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MORE: Attack turns spotlight on Libyan Islamists in Manchester

MORE: Attack turns spotlight on Libyan Islamists in Manchester

The terror attack in Manchester has thrown a spotlight on hardline Islamist exiles among opponents of former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi who live in the northwestern English city, experts said.

Manchester is home to the largest cluster of Libyans in Europe, numbering 21,000 according to British media.

The community became a hotbed of opposition to dictator Kadhafi, who was ousted in 2011.

It contains a diverse range of people from doctors to experienced members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which fought alongside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"If you were a Libyan living outside Libya, you were probably someone who was not very friendly to Kadhafi," Raffaello Pantucci, a specialist in British suburban terrorism, told AFP.

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Mike Huckabee launching new show from Nashville's honky tonk strip

Mike Huckabee launching new show from Nashville's honky tonk strip

Former Republican governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is bringing a new weekly talk show to Nashville's honky tonk row this fall. 

“Nashville is such an extraordinary destination,” Huckabee said in a phone interview. "It’s a fun town, and I think the culture of the town is ideal for my show.”

Simply titled "Huckabee" the Southern Baptist pastor's new show will follow a similar format to his previous show on Fox News, focusing on celebrities, politics, music and telling little known stories he thinks deserve more interest. Huckabee said he actually wanted his original Fox show to be filmed in Nashville instead of a studio in New York because he felt Music City better reflected his values and his audience

"There's a whole lot of America that isn't represented by the bubble in New York, Washington or Hollywood ," he said.   

The new show will be aired by the religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcast Network and be filmed in front of a live audience from a yet-to-be constructed studio planned for the city's famed Lower Broadway. While the show will look similar to his old one, Huckabee wants to focus less on politics and inject more fun to an old format. He hopes to focus more on the culture of the city by inviting local artists on to share their stories and music.

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GOP on edge over Montana election

GOP on edge over Montana election

Republicans are sweating out the final day of Montana’s high-stakes special election for an open House seat after their candidate got into a physical altercation with a reporter covering the race.

Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after being asked questions about the new Congressional Budget Office score for the House GOP healthcare bill. An audio recording of the incident indicates things got physical when reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian persisted in asking questions. 

It's unclear how the incident, which led several Montana newspapers to revoke their endorsements for the Republican, might alter the race.

Montana allows voters to mail in their ballots, and many votes have already been cast in the state.

Strategists from both parties say that private polling showed a tightening race leading up to the election, with Democrat Rob Quist within a few points of Gianforte in a state President Trump carried by 20 points.

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GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill

GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill

Republican senators quickly distanced themselves from a House-passed ObamaCare repeal and replacement bill after a new analysis of the legislation was released on Wednesday.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would result in 23 million more uninsured Americans over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis. The CBO also found that in states that would let insurers charge sick people more, some could be priced out of being able to afford insurance.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) — who was opposed to previous versions of the House bill — said again Wednesday he is "opposed to the American Health Care Act in its current form."

"The AHCA is a first step, but not the solution; now the Senate is doing its own work to put forth its own ideas that could work for states like Nevada," Heller, considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection next year, said in a statement.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who has offered an alternative bill with GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), added, "Congress's focus must be to lower premiums with coverage which passes the Jimmy Kimmel Test. The ACHA does not. I am working with Senate colleagues to do so."

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McConnell: 'I don't know how we get to 50' votes on ObamaCare repeal

McConnell: 'I don't know how we get to 50' votes on ObamaCare repeal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he doesn't know how Senate Republicans are going to get enough votes to pass an ObamaCare replacement bill. 

"I don't know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment. But that's the goal,” McConnell told Reuters in an interview Wednesday. 

Senate Republicans have been meeting multiple times a week for most of this month to try to find a path forward on healthcare after the House passed the American Health Care Act three weeks ago.

But McConnell opened the interview by saying “There's not a whole lot of news to be made on healthcare."

The majority leader expressed more optimism about tax reform, calling chances for passage “pretty good” and saying it is “not in my view quite as challenging as healthcare."

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