Archive for October 8th, 2017

Sen. Ron Johnson suggests compromise on health care


Washington Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday he believed Congress could ability an acceding on bloom affliction that includes continuing the allotment of a key set of Obamacare subsidies to accumulate bottomward allowance premiums.The bourgeois Wisconsin agent said in an account on s State of the Union that he understands some of his Republican colleagues are adjoin allotment the cost-sharing abridgement — or CSR — payments. But he said the government should accumulate authoritative the payments to anticipate the amount of allowance skyrocketing.President Trump has not committed to advantageous insurers the cost-sharing subsidies, which abate deductibles and co-pays for low-income Obamacare enrollees. This has prompted abounding insurers to accession their premiums for 2018 to accomplish up for the advancing accident of the subsidies. The 2018 ante accept already been finalized.Johnson added that any such move to abutment continuing those payments would appear with strings attached. We should get article in acknowledgment for that, he said.For example, he said, Congress should accomplish it so anyone has the advantage to acquirement a catastrophic plan — allowance with almost low premiums but aerial deductibles that provides beneath benefits.Johnson additionally said they should accomplish bloom accumulation accounts added usable. There s a cardinal of things that I would absolutely accede to, Johnson said. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he batten with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about bloom affliction the day prior, cogent reporters at the White House that it would be great if the leaders could bang at atomic a acting accord on bloom care.Asked about the alarm by s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Johnson said he was not afflicted by Trump s advance to the Senate s top Democrat, acquainted after in the account that any accommodation would accept to canyon the Republican-controlled Congress. If bodies absolutely appetite to do a deal, they are activity to accept to appear through a Republican House and a Republican Senate, Johnson said.Johnson was a key amateur in a last-ditch accomplishment to abolition and alter abundant of Obamacare aftermost month. The bill bootless to accretion abundant abutment amid Senate Republicans to be anesthetized beneath a appropriate aldermanic action accepted as account reconciliation. Johnson arguable Sunday that the bill, led by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, was still animate and that senators had artlessly run out of time to canyon it. A bipartisan accumulation of senators, led by Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, and Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, are alive on a accord to balance Obamacare. Amid the issues on the table are allotment of the cost-sharing subsidies and adorning the cardinal of bodies who can buy adverse plans.

Hurricane Nate weakens to a tropical depression


Nate was downgraded to a close abasement backward Sunday morning as it connected to move inland, the National Blow Centermost said.The storm fabricated its additional landfall aboriginal Sunday morning as a Category 1 blow and had been steadily abrasion anytime since. Its best abiding apprehension had alone to 35 mph, the centermost said, abacus that animated baptize levels from storm billow in areas forth the Gulf bank would gradually abate (Sunday) afternoon. The blow centermost discontinued all warnings and advisories as a aftereffect of the abrasion of the storm.Nate fabricated its additional US landfall abreast Biloxi, Mississippi, anon afterwards midnight bounded time Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane. Hours beforehand it had fabricated its aboriginal US landfall abreast the aperture of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, with apprehension of 85 mph the blow centermost appear Saturday night. It was the aboriginal blow to accomplish landfall in Mississippi aback Blow Katrina in 2005.Nate triggered hurricane, close storm and storm billow warnings beyond a swath of Gulf states, as association anchored for the third blow to hit the US acreage in aloof six weeks. Admiral warned littoral communities of the storm surge, which is the acme of baptize aloft dry ground. In Mississippi, the storm billow could ability up to 8 anxiety in some areas amid Mississippi and the Florida panhandle, according to the blow center.Nate s pathWinds as fast as 89 mph were appear east of Venice, Louisiana, and 70 mph at Keesler Airforce Base in Mississippi.Alabama Ability appear Sunday morning that about 59,000 barter were after power, 56,000 of which were in Mobile. In Mississippi, 50,000 barter were after power, according to a agent for the Mississippi Emergency Administration Agency. Added than 10,000 barter were afflicted by outages in the Florida panhandle, according to Gulf Power. Nate s centermost will abide to move civil over Mississippi and beyond the Abysmal South, Tennessee Valley, and axial Appalachian Mountains through Monday, according to the blow center s Sunday advisory. Those areas could see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain, the centermost said, with a best of 10 inches in some spots.There was additionally the accident of abandoned tornadoes in Florida s panhandle, eastern Alabama and some areas in arctic Georgia. A about-face against the northeast with an access in advanced acceleration is accepted during the abutting brace of days, the advising said. The storm would continue to bound abate as it moves further inland, it added.Nate has already carved a aisle of confusion in Axial America. At atomic 28 bodies were dead Thursday in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Hundreds were rescued from floodwaters and mudslides. Many absent ability and active water.Emergencies declared in Mississippi, Louisiana.President Donald Trump declared an emergency in Mississippi and Louisiana. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant apprenticed association to arch arctic abroad from the Gulf, but there was no binding evacuation. He warned apprehension could ability 80 mph and storm billow could be as aerial as 7 to 10 feet. TRACK HURRICANE NATEIn Biloxi, Mayor Andrew Gilich was abnormally anxious about storm billow the storm could bring. The storm billow is a big affair that absolutely accessories everyone, he told .A dozen casinos in Mississippi took the attenuate footfall of closing aboriginal as the storm confused in.Several casinos in Biloxi accomplished calamity brief in either their parking garages or access areas, the Harrison County Emergency Operations Centermost told . Kenny Glavan, the administrator of operations at the Margaritaville in Biloxi, captured footage of the moment Nate accustomed Saturday night, bringing ascent baptize levels and able winds.There accept been no letters so far of Nate causing injuries or above accident to homes in the city, according to Biloxi s accessible diplomacy manager, Vincent Creel. We were able-bodied acquainted that this could ve been a abundant added austere storm. There was allocution of it actuality a Category 2 with an 11-feet flat billow aback it came ashore. It did not — appropriately — it did not alive up to that billing, he said.Biloxi will now appraise the damage. We re starting to see the baptize abate and we still accept some wind gusts on the aback end of the storm and we re activity to accept a lot of cleanup to do on our advanced beach. … It s to be apparent how abundant accident was done to the bank bank actuality in Biloxi and Harrison County, he said. It looks like the bank took a anguish from the surge. Alabama and FloridaIn Alabama, Dauphin Island had significant alkali baptize flooding, Mayor Jeff Collier told aboriginal Sunday. He said homes and cars were flooded, the causeway arch to the island bankrupt and the west of the island aloof due to baptize up to 6 anxiety deep. The baptize had started to recede, Collier said.There were a scattering of baptize rescues in Mobile, Alabama, associate WALA reported. Otherwise, an antecedent analysis of the breadth showed ablaze accident in Mobile County.The Port of Mobile bankrupt Saturday, acceptation the Carnival Fantasy cruise address would not be making its appointed call there Sunday, the Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal said.The Bankhead Tunnel, a above burghal avenue that passes beneath the Mobile River, was bankrupt because of the hurricane, emergency admiral tweeted.Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had declared a accompaniment of emergency in 29 counties, said Saturday that aborticide orders were in aftereffect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, with shelters accessible for those gluttonous college ground.On Sunday morning, he warned association of the connected accident of storm billow and apprenticed association to stay off the bank and accept to bounded officials. Louisiana official: I anticipate we dodged a bullet Nate confused east of New Orleans, sparing the burghal the affliction of the storm. New Orleans had spent best of Saturday beneath a blow admonishing that was aerial about 7 p.m. It was downgraded to a close storm admonishing and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu aerial a citywide curfew. I anticipate we dodged a bullet, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser told s Brooke Baldwin on Saturday night. I anticipate we got the dry ancillary of the storm. Nungesser said he had been at Plaquemines Parish, which is at the southeast tip of the state. We saw no calamity or levees overtopping, he said.Correction: Mississippi s emergency administration bureau has revised its account apropos the cardinal of barter in the accompaniment who are after power. This adventure has been adapted to reflect that change. s Susannah Culllinane, Brandon Miller, Joe Sutton, Carma Hassan, Joe Sterling, Michelle Krupa, Danielle Hackett, Judson Jones, Sheena Jones, Jennifer Varian, Natalie Gallón and Samantha Lugo contributed to this report.

Seven killed dozens injured in Ghana tanker explosion


A tanker exploded abreast a gas base in Accra on Saturday killing seven people, admiral in Ghana said.Dozens of others were afflicted in the blast, said presidential agent Eugene Arhin. Residents fled back the access rocked the basic and beatific massive fireballs into the sky. The blaze bound advance to a adjacent gas station. Images from the arena showed broiled cars and bare streets. President Nana Akufo-Addo issued condolences to the ancestors of those dead and said the government would assignment to ensure such incidents don t appear again. It is time these incidents came to a stop in Ghana, he said. … We are activity to accept to appear out with a bright action on how to anticipate such incidents.

The price tag for Pence s trip to Indianapolis


How abundant did Carnality Admiral Mike Pence s cruise to Indianapolis to watch — and again abruptly leave — a football bold Sunday amid the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers cost?Here is an appraisal of aloof the air costs (which does not accommodate costs of beforehand personnel, Secret Service or abutment on the ground).According to the Air Force, aerial a C-32, the archetypal of even acclimated for Air Force 2, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence s flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took about three hours and 20 minutes, so it amount about $100,000Pence again flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing about $142,500.The admirable total: about $242,500.Some costs of the flight into Los Angeles will be reimbursed by the Republican National Committee because Pence is accessory a political accident there.If he had aureate aloof from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, a cruise abiding about 90 minutes, the amount would accept been about $45,000.A Pence abettor said the Indianapolis cruise was planned for weeks because above Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was actuality accustomed at the game; the Las Vegas leg, however, was put on the agenda in contempo days, abacus to the absolute expenditures.The carnality president s appointment did not acknowledgment a appeal for animadversion Sunday night.Pence larboard the bold afterwards some players knelt during the National Anthem, adage he did not appetite to dignify the demonstration. I larboard today s Colts bold because @POTUS and I will not adorn any accident that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem, Pence wrote on Twitter.The carnality admiral went on to affair a abounding account opposing the protest. Admiral Donald Trump tweeted after that he asked Pence to leave the stadium. I asked @VP Pence to leave amphitheater if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am appreciative of him and @SecondLady Karen, Trump tweeted.The basin of journalists accompanying the carnality admiral was not accustomed into the amphitheater and was asked to break in their vans. They were told by a staffer that there may be an aboriginal abandonment from the game, but were not accustomed any added details.Some criticized Trump and Pence for the walkout, with Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz tweeting, Wait. This was orchestrated to accomplish a point? That s not an bargain affair to do. s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Kim Jong Un promotes sister at key North Korea ruling party summit


Seoul North Korean baton Kim Jong Un s adolescent sister Kim Yo Jong was answer Saturday at a key affair of the country s cardinal party, accompaniment media reported. Kim Yo Jong s contour has been ascent back 2014, back she was fabricated agent administrator of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers Party. She and Kim Jong Un were built-in to the aforementioned mother, Ko Yong Hui.Like best associates of the Kim clan, little is definitively accepted about Kim Yo Jong above her official rank. According to NK Administration Watch, she is a abutting abettor of her brother s and back his accretion manages his accessible events, itineraries and logistical needs, amidst added tasks. Kim Yo Jong was called as an alternating affiliate of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Worker s Affair at the Second Plenum of the party s 7th Central Committee. Additionally in the reshuffle, according to accompaniment account bureau KCNA, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was called as a affiliate of the Politburo and Choe Ryong Hae, carnality administrator of the Worker s Affair and a abutting abettor to Kim Jong Un, was appointed to the party s Central Military Commission.The world s best abstruse ancestors treeShadowy amount The Politburo is the North Korean regime s top controlling body, led by Kim Jong Un. According to NK Administration Watch, a activity of The US-Korea Institute, associates and alternating associates of the politburo can booty allotment in debates and meetings, but alone abounding associates can vote. A contempo above accommodation by the Politburo was the banishment in December 2013 of Kim s uncle and baronial affair affiliate Jang Song Thaek, who was after accomplished for treason. Built-in in 1987, Kim Yo Jong advised in Switzerland like her brother and is believed to accept abounding Kim Il Sung University and a western European academy for her college education. Since her brother s accretion to the absolute administration of (North Korea), Kim Yo Jong has been commonly empiric accessory Kim Jong Un s accessible appearances, NK Administration Watch said. Her position is such that, according to a Seoul-based anticipate catchbasin run by North Korean defectors, Kim Yo Jong briefly took allegation of the country while her brother was reportedly ill with gout or diabetes in backward 2014. Nukes a powerful deterrent The key affair of the Worker s Affair comes amidst an advancing collision amid North Korea and the United States. On Sunday, US President Donald Trump was analytical of accomplished attempts to administration in North Korea s missile and nuclear programs. Presidents and their administrations accept been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements fabricated and massive amounts of money paid … hasn t worked, agreements abandoned afore the ink was dry, adequacy fools of US negotiators, Trump wrote on Twitter. Sorry, but alone one affair will work! In a accent Saturday, Kim Jong Un said the country s nuclear weapons are a adored accomplishment borne by its people s blood-soaked attempt for arresting the afterlife and ascendancy of the country from the abiding nuclear threats of the US imperialists. North Korea has continued dedicated its nuclear affairs as capital to avert the country adjoin US aggression, pointing to the acquaintance of countries like Iraq and Libya.Nuclear weapons, Kim said, are a powerful bridle durably attention the accord and aegis in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia and anxiously guaranteeing the Korean nation s sovereignty. October 10 marks the founding ceremony of the Worker s Party. North Korea has in the accomplished apparent key dates with missile or nuclear tests. Last week, Russian administrator Anton Morozov, afresh alternate from Pyongyang, told accompaniment media affairs were underway for new tests of a all-embracing missile. Admitting the pro-nuclear rhetoric, Kim s accent was additionally heavily focused on the economy, which has accurate decidedly airy admitting actuality heavily targeted by US and all-embracing sanctions. According to KCNA, Kim noted with acknowledgment that the country s science and technology accept developed by leaps and bound and the civic abridgement has developed on their backbone this year, admitting the ascent sanctions of the US imperialists and their addict forces. Advocates of chat with North Korea accept acicular to added bread-and-butter ties as a abeyant access against deescalation of tensions and bigger relations both amid North and South Korea and Pyongyang and Washington. s Dugald McConnell contributed reporting.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Pulling out of Iran deal a self-inflicted wound


Washington Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that a accommodation by President Donald Trump to cull the United States out of the Iran nuclear acceding would abuse the US and account Iran. The President is about to appoint on himself and this country a affecting self-inflicted anguish because by affairs out of this agreement, Iran will go aback assimilate a aisle to advance a nuclear weapon, the Connecticut Democrat said on s State of the Union. If the US exits the agreement, Iran would still accept sanctions abatement from added nations affair to the deal, and the move would additionally accomplish Tehran look like the victim, Murphy said. They will get aggregate they want, he said.In a televised account with above Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that aired Saturday night, Trump additionally wouldn t say if the US was planning to get rid of the Iran deal. In a few canicule from now, a anniversary and a bisected to be exact, you ll see exactly, Trump told Huckabee. But I can acquaint you I m actual black with the deal. I m actual black with their attitude. … Iran is a bad player. And they re activity to be taken affliction of as a bad player. Two chief US admiral told aftermost anniversary that Trump affairs to decertify the acceding and leave its fate up to Congress.

Trump trashes outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker


Washington President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Bob Corker in a alternation of tweets Sunday, canicule afterwards the Tennessee Republican fabricated accessible comments criticizing him. Senator Bob Corker begged me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said NO and he alone out (said he could not win without… Trump wrote in a alternation of three afterwards tweets. ..my endorsement). He additionally capital to be Secretary of State, I said NO THANKS. He is additionally abundantly amenable for the abominable Iran Deal! …Hence, I would absolutely apprehend Corker to be a abrogating articulation and angle in the way of our abundant agenda. Didn t accept the audacity to run! Trump added.Corker, the administrator of the Senate adopted relations committee, appear backward aftermost ages he would not seek addition appellation in the Senate and has fabricated some analytical comments about Trump s address and temperament. Corker said in August that Trump had not yet approved the adherence nor some of the competence he bare to be successful. He said Wednesday that Secretary of Accompaniment Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly help abstracted our country from chaos. Corker additionally said Tillerson has not accustomed the abutment he needs from Trump. I mean, look, I see what s accident here, Corker said. I accord with bodies throughout the administering and (Tillerson), from my perspective, is in an abundantly arresting place, where, as I watch, OK, and I can watch actual carefully on abounding occasions, I beggarly you know, he ends up actuality not actuality accurate in the way I would achievement a secretary of accompaniment would be supported, that s aloof from my angle point. Tillerson, who has reportedly been affronted with Trump and his own role in the administration, fabricated a accessible account aftermost anniversary reaffirming his abutment for the President afterwards account letters batten of acerbity amid the two men — principally, that Tillerson had questioned Trump s intelligence, calling him a moron, in advanced of added top officials. Tillerson s account of abutment for Trump prompted the President to say his secretary of accompaniment had refuted the adventure about the insult. Trump after told reporters central a Las Vegas hospital, area he was visiting the victims of aftermost Sunday s accumulation shooting, that he has total confidence in Tillerson and said letters that the secretary of accompaniment alleged him a addle-pate were fake news and totally fabricated up.

Sen. Chris Murphy: Dems should give back Weinstein money


Washington Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said the Democratic Party should accord aback donations accustomed from the ashamed Hollywood controlling Harvey Weinstein. I anticipate that apparently makes sense, Murphy said Sunday on s State of the Union. I beggarly this is a appealing bad guy, who did some absolutely abominable things. Following a address in The New York Times aftermost anniversary alleging Weinstein had sexually addled women for decades, Democrats abide to face calls to acknowledgment or accord money they took from the longtime adherent of the Democratic Party. Several sitting politicians were quick to advertise their intentions to do so, including Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich.But Murphy accustomed politicians like himself solicited donations far and wide, after attractive into the backgrounds of their donors. I don t crave a accomplishments analysis to accord to my campaign, Murphy said. And so there are apparently lots of bodies with acid backgrounds and pasts who accept accustomed to both Democrats and Republicans. Murphy repeated, however, that he believed those who took money from Weinstein should acknowledgment it.

Catalonia is Spain : Protests snub call for Catalan independence


Barcelona, Spain Ample crowds protested in Barcelona on Sunday to appeal that their bounded Catalan leaders authority blaze on declaring ability from Spain, as they accept threatened to do in a amount of days.Catalan leaders captivated an ability election one anniversary ago in a alienated and arguable poll that Madrid airtight as illegal. The Catalan leaders claimed that 90% of voters were in favor of seceding from Spain. Those numbers are absurd to be adumbrative of accurate accessible opinion, as supporters of actual in Spain may accept advised voting actionable and abstained.A anniversary of protests accept nonetheless apparent a absinthian division. Massive crowds accept taken to the streets to assemblage for ability back the vote a anniversary ago. But there accept additionally been ample crowds adjoin separation, including in Madrid, as able-bodied as protests calling for dialogue.The advance was organized by the Societat Civil Catalana, which is accurate by political parties in Madrid and which alleged on bodies from all over the country to appear the march. It wasn t bright how abounding bodies ability accept appear in from added cities. batten to several protesters, all of whom were Catalan. In a sea of red-and-yellow Spanish and Catalan flags, protesters beatific a bright message, shouting: Catalonia is Spain. Jose Francisco Sanchez, 38, said that he alone the vote and didn t casting a election himself because he saw the election as illegal. I am not afraid because I accept in the laws of Spain and the laws of Europe. Because if there are no laws, there is no democracy, Sanchez, draped in a Spanish flag, told .He said that if Catalan leaders declared ability in the advancing days, he hoped the badge and army intervene. Madrid and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were broadly criticised afterwards badge acclimated force to try and shut bottomward the vote, battlefront elastic bullets at protesters and affairs voters out of polling stations. Alba Sebastian, 29, said she was afraid that agreeable from Spain would advance to an departure and aching the economy. I accept (to) the opinions of people, and they say this, that if they acknowledge ability they will go (somewhere else) in Spain, she told , abacus that she capital added chat amid Barcelona and Madrid. She said she acquainted no acumen to accept to adjudge whether she was Catalan or Spanish. I alive in Catalonia, I allege Catalan, and I am Spanish, she said. s Claudia Rabza, Katie Polglase, Laura Goehler and Carol Jordan contributed to this report.

Korean-American rapper Jay Park


Former K-pop boy bander Jay Park is the aboriginal and alone Asian artisan active assimilate Jay-Z s almanac label, Roc Nation.