calorie Tracker

Success in the hyper-competitive mobile app industry takes endurance. App makers jockey for a coveted spot on our devices’ tiny screens, but few manage to keep our attention over the long haul. One of those rare app companies with staying power is Boston-based FitNow, parent company of the diet and exercise-tracking app Lose It. It was one of the first apps in the Apple store in 2008, and eight years later it remains a top health and fitness app on both iOS and Android phones, the company says. It has…

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Are we ready to welcome velvet back into our lives?

As a millennial, your last memory of velvet was probably a party frock from when you were in school. Having stayed away from the soft-to-touch yet what seemed like a horribly dated fabric, fashion has come a full circle to celebrate the decadence of velvet. From glove shoes to band jackets and skirt hems, the fabric is what you need to bring the party to your closet. Whether it’s the texture of your sunglasses or a date night dress, these are the pieces you should be eyeing night now.  [Source:-Vogue]…

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