Pauline Hanson wears black burqa in Senate chamber – politics live

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young suggests Barnaby Joyce unfit for office as government introduces bill to raise Medicare levy to fund NDIS. Follow the day live …

Brandis gets a standing ovation from Labor and the Greens.

Strangely, he doesn’t get the standing ovation from his own side.

George Brandis says:

No we will not be banning the burqa.

I am not going to ignore the stunt of arriving in this chamber...

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Republicans urge Trump to keep critical health subsidies for low-income people

Donald Trump has threatened to stop payments that help millions to afford insurance, amid frustration over his party’s failure to repeal Obamacare

Republicans lawmakers are urging Donald Trump to continue paying critical health insurance subsidies that help lower-income people afford it, amid growing concern that the president will follow through on his threat to cancel them.

Frustrated by his party’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump has dangled the possibility that he would stop the payments – a move that experts say would send insurance markets into turmoil and cause premiums to rise dramatically.

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Healthcare activists celebrate as Republican repeal bill collapses

After John McCain’s dramatic intervention in the early hours of Friday, protesters outside the Capitol hugged, cheered and shouted: ‘Yes we did!’

Protesters hugged and clapped outside the US Capitol in the first hours of Friday as the latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed.

Related: Donald Trump says Obamacare will now implode. Is he right?

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McCain, Murkowski, Collins: Republican trio who defied party to vote no on health bill

The Republicans looked to have the votes to push through skinny repeal – but three senators upset the math to leave their party’s healthcare plans in tatters

When the Republicans held on to their Senate majority on the night Donald Trump was elected president, things looked truly bad for Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The general assumption was that, with control of both houses of Congress and the White House, the GOP would find a way to make good on seven years’ worth of campaign promises to end Obamacare, which expanded healthcare to nearly 20 million people.

Related: John McCain sinks 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare health act

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John McCain casts decisive vote during Senate healthcare battle – video

John McCain’s vote in the US Senate on Thursday night has killed off the Republican party’s chances of passing a slimmed down bill aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. McCain and two other Republican senators joined Democrats in voting against the bill

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France and Spain beat UK with solid growth in Q2 – business live

All the day’s economic and financial news, including new growth reports from France and the US


Today’s eurozone growth figures have helped to push the euro a little higher against the US dollar.

The euro is back over $1.17 this morning, a gain of 0.2%.

Related: John McCain sinks 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare health act

Silvia Walter of Swiss Life Asset Managers is impressed by Spain’s recovery:

ok, French #GDP growth in Q2 is strong...but #Spain beats that easily, again!

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Scaramucci likens Trump’s healthcare fight to Lincoln’s slavery battle – video

Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, speaks to BBC Newsnight about the administration’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, drawing parallels with Abraham Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery. Scaramucci also points out that it took Barack Obama 22 months to pass his healthcare legislation

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Trump battle over Obamacare reminds Scaramucci of Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery

White House’s new communications chief said it took repeated attempts for Lincoln to get ‘what he wanted’ and adds he is certain of a US-UK trade deal

The new head of communications at the White House brought up Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to end slavery when asked about the difficulty Donald Trump has faced in trying to repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation.

In his first UK television interview, Anthony Scaramucci said Trump would push through the abolition of the healthcare plan, despite opposition in Congress.

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Trump to rally: GOP senators who oppose health bill ‘will have a lot of problems’

  • Trump speaks for an hour at campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio
  • President boasts of accomplishments and rails against ‘fake news’

Donald Trump warned that Republican senators who don’t support legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare “will have a lot of problems”.

Speaking for an hour at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump took a victory lap after the Senate voted to begin debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We are now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare,” he said.

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