Winter storm blankets north-east but spares major cities – video

Snow piled up rapidly in parts of the north-eastern United States on Tuesday as a blizzard began blowing in, with residents being advised to stay at home, airlines grounding flights and schools canceling classes. However, earlier predictions of up to two feet of snow in major cities like New York and Washington DC were revised down as precipitation turned to sleet early

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Top US marine to women amid Facebook scandal: ‘Trust me’ – video

At a Senate hearing to discuss the growing nude photo-sharing scandal rocking the marines, commandant Gen Robert Neller makes an impassioned plea to women asking them to trust him. The Marine Corps has been rattled by a scandal involving a private Facebook group called Marines United and its surreptitious distribution of explicit images of women in the armed forces – often with obscene, misogynist commentary

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Rex Tillerson used email alias at Exxon to discuss climate, says New York AG

Eric Schneiderman’s office, investigating whether Exxon misled public on climate change, says secretary of state used email pseudonym ‘Wayne Tracker’

Related: UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change and other matters, according to the New York attorney general.

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Republicans call kicking millions off their healthcare ‘freedom’? That’s perverse | Adam Gaffney

Trumpcare does nothing but serve the rich at the expense of the poor and the sick. This is no freedom – it is a form of oppression

Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation. Freedom to die uninsured, that is.

It’s not that House Republicans are proposing some libertarian healthcare promised land wherein open heart surgeries and rounds of chemo are bartered and traded like tubes of toothpaste – far from it. Instead, the bill largely relies on Obamacare’s blueprint, although it mangles its details for the benefit of the rich while stripping coverage from a staggering 24 million people by 2026 (according to Monday’s estimates from the Congressional Budget Office).

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