Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the third GOP senator to oppose the Cassidy-Graham bill to overhaul the nation’s health law, leaving it short of the votes needed for passage. Her decision came after an analysis forecast that millions of Americans would lose coverage by 2026 under the bill.
While one top GOP senator held out the possibility that the chamber might still vote on the bill, others accepted the reality that the push had sputtered out.
The legislation’s apparent defeat came after its authors rewrote portions of the measure to try to win support.
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Analysis
Senators have barely followed anything resembling a normal process in considering a bill to overhaul an industry representing one-sixth of the U.S. economy.
A batch of more than 3,000 ads bought during the 2016 election highlights the sophistication of a Russian campaign crafted to mimic and infiltrate U.S. political discourse while also seeking to heighten tensions between groups already wary of one another.
Dallas players and owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee before the anthem. (AP)
Dallas players and owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee before the anthem. (AP)
The move came a day after other displays of solidarity and protests across the National Football League in the wake of President Trump’s criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem. Players for Dallas and the Arizona Cardinals stood and linked arms as the anthem played Monday.
The Debrief
The backlash over the president’s remarks proved anew that divisive provocations can mean something completely different when they come not from a private citizen but from the man whose job description is to lead the entire country.
In his first tweets about the storm since Wednesday, the president wrote that the U.S. territory was already suffering from “broken infrastructure,” including an old electrical grid, which he said was “devastated” by Hurricane Maria, as well as “massive debt.”
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The latest rhetoric, this time from Pyongyang’s foreign minister, spurred anxieties that a simple miscalculation could spark a military confrontation and spiral out of control.
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Analysis
A “yes” vote in favor of independence is almost certain to win out, and for everyone else in the region, it is at that point the problems will begin.
Civil rights groups are calling for President Trump to withdraw his nomination of Jeff Mateer, who has also said that the separation of church and state does not exist in the Constitution and that same-sex marriage is a harbinger for “disgusting” practices such as polygamy and bestiality.
In an interview with The Post, Satya Nadella said he wants to lead a company of “learn-it-alls” and explained what he learned since giving a widely criticized answer to a question about women and pay negotiations in 2014.
TV Review
Most of the episode devolved into an intentionally meta hall of mirrors, inviting the audience to admire Kelly as much as Kelly admires Kelly — a morning TV show about the birth of a morning TV show. There was lots of talk about what “Megyn Kelly Today” will be, mostly by way of what it won’t be. (That’s always a bad sign.)
Researchers at the University of Exeter used a lawn ornament shaped like a heron to subject the fish to regular doses of fear. They learned the fish developed unique character traits, a useful finding for the study of evolution.
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