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Almost no one wants the Obamacare employer mandate now: Here’s why

When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its requirement that large employers provide health coverage or pay a penalty seemed to many supporters a key pillar of the effort to guarantee health coverage to Americans. Four years later and after repeated delays, the so-called employer mandate has become something of an orphan, reviled by the law’s opponents and increasingly seen as unnecessary by many of its backers. Twice in the last two years, the Obama administration has put off the penalties, citing difficulties enforcing the mandate Continue reading

Facebook removes page calling for death of Jews

A portrait of the Facebook logo. NEWS.GNOM.ES/Eric Thayer Facebook has removed a page calling for the death of Jews, after multiple users complained it was hate speech and a gross violation of the social network’s standards. The page, called “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews,” which incorrectly spelled “Zionist,” showed an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as a vampire, with blood dripping from his chin, according to the Washington Examiner Continue reading

House GOP proposes to make it easier to deport Central American minors

House Republicans proposed legislation Tuesday that would amend federal law to make it easier to deport Central American minors and devote $659 million in emergency funding to address the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, as GOP leaders try to win enough support from skeptical conservatives to pass a bill by Thursday. Continue reading

Ebola fears hit close to home

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Man who died in Nigeria during Ebola outbreak was American Patrick Sawyer’s family lives Minnesota; he worked in Liberia Possibility of Ebola spreading to U.S. is unlikely, CDC officials say (CNN) — Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters’ birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria. But when he landed in Lagos, Sawyer, 40, collapsed getting off the plane. Continue reading

Source: Israel prepared for cease-fire, but ball is in ‘Hamas’ court’

STORY HIGHLIGHTS At least 40% of Gaza’s fuel was burned, Palestinian official says People killed at Jabaliya refugee camp Hamas rejects Palestinian call for cease-fire Israel warns of possible “protracted campaign” Gaza (CNN) — A senior Israeli official told CNN Tuesday that Israel is “prepared for a cease-fire” but no agreement has been reached. Continue reading

Seven Rikers Island correction officers smuggled cocaine, oxycodone into jail: investigation

Seven Rikers correction officers smuggled cocaine and oxycodone into the troubled jail, the city Department of Investigation has found. The latest arrests and charges are part of an ongoing crackdown on corruption at Rikers by DOI Commissioner Mark Peters, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and other law enforcement agencies Continue reading

House GOP strips border bill to $659 million as deadline approaches

House Republicans have further slashed an emergency funding proposal to address the humanitarian crisis on the southern border to $659 million, as GOP leaders try to win enough support from skeptical conservatives to pass a bill by Thursday. The amount is far lower than the $3.7 billion request from the Obama administration, which says the money is necessary to mount a help stem a growing influx of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America. “I think there is sufficient support in the House,” Speaker John A. Continue reading

Girl Hit by Plane on Beach Dies

ABC News | More ABC News Videos Copy A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday. Oceana Irizzary’s father also was killed Sunday. Continue reading

Unpublished 1860 letter by Abraham Lincoln shows ‘nervous’ side

An unpublished letter from Abraham Lincoln dated 1860 reveals the future president as a “nervous” man not entirely comfortable with his budding fame. The letter, dated March 6, 1860, and postmarked in Hartford, Conn., shows that Lincoln’s mind is firmly on his family following his historical speech in New York at Cooper Union, the science and art college, just a month earlier, lifting the previously regional politician into the national scene and jump-starting speculation that the Illinois native could one day become president. Lincoln declines an invitation to speak, saying that he feels “unfit” to fulfill the obligations and wants to return home Continue reading

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

NASHVILLE — On the first day of July, Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of his political mentor, Howard H Continue reading