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The Latest: Trump tells GOP that Democrats 'own' health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
Donald Trump is warning Republicans against letting Democrats escape blame for problems with President Barack Obama's health care law.
The president-elect is making his views known in a series of new tweets and he's taking aim at the Senate's Democratic leader, New York's Chuck Schumer — a top defender of the health overhaul.
Trump has this advice for fellow Republicans: "Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web." And Trump says "massive increases" in health costs will occur this year "and Dems are to blame for the mess."
Trump also says the law "will fall of its own weight — be careful."
Trump's tweeting comes as the new GOP-led Congress begins initial steps toward dismantling Obama's law.
Obama is holding a Capitol Hill strategy session with congressional Democrats about how to combat the Republican effort. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting separately with GOP lawmakers
President-elect Donald Trump is suggesting the Democratic National Committee's carelessness led to the hack that roiled the 2016 presidential campaign.
"Why was the DNC so careless?" Trump tweeted early Wednesday. He was referring to the hacking last year of the committee's private email traffic, including emails of John Podesta, a top adviser to Hillary Clinton. Trump said WikiLeaks founder "Julian Assange said 'a 14-year-old could have hacked Podesta'...Also said Russians did not give him the info!"
Assange has said his source for the emails WikiLeaks released was not a state, but that left open the prospect that he acquired it from a third party. The U.S. intelligence community, along with numerous Republicans and Democrats, allege that Russia did the hacking.
President-elect Donald Trump is raising new questions about the nation's intelligence community, tweeting fresh criticism at the same people who will help inform his most sensitive decisions once he takes office.
Trump charged Tuesday on Twitter, without evidence, that the timing of an upcoming intelligence briefing on suspected Russian interference in the 2016 election had been delayed. "Perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!" he wrote, using quote marks around the word "intelligence."
Trump's tweet, in line with repeated criticism of his nation's intelligence leaders, caused confusion among intelligence officials, who said there was no delay in the briefing schedule.
Islamic State claims attack on Pakistan police academy, 59 dead
By Gul YusufzaiQUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday said its fighters attacked a police training college in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100.Hundreds of trainees were stationed at the facility when masked gunmen stormed the college on the outskirts of Quetta late on Monday. Some cadets were taken hostage during the raid, which lasted nearly five hours. Most of the dead were… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Premier League: Statistics disprove Wenger's away-day champions claim
After suggesting Arsenal's home form was behind their failure to win the Premier League, Opta stats have disproved Arsene Wenger's theory. . View photo After suggesting Arsenal's home form was behind their failure to win the Premier League, Opta stats have disproved Arsene Wenger's theory. Arsene Wenger's claims that Arsenal would be top of the Premier League if the standings were based purely on away form are not supported by the facts.The Frenchman suggested on Friday the sometimes toxic… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Alleged mastermind of Kardashian heist charged in Paris
Paris (AFP) - A French judge on Friday charged the alleged mastermind of the spectacular Paris heist, in which five masked men robbed US reality TV television star Kim Kardashian of jewellery worth millions, prosecutors said.The 60-year-old man was among seven suspects charged on Friday over the October 3 robbery during which the celebrity was bound and gagged at gunpoint, then locked in a bathroom at the luxury residence where she was staying during Paris Fashion Week.A total of 10 people have… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam urged to consider visa-free travel for Australian, Indian tourists
Foreign tourists in Hanoi. Photo by Vu Dung Pham/VnExpress Photo Contest Vietnam should extend its visa waiver program for tourists from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K., and consider adding India and Australia to the list soon, the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association has suggested. The country has offered single-entry visa exemptions to citizens of these five European countries since mid-2015. The relaxed visa policy, which allows the eligible visitors to stay up to 15 days in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Where Americans agree on Trump: He should be builder-in-chief
For several nervous days, the flooding at Oroville Dam in California presented the prospect of a catastrophic disaster. Now, with increasing confidence that the dam will hold, the incident could point to something different: an opportunity. Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump branded himself as a builder and dealmaker set to revive a decaying America. At his inaugural address, he declared, “We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...