Trump blasts Congress over failure of health-care bill

U.S. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and “a few Republicans” Tuesday over the collapse of his party’s effort to rewrite the Obama health-care law, and warned, “We will return.”

Trump’s early morning tweet led off a barrage of Republican criticism of Congress over the party’s failure on its flagship legislative priority. For seven years, Republicans have pledged to repeal former president Barack Obama’s law.

“Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans.”

He added, “As I have always said, let Obama Care fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!”

Two senators — Utah’s Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas — sealed the measure’s doom late Monday when they announced they would vote “no” in an initial, critical vote that had been expected as soon as next week. That meant that at least four of the 52 Republican senators were ready to block the measure — two more than majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had to spare in the face of unanimous Democratic opposition.

On the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell conceded that the legislation repealing the 2010 law and replacing it with Republican-preferred programs “will not be successful,” essentially waving a white flag.

‘The core of this bill is unworkable.’— Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer 

He said instead, the Senate would vote on legislation dismantling much of Obama’s statute that would take effect in two years, which Republicans say would give Congress time to approve replacement legislation. But such legislation seems unlikely to be approved, with many Republicans concerned the two-year gap would roil insurance markets and produce a political backlash.

“This doesn’t have to be the end of the story,” McConnell said.

But two other Republican senators said on Tuesday they can’t vote to repeal the law without a replacement.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito said in a statement she “did not come to Washington to hurt people.” Her concerns focused on proposed cuts to Medicaid and the impact on treating the opioid epidemic, which has hit her state hard.

Separately, Maine Senator Susan Collins also said she opposes the repeal and delay approach. Collins said it’s not constructive to repeal a law so interwoven within the health-care system and then hope over the next two years to come up with a replacement.

Stinging setback

The retreat was the second stinging setback on the issue in three weeks for McConnell, whose reputation as a legislative mastermind has been marred as he’s failed to unite his chamber’s Republicans behind a health overhaul package that highlighted jagged divides between conservatives and moderates. In late June, he abandoned an initial package after he lacked enough Republican support to pass.

The episode has also been jarring for Trump, whose intermittent lobbying and nebulous, often contradictory descriptions of what he’s wanted have shown he has limited clout with senators. That despite a determination by Trump, McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to demonstrate that a Republican-controlled White House and Congress can govern effectively.

Franco-German meeting to focus on tax, tech: Elysee

This week’s first Franco-German ministerial meeting since Emmanuel Macron’s election is not expected to yield precise proposals on euro zone reforms, but will feature announcements on start-up funding, sources at the French president’s office said on Monday. Continue Reading

Google funds automated news project

Google is funding a robot journalism project in which computers will write 30,000 stories a month for local media.

The Press Association (PA) news agency received £622,000 for its Reporters and Data and Robots (Radar) scheme. Continue Reading

NOVI AND O’BRIEN’S FOOD SIGN €450,000 DEAL

It was announced this week that Irish IT company, Novi, has designed and implemented an all new IT infrastructure for O’Brien Fine Foods in a €450,000 deal.  Continue Reading

Hackers steal Bitcoin funds from Bithumb exchange traders

One of the world’s largest cyber-currency exchanges is under investigation after it acknowledged that one of its employee’s PCs had been hacked. Continue Reading

European parliament backs red lines resolution for Brexit negotiations

The European parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favour of a tough negotiating stance towards the British government in the Brexit negotiations. Continue Reading

These Are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Eleven Madison Park in New York triumphed Wednesday in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, becoming the first U.S. establishment to win the top spot since 2004.

Continue Reading

Yahoo say hackers may have stolen information from 1 Billion accounts

A hack on Yahoo in 2013 may have led to one billion users having their data stolen, according to the company today.
Continue Reading

Russia to send the world’s largest submarine to the Baltic

Monster sub armed with 20 nuclear missiles to sail into NATOs ‘swimming pool’ as Putin flexes his muscles

  • Massive Typhoon-class sub Dmitry Donskoy is to leave the White Sea and travel around Norway and Denmark
  • Measuring an enormous 574-foot in length the Russian vessel it is one of the most feared of the Cold War era
  • The beast set to serve as a chilling reminder to the rest of the world about Russia’s growing nuclear prowess
  • Submarine can stay submerged for 120 days with a crew of 160 on board and is fitted with six torpedo tubes

Continue Reading

Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

 

Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time.

They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away. Continue Reading

Blowjob