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Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill 12:23am EDT

WASHINGTON Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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Trump campaign manager Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire during 2016 race: Washington Post

WASHINGTON Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, offered to provide briefings to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin on the status of the 2016 U.S. presidential election less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Election 2016, Russia Sep 20 2017
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Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.    | Video

Election 2016, U.S. Sep 20 2017
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U.S. seeks up to 27 months in prison for ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday sought a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months for former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl in a “sexting” scandal that played a role in last year’s U.S. presidential election.

Election 2016 Sep 20 2017
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In rare public speech, Obama decries Republican healthcare bill

NEW YORK Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans' latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict "real human suffering" on Americans.

Election 2016 Sep 20 2017