Health insurers in Idaho request premium rate hikes as high as 81 percent

According to the state’s Department of Insurance, health care insurers in Idaho have requested premium rate hikes as high as 81 percent for next year. The five insurers serving the individual market in Idaho are Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Mountain Health Co-Op, PacificSource Health Plans, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, and SelectHealth.

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Huma emails reveal Clinton allies seeking jobs, meetings

Judicial Watch said Wednesday newly obtained emails from Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reveal friends of the Clinton Foundation and political allies seeking personal favors from the Clinton State Department. Continue reading →

End of U.S. payments to health insurers would cause premiums to rise: CBO

Why should taxpayers bail out insurance companies in the first place? Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018 if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to stop billions of dollars of payments to health insurers, a nonpartisan congressional office said on Tuesday. Continue reading →

US to conduct intercontinental ballistic missile test, US Air Force says

Less than a week after North Korea’s record setting intercontinental ballistic missile test, the U.S. Air Force plans to conduct an ICBM test of its own early Wednesday morning. Continue reading →

Mike Pence reassures Baltic states over Russia ‘threat’

US Vice-President Mike Pence has reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to the security of the Baltic states if they face any aggression from Russia. Speaking in Estonia, he called Russia their biggest security threat, telling the Nato allies: “An attack on one of us is an attack on us all.”BBC

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Trump strong-arms ObamaCare back to table; holdout Collins says ‘job is not done’

Senate Republicans ended July in humiliating and seemingly final defeat over repealing and replacing ObamaCare, but relentless pressure this weekend from President Trump and reports of yet another potentially winning bill has sparked renewed hope of success within the party. Continue reading →

Russia’s Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September. Continue reading →

Trump: ‘Let Obamacare Implode’

Friday President Trump vowed to “let Obamacare implode” after bare-bones legislation to repeal the healthcare law failed on a decisive early morning vote cast by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

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Hamburg supermarket attacker ‘was known Islamist’

The man who killed one person and injured six in a supermarket knife attack in Hamburg was a “known Islamist”, police say. “He was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist,” police spokesman Andy Grote said, noting that the suspect also suffered from “psychological” issues.BBC

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President Trump gets his first 2020 challenger

The next presidential election is still 1,194 days away, but President Trump already has his first challenger in the 2020 race. Continue reading →