Wednesday, June 21, 2017

$55 million returns zero change in Georgia, Alaska fishermen no match for gangs of whales, and morning headlines

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Gangs of unusually aggressive orcas are making life increasingly miserable for fishermen in Alaskan waters.
Gangs of unusually aggressive orcas are making life increasingly miserable for fishermen in Alaskan waters.


NEWS: A carbon tax proposed by the right-leaning Climate Leadership Council could result in a monthly dividend check for Americans, courtesy of Big Oil.

MUSIC: Foo Fighters haven't played Spokane in 14 years, but they're coming to the Arena in December; tickets go on sale next Thursday.

NEWS: Advocates for coal and wind energy have found common ground: A push to lower the cost of moving power through Bonneville Power Administration lines in Montana.


Georgia seat stays red

Georgia's 6th Congressional District, held by Republicans since Newt Gingrich's victory in 1988, will remain in GOP hands after Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election in the suburban Atlanta district; $55 million was spent on the race, the most expensive House contest ever. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/New York Times)

Democrats are now 0-for-4 in House races this year: Where do they go from here? (Vox)

A secret no more?
Tomorrow, Senate Republicans will finally release a draft of their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to NPR. It may not matter, says the New York Times; a GOP rift over Medicaid and the national opioid epidemic could scuttle the proposed legislation before it even comes up for a vote.

The Jets, the Sharks... and the Whales
Organized groups of aggressive orca and sperm whales are harassing fishing boats in Alaskan waters and and devouring their catches; one boat owner likened them to a "gang.” (The Province)

Acting great says 'farewell'
Daniel Day-Lewis, the only man to win three Academy Awards as Best Actor, announced his retirement from acting at age 60, ending a career of more than 35 years. (New York Times)

Desert scorcher
Think it's hot around here on the first full day of summer? Be glad you're not in Phoenix, where it'll be at least 40 degrees hotter, with highs expected to hit 120°. (Arizona Republic)

Seven things to know about the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (Vox)

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