Conservative Republicans opposed to the health care reform bill offered by their leadership have forced a delay in a vote on the measure, which was expected to happen Thursday. House GOP leadership announced they will push the vote back about 2:30 Central Time after a flurry of meetings between Republican members of the Freedom Caucus, moderates pushing the plan, and the White House. The delay is seen as a rebuke of the Trump administration, which has brought pressure to bear in an attempt to bring those more conservative members on board. Those Republicans opposed to the bill in its current form generally want deeper cuts in spending on the program. Some have called it “Obamacare Light,” and say it doesn’t offer enough substantial changes to current law. Those in favor of the bill argue it eliminates the mandate, and puts choice back in the hands of consumers. There’s no official announcement on when House Speaker Paul Ryan might try to reschedule a vote.
The CEO of a Connecticut-based marketing firm says job applicants must pass what he has dubbed the “snowflake test” before he will hire them. In an interview with Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, Silent Partner Marketing CEO Kyle Reyes defined a snowflake as “somebody who is going to whine and complain and come to the table with nothing but an entitled attitude and an inability to back their perspective.” Some of the questions on the test include a job candidate’s position and beliefs on America, guns, and police. Reyes said he’s not worried about discrimination lawsuits because he believes the test is really just the same kind of personality assessment that companies do routinely in job interviews. He says roughly 60-percent of applicants have not passed his test. Click here to see the whole “Snowflake Test”.
A Tulsa parent is speaking out after she says her daughter had a birth control implant embedded into her arm during a trip from school. >> Read more trending news Miracle Foster says her parental rights were violated. It all started when her 16-year-old daughter attended a Youth Services of Tulsa lecture about sex education at Langston Hughes Academy. After one of the sessions, the teen and other girls reportedly said they wanted to learn more, and the school arranged for Youth Services of Tulsa to pick them up and take them to a clinic. Rodney L. Clark, the school's principal, says he called Foster to get permission to allow her daughter to go on the trip before they left. Foster says that her daughter then received a three-year Norplant implant at the clinic without her parental consent. Representatives from Youth Services of Tulsa say they do not have to tell a parent about any contraceptives given to minors. Title X federal guidelines allows for teens as young as 12 to receive various forms of contraceptives without a parent's consent. They also said they merely inform and transport teens to the clinics of their choice. They are not involved in the conversations between the teens and the physicians at theses clinics. Foster told FOX23 that she feels that she and her daughter should have had the opportunity to discuss what's best for her. Clark released a statement Wednesday: 'This was not a field trip. Youth Services of Tulsa does an annual in-service on Sex Education. They offer students an opportunity to contact them on their own for more information. The parent gave her child permission to leave the school. Under Title X once young people are at the clinic and are of reproductive age, they can make decisions on their own without parental consent. As you can understand this situation involves a minor and we do not release information about students. Nevertheless, the student was well within their rights of Title X which is a federal guideline that provides reduced cost family planning services to persons of all reproductive age.
President Donald Trump has used his traditional pipeline to the people to help gain support for his plan to abolish Obamacare. >> Read more trending news Hours before the vote is set to begin, Trump posted a video that spells out what he says were lies given to the American people when the Affordable Care Act went into existence while not explaining what his proposed American Health Care Act, or AHCA, does. Trump also encourages people to call lawmakers to show their support of AHCA. NBC News reported that he does not have enough votes to pass the AHCA, but negotiations went into the night. The House is scheduled to vote on the plan Thursday.
Police responded to a call of a domestic fight with a gun around 1:30 a.m. near Pine and Yale. When officers arrived, the suspect charged one of the cops and bit him on the hand. The officer was treated with a tetanus shot but is otherwise OK. KRMG news has learned officers were forced to tase Manuel Garcia-Perez before taking him into custody. The victim allegedly declined to cooperate as a victim of domestic violence and refused to press charges. Garcia-Perez was arrested and jailed on complaints of assault on police and obstruction.
Galvanized by the resignation of a top White House official and news reports on possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign for President and Russia, Democrats on Tuesday night demanded that GOP leaders in Congress back the creation of a blue ribbon panel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
“The need for an independent commission to investigate grows more urgent by the hour,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), as Democrats tried to put as much public pressure as possible on the GOP.
After dominating the headlines for weeks after the November elections, the Russia-Trump story had faded since Mr. Trump was sworn into office – but it exploded in recent days, as National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign Monday over his post-election contacts with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.
“Russia is our enemy, not our friend,” said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), as Democrats pounced on the new Russia-Trump stories.
“This requires an independent investigation,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
If any US citizen conspired with enemy foreign agents to subvert US democracy then that person committed treason.
While many House Republicans weren’t leaping to review the matter, a number of Senate Republicans made clear that they wanted answers.
“We thank Gen. Flynn for his service, but there are serious questions that need to be answered,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has already called for hearings on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections.
For now, the investigation is staying in the Senate Intelligence Committee, after what seemed to be some pressure on that panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) to broaden the committee’s review.
Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr confirms to reporters that investigation into Russia election meddling extends to Trump Transition.
“I have confidence that the Intelligence Committee in a bipartisan way – we’re going to do this very seriously, and do it well,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
But Democrats wanted to hear more.
“Republican silence on this matter is deafening,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), as many GOP lawmakers simply avoided the issue on social media and in press releases, leaving the field almost entirely to Democrats.
In the House, the chairs of both the Intelligence and Oversight committees downplayed any idea of a rush into hearings about the Flynn resignation.
“It’s taking care of itself at this point,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who had spent months going after Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016.
As for President Trump, he made clear on Friday morning that he doesn’t see any reason to waste time on probing ties to Russia:
The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.