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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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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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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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Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case

Photo The Supreme Court during their class photo session in Washington, earlier this month. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will decide whether President Trump’s revised travel ban was lawful, setting the stage for a major decision on the scope of presidential power. Mr. Trump’s revised executive order, issued in March, limited travel from six mostly Muslim countries for 90 days and suspended the nation’s refugee program for 120 days. The time was needed, the order said, to address gaps…

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‘Give Me a Chance,’ Trump Associate-Turned-Housing-Official Says

Ms. Patton, who was the vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation and served as a lead liaison between the Trump family and government officials for nearly a decade, noted that her background as an event planner who once organized golf tournaments on the president’s courses had been used to attack her. But she said many of her critics did not understand the role she was beginning. Continue reading the main story While some see her appointment as a symbol of nepotism, Ms. Patton sees it as giving residents of…

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Is Washington’s Metro Improving? After $150 Million, Maybe

It is an increasingly familiar story across the country. Aging infrastructure and tight budgets have hobbled many of the United States’ most formidable subway systems, including the “L” in Chicago and BART in San Francisco. In New York, where construction at Pennsylvania Station and chronic subway delays are taking a toll on riders, the season has been called the “Summer of Hell.” And with big-ticket federal infrastructure legislation looking increasingly unlikely, nothing is poised to change anytime soon. “This is going to be more the norm than the exception in…

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