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GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

Health
The Trump administration's decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law's popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, beginning with the unpopular requirement that people carry health insurance, but also including widely-supported provisions that guarantee access for people with medical problems and limit what insurers can charge older, sicker adults. Friday, the insurance industry warned in stark terms of "harm that would come to millions of Americans" if such protections are struck down, causing premiums "to go even higher for older...
US ambassador to Mexico resigning in another big loss for State Department

US ambassador to Mexico resigning in another big loss for State Department

World
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico is retiring amid tense relations between the two countries - another loss of a senior American diplomat. Amb. Roberta Jacobson announced on Twitter that after 31 years of government service, she is leaving in May. A State Department official told ABC News she is resigning her position and will retire from the civil service shortly thereafter. It's another loss of a top diplomat for the State Department - the second this week after U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun announced on Tuesday his sudden retirement. Her departure also comes at a pivotal moment for U.S.-Mexico relations, with the seventh round of NAFTA talks underway this week and Mexican concern over new steel tariffs just announced by the White House. Tensions are high over P...
Justice Department announces charges in $500 million senior fraud schemes

Justice Department announces charges in $500 million senior fraud schemes

Finance
The Justice Department announced a broad enforcement sweep targeting financial fraud against the elderly, resulting in charges filed against more than 250 defendants.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed the charges during a press conference in Washington on Thursday.Justice coordinated with other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, in building the cases.The perpetrators allegedly used mass mailing and telemarketing to rip off seniors, as well as individual incidences of identity theft and financial abuse by guardians."Today's actions send a clear message: We will hold perpetrators of elder fraud schemes accountable wherever they are," said Sessions.The defendants allegedly harmed more than a million victims, most o...
State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

Business
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Sweden of Patriot Configuration-3 Modernized Fire Units.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 3.2 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors.The possible foreign military sale would provide Sweden with four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, and other equipment and technology to aid in the firing process.The deal also includes communications equipment and technical publications, along with training equipment. Use of the Patriot units will require approximat...
State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

Business
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved the potential $ 133.3 million foreign military sale of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan.The deal, announced on Tuesday, is set to provide the government of Japan with four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles, along with four Mk 29 missile canisters, if approved by the U.S. Congress, which has been notified of the potential sale.The contract will also provide U.S. government and contracted technical assistance, along with transportation, engineering and logistics support services, the Pentagon said in a press release.The Raytheon produced Standard Missile-3 Interceptor is a defensive weapon used to destroy short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Laun...