Trump signs an internal change to Obamacare offering cheap Insurance across state lines…

*Update….CBO call is out on Trump’s excutive order

The move by Trump may drain healthy young people from the Affordable Healthcare insurance polls drving up premiums for those older and sicker ….

This is addition to Trump’s efforts to stop advertising the Obamacare programs….

But Trump does get a chance to annouce some action…

(Trump has said this was in the works for months….So the repeal thing was what?)

And…

And drops this in his lap….

The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as wielding administrative powers to accomplish what congressional Republicans have failed to achieve: tearing down the law’s insurance marketplaces and letting some Americans buy skimpier coverage at lower prices. The order will be Trump’s biggest step to carry out a broad but ill-defined directive he issued his first night in office for agencies to lessen ACA regulations from the Obama administration.

Critics, who include state insurance commissioners, most of the health-insurance industry and mainstream policy specialists, predict that a proliferation of such health plans will have damaging ripple effects: driving up costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law’s marketplaces. Part of Trump’s actions, they predict, will spark court challenges over their legality.

According to numerous people familiar with the White House’s anticipated order, the most far-reaching element will instruct a trio of Cabinet departments to rewrite federal rules for association health plans — a type of insurance in which small businesses of a similar type band together through an association to negotiate health benefits.

The order also is expected to expand the availability of short-term insurance policies, which offer limited benefits meant as a bridge for people between jobs or young adults no longer eligible for their parents’ health plans. The Obama administration ruled that short-term insurance may not last for more than three months; Trump is planning to extend that to nearly a year….

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This move has echo’s of how Barack Obama did things for Healthcare….

And Trump has given Democrats for props in how they have stuck together AGAINST the GOP on Repeal….

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Here’s what’s in Trump’s executive order on health care…

The details: Trump’s executive order does three big things:
  • Expand access to association health plans, in which a group of small employers can band together to buy insurance as a collective.
  • Expand access to short-term health plans. These policies don’t cover much and don’t cost much; today, you can only keep one for three months. Trump will extend that time limit to a year.
  • Expand the use of health reimbursement accounts, which allow employers to set aside tax-free money to help cover their employees’ health care costs. Workers will likely be able to tap that money to pay the premiums for a plan in the individual market.

The reviews: Conservatives are thrilled. Sen. Rand Paul, a champion of association health plans, was at the White House for the signing….

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*Update….CBO score is out on this….

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CBO says this latest Trump move will raise ACA premiums by 20 percent and add 1 million people to the ranks of the uninsure. Terrific!

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A Bernie Sanders supporter organizing for Democrats in Nebraska….

Democrats ARE working to widen their appeal beyond just the big cities…

Trying to lead the Nebraska Democrats to electoral success might sound as full of professional potential as running business development at Sears or chairing the Log Cabin Republicans, but Kleeb, 44, sees far more potential in her downtrodden state party.

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Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party and activist against the Keystone XL pipeline, poses on Sept. 19 at a solar barn she helped build. The barn sits along the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline in Bradshaw, Nebraska. 
HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.

The first thing you have to do, Kleeb said, “is you just have to show up.”

Visibility is a theme Kleeb keeps coming back to ― whether its a booth at the state fair, a pamphlet-wielding volunteer at a livestock auction house, or on the ballot. It represents an improvement over the status quo for the state’s Democrats, who have been defined by low morale after years of neglect from the national party.

“I can’t expect a voter to all of a sudden ― if they’re an independent or even a moderate Republican ― to vote for Democrats if they never see us on the issues that they care about,” Kleeb said.

In this context, refurbishing the office feels like a tastefully bedecked war cry: a rebuttal to the naysayers that even in blood-red Nebraska, there is a Democratic Party, a party with history, one that stands for something, and ― this is the part Kleeb really wants to drive home ― one that’s actually trying….

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Judge in Sen Menendez case seems to think the case against the Senator is shaky….

The recent US Supreme Court decision that the government must link DIRECT favors to gifts received by lawmakers has resulted in numerous acquittals of lawmakers across the country…

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The same may come to be in the Menendez case…

And the Senator and Democrats would happy to hold the seat…

At issue is the “stream of benefits” theory of bribery, which defense attorneys argue was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decisionoverturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The high court’s unanimous ruling narrowed the type of conduct that can be used to prosecute for corruption.

“I’m particularly concerned about stream of benefits. And we’ll see,” Walls told prosecutor Peter Koski after about three hours of arguments Wednesday afternoon. The arguments were held outside of the jury’s presence.

If Walls rules the theory was invalidated in the McDonnell ruling, he could decide to toss out much of the case before it reaches the jury.

Prosecutors allege Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor, plied Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator, with political contributions, private jet flights and lavish vacations in exchange for various political favors. Those favors, prosecutors say, included helping Melgen secure visas for former girlfriends, interceding on his behalf in a $9 million Medicare dispute and pressuring officials to get the Dominican Republic to honor a port security contract held by a company Melgen owned.

Prosecutors have not directly linked any individual Melgen gifts to a specific Menendez act, which were often separated by months and even years. Instead, prosecutors say, Melgen used Menendez for his power, and Menendez used Melgen for his money…..

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Trump warns he may leave Puerto Rico to fend for its own….

Instead of trying to fix problems from the Hurricane and address problem the island, part of the US, has hand for a while?

Donald Trump, as usual?

Deals with his own ego….

And Isn’t sympathic to those who would complain about him….

He is talking about cutting and running from the island’s plight….

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay “forever.”

In a trio of tweets, Trump wrote” “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Three weeks since Maria made landfall, much of Puerto Rico, an island of 3.4 million people, remains without power. Residents struggle to find clean water, hospitals are running short on medicine and commerce is slow with many businesses closed.

Trump on Thursday sought to shame the territory for its own plight. He tweeted, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist, as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”….

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In a visit to the island last week, Vice President Pence vowed that the administration will be with Puerto Rico “every step of the way.”

“I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico:  We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,” he said.

Trump himself made a similar promise, saying in a Sept. 29 speech, “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” He added, “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.”

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Looking at Trump and who actually has his back….

Check your news paper…..

Check your cable news channel….

The lead is gonna be something counter to what things have been for the last ten years politically….

Donald J. Trump is trying to get the world to see AND DO things HIS way….

The Big guy KNOWS that saying things without restraint works for him…Good or BAD attention is still ATTENTION and the media, he rants against LOVES Bright Shiny objects…

For most of us who can think and chew gum at the same time this focus on him causes us to shake our heads….

But for others?

He’s the guy that earns their support for fighting for those who feel America has moved to fast to help those who should pushed aside and left behind…They are afraid of what they though America would be in the 21st Century…

When we break down his approval ratings by specific areas, we get a more complex picture of his image. The president gets 65 percent approval for hurricane response and 53 percent approval for the economy and fighting terrorism. He gets his lowest marks for the way he is administering the government. And he is a divider when people want a uniter.

No question that 68 percent or more say they would like to see Trump stop tweeting, but is measuring that really reflective of his underlying political power compared to what’s happening in the economy? In the end, will voters cast ballots on tweets or jobs?

We see the same dynamic being played out over and over again: The president grabs the spotlight with strong statements (typically on Twitter) of his policies, for which he is savaged as over the top on social and mainstream media. Then, over time, he often wins the underlying policy argument. You can see how this played out on the economy and taxes, the national anthem, attacks on bad trade deals and calls for more border controls.

Remember, Americans liked President Obama for his way with words and his calm leadership style. They just opposed many of his policies, so Obama’s numbers gave a false sense of approval. Trump is the mirror opposite. People are put on edge by his words while favoring a lot of the positions he is taking on issues.

When it comes to rank-and-file Republican voters, Trump is the undisputed leader of the Republican Party. No poll I’ve seen puts his support from Republicans at below 80 percent and we at Harvard-Harris have it at 84 percent, which is remarkable, given his knock-down-drag-out fight with some mainstream Republicans....More…

Stung by the miss in Trump actually pulling off a win some pundits and pollsters caution us to NOT underestimate Trump’s support….Which is at roughly 35 to 40% of Americans, across a wide sample of polls, not just one or two….The linked piece above wants to discount that based on special elections for Congress, but does not note the wins the Democrats are getting in special elections on the state level  nor does it address the closeness of Democratic loses in the Congressional contests….

The fact is?….Donald Trump LOST the popular vote….The overall Trump support  polls are probably right…The MAJORITY of Americans think the guy is operating in an Alternate Universe….

The problem though is this…..

As Trump wonders thru his first year of Presidency, with little idea of what he’s doing except trying to ‘WIN’?

Will saner heads be able to keep the country in one piece until he leaves the stage and a Democrat comes in to straighten things up and move forward , NOT backwards?

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FEMA: “Not our job to deliver water and food” to Puerto Ricans. Think I am making this up? Wrong!

That was the response Rachel got when FEMA was asked why it has been almost 3 weeks since the last hurricane hit Aibonito, a small town high in the mountains about an hour south of San Juan, and FEMA has yet to deliver a single bottle of water.

FEMA claims the roads aren’t passable,   For the record, when I say “about an hour south” I mean Google Maps puts the drive — right now — at 1 hour and 5 minutes if I take the autopista (highway).  BUT it also says there are portions of the road that are closed.  Soooo you have to take route 173 and that takes 1 hour and 24 minutes.  Maybe Google is wrong, right?  It would be nice if someone on the ground could actually make the trip…. oh wait… what’s that?  The MSNBC film crew already made the trip and it took them “about an hour and a half.”

As the MSNBC video shows, they got there no problem because the road was clear. No bridges out, no trees in the way, no mudslides, no raging rivers.  Not even bad hombres. I realize the last menace would be Mexicans and there shouldn’t be any Mexicans clogging up the roads in Puerto Rico right now. But we all know to the Trump Klan, Puerto Ricans are just Island Mexicans, so they probably worry about that sort of thing.

Presented with the fact of Maddow’s team having video evidence directly contradicting their claims,  FEMA then dropped this bombshell: Apparently, FEMA says it is the mayor’s job to distribute food and water. They are just there to help people fill out paperwork….

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More than half of the US Senators are over 65….

The current US Senate is the oldest….

By the way?….Trump is 71, Biden 74, Sanders 76, Pence 58, Warren 65 and Harris is 52…..

The current Congress is among the oldest in history, and more than half of the senators running for reelection in 2018 will be over 65. The average age in the House of Representatives is 57, and the average age in the Senate is 61….

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White House staff nervously watch their boss who seems to be in over his head….

We ALL KNOW that Donald J. Trump IS having problems with being President of the United States…

He has little idea of what the office of the Presidency entails….

He only seems to care about being the center of attention and how he can be the winner in all things….

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Vanity Fair does its piece on the situation that Trump’s staff,  the people of the county , Congress and the rest of the world are going thru with a New York Real Estate and Entertainment guy, who shouldn’t have won last November’s election , but did…..

One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. This morning, The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

While Kelly can’t control Trump’s tweets, he is doing his best to physically sequester the president—much to Trump’s frustration. One major G.O.P. donor told me access to Trump has been cut off, and his outside calls to the White House switchboard aren’t put through to the Oval Office. Earlier this week, I reported on Kelly’s plans to prevent Trump from mingling with guests at Mar-a-Lago later this month. And, according to two sources, Keith Schiller quit last month after Kelly told Schiller he needed permission to speak to the president and wanted written reports of their conversations.

Even before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office. Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term….

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Allies see signs that Trump is frustrated with Kelly and increasingly unwilling to be managed, even just a little. The person close to the White House said the two men had engaged in “shouting matches” in recent days. (Hannity declined to comment about his role in advising the president on immigration policy.)

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Boston Red Sox are looking for a new manager …

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Over five years, John Farrell emerged as one of the most successful managers in Red Sox history, winning a World Series and becoming the first to win three AL East titles. Yet on Tuesday night, one day after the Red Sox had been dismissed in an AL Division Series for the second straight year (this time by the Astros in four games), they elected to fire Farrell.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski recommended the firing, and ownership supported the decision. The prevailing theme among team officials was that the organization simply had arrived at a point where it seemed change would be beneficial moving forward.

“You weigh a lot of different things that become involved, and to me, I thought it was the appropriate time to make a change for the betterment of the organization moving forward,” said Dombrowski, who declined to detail those considerations….

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NY Islanders Pro Hockey team wants to relocate to Belmont Park….

The Team is currently playing in a place they tried and do NOT like….

They want back to Nassua County….

The site at Belmont Park is the one they hope Governor Cuomo will make happen for them….

“We are locked and loaded on Belmont,” Ledecky told reporters in Manhattan. “We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality.”

The Islanders and the Barclays Center both have the option to opt-out of their agreement in January, Newsday reported.

The Islanders submitted a bid last month after Empire State Development Corp. put out a request for proposals in July to develop 36 acres of underutilized parking lot space. A bid for the same property was planned in 2012 but eventually scrapped, ESPN reported.

Newsday reported the new Coliseum was not in the running for the next Islanders arena, even temporarily, with Ledecky citing low capacity and a lack of luxury box suites after the $165 million renovation.

According to ESPN, many fans have complained about the views at the Barclays Center, including obstructed seats and poor sight lines for hockey.

“Barclays is a great place and it gets better year after year,” Ledecky told reporters. “Unfortunately when the facility was built, it was not built with hockey in mind. It’s not a facility in its current form that one could be in and have a successful place as a hockey team.”

Ledecky added, “The best home and the only home for the New York Islanders moving forward should be the Belmont arena.”….

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Department of Homeland Security is quietly looking to rewrite the US immigration policy….

The Trump Admin has problems changing things thru Congress….

So Trump….Like Obama, is working to make changes thru executive directives…

Even as the Trump administration is asking Congress to approve a tough overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security is also quietly exploring ways it could transform the US immigration system on its own.

The department has been examining a range of subtle modifications to immigration policies that could have major consequences, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors who come to the US illegally, expanding the use of speedy deportation proceedings, and tightening visa programs in ways that could limit legal immigration to the US, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans.
None of the policies being explored are finalized, according to the sources, and are in various stages of development. Any of them could change or fall by the wayside. Some of them are also included at least in part in the wish list of immigration priorities that President Donald Trump sent to Congress this week, and it’s unclear whether the administration will wait to see the results of negotiations over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Donald Trump has chosen to end.
Still, the proposals under consideration illustrate the extent to which the administration could attempt to dramatically change immigration in the US through unilateral executive action.
“Do you think Obama did a lot? That’s my answer,” said one former DHS official when asked how transformative the change could be. “They could do quite a bit…
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USA fails to qualify for 2018 World FIFA Soccer Cup…

American’s rule in Football, Baseball and Basketball….

The world biggest sport of Soccer is a weak point….

United States Christian Pulisic, left, fight for the ball with Trinidad and Tobagos Nathan Lewis during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

The United States men’s team has missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following a stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday evening. It will be the first time the U.S. team will be excluded from the event since 1986.

The team from Trinidad and Tobago, which has been out of World Cup contention for months, beat Team USA 2-1.

“We played poorly. The first goal was unfortunate, the second was an incredible shot. There is nothing wrong with what we are doing” in U.S. Soccer, Coach Bruce Arena saidafter the game. “We didn’t qualify for the World Cup, and that was my job… to qualify.”

Arena came on board after coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired at the end of 2016following a series of losses by Team USA in a bout of regional qualifying matches for next year’s World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup is a month-long men’s tournament played every four years. It features 32 teams from around the globe…..

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image….United States’ Christian Pulisic, left, fight for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago’s Nathan Lewis during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (Rebecca Blackwell

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Eminem knocks ‘kamikaze, racist, orange’ Trump and his supporters…

In the four-minute freestyle, filmed in a car park in Detroit and titled The Storm, Eminem called out the US president on issues including his behaviour towards North Korea, his support for white supremacists and his penchant for tweeting.

In the rap he refers to the US president as “a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust”. In a reference to the orange superhero the Thing from the Fantastic Four comic books, he raps: “Racism’s the only thing he’s Fantastic Four / Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange.”

Eminem, who has criticised Trump in the past, also waded into the NFL national anthem protest saga and threw his support behind the player Colin Kaepernick, who was first to take a knee and who inspired widespread protests that have extended outside of football and enraged Trump….

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Political Roundup for October 11th, 2017…RRH Elections…

Last night, Republicans held FL-LD-44, while the following combinations advanced in mayoral elections in North Carolina:
Raleigh: Nancy McFarlane (I) 49 – Charles Francis (D) 37
Greensboro: Nancy Vaughan (D) 61 – Diane Moffett (D) 22
Durham: Steve Schewel (D) 51 – Farad Ali (D) 29
Fayetteville: Mitch Colvin (D) 45 – Nat Robertson (R) 32

President/Miscellaneous

Duh: The failing New York Times shares the obvious: ultra mature President Donald Trump’s super not petty and totally provoked fight with outgoing US Senator and Liddle Man Bob Corker (R) isn’t endangering his legislative agenda.

Big, Beautiful Wall: Speaking of the American Great Wall… According to the very dishonest AP, many people are saying that they don’t like the Donald’s proposed wall. They also disapprove of his plan to deport the “dreamers.”

Chicago Demographics: According to The Economist, without the Big, Beautiful Wall soon to Make America Great Again, Hispanics have eclipsed African-Americans to become Chicago’s second-largest ethnic group. Until recently, they were long ignored by the C[r]ook County Democratic machine.

God’s Waiting Room: The Wall Street Journal reports that real estate developers are looking to shake Boca Raton, Florida’s reputation as “God’s waiting room.” Given the perennial swing state’s very troubling age gap, these sorts of things are always worth keeping an eye on, especially when they reflect potential larger trends.

Russians and Fake News: The New York Times highlights the ingenious method by which clever, Russian-run accounts fanned the flames of controversy on both sides in 2016: anger. This quote really says it best: “One of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion, and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.”….

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Believes ‘Everyone Should Stand’…

Trump is pressuring the National Football League owners to get their black players in line by threating to revolk their right to avoid paying taxes, something that all teams actually do pay.…….

Goodell has wrote a letter to all of the leagues owners…..

Remember Goodell works FOR THE owners…..

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In an effort to end the ongoing debate around standing or kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games, Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to team executives saying the league needs “to move past this controversy” and that a plan for doing so would be discussed at a league meeting next week.

Goodell offered no details on the plan, but said “like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand” during the anthem, and that he wanted the matter resolved “together with our players.”….

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British PM refusing to say if she still supports leaving the EU….

She did NOT support leaving the Euroepean Union before she got elected….

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Theresa May has refused to say whether she supports Brexit, once again dodging the question of how she would vote if a second referendum was held on Britain’s EU membership.

Responding to the SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms May again refused to say she would vote for Britain to leave the EU.

Instead she answered: “There is no second referendum. The people of the United Kingdom voted and we will be leaving the European Union in March 2019.”

Mr Blackford claimed the Prime Minister, who backed the Remain campaign in last year’s referendum, “could not answer a simple question” and said she should “come off the fence”.

The exchange came hours after an LBC interview in which the Prime Minister refused three times to say if she would vote for Britain to leave the EU if another referendum were held.

She told host Iain Dale: “Well, I voted Remain for good reasons at the time, but circumstances move on….

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