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$3 TRILLION SHOWDOWN Obama, Pence in meetings ahead of ObamaCare fight

    A day after Republicans took their first step toward dismantling ObamaCare, President Obama huddled Wednesday with congressional Democrats to strategize on ways to preserve at least parts of his signature health care law. The president arrived mid-morning on Capitol Hill for a strategy session, as Vice President-elect Mike Pence was set to meet with GOP lawmakers to discuss how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The separate sessions come on the second day of the new, GOP-led Congress. In 16 days, Republican Donald Trump replaces Obama at the White House, putting the party’s longtime goal of annulling much of the 2010 health care overhaul within reach. But Trump, despite his campaign vows to repeal the law, warned his colleagues on Wednesday not to let Democrats off the hook for a program he called a “disaster.” Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017 like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017 massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful! —...

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ISTANBUL MANHUNT: Turkish police search for New Year’s nightclub attacker who killed at least 39

    Police are still looking for an armed assailant, who is believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume and opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding nearly 70 others, according to Istanbul’s governor and Turkey’s state-run news agency. Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and firing on people partying inside. “Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters. Footage from the scene showed at least six ambulances with flashing lights and civilians being escorted out. Expand / Contract Police secure area near an Istanbul nightclub, Turkey, January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal – RTX2X3I4 Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the man was still on the run, adding: “efforts to find the terrorist are continuing.” “Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time,” the minister said. At least 15 of the dead were foreign nationals, Soylu said, without providing information on their nationalities. Five of the victims were identified as Turkish nationals while authorities were still trying to identify the rest. At least 69 people were being treated in...

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MARIAH’S MELTDOWN Carey has New Year’s Eve live performance fiasco

Mariah Carey performs at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. Singer Mariah Carey performed on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on Saturday night and it was not as anyone expected. The singer was performing some of her biggest hits, but was instead a big flop. During one of the songs something went terribly awry, making it seem as though the Grammy award winner didn’t know her own lyrics. Mariah Carey’s singing career the final victim of 2016 pic.twitter.com/RK41DEJ0m4 — Best Vines (@TheFunnyVine) January 1, 2017 Carey told the crowd that she was just going to “let the audience sing,” adding that the song “went to number one and that’s what it is.” Many took to twitter to joke about the cringe worthy performance , saying “2016 claimed its final victim.” With 15 minutes remaining, 2016 claimed its final victim: Mariah Carey’s career — Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) January 1, 2017 Carey headlined the festivities in Times Square, where about a million revelers jammed in to greet the new year. A representative for the singer confirmed there were technical difficulties. Carey took to Instagram after the performance saying, “Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.” The Associated Press contributed to this...

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‘NO COMPUTER IS SAFE’ Trump expresses doubts about online security

Melania Trump, right, looks on as her husband President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters during a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) PALM BEACH, Fla. –  President-elect Donald Trump says that “no computer is safe” when it comes to keeping information private, expressing new skepticism about the security of online communications his administration is likely to use for everything from day-to-day planning to international relations. Trump rarely uses email or computers, despite his frequent tweeting. “You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I’ll tell you what: No computer is safe,” Trump told reporters during his annual New Year’s Eve bash. “I don’t care what they say.” Trump has repeatedly cast aside allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the presidential election through hacking. President Barack Obama earlier this week ordered sanctions on Russian spy agencies, closed two Russian compounds and expelled 35 diplomats the U.S. said were really spies. The Russian government has denied the allegations. Trump, who has said that he plans to meet with intelligence officials next to week to learn more about the allegations, said he wants U.S. officials “to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge.” He pointed...

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un hints of long-range missile test launch

A South Korean man watches North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his New Year’s speech on a TV news program shown at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.  (AP) TOKYO –  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hinted Sunday that Pyongyang may ring in the new year with another bang — the test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. In his annual New Year’s address, Kim said that after testing what the North claims was its first hydrogen bomb last year, preparations for launching an intercontinental ballistic missile have “reached the final stage” Kim did not explicitly say an ICBM test, which if successful would be a big step forward for the North, was imminent. But he has a birthday coming up on Jan. 8, and last year Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test on Jan. 6. Kim threatened in the address to boost his country’s military capabilities further unless the U.S. ends war games with rival South Korea. But he also said efforts must be made to defuse the possibility of another Korean war and stressed the importance of building the economy under a five-year plan announced in May. “The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress,” Kim said, according to an outline of the speech carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. “We...

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‘TO ALL AMERICANS’ Trump wishes ‘Happy New Year’ to his ‘many enemies’

    President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday wished a “Happy New Year” to friends and enemies — sort of. “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me,” Trump began on Twitter. Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016 He ended the tweet by wishing everybody “Love,” but not before making sure that all those who “lost so badly” to him knew the New Year’s message was also intended for them. “They just don’t know what to do,” he wrote. To whom Trump was speaking is unclear. But he and supporters have since Election Day argued that backers of defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and others continue to search for excuses and others to blame for her stunning defeat. Trump tweeted again at midnight, wishing all Americans a “Happy New Year.” TO ALL AMERICANS-#HappyNewYear & many blessings to you all! Looking forward to a wonderful & prosperous 2017 as we work together to #MAGA🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/UaBFaoDYHe — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2017 Trump has roughly 18 million Twitter followers and continues to use the social media site to bypass conventional media outlets like TV and newspapers to send unfiltered, sometime combative...

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‘VERY SMART’: Trump praises Putin over response to new US sanctions

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin for not retaliating against new penalties imposed by the Obama administration for Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election – going so far as to call Putin “very smart.” “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Trump tweeted. Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016 The tweet comes after Putin announced earlier in the day that he would not kick out American diplomats despite President Obama’s announcement Thursday that his administration will expel 35 Russian intelligence operatives and close down two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York, among other actions. While the Russian premier condemned the sanctions imposed on his country, calling them “unfriendly,” he said he would not retaliate and was instead looking to rebuild Russian-U.S. relations with the incoming Trump administration. “We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of U.S. diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin,” Putin added. Trump has taken heat for not criticizing Putin, and for doubting U.S. intelligence suggesting the Russians interfered in the election...

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ASKED TO RESIGN Trump ally faces ouster over racist Obama remarks

April 1, 2014: Donald Trump, left, is joined by Carl Paladino during a gun rights rally at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.  (AP) A New York school board demanded Thursday that the co-chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s New York campaign resign from its board, after he said he would like to see the president die of Mad Cow Disease. Carl Paladino, an ally of Trump and a millionaire developer, told a local publication that he would like to see President Obama die of the disease, and see First Lady Michelle Obama living with a gorilla in Africa. “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Hereford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a jihadi cellmate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her,” he said, according to the New York Post. Paladino later apologized, saying the comments weren’t meant for publication. “I wanted to say something as sarcastic and hurtful as possible about the people (the Obamas) so responsible for the hurt and suffering of so many others,” he said, according to the Post. “I was wired up, primed to be human and make a mistake. I could have not made a worse choice in the words I used...

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