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TOM COTTON: Compared with Austin Powers by White House press spokesman.
* TOM COTTON: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY: U.S. Sen. Tom Cottongot mocked as an Austin Powers-style figure for claiming he'd gone to Vienna to uncover secret side deals on the Iranian nuclear agreement. The White House says the deals the "international many of mystery" uncovered were so secret you can look at them on the web. Cotton claims he's got more. But the occasion reminds of some of Cotton's other fits of extremism. If only Tom Cotton were funny like Austin Powers.
* DEMOCRATIC PARTY BLASTS REPUBLICANS ON INSURANCE CANCELLATION: Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco today blasted the state policy — encouraged by Sen. Bryan King and upheld by Gov. Asa Hutchinson — to drop people from Medicaid coverage under the private option if they don't respond to a request for information about income eligibility in 10 days.
'Now, today I read that Senator King’s actions in handling the reauthorization of Medicaid could result in 50,000 Arkansans losing their health insurance who were previously covered under the Private Option. Recipients are only given ten days to respond to the verification request. Even health insurance companies provide a longer grace period.”