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Capitol rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate elected officials,’ prosecutors say


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Ex-FBI Agent Strzok Acknowledged Steele Dossier Was ‘Intended to Influence’ Media


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Iran scientist’s assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal


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Congress to Repeal Three Health Industry Taxes Intended to Fund Obamacare

Congress to Repeal Three Health Industry Taxes Intended to Fund ObamacareCongress is preparing to repeal three major health industry taxes meant to fund the Affordable Care Act in the year-end spending bill, dealing a significant blow to Obamacare's funding mechanisms.While congressional leaders are still hammering out the details of the spending bill, lawmakers have reportedly agreed to scrap the 40 percent Cadillac tax on high end employer plans, the 2.3 percent medical device tax, and an additional health insurance tax.The repeal of the taxes, which were mandated by the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, constitutes a win for the health insurance industry and a severe funding problem for Obamacare. The Cadillac tax repeal is expected to cost nearly $ 200 billion over 10 years, while the repeals of the other two taxes are projected to cost between $ 15 billion and $ 25 billion each over the same period.Congress prevented the Cadillac tax, which drew strong opposition from employers and unions with expensive health benefits plans, from taking effect until 2022, and the House voted over the summer to abandon it permanently. The medical device and health insurance taxes have been enforced on and off since the Affordable Care Act was passed.The text of the $ 1.4 trillion spending bill is expected to be released Monday, and the package is expected to pass both the House and Senate this week.Some Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Pat Leahy have opposed the Cadillac tax since the Obama years, “This tax unfortunately would target far too many health plans and place far too great a burden on working families,” Leahy said in 2015. “We must find a way to contain the cost of health care without creating geographic disparities and limiting the benefits available in health plans.”



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Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-un

Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-unThe Dutch port of Rotterdam has seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka allegedly destined for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his top generals. Customs officers nabbed the 3,000 cases of vodka on Friday in a vessel belonging to the Chinese company Cosco Shipping on a tip from the Russian foreign ministry. They believe the intended recipient was Kim and military commanders.  The confiscation was followed by findings that a Russian tanker secretly transferred fuel to a North Korean ship at sea at least four times in 2017 and 2018, which would violate international sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear missile programme. Two crew members told Reuters that the ship left Vladivostok ostensibly for China, but instead met up with the North Korean tanker Chon Moyng-1 at night while it was not transmitting its position.  The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June, which has produced few concrete results Credit: Evan Vucci/AP News of these attempts to skirt the sanctions came ahead of a summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Wednesday between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president. The Russian foreign minister said during his own visit to Hanoi on Monday that the US had asked Russia's advice on how to approach the summit. Moscow has recommended Washington offer security guarantees to Pyongyang in exchange for disarmament steps.  The United Nations has capped petroleum exports to North Korea and banned luxury good exports entirely, but Kim  frequently tries to circumvent these measures.  Last year, the UN listed the Chon Moyng-1 as having disobeyed sanctions with ship-to-ship fuel transfers. Previous seizures have included champagne, cheese and televisions bound for North Korea. The vodka cases found on Friday were hidden under an aircraft fuselage. Kim Jong-un visits the North Korean embassy in Vietnam before his expected meeting with Donald Trump this week Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty The UN estimates that 11 million North Koreans, nearly half the country's population, are affected by chronic food insecurity and access to basic life-saving services such as health care, water and sanitation. Around a fifth of all children in North Korea are malnourished, according to the UN. The meeting with Kim in Hanoi is intended to discuss US-Korean relations but is not expected to produce any breakthroughs in convincing Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programme. There are hopes that North Korea will renew its pledge to suspend nuclear tests and missile firings. The summit follows a historic meeting between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore in June last year. While the event was hailed as a triumph for Mr Trump's foreign policy it produced few meaningful concessions from Kim while allowing the dictator to burnish his international standing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join the summit.



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Pulse gunman intended to attack Disney World, was deterred by police presence

Pulse gunman intended to attack Disney World, was deterred by police presenceOmar Mateen visited Disney World with his wife, Noor Salman, in the days before the Pulse massacre, planning to hide a gun in a baby stroller, according to prosecutors during the trial of Salman.



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Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacks

Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacksIsrael said Sunday it used a combination of air strikes and other means to destroy a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the country and continuing into Egypt. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel belonged to Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling. It ran underneath the main goods crossing between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip — known as Kerem Shalom — as well as gas and fuel pipelines, he said.



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Trump Flouts Pardon's Intended Purpose

Trump Flouts Pardon's Intended PurposeJon Meacham, presidential historian, talks with Ari Melber about the intended purpose of a presidential pardon and its responsible use by past presidents in contrast with Donald Trump's crass political application.



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Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues

Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issuesLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arkansas from beginning a series of executions Monday. But the state has vowed to press ahead with plans to execute several inmates before the end of April, when its supply of a key lethal injection expires.



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