Some Republican senators expressed doubt Sunday about holding a vote on the health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare until the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis on the legislation and changes are considered. Five Republicans have expressed opposition to the Senate GOP health care plan. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in interviews they would like to wait and review the CBO score before pressing ahead to vote. They're not addressing the root cause," he said, referring to rising health care costs. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters passing a health care bill won't get any easier if Republican leaders delay a Senate vote on the GOP health care plan.
June 26, 2017 08:29 UTC
Earlier this month, political commentator Lisa Durden gave a fiery interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, defending a Black Lives Matter chapter’s decision to host a Memorial Day event exclusively for black people. “Boo-hoo-hoo,” Lisa Durden, who is also an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark, said in the June 6 television appearance. She claimed “there was no due process, there were no facts.”“I was publicly lynched,” Durden said in an interview with The Washington Post. Durden, whose media commentary focuses on issues such as pop culture, race and politics, said she was invited onto “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the Black Lives Matter event. Her remarks — in which she compared the Black Lives Matter event to a wedding that excludes children — drew intense backlash on social media.
June 26, 2017 08:27 UTC
Story highlights Gulmag cable car is among the highest in AsiaAccident was blamed on unusually strong windsNew Delhi (CNN) At least seven people have died after falling from a cable car during strong winds in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir. The accident occurred Sunday in the popular mountain resort town of Gulmarg, when wires supporting the cable car were hit by an uprooted pine tree, said district police chief Imtiyaz Ahmad. The Gulmarg cable car is among the highest in Asia, reaching a height of 1,312 feet (400 meters) at its peak. Shamim Ahmad Wani, the managing director of the J&K Cable Car Corporation which operates the ride, confirmed that all seven passengers fell from the car during unusually high winds. Wani says that the cable car system is inspected annually and this year's inspection was in May.
June 26, 2017 08:26 UTC
Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his former lawyer said Monday. It was unclear exactly what treatment Liu was receiving but as of 10 days ago his condition was stable, Mo said, citing Liu's family. He noted, however, that medical parole is only granted to prisoners who are gravely ill and unable to be treated at the prison's medical facilities. "Normally, most people will be allowed to go home, or to be with their families, or hospitals, but Liu Xiaobo is a special case," Mo said. She urged Beijing to provide the best medical treatment for Liu and facilitate his travel if he and his family wish to seek treatment outside China.
June 26, 2017 08:16 UTC
Two high-profile groups of Jewish leaders on Monday canceled meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall. The dramatic moves reflected the widening gulf that has opened between Israel and the Jewish diaspora over how Judaism can be practiced in Israel. A delegation of Reform leaders from Israel and North America later announced that it too had canceled a meeting with Netanyahu planned for Thursday. "The prime minister made this decision without even a discussion with key leaders of the North American Jewish communities," Jacobs said. "It is important to Prime Minister Netanyahu that every Jew is able to pray at the Western Wall," said Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman.
June 26, 2017 08:16 UTC
For a guy who makes his living, teaching others how to manage stress, you’d be surprised by how many little things bother me. So this begs the question: How can I be taking all these actions on a regular basis and still be bothered by stress? And more importantly, how can I teach others how to manage stress if I can’t manage my own? In other words, they wouldn’t have as much insight as to what to do about it as someone who IS bothered by stress like me. So, I’m not necessarily BAD at managing stress, I just have to work harder at it than the average person.
June 26, 2017 08:15 UTC
This picture released by the family of Liu Xiaobo taken on March 14, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo (L) and his brother Liu Xiaoxuan in Guangzhou in southern China. (Handout/AFP/Getty Images)China’s only Nobel Peace Prize winner and most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, was released Monday from prison on medical grounds to treat his advanced liver cancer, his lawyer told The Washington Post. “Liu Xiaobo was an important partner in our democratic movement of 1989. In 2010 when he won the Nobel Prize while in prison, his family was prevented from traveling to Norway to accept the award. Read more:China’s Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace PrizeOpinion: China has not been able to hide Liu Xiaobo’s ideasXia Liu: A voice for my husbandToday’s coverage from Post correspondents around the worldLike Washington Post World on Facebook and stay updated on foreign news
June 26, 2017 08:14 UTC
BRUSSELS—The European Union’s antitrust watchdog will as soon as Tuesday hit Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a fine of more than €1 billion ($1.12 billion) and demand changes to the company’s business practices, according to people familiar with the matter. The European Commission, which has for roughly seven years been investigating Google for breaching the bloc’s antitrust rules in various areas, is poised to announce as soon as Tuesday that Google has manipulated search results to favor its own comparison-shopping service....
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June 26, 2017 07:52 UTC
Story highlights Male children with older fathers are more likely to be geeky, according to a new studyThe study found that being geeky is 57% inherited from the parents(CNN) If you think of yourself as a geeky boy, you may want to thank your old man, according to a study published Tuesday in Translational Psychiatry. The study surveyed 7,781 twins and found that being geeky was 57% inherited from the parents, particularly in male children with older fathers. "Geek" is typically an umbrella term for people who tend to be socially awkward and overly intellectual, the study said. The geek index started visibly rising in those with fathers who were older than 35 at the child's conception. Males with fathers who were older than 50 at conception were 32% more likely to score higher on exams in STEM subjects than the offspring of fathers who were under 25, according to the study.
June 26, 2017 07:52 UTC
The outcry was immediate and most vehement from conservative groups, including Christians who said they’d been targeted as hateful for opposing same-sex marriage. The “hate group” banners used on GuideStar’s website linked to the law center’s website, according to the Associated Press. A headline in the Daily Signal, a news platform for the conservative Heritage Foundation, blared: “Nonprofit tracker smears dozens of conservative organizations as ‘hate groups. We are always open and willing to have conversations with our users and nonprofit groups and welcomed this feedback. We acknowledge there is a deep, nuanced conversation to be had with Americans of all political, cultural, and religious backgrounds regarding how we address — and identify — hate groups.
June 26, 2017 07:45 UTC
Rescue crews were ordered on Monday to evacuate the site of a deadly landslide in southwestern China over concerns of a second landslide, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The order was issued after radar detected shifts in the ground where the mountains collapsed early Saturday, Xinhua said. The massive landslide buried the entire village of Xinmo in a mountainous region of Sichuan province. Saturday's landslide carried an estimated 18 million cubic meters (636 million cubic feet) of earth and rock — equivalent to more than 7,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools — when it slid down from steep mountains. Some of it fell from as high as 1.6 kilometers (1 mile).
June 26, 2017 07:41 UTC
“The Incredible Hulk” actor Lou Ferrigno transformed into a real life hero ― again ― by helping a fan who was suffering from a seizure. Frank McAlister wrote on Facebook that his son, Ted, experienced the seizure while speaking to the actor and bodybuilder at FanBoy Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee over the weekend. Ferrigno touched me on the shoulder and said that Ted was trying to tell him something that he couldn’t understand,” McAlister wrote. “I’ve been a sheriff for 12 years,” Ferrigno told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “The Incredible Hulk made sure that I had everything that I needed,” McAlister wrote.
June 26, 2017 07:41 UTC
Stars of the stage adaptation of “1984” Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde have both reportedly broke bones on set — the nose for Sturridge and the tailbone for Wilde. Yet that’s exactly what audience members experienced at the new staging of George Orwell’s “1984,” which opened Thursday at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre after previews in London. While many adaptations of the book downplayed some of its more graphic aspects, in particular its torture scenes, this staging does nothing of the sort. Though it’s unclear how, Wilde and Sturridge both reportedly broke bones on set — the tailbone for Wilde and the nose for Sturridge. [Trump-like ‘Julius Caesar’ assassinated in New York play.
June 26, 2017 07:37 UTC
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election. "I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake," Schiff, of California, said in a televised interview with CNN. President Trump criticized Obama earlier Sunday for allegedly doing “nothing” about reports that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential campaign. “I just heard today for the first time that (former President) Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it,” he said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before the election. The Washington Post reported Friday that the Obama administration hesitated to act on and speak about information it was given about Russia’s interference in the election.
June 26, 2017 07:30 UTC
American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea on March 16, 2016. “Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” she wrote. Maybe in the US, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. Not so much in North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier announced June 19 that their son, Otto, has died, days after he was medically evacuated from North Korea.
June 26, 2017 07:25 UTC