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Time for Plan B. The Senate won’t vote on the GOP’s health care bill this week after all. Why? Because Mitch McConnell can count, and the Senate majority leader just didn’t have the votes to get this thing passed in its current form.
So on to Plan B: Make changes to the bill, get a new (and hopefully more favorable) CBO score and have senators vote when they return from the July 4 break. But Plan B has its risks, too, because senators are sure to get an earful about the bill from the folks back home during those barbecues.
Just how involved will President Trump be in all of this? The Senate GOP leadership kind of kept him at arm’s length during the recent legislative drama. And whilehe did meet with GOP senators at the White House after McConnell pulled the bill, CNN’s Stephen Collinson has doubts Trump is up to the task of rallying everybody together to get what would be a significant win.
The attack works like this: Ransomware infects computers, locks down hard drives and demands $300 in Bitcoins from companies in return for their files. Just like last month’s WannaCry attack, the ransomware exploits holes in Microsoft Windows and is based on hacking tools stolen from the NSA.
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3. Venezuela attack
It’s a cliche to say a scene looked like something out of the movies but … what happened in Caracas looked like something straight out of the movies. A helicopter launched a grenade and gun attack over the country’s Supreme Court. No one was hurt, and President Nicolas Maduro called it a terror attack. A man posted a video online claiming he launched the attack to oppose what he called Venezuela’s “criminal government.” The video looked like something out of a movie, too, as the man, who called himself Perez, read a statement while wearing a pilot suit in front of four masked, armed men.
Three current or ex-Chicago cops were indicted on state charges related to the shooting death of teen Laquan McDonald. The men — former Detective David March, former Patrol Officer Joseph Walsh and Patrol Officer Thomas Gaffney — are charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. McDonald was killed in 2014 after being shot 16 times by another officer. Dashcam video of the shooting released a year later contradicted pretty much everything police said had happened, revealing that McDonald was walking away from officers — and not lunging toward them — when he was shot.
More officers charged in Laquan McDonald case
Are you living paycheck to paycheck? If you’re not, you definitely know someone who does. A new study says almost half of us spend our entire paycheck. And it may be more than just America’s love affair with shopping. The high cost of housing and irregular incomes are also a big part of the problem, the study from the Center for Financial Services Innovation says.