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Ruling may gut 'Obamacare,' but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies

(Yahoo) A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican governors, and 22 of the 24 GOP Senate seats up in 2016 are in those states.


Every Year, A Lone Marine Holds Salute For Fallen Soldier

(Little Things) Every Memorial Day weekend since 1988, Rolling Thunder/Ride for Freedom has been held in Washington, DC, to raise awareness of the Prisoners of War–Missing in Action of all wars.

United States Marine Corps Veteran Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers is known to the world as The Saluting Marine for standing at attention for hours in the middle of the street during Rolling Thunder. In the video below, filmed in 2013, he held the salute for 3-4 hours while standing on concrete, surrounded by the bikers who zipped passed and around him. Despite having a broken wrist, Sgt. Chambers stood strong to perform his powerful act honoring veterans everywhere.


Paul Krugman- The Big Meh

(NYT) But a funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution. We did not, it turned out, get a sustained return to rapid economic progress. Instead, it was more of a one-time spurt, which sputtered out around a decade ago. Since then, we’ve been living in an era of iPhones and iPads and iDontKnows, but even if you adjust for the effects of financial crisis, growth and trends in income have reverted to the sluggishness that characterized the 1970s and 1980s.


Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

(Politico) Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.


Michelle Obama’s knockout response to President Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

First lady Michelle Obama just delivered a knockout response to a “Let’s Move” challenge delivered by President Barack Obama, who posted a YouTube video to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first lady’s initiative.


Josh Duggar Admits Molestation, Resigns from Family Research Council

(TMZ) Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh just told People, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret." He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."


Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

(NBC) A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's top prosecutor said Thursday. In a hasty news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr., Brian Rice and William Porter.


Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

(NYT) The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

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Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona

22 min ago - Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pickup opportunity. Kirkpatrick made calls Monday to info ... (Roll Call)

REPORTS: Russia abandons its Mistral warship deal with France

57 min ago - Russia has given up on its €1.2 billion deal for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers with France, according to reports. Following Russia's alleged role in supporting separatist militia in eastern Ukraine, French President François Hollande had imp ... (Business Insider)

Houston, Texas, Hit by Unprecedented Flooding; Seven States At Risk

1 hr ago - BY ALEXANDER SMITH, SHAMAR WALTERS AND HENRY AUSTIN Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued across seven states early Tuesday as an unprecedented downpour of torrential rain triggered "extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening" condi ... (NBC News)

Supreme Court to hear Texas Senate districts case

1 hr ago - WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Texas' Senate redistricting plan that takes into account the total population of districts, instead of only those who are eligible to vote. The case could have important consequen ... (AP)

Orders for durable goods drop 0.5 percent in April

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Obama team to issue new rule to regulate water pollution

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Two people dead in shooting at Grand Forks Wal Mart

3 hrs ago - Grand Forks Police confirm two people are dead in a shooting at Walmart. Police were called to the scene a little after 1 this morning in regards to a report of gunshots. Upon arrival officers discovered multiple victims inside the store. Several o ... (Valley News Live)

Cause of death of child in swing undetermined after autopsy

4 hrs ago - By KASEY JONES BALTIMORE (AP) — Further investigation and toxicology tests are needed in the case of a Maryland child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, authorities said. An autopsy has been completed on the 3-year-old boy ... (AP)

George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday

4 hrs ago - WASHINGTON – Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he’s joining the crowded Republican field for president. The three-term governor will unveil his candidacy in Exeter, N.H., – which claim ... (NY Post)

The Latest: Harris County residents warned to not leave home

5 hrs ago - 4:30 a.m. CDT Harris County Flood control has advised residents waking up for work and school Tuesday morning to not leave their homes. KHOU-TV reports The National Weather Service has issued an emergency flash flood Warning for southwest Harris Co ... (AP-Excite)

European stocks fall as Greek debt plight looms

5 hrs ago - By ELAINE KURTENBACH TOKYO (AP) — European shares fell Tuesday as markets reopened after holidays in several countries, as concerns over Greece's debt crisis overshadowed news from China of support for new infrastructure projects. KEEPING SCORE: Ge ... (AP-Excite)

Police: 13 officers missing following attack; 5 injured

5 hrs ago - KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Thirteen Kenyan police are missing after suspected al-Shabab gunmen attacked their vehicles near Somalia's border, injuring at least five other officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday. A police spokesman, George ... (AP)

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar

6 hrs ago - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi state TV declared ... (AP)

Report: Iran Summons Saudi Envoy Over Yemen Strike

8 hrs ago - Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen. It says Iran warned the Saudi charge d'affaires late Monday against any violations of the diplomatic ... (AP)

Brazil prison riot leaves 8 dead, officials say

12 hrs ago - RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left eight inmates dead after a fight between two gangs quickly escalated, prison officials said. Nearly 50 people, mostly visiting family members, were held hostage for several hours, but w ... (Yahoo! News / AP)

Rest home fire in central China kills 38

12 hrs ago - BEIJING (AP) — A rest home fire in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese state media reported Tuesday. The official Xinhua News Agency said that the Monday night fire swept through an apartment building being used as a privately ru ... (Yahoo! News / AP)

Russia begins massive air force exercise

13 hrs ago - Russia's military forces have begun a large exercise involving around 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel, according to its defence ministry. The ministry described the four-day drill as a "massive surprise inspection", to check combat readine ... (BBC)

Volcano erupts in Galapagos Islands, home to unique pink iguanas

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Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

13 hrs ago - KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers. The likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay ... (AP)

NYC-based investment firm helps Detroit residents pay water bills, avoid shutoff

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Mexican tornado near Texas border kills 13

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New documents show cost of Russian floating nuclear power plant skyrockets

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BB King may have been poisoned, daughters allege

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FDA ticks off first drug to treat radiation sickness after nuclear disasters

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Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct

19 hrs ago - CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday. The settlement, ... (New York Times)

Allies Bicker As Islamic State Threatens To Kill Hundreds

20 hrs ago - Mon, May 25, 2015, 19:48 Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, amid warnings that it may execute hundreds of ... (Guardian)

Syrian Warplanes Batter Jihadists In Ancient Palmyra

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Fighter Jets Scramble Following Reports of Multiple Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say

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18 shot this weekend in Baltimore

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China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

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