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‘Just own it’: Chris Cuomo hammers GOP lawmaker for denying Trumpcare will hurt sick people

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday grilled Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) over his vote in favor of the American Health Care Act, which is projected to take away health insurance from an estimated 24 million Americans.

Like his other Congressional Republican colleagues, Reed denied that the AHCA would make it legal for insurance companies to deny coverage to Americans with preexisting conditions, despite the fact that it would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more money for their plans.

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Cuomo wouldn’t let this explanation slide, however, and asked Reed to justify the massive cuts the AHCA makes to Medicaid, which Reed tried to spin as a way to offer more “flexibility” to states.

“Pulling money out of the system has never been shown to be a way to improve coverage in terms of how many people will get care,” Cuomo pointed out. “You are pulling $880 billion out of it over about a decade, period. How will that help?”

“That is one of the fundamental issues we have in the disagreement to the other side,” Reed replied. “The other side assumes putting money in the situation solves the problem. I believe in flexibility and innovation in the market. Allow people to provide them choices. That allows the dollars to be more efficient and provide access to care to millions that don’t have it today.”

Cuomo again tried to cut through this spin and pointed out that the AHCA doesn’t just take money out of Medicaid, but it also gives lavish tax breaks to rich Americans, which has long been a major GOP priority.

“I don’t understand why the GOP doesn’t just own it and say we will put less money in it,” he said. “Yes, some people may not get covered the same they are now. We think it is worth it. It will help fund our tax cuts.”

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Feds now probing Giuliani’s links to Ukrainian natural gas projects – and if he profited from them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two "henchmen" who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump's re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

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Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.

Most Americans are uneasy about how their data is collected and used: 79 percent said they are not comfortable about the handling of their information by private firms, and 69 percent said the same of the government.

Seven in 10 surveyed said they think their personal data is less secure than five years ago, while only six percent said it is more secure, the report found.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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