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June 25, 2017 8:22 PM Senate Republicans face key week as more senators waver in their support for health care bill

Senate Republicans and the White House are facing down an increasingly daunting challenge to secure the votes necessary to pass legislation before the July 4 congressional recess that would make dramatic changes to President Obama’s signature health care law. At least five Republicans have already come out against their party’s bill — which can only afford 15

June 24, 2017 10:55 PM Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates

A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance 21

June 24, 2017 4:40 PM Health Law Repeal Leaves Nevada Republican Torn Between Lawmakers

“He’s in the eye of the storm here,” Mr. Sandoval said Friday at a news conference in Nevada as Mr. Heller stood next to him, looking vaguely miserable as Mr. Sandoval announced his opposition to the Senate bill. The legislation could affect 210,000 Nevada residents insured through the health care law’s expansion of Medicaid. On Friday Mr. Heller said that he, too, was against 14

June 23, 2017 11:34 PM Trump joins the effort to pass a health-care bill, but another GOP senator is opposed

President Trump and his allies are waging their most aggressive effort yet to help Senate GOP leaders pass an expansive health-care bill next week, but the endeavor encountered new resistance Friday when a fifth Republican senator said he does not support the bill as is. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced that he could not vote for the legislation without 24

June 23, 2017 3:28 PM House cleaning turns up urn with war veteran's remains

ROCHESTER, N.H. – An urn containing the remains of a World War II veteran discovered during a house cleaning in New Hampshire has been returned to a family in Maine. Anthony Lewis, of Rochester, tells WMUR-TV he saw the urn through the dust. It had a photo of Army Sgt. Chauncey Markham Sr., who served in the South Pacific. Markham died 17 years ago, at 77. Lewis 15

June 23, 2017 1:12 PM The Health 202: McConnell will be a legislative wizard if health care passes

Senate Republicans have finally revealed their plan to revamp the Affordable Care Act. Now, they're just trying to pass it. There will be lots of twists and turns along the path to an anticipated vote next week -- and it's by no means assured the GOP will get there. Capitol Hill was awash yesterday with reaction to the health-care bill released by Senate 37

June 22, 2017 8:37 PM Missing kayaker off Maine found alive after US Coast Guard suspends search

A kayaker in Maine who was found shortly after the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Thursday survived in cold water with a wetsuit and a life jacket. Adrian Cerezo told the Coast Guard he was paddling off the coast of Maine when a wave knocked him out of his kayak around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The water was 49 degrees and he was only wearing a winter 13

June 22, 2017 7:02 AM History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through the Senate

“Twenty-five days of consecutive session on a bill that was partisan in the sense that Republicans were angry with it, but we still had the courage of our convictions to have a debate on the floor.” To highlight the secrecy of the GOP health-care deliberations, many Senate Democrats have pointed out that the debate over the Affordable Care Act was the second-longest 18

June 21, 2017 4:16 PM Recipe for the Tastiest Thai Rice

At Long Grain in Camden, Maine, the dish to order is kao klug kapi. Rich and refreshing, this fully loaded rice dish is tasty enough to make even staunch Yankees forgo lobster rolls IF I TOLD you that one of the most captivating Asian restaurants in the country is a hole-in-the-wall in a pretty little town on the coast of Maine, would you believe me? Forget 24

June 21, 2017 1:30 AM G.O.P. Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill

The emerging Senate bill, like the one approved narrowly by the House in early May, would end Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement program and replace it with capped payments to states, Republicans said. But starting in 2025, payments to the states would grow more slowly than those envisioned in the House bill. Republican senators from states that have been hit hard by the opioid 32