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Romney slams Perrycare: ‘You have a million kids uninsured’ in Texas

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to score a few points on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s health care reforms during Tuesday’s The Washington Post/Bloomberg Republican presidential debate, but the plan quickly backfired.

“Gov. Romney, your chief economic advisor, Glenn Hubbard, who you know well — he said that Romneycare was Obamacare,” Perry charged. “And Romneycare has driven the cost of small business insurance premiums up by 14 percent over the national average in Massachusetts. So, my question for you would be, how would you respond to his criticism of your signature legislative achievement?”

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“I’m proud of the fact that we took on a major problem in our state,” Romney argued. “We had a lot of kids without insurance, a lot of adults without insurance, but it added up to about eight percent of our population. And we said, ‘You know what, we want to find a way to get those folks insured but we don’t change anything for the 92 percent of people that already have insurance.’ And so our plan dealt with those eight percent, not the 92.”

“I’ll tell you this though, we have the lowest number of kids as a percentage of any state in America. You have the highest… We have less than one percent of our kids that are uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas. A million kids.”

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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