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With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his selection as health secretary.
While Price, an orthopedic surgeon-turned-lawmaker, is largely a known quantity on Capitol Hill, Trump's bottom line on health care remains a mystery for Democrats and Republicans alike. Trump campaigned on repealing "Obamacare," but at times he's sounded more like a liberal, for example, with recent comments about providing insurance for everyone and taking on the drug companies.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee scheduled a hearing on Price's nomination for Wednesday.
When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources.
Instead, Scott Pruitt reassigned his staff to focus on filing lawsuits against the federal agency he's now selected to lead.
Records also show that Pruitt, a Republican who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, failed to push a legal challenge initiated by his predecessor to protect Oklahoma's rivers from pollution caused by animal waste, after receiving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from individuals connected to the poultry industry.
In his farewell address, President Barack Obama quoted his mother when he spoke about the virtue of honesty. “[A]s my mother used to tell me,” Obama said, “reality has a way of catching up with you.”
The president speaks from some experience.
For years, Obama repeated his promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” However, reality caught up with the president in 2013, when insurance companies began to cancel policies that did not meet the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and Obama was forced to apologize.
That wasn’t the only time when reality caught up with Obama. As he prepares to leave office after eight years, we look back at some of the more egregious falsehoods uttered by a president who did not always follow his mother’s advice.
Donald Trump will be sworn in as the country's 45th president on Friday and thousands of his supporters from across the country will attend to witness the historic event. They hope his presidency will be the start of an American revival that will bring greater prosperty to the country.
The next day thousands of women, many dismayed by the president-elect's crude references to them and his embrace of policies they believe will hurt them and their families, will march in the capital. Many will wear pink pussy hats -- a reference to Trump's now famous statement that he could grab women "by the pussy."
Hear from some of those planning to attend.
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Unlike his soon-to-be boss, the choice for commerce secretary has agreed to divorce himself from a vast financial empire.
Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross can expect questions about his business dealings at his Senate confirmation hearing. Senators also plan to quiz Ross on trade, and how he plans to make good on President-elect Donald's Trump's promise to boost American exports.
Trump picked Ross for the post. He is to appear Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee.
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Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesperson said Wednesday.
Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution, wrote Katie Wooldridge, a spokeswoman for Bush's office. She said he "is being monitored as a precaution and is resting comfortably."
Jim McGrath, another spokesman for Bush, confirmed in an email to KNBC that Bush has been in the hospital since Saturday.
"Doctors and everyone are very pleased," McGrath wrote, "and we hope to have him out soon."
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Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.
On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get more days perfect for picnics or outdoor weddings, while other places will lose a lot. Rio de Janeiro, Miami and much of Africa are big losers, while Europe and Seattle will gain nicer weather.
"It's the type of weather where you can go outside and do something fun," said study lead author Karin van der Wiel, a meteorology researcher at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . "It's not too cold. It's not too hot. It's not too humid."
State officials said a student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and another student.
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said the male middle-school student shot the teacher, another student, and then pointed the gun at classmates before shooting himself.
Fasci said the wounded had vital signs but were in extremely serious condition.
He said the motive was still under investigation.
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A man was injured outside Trump International Hotel in Washington Tuesday night after he tried to set himself on fire to protest the election of Donald Trump.
Police said they were called to the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel for a report of a person "in distress."
The man told News4 he was trying to set himself on fire as an act of protest over the election of Donald Trump.
"I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest," the man, who police have not identified, said. " To protest the fact that we've elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States."
The man was taken to a hospital with burn injuries.
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One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on.
The man and his boy were but the latest to be lost to a sneaker wave, which are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. A leading expert says there needs to be greater awareness to prevent future tragedies.
In fact, Tuba Ozkan-Haller of Oregon State University has just finished the first year of a three-year research project to devise a sneaker-wave early warning system, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. She hopes the warnings will be sent out by the National Weather Service.
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Heather Wilson received some bad news just five days before Christmas.
The 31-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor six months earlier, learned that her 14-month-old daughter, London, also had cancer, the Today Show reported.
Doctors found a yolk sac tumor in the area of London's ovaries.
The two have been an inspiration as they bravely face the disease together, rallying friends and family to help ease the financial and emotional burden on the young mom from Covington, Georgia.
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President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, defeat ISIS, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, create 25 million jobs over the next decade and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. How well do his Cabinet nominees reflect his governing philosophy? Here they are in their own words.
A Chinese factory has been doing brisk business selling giant inflatable roosters, some as tall as 16 feet, based on a design widely perceived in China to resemble President-elect Donald Trump.