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Samsung Gear S3 Classic with LTE is here, is it the watch we’ve been waiting for?
Source:  VicksWeb News
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:38

Samsung has chosen to quietly announce the launch of its Gear S3 Classic with LTE connectivity. The fact it’s done this during the Baselworld watch …

Paul Ryan just canceled the House health bill vote in a major defeat for President Trump
Source:  Vox
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:38

“First you get the votes, then you take the vote,” the Washington saying goes.

Paul Ryan failed to get the votes for his health bill. So he’s not taking the vote.

Republican leaders told members of Congress Friday that the House vote on the American Health Care Act, which President Donald Trump demanded for Friday, will not in fact happen.

Though President Trump and Speaker Ryan went down to the wire trying to twist enough arms and win the necessary votes to pass the AHCA through the House, they could not in fact get enough support to get the bill over the finish line. And by some accounts, they weren’t even close.

The problem was that the bill was hammered with opposition from two distinct parts of the Republican caucus.

From the right, a bloc of conservatives aligned with the House Freedom Caucus argued that the AHCA kept far too much of Obamacare in place, and opposed the bill for not doing enough to roll it back.

Meanwhile, other members of the party were deeply worried that the bill would cause many of their constituents to lose insurance coverage — a sort of Coverage Caucus.

In the end, Trump and Ryan couldn’t satisfy enough members of both blocs, especially because any concessions to one group repelled members of the other.

For instance, as a sop to the Freedom Caucus, the final version of the bill eliminated Obamacare’s requirement that individual market insurers cover 10 “essential health benefits” in their plans.

But that concession drove, for instance, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), a veteran member who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, to switch from “undecided” to “no” on the day of the vote.

It is not yet clear what the next step for health reform will be. But for now, it’s stuck.

A very damaging blow to the “repeal Obamacare” effort

Now, this setback is not necessarily the death of the long-held Republican dream of repealing and replacing Obamacare. After all, we’re only two months into Trump’s presidency, and the Affordable Care Act was signed 14 month’s into Barack Obama’s. Theoretically there is still ample time for this Congress to develop a new compromise to win over more of the holdouts.

But there are many reasons that could prove quite difficult.

First, there are many other things to do, and many Republicans seem to want to move on to those other things. That number includes President Trump himself, who demanded this vote be held before a deal was in hand because he’s tired of negotiating on health care and wants to move on to other priorities like tax reform. (Health reform has never been an issue particularly close to Trump’s heart.) So if the urgency to pass a health bill dissipates now, it may never return.

Second, this defeat came partly at the hands of House conservatives. Any revised bill that could win them over would be more likely to alienate moderates. It would also be even less likely to pass the Senate then Ryan’s original version (which was incredibly unlikely to pass the Senate).

Third, it may be now or never to use the special Senate process that could pass health care with a majority vote. That’s because Congress wants to pass a new budget resolution that would put tax reform on that “budget reconciliation” track. But the chamber’s rules seem to hold that the Senate can only have one revenue-related bill set up for reconciliation at a time — which means they’d be giving up their opportunity to use it for a health bill, and that any future health bill would need 60 votes to beat a filibuster.

Finally, this defeat means there’s blood in the water. Trump’s approval rating is already historically low for a new president, and that the FBI confirmed this week that it’s looking into whether his associates coordinated with Russia during the campaign. Now, the new administration has failed in its first-high profile legislative effort, as has Speaker Ryan. This failure will lead to a blame game, embolden their opponents, and make future successes more difficult.

What does President Trump do now?

We don’t yet know what will come next, but Trump has signaled in recent days that he’ll wash his hands of health care.

He’s long seemed uncomfortable discussing it, and is clearly more interested in other topics. The bill wasn’t his but Paul Ryan’s, and it in fact violated Trump’s campaign promises. Trump has repeatedly argued that the issue isn’t even a political winner for Republicans.

The president could decide to let HHS Secretary Tom Price do what he can to reshape health policy through the executive branch, and let everything else lie.

Still, it is clear that many Republicans in Congress have defied President Trump’s wishes. The president hates to lose and he hates to be embarrassed, so someone will have to get the blame for this fiasco.

Will that be Speaker Paul Ryan, who failed to come up with the necessary votes? Will it be the holdout Republicans in the Freedom Caucus? Or will it be his own White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who’s reportedly argued in favor of Ryan’s legislative strategy? We don’t yet know who will get most of the blame, but the fallout for this high-profile failure will surely ripple through this young administration.

‘Star Wars Battlefront’ and ‘Need for Speed’ follow-ups headline EA Play 2017
Source:  Digital Trends
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:38

Electronic Arts announced its featured lineup for the upcoming EA Play 2017 gaming event in Hollywood, revealing that attendees will get a first look at "the next Star Wars Battlefront and Need for Speed experiences."

The post ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ and ‘Need for Speed’ follow-ups headline EA Play 2017 appeared first on Digital Trends.

What Shoptalk 2017 Taught Us About the Future of Retail
Source:  Forbes Real Time
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:38

There is currently a race to become the "everything store" and the retail battle is on between a few major players. Read here about what we learned at Shoptalk and the future of the retail landscape.

iPhone Users with Smart Home Devices Ranked 'Most Satisfied'
Source:  VicksWeb News
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:37

A recent survey of smartphone owners has revealed that while Apple and Samsung are essentially neck-and-neck in terms of customer satisfaction, …

Report: Get Ready For More Kardashians With An Animated TV Show
Source:  The Daily Caller
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:37

Oh boy

Fri Mar 24 '17 Announcement from Taurux Energy Drink. Energy of the gods!
Source:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:37

Mas Vitalidad

HTC U Ultra review
Source:  VicksWeb News
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:37

This gorgeous big phone costs too damn much<p><b>The Good</b> The HTC U Ultra has a sharp design, crisp display and loud speakers. A secondary display gives quick access to notifications and app shortcuts.<p><b>The Bad</b> The phone's premium price and large size make unsuitable for most people. There's also no …

Top-Rated Robot Vac Just Dropped to $186
Source:  VicksWeb News
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:36

Robot vacuums have been around for over a decade, but the market has generally belonged to iRobot, whose floor-cleaning bots can cost as much as $899.<p>…

Wet or dry, the HexH2O Pro v2 will fly
Source:  VicksWeb News
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:36

Drones are invaluable for photographers and filmmakers keen to capture the world from the skies, but their effectiveness is limited as soon as it …

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