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Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government’s flagship welfare programme is working. Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash. Senior backbencher Frank Field said people were being “pushed towards destitution” on a growing scale. But ministers insist it is “safe to proceed” following “rigorous” testing. The government has said anyone in financial distress can apply for advance payments. The ...

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Tim Cook: I'm 'personally shocked' there's even a debate on DACA

Tim Cook on DACA: This is, ‘are we human?’ CEOs of top U.S. companies have been very vocal this year. But Tim Cook thinks DACA is their most important battle yet. “I think it’s the biggest issue of our time currently, among all these big issues,” the Apple chief said Wednesday during a talk at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. Cook has been an ardent supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation ...

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Often missing in the health care debate: Women's voices

This state line divides the Medicaid debate Women, in particular, have a lot at stake in the fight over the future of health care. Not only do many depend on insurance coverage for maternity care and contraception, they are struck more often by such diseases as autoimmune conditions, osteoporosis, breast cancer and depression. They are more likely to be poor and depend on Medicaid — and to live longer and depend on Medicare. And it commonly falls to them to plan health care and coverage for the whole family. Yet ...

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G20: Trump and Putin debate US election hack at first meeting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have discussed the alleged Russian hacking of last year’s US presidential election during their first meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the exchanges as “robust”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump had accepted Mr Putin’s assertions that his country was not responsible. But Mr Tillerson said it was not clear whether the two countries would ever come to an agreement on what happened. “I think the president is rightly focused on how do we ...

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BBC election debate: Five key things

Media playback is unsupported on your device Senior politicians from seven parties – although not the prime minister – took part in the BBC election debate on Wednesday. Home Secretary Amber Rudd went head-to-head with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, UKIP’s Paul Nuttall, SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood. Defending her absence, Mrs May said she preferred “taking questions and meeting people” on the campaign trail rather than “squabbling” with other politicians. Here are five key themes from ...

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BBC debate: Theresa May defends no-show after Corbyn U-turn

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has defended her absence from this evening’s TV general election debate, saying she is taking questions “up and round the country” instead. Mrs May faced repeated questions after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn changed his position and said he would take part. The Lib Dems, UKIP, SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru are also on the panel for the seven-way BBC debate in Cambridge, which starts at 19:30 BST. Home Secretary Amber Rudd will take part for the Tories. Mrs May has ...

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Election 2017: Scottish leaders clash in heated TV debate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Scotland’s political leaders have traded blows over independence and immigration in a heated BBC debate. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon accused Tory counterpart Ruth Davidson of “talking so much about independence that I can’t get a word in edgeways about it”. But Ms Davidson hit back by telling Ms Sturgeon: “The country said ‘No’ and you won’t listen to them.” Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said people “want to move on” from the referendum. The televised debate, which was hosted by the BBC’s Sarah ...

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French election: Macron 'most convincing' in final debate

Media playback is unsupported on your device French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was more impressive than rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening’s final TV debate, a viewers’ poll says. The candidates traded insults for more than two hours, arguing over terrorism, the economy, and Europe. The French broadcaster BFMTV found voters had a more favourable view of Mr Macron than Ms Le Pen in most categories. He was the “most convincing” of the pair in the opinion of 63% of viewers. Ms Le Pen lambasted her rival for his ...

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Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Media playback is unsupported on your device The two contenders for the French presidency traded insults in a fiery head to head TV debate, in a key moment of a long and bitter campaign. Centrist Emmanuel Macron said his far-right rival Marine Le Pen’s strategy “is to lie”, while she called him a shameless “darling of the system”. Mr Macron is well ahead in the polls, although his lead has been reduced. The aim of both candidates is to win over the estimated 18% of undecided voters ahead of Sunday’s ...

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