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EGG ALL OVER HIS STUPID FACE ,

"IT WAS A GREAT GREAT MEETING AND WE GOING TO DO GREAT THING "???????????


Blow for Donald Trump after vote for healthcare overhaul cancelled

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President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.

Republican leaders of the House of Representatives on Friday pulled the legislation due to a shortage of votes despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress.

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Republicans postpone vote on Obamacare repeal

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans failed to get the necessary votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act healthcare law known as Obamacare.

They had planned a vote on the measure after Trump cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose.

Republican moderates as well as the most conservative lawmakers had objected to it

House Speaker Paul Ryan  pauses during a press conference on Capitol Hill.House Speaker Paul Ryan pauses during a press conference on Capitol Hill. Photo: AP

Trump told the Washington Post: "We just pulled it."

Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who has championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House before the bill was pulled from the House floor after hours of debate. Ryan said he recommended that the legislation be withdrawn from the House floor because he did not have the votes to pass it, and that Trump agreed"I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us," Ryan said at a news conference, adding that his fellow Republicans are experiencing what he called 'growing pains' transitioning from an opposition party to a governing party.Friday's events cast doubt on whether Ryan can get major legislation approved by fractious Republican lawmakers.

President Donald Trump faces not having the numbers for his healthcare overhaul.President Donald Trump faces not having the numbers for his healthcare overhaul. Photo: AP

"Doing big things is hard," Ryan added, noting that he got close but failed to muster the 216 votes needed to pass it.

"Obamacare is the law of land," Ryan told reporters. "It will remain the law of the land until it is replaced. We didn't have the votes to replace this law."

US House Speaker Paul Ryan walks to a Republican conference meeting at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.US House Speaker Paul Ryan walks to a Republican conference meeting at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: Bloomberg

Ryan said he did not know what the next steps would be on healthcare, but called Obamacare so flawed that it would be hard to prop up.

Trump told the Washington Post the healthcare bill would not be coming up again in the near future and that he wanted to see if Democrats who uniformly objected to the Republican plan would come to him to work on healthcare legislation, a Washington Post reporter said on MSNBC.


Paul Ryan leaves the White House after telling Trump he didnt have the numbers.Paul Ryan leaves the White House after telling Trump he didn't have the numbers. Photo: AP

Without the bill's passage in Congress, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - would remain in place despite seven years of Republican promises to dismantle it.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top campaign promise by Trump in the 2016 presidential election, as well as by most Republican candidates, "from dog-catcher on up," as White House spokesman Sean Spicer put it during a briefing on Friday.


Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the called the bill &amp;amp;amp;quot;an immoral piece of legislation&amp;amp;amp;quot;.Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the called the bill "an immoral piece of legislation". Photo: Bloomberg

The House failure to pass the measure called into question Trump's ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through a Congress controlled by his own party.

News that the bill had been pulled before a final vote was greeted initially with a small sigh of relief by US equity investors, who earlier in the week had been fretful that an outright defeat would damage Trump's other priorities, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a &amp;amp;amp;quot;lose-lose&amp;amp;amp;quot; situation for America.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "lose-lose" situation for America. Photo: AP

"There's nobody that objectively can look at this effort and say the president didn't do every single thing he possibly could with this team to get every vote possible," Spicer told reporters before the legislation was pulled.

Trump already has been stymied by federal courts that blocked his executive actions barring entry into the United States of people from several Muslim-majority nations. Some Republicans worry a defeat on the healthcare legislation could cripple his presidency just two months after the wealthy New York real estate mogul took office.

In a blow to the bill's prospects, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced his opposition, expressing concern about reductions in coverage under the Medicaid insurance program for the poor and the retraction of "essential" health benefits that insurers must cover.

"We need to get this right for all Americans," Frelinghuysen said.

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After the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said "Today is a great day for our country ... It's a victory for the American people."

Earlier Pelosi, who was instrumental in the passage of Obamacare as House majority leader said, "What's happening today is a lose-lose situation for the Republicans. It's a lose-lose for the American people, that's for sure. But the people who vote for this will have this vote tattooed to their foreheads as they go forward."

Failure of the measure would call into question Trump's ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through a Congress controlled by his own party.

"If it doesn't pass, this issue is dead," Republican Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a bill supporter, said of Republican healthcare legislation. "This is the one shot."

Even if the legislation passes in the House, it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republicans have expressed misgivings.

Healthcare was the first major test of how Trump, a real estate magnate who touted his deal-making prowess in the 2016 presidential campaign, would work with Congress. Days of negotiations led to some changes in the bill but failed to produce a consensus deal.

US stocks were mixed on Friday in early afternoon trading, having pared earlier gains, while US treasuries were mostly higher.



Leading Republicans had taken to the House floor to make their case to pass the bill and implored conservatives to seize the opportunity to make good on the party's long promise to get rid of Obamacare.Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, called the bill "an immoral piece of legislation" that would gut medical coverage and patient protections.A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found 56 per cent of US voters opposed the House bill, with only 17 per cent supporting it. Quinnipiac said its poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.Replacing Obama's signature health care plan was a key campaign pledge for Trump and Republicans, who view it as overly intrusive and expensive.Obamacare boosted the number of Americans with health insurance through mandates on individuals and employers, and income-based subsidies. About 20 million Americans gained insurance coverage through the law.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the Republican legislation 14 million people would lose medical coverage by next year and more than 24 million would be uninsured in 2026.

The House plan would rescind a range of taxes created by Obamacare, end a penalty on people who refuse to obtain health insurance, end Obamacare's income-based subsidies to help people buy insurance while creating less-generous age-based tax credits

It also would end Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid state-federal insurance program for the poor, cut future federal Medicaid funding and let states impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients.

House leaders agreed to a series of last-minute changes to try to win over disgruntled conservatives, including ending the Obamacare requirement that insurers cover certain "essential benefits" such as maternity care, mental health services and prescription drug coverage.

The House and Senate had hoped to deliver a new healthcare bill to Trump by April 8, when Congress is scheduled to begin a two-week spring break.

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Dour Donnie: President Trump staffers claim he scowls and squints in photos because he thinks it makes him look tough 'like Winston Churchill'

  • Staffers who worked with President Donald Trump on his campaign claim that he modeled his look after Prime Minster Winston Churchill
  • Trump reportedly believes he will appear tougher if he scowls and squints like the former leader of the United Kingdom 
  • He would veto any campaign images that showed signs of weakness claim the Trump staffers
  • Churchill, in addition to being prime minister, was a wartime hero and accomplished painter who won the Nobel Price for Literature 
  • He was also one of the first leaders to denounce the policies and politics of Russia in his famous 'Iron Curtain' speech at the start of the Cold War 

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PUBLISHED: 07:18 +11:00, 23 March 2017 UPDATED: 10:30 +11:00, 23 March 2017

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When in doubt, pout.

President Trump told staffers working on his campaign that he wanted to look 'like [Winston] Churchill' in photographs and images, believing that he would appear tougher according to a new report in The New York Times.

That is why Donnie, like Winnie, reportedly prefers to scowl, squint and maintain a general sourpuss on his face whenever he is in front of a camera.

It also explains why President Trump may have returned the bust of the prime minister to the Oval Office, with the proximity to his own desk allowing him to practice the downcast frown and furrowed brow favored by the former leader of the United Kingdom.

There is little else Trump has in common with Churchill however, who was a wartime hero, a lifelong politician, a writer, a painter, a loyal husband and a celebrated orator whose most famous speech was a passionate denouncement of the policies and politics of Russia at the start of the Cold War.

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Blank face:&amp;nbsp;Staffers who worked with President Donald Trump on his campaign claim that he modeled his look after Prime Minster Winston Churchill
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Blank face: Staffers who worked with President Donald Trump on his campaign claim that he modeled his look after Prime Minster Winston Churchill

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Pivot and pout: Trump reportedly believes he will appear tougher if he scowls and squints like the former leader of the United Kingdom

Growl and bear it: President Trump would veto any campaign images that showed signs of weakness claim staffers
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Growl and bear it: President Trump would veto any campaign images that showed signs of weakness claim staffers

Churchill managed to amass a remarkable resume of impressive accomplishments over the course of his lifetime, achieving an unprecedented number of feats in his 90 years.

By the age of 25, Churchill had fought in four wars, written three books about his experiences on the battlefield and laid the groundwork for his political career with his one, and only, unsuccessful run for Parliament.

It was at that age that Churchill, while acting as a wartime correspondent during the Second Boer War, was captured and placed in a South African POW camp.

He was able to eventually escape, and his heroics at the time would have likely been awarded with a military medal many believed, but this was not possible due to the fact that he was a civilian. 



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4339932/President-Trump-frowns-look-like-Winston-Chuirchill.html#ixzz4cHYg2Ded 
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you got a LONG LONG way TO GO  yet Chump to fill his shoes.....

THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOU AMERICA.....

get rid of him...

only your best friend tells you the truth........

and Australians will tell you .......coz we are your best friends apart from the UK

our Troops have bled together.......

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Donald Trump's healthcare failure exposes GOP disarray on Obamacare pledge

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Washington: Donald Trump's bid to ram a new healthcare system through Congress collapsed in a heap on Friday after rebel Republicans refused to bend to a presidential ultimatum that they all should back the controversial bill.

"We just pulled it," Trump said of the abandonment for the second time in as many days of a scheduled house vote, after House Speaker Paul Ryan had briefed him on the failure of a frenzied overnight effort to marshal votes.

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Trump pulls healthcare bill

US President Donald Trump and Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the nation's healthcare system.

Undaunted by Thursday's demonstration that the numbers were not there, the White House insisted early on Friday that a vote be taken at 3.30pm.

The planned vote was to come despite the risk of political damage and personal humiliation for Trump.

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Definitely a tool........................... of the Russians.  How Putin must be laughing! If you see pictures of the big man injured, it will not be because he wrestled a bear, but because he pulled a few rib muscles howling with mirth.
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carbon20 said - "get rid of him...

only your best friend tells you the truth........

and Australians will tell you .......coz we are your best friends apart from the UK

our Troops have bled together......."

If it were only that easy! We don't have a vote of no confidence! If we did he'd already be gone. We have to prove "High crimes and/or misdemeanors" or wait four years to vote him out!

Don't give up on US! As you said our families have fought and bled together! No matter what this President says or does the People of the United States look upon you as an ally!

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Don't worry ,presidents come and go ,

Our alligence will always survive...

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Originally posted by carbon20 carbon20 wrote:

Don't worry ,presidents come and go ,

Our alligence will always survive...


Thank God for good friends like the Aussies!  Thumbs Up

If I ever had to pick up a rifle in defense of Australia, I'd do it in a second.  

The defeat of Trump-Care will turn out to be very healthy for American democracy....a lot of parasites in our Congress will no doubt be voted out in 2018, and hopefully we'll get some more reasonable folks in place. 

Trump needed a good thrashing to earn some humility, something he's never had happen in his life.  

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Trump needed a good thrashing to earn some humility, something he's never had happen in his life.  

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There are those (intelligent ones) who learn from a thrashing, but  I have a rooster at home which still attacks despite several of them.  I finally caught and caged him, he never did learn.

............................................  You need brains to learn from a thrashing.  Wait and see.
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Originally posted by Technophobe Technophobe wrote:

There are those (intelligent ones) who learn from a thrashing, but  I have a rooster at home which still attacks despite several of them.  I finally caught and caged him, he never did learn.

............................................  You need brains to learn from a thrashing.  Wait and see.

Damn good point, Technophobe! 

Thus far, Mr. Trump has only lashed out at others & refuses to accept any blame at all for this historic debacle. 

Meanwhile, I'm seeing rumors that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn may "flip" on Trump and cooperate with the FBI.  This makes sense, as they probably have a thick pile of charges against Flynn, and there is no love lost with Trump as Trump threw Flynn under the bus. 

Just like Watergate, that is how these things come off the rails....you catch a few small fish & get them to talk.  Stay tuned. 
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Trump isn't draining "the swamp"

TRUMP IS THE SWAMP !!!

he just signed exec order to rollback rules that protected people against wage theft
and also that will allow coal fired power plants to pollute more
and a bill is being introduced in the House which will start to defund the public schools
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The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

By MICHAEL T. OSTERHOLM and MARK OLSHAKERMARCH 24, 2017

While the Trump administration is proposing significantly increased military spending to enhance our national security, it seems to have lost sight of the greatest national security threat of all: our fight against infectious disease.

We already spend far more on our military than any other country in the world. To help pay for the increases, President Trump wants to cut back many federal programs, including those that prepare us to wage war against microbes, the greatest and most lethal enemy we are ever likely to face. This is where “defense spending” needs to increase, significantly.

President Trump’s budget would cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by 18 percent. It would cut the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development, a key vehicle for preventing and responding to outbreaks before they reach our shores, by 28 percent. And the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would kill the billion-dollar Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight outbreaks of infectious disease. (While the budget also calls for the creation of an emergency fund to respond to outbreaks, there is no indication that it would offset the other cuts, or where the money would come from.)

Those cuts will not protect American citizens. They will diminish research and vaccine development and our ability to respond to the growing threats of antibiotic resistance and new infectious diseases.

Those agencies are already falling short, as we saw last year, when they couldn’t effectively respond to the Zika threat. What will they do when we face a real pandemic? With 7.4 billion people, 20 billion chickens and 400 million pigs now sharing the earth, we have created the ideal scenario for creating and spreading dangerous microbes. Trade and travel have connected most points on the globe in a matter of hours. More and more people are living in the microbe-rich megacity slums of the developing world.

By some estimates, the 1918-19 “Spanish” influenza killed more people than all the wars of the 20th century combined. Today, an influenza pandemic could be more devastating than an atom bomb. We are already witnessing an outbreak of influenza in birds — the H7N9 strain, in China — that could be the source for the next human pandemic. Since October, over 500 people have been infected; more than 34 percent have died. Most victims had contact with infected poultry, yet three recent clusters appear to be from person-to-person transmission. Will H7N9 mutate to become easily transmitted between humans? We don’t know. But without sufficient supplies of a vaccine, we are not prepared to stop it.

The spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes also continues at an ever faster rate. Last year a comprehensive review predicted that, if left unchecked, drug-resistant infections will kill more people worldwide by 2050 than cancer and diabetes combined. Without a global effort led by the United States to halt the spread of this resistance and support for development of new antibiotics, we are in danger of returning to a pre-antibiotic world in which a cut could prove deadly and surgery would not be worth the risk of infection.

Yellow fever, a mosquito-borne disease that can kill up to 50 percent of those who get seriously sick, is on the cusp of a major outbreak in some of Brazil’s largest cities, while MERS — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — continues to infect people on the Arabian Peninsula. If an effective vaccine is not developed, it will continue to be transmitted around the world and cause fatal outbreaks like the one that closed Samsung Medical Center in Seoul to new patients for weeks. A similar outbreak could occur at the Mayo Clinic or Johns Hopkins Hospital.

And three years after the 2014 Ebola crisis, we still have no licensed vaccine or a plan for how to deploy one to prevent future outbreaks.

Finally, there is the danger of diseases deliberately spread by terrorists. Bill Gates, who has put much of his sizable financial resources as well as his brainpower into public health, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015: “Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world, the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or bioterrorism.” More recently, at this year’s Munich Security Conference, on the possibility of terrorist-engineered viruses he noted: “They are probably the only thing that can kill a billion.” For example, the science exists to reconstruct the smallpox genome from readily available lab materials, with the added possibility of altering the virus just enough that our existing vaccine would be ineffective.

The military has figured out how to convince congressional funders that the only way to maintain defense is to appropriate money before a crisis. You don’t start building the weapons and training all the soldiers after the first shot has been fired. The only way we can win the inevitable microbe wars is to do the same — to have new vaccines and antibiotics and trained personnel ready before the crisis hits. We cannot rely on pharmaceutical companies to create drugs and vaccines for markets that do not yet exist. Only the government can do this. The additional expenditures would be truly economical in terms of lives saved.

We are talking about national security on the most existential level.

Michael T. Osterholm is an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Mark Olshaker is a documentary filmmaker. They are the authors of “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/opinion/the-real-threat-to-national-security-deadly-disease.html?_r=0
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