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US Midterm elections 2018 : Republicans vs Democrats, Tax vs Health

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US Midterm elections 2018

The 2018 midterms will feature over 500 races for federal office and governor’s mansions, let alone thousands of others for state and local office. Democrats are in a strong position to take back the House and still have hopes of regaining their majority in the United States Senate and winning a number of governorships.

But there are still over 50 days before election day and recent years are filled with countless examples of political upsets in American elections.

These key races represent a slice of some of the most competitive and compelling contests in November. Although by no means an exhaustive list of the races that will determine the political complexion of the next few years, this gives a sampling of those for the House, for the Senate and for governorships that observers will be paying to on election day

2018 elections in the United States will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, except for certain special elections. All these races, regardless if it is for a federal, state, or local office, are being administered by the individual state and local governments instead of at the national or federal level.

These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s first term. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. In addition, 39 state and territorial governorships as well as numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

President Trump and officials campaigning

In May 2018, President Trump began to emphasize his effort to overcome the traditional strength of the non-presidential party in midterm elections, with “top priority for the White House [being to hold] the Republican majority in the Senate”.

He was already at that time well into his own 2020 reelection campaign, having launched it on inauguration day, 2017. In May, on a trip to Texas for a Houston fundraiser targeting the midterms, he also held a fundraising dinner in Dallas for the 2020 campaign.

By early August, the president’s midterm efforts had included rallies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana and elsewhere “reprising the style and rhetoric of his 2016 campaign”.

Democrats “need to flip 23 seats to capture the speaker’s gavel”, USA Today put it. The President was addressing the economy, the border wall, the “trade war”, “don’t believe anything” and the space force in the rallies, per the report.

 

Midterms: Is Russia still meddling in US elections?

BBC News’s Suzanne Kianpour investigates claims that Russia is meddling in the run-up to the US midterms.

She spoke to two BBC journalists, World Affairs Correspondent Paul Wood and Security Correspondent Gordon Corera about the credibility of the allegations and how Russia might be tapping into the United States’ weaknesses.

Key Question On The MidTerms

he key question in these elections is: will Republicans will be able to keep control of both chambers of Congress? Just 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate, and all of the 435 seats in the lower House of Representatives are up for grabs.

To take control of the legislative agenda and block Trump’s ability to implement his programs, the Democratic party needs to control both houses. With a Senate majority, the Democrats would be able to block cabinet and supreme court appointments.

But while they may be able to take the House, clinching the Senate will be much harder. Impeachment, by the way, requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, so would require Republican votes even if the Democrats won every available seat in November.

How do the midterms work?

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be voted on in November. Representatives serve two-year terms so the entire house will face re-election in 2020.

Some 35 out of the Senate’s 100 seats will be on the ballot and 36 state governors are up for election. Senators hold four-year terms.

Gubernatorial elections

Governors hold powerful positions since they control huge budgets and implement their state’s laws.

Republicans currently control 33 out of 50 governorships and two-thirds of 99 state legislature chambers.

Some 36 governorships are being elected this November and Democrats are targeting the 23 which have Republican incumbents up for re-election.

Key races to watch are in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania – key swing states in the presidential elections. Governors in those states will be crucial to mobilising party activists and raising donations for the 2020 race.

How will they affect Donald Trump’s presidency?

The elections will shape US politics for at least the next two years. A Republican-controlled Congress will make the final two years of Mr Trump’s first term much smoother – giving him the power to continue funding his border wall with Mexico, pass further tax cuts and make another attempt to repeal Obamacare.

If Democrats regain control, they will fiercely oppose a number of Mr Trump’s key policies. If they win enough seats, the Democrats could kill the Republican legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.

A Democratic majority would also see the party gain seats on Congressional committees with the power to investigate the Trump administration.

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ISIS Is Comming To Take Over Nigeria – Nnamdi Kanu

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The Leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB had alleged that ISIS is ready to overwhelm Nigeria with strategic attacks.

ISIS, Nnamdi Kanu

Kanu warned that the dreaded Islamist State for Iraq and Syria, ISIS, would soon take their bloodletting campaign to Nigeria’s territory.

In a broadcast aired on Ra­dio Biafra over the weekend, Kanu, who is currently on exile in Israel said mothers would be raped during the terror attacks.

Quoting Kanu, “You think I am joking. They are coming. Your mothers will be raped. Your sisters will be married off as slaves. Biafra land will be decimated unless we equip this army.

“The worst is yet to come and more innocent people will lose their lives if community leaders fail to do the needful.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has warned of imminent terror attacks and death in Nigeria.

Kanu warned that the dreaded Islamist State for Iraq and Syria, ISIS, would soon take their bloodletting campaign to Nigeria’s territory.

In a broadcast aired on Ra­dio Biafra over the weekend, Kanu, who is currently on exile in Israel said mothers would be raped during the terror attacks.

The IPOB leader said more Nigeri­ans will be killed if leaders fail to carry out their responsibilities.

According to Kanu, “You think I am joking. They are coming. Your mothers will be raped. Your sisters will be married off as slaves. Biafra land will be decimated unless we equip this army.

“The worst is yet to come and more innocent people will lose their lives if community leaders fail to do the needful.

“I have the men. I need guns and I need bullets. That is all we need, and then we will win. I have been sounding this warning, and I have been telling you, ‘osi na ofu nti banye, osi na ko ozo puo”.

Kanu claimed that Boko Haram has an alliance with ISIS and that the group has lost confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Buhari was their god-fa­ther, they no longer trust him. I mean Boko-Haram, in this instance. Buhari they thought will give them sharia imme­diately. When Buhari said, “I don’t belong to anybody’’, from that day they intensified their bombing.”

“They will enter the zoo from Chad, very very shortly, not as Boko Haram. They are coming in as their franchise and as their name dictates. ISIS is coming,” he added.

It should be worthy of note that following the recent attacks of military base in the north east, the army Authorities have come out severally to confirm that ISIS and ISWAP is responsible for the success of these attacks.

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www.lotteryusa.com: Texas (TX) Lottery Results- Mega Millions results & Winners

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The Texas Lottery is the government-operated lottery available throughout Texas. It is operated by the Texas Lottery Commission, headquartered in downtown Austin

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) –– Someone’s life is forever changed in South Carolina after officials there say a ticket hit all six numbers to claim the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawings.

The numbers were picked at 10 p.m.

Those numbers are: 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

Someone in Texas won a $3 million Megaplier ticket. The Texas Lottery tweeted that the winning ticket was sold in San Antonio.

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Texans have gotten lottery lucky lately.

Last Friday, a $1 million winning ticket was sold at the Valero on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston. A $2 million winning ticket was sold the same day at Cove Country Store off S FM 565 in Baytown.

PRESS YOUR LUCK: Luckiest places around Houston buy lotto tickets

Even if you take the cash payout of $904 million, you’ll still have a nice chunk of change.

The Mega Millions winning numbers page updated around 4 a.m. to reflect there was just one winner for the jackpot.

The next estimated jackpot has also reset to $40 million. That drawing is on Friday.

Tuesday’s drawing wasn’t a record breaker, but it’s still a nice chunk of change. If the winner chooses the cash payout option, he or she walks away with $904 million.

If no one had won the massive jackpot, that would have brought Friday’s jackpot potential to $2 billion, which carries a cash payout option of $1.142 billion, according to the Texas Lottery.

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Trump Health Insurance Policy And Drug Price Transparency

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Trump and his team fight for health consumers, starting with drug price transparency

A few weeks ago I picked up my beat-up old car from the shop, only to discover from the itemized bill I received that my mechanic had charged me for an inspection I’d already had a month before. When I produced the original receipt he was very apologetic because he knew there was an equally good repair shop down the road. Price transparency and competition at work!

The same day, my nut-allergic son unknowingly ate a piece of key lime pie for dessert that included a hidden almond paste. The restaurant’s lack of ingredient transparency led to a severe allergic reaction and an emergency room visit where my son received two Mylan EpiPens, intravenous steroids and anti-histamines. His expensive overnight stay was billed to our insurance but I only knew about the $100 copay. The EpiPens alone must have cost several hundreds of dollars, but I was insulated from sticker shock.

The Trump administration is working to change the health care delivery system so it is more like my repair shop and less like the camouflaged restaurant or hospital. I applaud these efforts. It is especially important that increased transparency be accompanied by more choices. Competition will then help to drive down prices. Approval of new generic drugs by the Food and Drug Administration is proceeding at a record pace, with 971 likely this year alone, compared to 937 last year.

Price transparency is an FDA priority

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told me that the focus at FDA has been to create more product competition both through “more efficient routes for generics to enter the market” as well as among branded medications. Paving the way for innovation brings more novel medications to market  “so that patients can have a choice of more than one drug.”

“By also advancing policies that promote price transparency and market based competition, this new product competition can have its maximal benefit in advancing consumer access and helping patients save money on their medical care,” Gottlieb said.

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The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, sponsored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and signed by President Donald Trump this month, says insurers and pharmacy benefit managers cannot stop pharmacies from alerting me and others to less pricey alternatives that my health insurance may not cover.

One of the generics approved by the FDA and set to come on the market is a generic version of EpiPen by Teva Pharmaceuticals. In other words, a pharmacy will now be able to point me towards the cheaper Teva EpiPen generic for my son, even if it isn’t covered under my current health insurance plan.

The same protections are being extended to Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage another new law, the Know the Lowest Price Act. This move accompanies the expanded drug dashboards for Medicare and Medicaid, unveiled earlier this year, where a patient gets to know the list prices of essential medications as well as which drug companies are the worst price gougers. This is especially important when you consider that insurers and pharmacy benefit managers have typically passed price increases to the consumer through higher co-pays.

Trump free-market policies help consumers

Speaking of automobiles, I want to tell you how happy I am that I don’t have to pay the same insurance premium for my banged up jalopy that a Ferrari owner pays for his sleek high powered car with full collision coverage. This used to be true for health insurance as well, and it is becoming true again. Now that the Obamacare individual mandate is gone, slimmer plans and association plans targeted to an individual’s needs and providing basic coverage can attract young healthy people who would otherwise have chosen to pay the tax penalty.

As with car insurance, basic coverage for all should be the goal, rather than bloated expensive big insurance coverage for all. We can cover pre-existing conditions without insisting that everyone pay the same exorbitant price for the same benefits so that only the Aetnas or Blue Crosses or Anthems or United Health Cares can afford to provide policies. Insurers, like all businesses, will take all comers as long as they can turn a profit, and health insurers are turning healthy profits.

When it comes to health care, price transparency, competition and choice are free market forces that are being restored under the Trump administration. They should help bring prices down and drive quality up.

Marc Siegel, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and a Fox News medical correspondent, is a clinical professor of medicine and medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center. Follow him on Twitter: @DrMarcSiegel.

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