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At one point Trump tells Varadkar he has "a lot of these lovely Irish press" in the room and singles out Caitriona Perry, asking her to come forward and tell him her name. Mr. Trump also congratulated the taoiseach on his recent "great victory". The 38-year-old Varadkar is Ireland's youngest prime minister. Mr. Varadkar said that he will raise issues such as climate change, LGBT rights, and immigrant rights on a future US visit.
  • GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

    GOP eyes Senate health care vote next week, amid grumbling

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    Two abortion-related provisions in the House-passed bill that rewrites the US health insurance system have been dropped from the Senate's counterpart version, according to several lobbyists. Senate conservatives also seemed wary of the emerging bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , defending the closed-door sessions, has said all Senate Republicans have had a chance to participate in meetings on the bill, and that Democrats are not interested in discussing Obamacare repeal.
  • 2 dead in Chicago Skyway shooting identified

    2 dead in Chicago Skyway shooting identified

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    Pena then got out of his vehicle while it was still running to chase after Fischer, firing several gunshots at her, police said. Police said the incident appeared to be a domestic-related murder-suicide. According to the company which manages the tollway, the man and the woman were both in the auto before the shooting took place. Their identities have not been released.
  • TS Bret to dump rain over Venezuelan coast, SE Caribbean

    TS Bret to dump rain over Venezuelan coast, SE Caribbean

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    The tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area in the next 24 to 36 hours. If the weather system reaches tropical storm criteria, it will be named Cindy. According to an outline of the new changes , the old National Weather Service (NWS) policy did not allow hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings until after a tropical cyclone had formed.
  • Trump pushes back on claims that travel ban soon to expire

    Trump pushes back on claims that travel ban soon to expire

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    In both cases, lower court judges have refused to allow enforcement, and have ruled that the executive order probably violated federal immigration laws (the result in the Hawaii case in the Ninth Circuit) or probably violated the Constitution (in the Maryland case in the Fourth Circuit).
  • Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

    Dems say they'll slow Senate work over secretive care bill

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to pass the legislation by June 30. Again, if the Senate proposal is more generous than the House's version, it will be harder to meet the bill's required budget targets. "Everyone's going to get to weigh in", he said Sunday. According to Senate Republican aides familiar with the Senate negotiations, leaders in the chamber are weighing lowering the growth rate for the Medicaid program beginning in 2025.
  • Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

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    When he arrived at the hospital, however, he was in a state of shock. "She's in good condition and she's in good spirits", Sava said . President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".
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    Yesterday morning, police say, Hodgkinson fired dozens of bullets at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va ., wounding five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise , R-La. "I really don't want to answer these questions about his politics". And to get a better sense of the political climate, I stopped by a local softball league game here last night, spoke to some people there.
  • Trump visits lesbian officer injured saving Republican congressmen from shooter

    Trump visits lesbian officer injured saving Republican congressmen from shooter

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    Griner and Bailey were also injured in the shooting , as was Williams, one of his staffers and a former staffer who remains hospitalized. 'She is fantastic, and she's a hero, ' retired Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine tells CBS News . We have freedoms that many on this globe wish they would have, and you took those freedoms and tried to take lives. Jeff Flake , R-Arizona; Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida; and Rep.
  • Scalise still critical but improved

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    Ticket sales to the game soared to a rate of 500 per hour on Thursday, and more than 18,000 tickets had been sold before noon Thursday, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported . Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members.
  • Vice President Mike Pence hires counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

    Vice President Mike Pence hires counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

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    The vice president's communications director, Jarrod Agen , said in a statement, "I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel". Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017 You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian ...