Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Senate Republicans go back to the drawing board on health care, with no help from Trump, and other morning headlines

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NEWS: Spokane Public Schools won't consider a proposed new sex-ed curriculum during tonight's board meeting after pushback from the county Republican Party, which raised objections to the involvement of Planned Parenthood in helping develop the curriculum.

NEWS: Governments and organizations are struggling this morning to contain a cyberattack, employing a type of malicious software known as "ransomware," that struck parts of Europe, the United States and Asia. (New York Times)

NEWS: Three veteran Chicago police officers have been charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct for allegedly attempting to cover up events linked to the 2014 shooting of unarmed black teenager Laquan McDonald. (New York Times)

click to enlarge It's back to square one for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his Republican caucus, who were unable to come up with votes to attempt to pass their deeply unpopular effort at health-care legislation.
  • It's back to square one for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his Republican caucus, who were unable to come up with votes to attempt to pass their deeply unpopular effort at health-care legislation.

IN OTHER NEWS

Try, try again

It's back to the drawing board for Senate Republicans, who failed to come up with the votes among their own caucus to force a vote on their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is being criticized after misjudging the level of GOP support for the deeply unpopular proposal, which would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, while giving millions of the richest Americans a tax cut; it's been referred to by billionaire investor Warren Buffett as the "Relief for the Rich Act." (New York Times / NPR / The Hill)

No help from the White House
President Trump's attempt to play the role of the self-proclaimed "closer" for the GOP health-care bill continues to fall on deaf ears among members of his own party. (New York Times)

Dirty water
Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, led by administrator Scott Pruitt, is moving toward rescinding Obama-era clean water rules, designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of America's bodies of water. (New York Times)

Commerce Secretary mocked

A German audience reacted with laughter and cheers after a speech by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Berlin was cut off when he exceeded his time limit. The incident comes as tensions have grown between Trump's White House and Germany, especially on the issue of trade. (The Hill / The Express)

Olympia budget agreement 'in principle'
Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced this morning that Washington legislators have reached a tentative deal “in principle” on the state's next biennial budget; the agreement that should prevent a partial shutdown of government services July 1. (The Olympian)

Wildfires on the move
Fueled by high temperatures and dry grasslands, rapidly spreading wildfires in north-central Washington's Chelan and Douglas counties now cover more than 6,000 acres, or 11 square miles. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

Malek might run
Idaho state Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene, regarded as a relative moderate among the state's Republicans, is considering a run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress; it's being vacated by Rep. Raúl Labrador, who's running for governor. (Spokesman-Review)
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