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Alas, you cannot please everyone, and four GOP senators have already said they will not vote for the bill as it currently stands. (It goes without saying that Dems, including the father of Obamacare himself, hate it.) Now,Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to get 50 “yes” votes (the GOP caucus has 52 members, plus veep Mike Pence as a tie-breaker); he’saiming for a vote before the July 4 recess.
Outside McConnell’s office, an ugly scene unfolded when Medicaid defenders, many of them disabled or chronically ill, staged a die-in to protest the bill. Dozens were arrested.
We know the drill: President Trump tweets a thing. Everyone — media included — gets very nervous about said thing. Many gallons of blood, sweat and tears are devoted to figuring out if the thing is real and what it means for our country. Then, President Trump says the thing isn’t really a thing at all.
New, heartrending video shows the young daughter of Philando Castile’s girlfriendtrying to comfort her mother in the moments after Castile was shot.”Mom, please stop cussing and screaming,” the 4-year-old says in the back of a police car, “I don’t want you to get shooted.” Castile was killed during a traffic stop in 2016. The police officer who shot him was acquitted last week of second-degree manslaughter.
Combined videos show fatal Castile shooting
5. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby, who has been accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by more than 50 women, willhold a series of town halls to educate young people on sexual assault. This is according to his publicist. If you recall — because it was literally less than a week ago — Cosby recently was tried on charges of aggravated indecent assault. That case was declared a mistrial.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Everything they go through, they’re just always smiling and happy. We learn a lot from them.”