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Sean Spicer says there’s ‘no plan B’ for healthcare bill before vote delay – video

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he believed the House of Representatives was on track to hold a vote on Thursday night on healthcare legislation backed by Donald Trump. Shortly after his daily press briefing, Republicans delayed the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Republicans delay House vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

Last-minute negotiations proved insufficient to secure GOP votes to replace Obama’s signature healthcare law, denying Trump first major legislative victory

The Republicans on Thursday abandoned a vote on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as Donald Trump and House speaker Paul Ryan faced rebellion across the House Republican caucus.

According to a leadership aide, the scheduled Thursday House vote on the bill was delayed at least for one day as Republicans scramble to find a legislation that can achieve a majority within the chamber.

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Sebastian Gorka says London attack is proof travel ban is needed

Trump’s national security aide says Westminster attack proves ban is necessary, despite the fact that the British-born attacker wouldn’t have been affected by it

A Trump administration official seized on the Westminster terror attack to justify the president’s blocked travel ban, which targets refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, despite confirmation that the attacker was neither an immigrant nor a refugee.

Related: Westminster attacker named by police as Khalid Masood

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Trump aide says London attack by UK-born man justifies travel ban

Sebastian Gorka says Westminster attack proves ban is necessary, despite the fact that the British-born attacker wouldn’t have been affected by it

A Trump administration official seized on the Westminster terror attack to justify the president’s blocked travel ban, which targets refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, despite confirmation that the attacker was neither an immigrant nor a refugee.

Related: Westminster attacker named by police as Khalid Masood

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Lawmakers debate healthcare bill hours ahead of vote – video

Lawmakers debated the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday ahead of the expected vote later in the day. The bill, touted by Republicans as an Obamacare replacement, faced an uphill battle to gain the amount of votes needed to move the legislation on to the Senate for passage

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‘No deal’ yet for Republican healthcare bill as House prepares to vote

Trump invited members of the Freedom Caucus, who are opposed to the plan on ideological grounds, to the White House for another round of negotiating

Donald Trump has not yet reached a deal with conservatives rebelling against the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as eleventh-hour negotiations continue with the White House confident there will be enough support of the legislation to pass the bill on Thursday.

The president invited members of the Freedom Caucus, a coalition of hard-right conservatives who are opposed to the plan on ideological grounds, to the White House for another round of negotiating on Thursday morning. After the meeting, the caucus chairman said there was “no deal” – yet.

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Senate Democrats pledge to block Neil Gorsuch’s supreme court nomination

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer joins Bob Casey and independent Bernie Sanders in opposition, setting stage for clash over potential filibuster

Related: When Neil Gorsuch put corporate interests over a man freezing to death

Democrats have vowed to block the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court, raising the prospect of a bitter showdown in the Senate.

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House intelligence chair defends talking with Trump during Russia investigation

Democrats question committee’s independence in Russia inquiry after Devin Nunes briefs White House on ‘unrelated’ intercepts before consulting colleagues

The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president’s transition team.

Related: Trump-Russia inquiry in ‘grave doubt’ after GOP chair briefs White House

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Rick Perry ‘deeply troubled’ by election of gay Texas A&M student president

The energy secretary weighed in on the election at his alma mater in an opinion piece this week, implying voters were intimidated by ‘quest for diversity’

During his time as Texas governor, Rick Perry sought to crack down on electoral misconduct despite scant evidence it was a problem.

Now in Washington as Donald Trump’s energy secretary, the former Republican presidential candidate is keeping up his interest in the topic. He has written an article casting doubt on the process that saw Texas A&M University elect its first openly gay student body president amid a controversy over glow sticks.

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Israeli teenager arrested over bomb threats to US Jewish targets

Israeli Jewish man, 19, is suspected of being behind dozens of anonymous calls and communications

A 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making multiple bomb threats to Jewish organisations and an airline in the US and elsewhere.

The unnamed individual – who lives in Israel, reportedly in the southern city of Ashkelon, but has joint US-Israeli citizenship – was arrested at the request of the FBI, which has been examining a wave of threats against Jewish centres.

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UK retail sales surge as consumers shrug off Brexit fears – as it happened

Retail sales rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.4% in February as UK consumers took Brexit and rising inflation in their stride

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Markets on both sides of the Atlantic are trading slightly higher as investors await developments on the Republicans’ crucial healthcare bill – which may or may not be put to the vote today.

Stronger-than-expected data in the UK and the US has managed to keep sentiment broadly positive:

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The short-term lettings industry is attempting to clean-up its reputation with the creation of a new trade body.

We understand there are concerns but the reality is that short-term lettings offer an opportunity for people to earn an extra source of income from their most important assets.

Homeowners and families who have struggled through the financial crisis have the chance to make a little extra money when they are away. We will also set our industry code of conduct to raise the bar for our members and new market entrants to ensure the standards that we have all worked so hard to make are the industry norm.

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Burst your bubble: conservative articles and the freedom to publish garbage

After James Comey’s appearance before the House intelligence committee, voices on the right focused on surveillance, Russia, and self-inflicted wounds

The GOP are falling apart over healthcare, and approval of the president is historically low, but the networks are wall-to-wall with stories about spies and Russia. The FBI director, James Comey, revealed on Monday that Trump’s tweets were off base, and that people associated with his campaign were under investigation for their connections with Russia. Trump’s people – and powerful congressmen – were still insisting that the president was on to something.

Like liberals, conservative writers oscillated between partisan axe-grinding and bewilderment. And we’re just getting started.

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Sadiq Khan: ‘I won’t respond to Donald Trump Jr’s tweets’ – audio

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tells BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday that he won’t respond to a tweet by Donald Trump Jr, the son of the US president, who criticised his approach to tackling terrorism. Khan praises the police and emergency services for their response to Wednesday’s attack in Westminster

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Police arrest Israeli teen over bomb threats to US Jewish targets

Nineteen-year-old Israeli Jewish suspect thought to be behind dozens of anonymous calls and communications

A 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making multiple bomb threats to Jewish organisations and an airline in the US and elsewhere.

The unnamed individual – who lives in Israel, reportedly in the southern city of Ashkelon, but has joint US-Israeli citizenship – was arrested at the request of the FBI, which has been examining a wave of threats against Jewish centres.

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Israeli police arrest man over bomb threats to US Jewish targets

Nineteen-year-old Israeli Jewish suspect thought to be behind dozens of anonymous calls and communications

Israeli police say they have arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the prime suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centres in the US.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the suspect’s motives were unclear.

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