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Health Coverage Sign-Ups Stay Strong at 8.8 Million, Despite President Trump’s Claims That Obamacare Has Been “Essentially Repealed”

Nearly 9 million Americans have signed up for health coverage in 2018, nearly reaching last year’s total, a significantly higher number than had been expected. The Trump administration had taken steps to discourage signups, in fact President Trump said this Wednesday: “We essentially repealed Obamacare.” While Republicans did pass a tax bill Wednesday that undoes one of the central components of Obamacare: the mandate that people have health insurance, or pay a fine. Health-care experts say that does not mean Obamacare is dead.  ...Read more

Girl Convicted In ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Sentenced To 25 Years In Mental Hospital

One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named ‘Slender Man’ has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital. Anissa Weier pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.  On Thursday the 16-year-old Weier was sentenced to be hospitalized for 25 years from the date of the crime, which would keep her institutionalized until age 37. She and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner into a wooded park near Milwaukee in 2014, where Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on. All three girls were 12 years old at the time. ...Read more

US Ambassador Nikki Haley Warns Diplomats On Jerusalem: President Trump Is Watching You

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has emailed members of the United Nations, who are set to vote Thursday in favor of a General Assembly resolution urging the United States to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the email, Haley wrote: “As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally,”  “The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”   Haley also said the U.S. is not asking other countries to follow its lead, and move their embassies to Jerusalem, “though we think it would be appropriate.” ...Read more

President Trump Calls Tax Bill ‘Historic Victory For The American People’

 President Donald Trump applauded Republicans for passing a sweeping tax bill Wednesday, promising Americans they would see relief by February. During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said the “historic” bill would be an “incredible Christmas gift for hardworking Americans” and touted the lower corporate rate that he says will keep businesses in the country.  GOP senators and members of Congress came to the White House later Wednesday — after the House voted on the measure a second time — to celebrate the bill’s passage. The bill also marks the first significant legislative achievement of Trump’s presidency.  ...Read more

12 Dead, 20 Injured In Mexico Tour Bus Crash

At least 12 people died when a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico flipped over on a highway early Tuesday, officials said. The crash occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben, about 110 miles south of Tulum. Seven Americans and two citizens of Sweden are among the injured, according to authorities. Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved in the crash. The cause of the accident was under investigation. ...Read more

House Passes GOP Tax Overhaul Bill

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a sweeping tax overhaul bill, moving the legislation on to the Senate for consideration. The bill passed 227-203. The 500-page, $1.5 trillion bill lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. The Senate was expected to pass the vote Tuesday night. Even if all 48 Democrat senators vote against the tax bill, Republicans expect to have enough votes to pass it.  ...Read more

ESPN President John Skipper Resigns, Citing Substance Addiction Problem

ESPN President John Skipper resigned Monday, citing a substance addiction problem, in a move that stunned the sports media business.  Skipper, who took over as president of the sports network in 2012, said in a statement he has battled substance abuse issues for “many years” and decided “the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.” He did not share any details of the nature of his substance abuse problem. George Bodenheimer, who served as ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011, is taking the helm at ESPN for the next three months and helping find a permanent successor for Skipper, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger said.  ...Read more

Multiple Fatalities Reported As Amtrak Train Derails In Washington State

An Amtrak train derailed on Monday in Washington State in its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing a number of riders and injuring nearly 100. The derailment caused multiple fatalities among the passengers, and as the train struck several cars on Interstate 5 it caused additional injuries but no more reported deaths. Thirteen of the train’s 14 cars jumped the tracks, and five vehicles plus two semi-trailer trucks were involved in the accident. It was not immediately clear whether the derailment was connected to the rerouting. A statement from the state transportation department said the track had undergone “weeks of inspection and testing” before Monday’s launch. ...Read more

President Trump Says He’s Not Planning To Fire Robert Mueller

President Trump said Sunday he is not considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the wake of calls from some Republican allies to shut down the Mueller probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 over allegations of bias by FBI officials. “No, I’m not,” the President told reporters upon his arrival back at the White House from Camp David. Mr. Trump’s attorneys are embroiled in a fresh spat with Mueller, the former FBI director, over his team’s reported acquisition of thousands of emails from Trump’s transition team. Trump’s legal team wrote in a letter Friday that the emails had been obtained inappropriately from a federal agency and called for Mueller to return the documents. A spokesman for Mueller said all documents related to the investigation had been obtained through normal means. ...Read more

Power Outage At Atlanta Airport Cancels Flights

A power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, ground operations to a halt on Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop on flights, meaning planes are held at their departure points, the airport said. Delta Air Lines diverted some Atlanta-bound flights and expected delays as a result of the loss of power, a spokesman said. The airline is based in Atlanta and the airport is its main hub. Southwest Airlines cancelled the remainder of its flights to and from the Atlanta airport on Sunday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said some international flights were sent to other airports. It was not immediately clear what caused the outage, but Georgia Power and the airport said they were investigating. ...Read more