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Russia 'not ruling out prisoner exhange' for Briton held on spying charges

Russia 'not ruling out prisoner exhange' for Briton held on spying chargesRussia’s foreign ministry has not ruled out a prisoner exchange for the British citizen held on apparent charges of espionage. Paul Whelan, a former US marine, was arrested in Moscow on December 28th. Russian media reported claims that the 48-year-old was apprehended in possession of a USB drive containing the names of Russian security agents. Since his arrest Mr Whelan, who also holds US, Canadian and Irish passports, has been kept in the notoriously brutal Lefortovo prison in the Russian capital. On Saturday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said that it was too early to talk of a prisoner swap.  “As to the possibility of prisoner exchanges, it’s incorrect to consider the question when formal charges have not even been brought,”  Sergei Ryabkov told state-run RIA-Novosti news agency. The United States is also currently holding Maria Butina, a Russian citizen who pled guilty to espionage last month and co-operated with prosecutors over her attempts to infiltrate right-wing groups, including the National Rifle Association.  The foreign ministry comments follow revelations about Mr Whelan’s past.   In 2008, he was court-martialed and dishonourably discharged from the Marines on charges of larceny and passing bad checks. According to the Washington Post, he attempted to steal $ 10,000 while deployed to Iraq in 2006. Mr Whelan, a Russophile who often visited the country, possessed an account on Vtonktate, the Russian version of Facebook. Many of his contacts appear to be involved in the Russian navy or Defence Ministry, the New York Times reported. A view shows Lefortovo pre-trial detention centre in Moscow Credit:  REUTERS However, CIA officials told the paper that Mr Whelan’s court-martial meant it was unlikely he would have later been employed as a secret agent, adding that most spies possess diplomatic passports so they cannot be detained for long. On his Vtonktate page, Mr Whelan posted “GOD SAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP!!” after the President’s 2017 inauguration, alongside updates about the family cat.  One of his VK friend’s, Oleg, told Russian media that he had loaned Mr Whelan $ 1,000 to buy a paintball gun and not been repaid.  “I am sorry that I can’t send you I have already surpassed the limit that I can send abroad within a year,” Mr Whelan allegedly told him.  The former serviceman’s twin brother, David, told reporters that he feared his sibling could be detained for several years, caught up in the worsening tensions between Washington and Moscow.  He said there was nothing to indicate his brother was a spy and the arrest was “very arbitrary”. "Our family is tending to focus on getting him out anything we can do to make his stay as least-awful as possible and not worry so much about the rationale for what caused it," David said.  Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating Mr Whelan on charges of espionage that carry a sentence of up to 20 years, state-run media reported.



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What the Latest Court Ruling on the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance

What the Latest Court Ruling on the ACA Means for Your Health InsuranceA Texas judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional earlier this month says the ACA can remain in place while legal challenges to his ruling play out. Late Sunday, Judge Reed O’Co…



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What the Latest Court Ruling on the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance

What the Latest Court Ruling on the ACA Means for Your Health InsuranceA Texas judge who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional earlier this month says the ACA can remain in place while legal challenges to his ruling play out. Late Sunday, Judge Reed O’Co…



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Judge grants stay after ruling Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Obamacare stays in effect

Judge grants stay after ruling Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Obamacare stays in effectJudge Reed O'Connor agreed to stay his decision because "many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty" while appeals played out.



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Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOPWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.



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Chuck Schumer Urges Congressional Vote Rejecting Obamacare Ruling

Chuck Schumer Urges Congressional Vote Rejecting Obamacare RulingSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Congress should hold a vote



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Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'

Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'President Trump hailed a court decision against Obamacare, while a government official said the decision would have no immediate impact on health coverage.



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Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling undercutting Obamacare

Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling undercutting ObamacareUS District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional. The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court.



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Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling undercutting Obamacare

Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling undercutting ObamacareUS District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional. The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court.



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Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama Tweets

Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama TweetsBarack Obama reminded people that Saturday was the last day to sign up for



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