Jan 25, 2017

House to begin Obamacare repeal work in next two weeks

(Matt Rourke / AP)

PHILADELPHIA — House Budget Committee chairwoman Diane Black says House committees will begin marking up an Obamacare repeal bill within the next two weeks, and the bill will head to the floor around the end of February or the beginning of March.

She talked to reporters as lawmakers gathered for the Republican retreat. The bill will also contain pieces of a replacement plan, but what can go in the bill is limited because of Senate rules on the legislative vehicle being used. The Senate must use the vehicle, called reconciliation, to avoid a filibuster.

Black said one example of replacement provisions would be related to health savings accounts. She didn't offer specifics, but other Republican replacement plans have proposed making it easier for people to use the savings accounts to pay for health care with their own money.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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