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‘Explain that to me’: GOP lawmaker needs local reporter to tell him what’s in health care bill he backed

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) drew widespread criticism on Thursday when he admitted to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he hadn’t read the American Health Care Act, despite the fact that he had just voted in favor of it.

Despite the fact that Collins didn’t read the bill himself, he insisted that he was well informed of its contents because his aides had read it and summarized it for him.

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However, when Collins was asked by the Buffalo News about the AHCA’s provision cutting a key program that directly affected his constituents, he admitted that he had no idea it was in the legislation.

“Told by a Buffalo News reporter that the state’s largest loss of federal funds under the bill would be $3 billion annually that goes to the state’s Essential Health Plan, Collins said: ‘Explain that to me,'” the Buffalo News reports.

The Essential Health Plan is a special carve-out within Obamacare that lets states provide low-cost health plans to low-and-middle-income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid. The Buffalo News estimates that 19,000 people in Collins’ district benefit from the plan, which would be completely axed by the AHCA.

When asked about this, Collins simply said that, “it doesn’t surprise me for you to tell me that there were two states in the nation that were taking advantage of some other waiver program and New York was one of the two states.”

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One of the 2 articles of impeachment against Trump points the way to disqualify him from running for president again

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If President Donald Trump were to be acquitted on articles on impeachment in a U.S. Senate trial and win reelection in 2020, he would be the first president in United States history to be impeached in the House yet win a second term. That’s one possible scenario, depending on what happens in a likely Senate trial and the 2020 presidential election. But journalist Lauren Frias, in an article for Business Insider, describes another scenario: Trump is removed from office by the Senate yet runs for president again anyway.

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Trump pretends he was in the military during White House reception

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President Donald Trump held a White House Hanukkah party a few weeks before the Jewish holiday and during the event, he seemed to be claiming he served in the military when he didn't.

"Like we used to say in the military, make a path,” Trump said.

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1204938676876263425

Trump not only never served in the military he actively dodged the draft, getting a pass due to alleged bone spurs in his feet. It's unknown if Trump actually has bone spurs, but such a condition doesn't disappear.

Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska Senator and SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy went after the president in March demanding to see proof of the bone spurs.

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America shocked Louie Gohmert outed suspected whistleblower during hearing

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) named the latest person that right-wing media believes is the White House whistleblower during Wednesday's impeachment proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee.

https://twitter.com/AndrewDesiderio/status/1204926692428570624

People were shocked by Gohmert's speech. People suggested the Texas Republican should be referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation and/or be censured and/or expelled from the House of Representatives.

Here's some of what people were saying:

Cut his mic, escort him the hearing, strip him of all committees....then make him sit a Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan's lunch table!

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