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The C.B.O. Score: A Few Bright Spots for Republicans. The Rest Could Be Scored as Grim.

It said the legislation would increase deductibles, make insurance more skimpy and destabilize markets. Average premiums would go down largely because the insurance they would pay for would become thinner and less valuable. Older people more likely to need insurance would be priced out of the market. Continue reading the main story President Trump asked the Senate to write a bill that was less “mean” than a version passed by the House last month. According to a White House news release, the budget office’s score is not disqualifying. But the…

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Trump Meets India’s Leader, a Fellow Nationalist Battling China for His Favor

Mr. Modi returned the favor, praising Mr. Trump’s “vast and successful” business experience, which he predicted would galvanize relations between the United States and India. He also invited Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka to a conference of entrepreneurs in India. Continue reading the main story Yet the mutual admiration masked a more complicated dynamic between India and the United States. While ties between the two have grown steadily closer over the last two decades, India faces new uncertainties with Mr. Trump, who has shown less interest than his predecessors in maintaining…

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Older Americans slapped with 'age tax' in GOP health-care bill: AARP

Brooks Kraft LLC | Corbis | Getty Images A patient is monitored in an examination room inside the Clinical Decision Unit at Kaiser Permanente’s Capitol Hill Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Senate Republicans released their bill, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” last week. On Monday, they released changes to the legislation, including a six-month waiting period for people who have let their insurance coverage lapse for more than 63 days. Among other things, the bill calls for younger people to pay less of a share of their…

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Public Health: Hate the Individual Health Mandate? The G.O.P. Tries a ‘Lockout’

Insurers, however, seem warm to the idea. Wellmark, a large Blues plan, has publicly endorsed such a lockout period. Continue reading the main story The Affordable Care Act, of course, tried to nudge uninsured people into the insurance market by charging them a tax penalty if they remained uninsured. But that policy, known as the individual mandate, is loathed by Republicans — and by a segment of the public — and would be eliminated under the Republican bill. The lockout provision in the new bill is an effort to replace…

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Political Calculus: Democrats’ Turnout in Georgia Blew Past Typical Off-Year Levels

The records indicate that past Democratic primary voters turned out at nearly the same rate as past Republican primary voters (Primary vote history is the most readily available measure of partisanship in a state without party registration, like Georgia.) Continue reading the main story Over all, 75 percent of voters who last voted in a Democratic primary turned out in the second round of voting, compared with 76 percent of those who last voted in a Republican primary. The turnout rate among voters who have never voted in a primary…

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Supreme Court rules for church in playground case

Getty Images Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed speaks during a rally in front of the US Supreme Court, on April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court has ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. The justices on Monday ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri. The church sought a grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground, but was denied any money even though…

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Supreme Court will hear Trump travel ban challenge, allows enforcement of parts of order

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Chief Justice John Roberts (seated C) leads Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front row, L-R), Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan (back row, L-R), Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch in taking a new family photo including Gorsuch, their most recent addition, at the Supreme Court building in Washington. The March 6 executive order, revised from an earlier version that was blocked by courts, called for a 90-day ban on travelers from six countries — Libya,…

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Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

The network is complete enough to give a clear picture of the overall global trends in industrial gases in the air, scientists say. But it is too sparse to give definitive information about which parts of the planet are absorbing or releasing greenhouse gases at a given moment. Lacking such data, scientists have trouble resolving some important questions, like the reasons for the rapid increase of carbon dioxide over the past three years. “It’s really important that people get that there’s an awful lot that’s just not known yet,” Sam…

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