The tricky matter of health care
House leaders prepare to vote Friday on health-care reform, Ed O'Keefe wrote in the Washington Post. Lois Romano tweeted, “CBO: 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the bill.” Amy Gardner suggested, “Follow the big day in health care news at the WaPo here.”
Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University National Poll found that U.S. Voters Oppose GOP Health Plan 3-1. The post also found “Big Opposition To Cuts To Medicaid, Planned Parenthood.” Steven Shepard tweeted, “New @QuinnipiacPoll: Only 17% of voters support the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. 56% oppose it.”
From the New York Times, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman write A Brave Front, but Regrets? On Health Bill, Trump Has a Few. The Times tweeted, “Trump has told people close to him that he regrets going along with Paul Ryan's plan to push health care first. Jonathan Lemire shared this quote from the piece: "He is more interested in a win, or avoiding a loss, than in any arcane policy specifics of the complicated measure."
More Trump troubles
At the New York Times, Michael Shear has news that the Trump Administration Ordered Tougher Screenings of Visa Applicants
Intel chair Devin Nunes is unsure if Trump associates were directly surveilled, writes Mike Levine at ABC News. Levine tweeted, “So @DevinNunes doesn't even know if Trump associates were on intercepted calls/emails he’s got everyone talkin bout.” Anthony De Rosa added, “Nunes says leaks are bad. Nunes leaks intel. Nunes now says he might have leaked false intel.”
At Time Magazine you can Read President Trump's Interview on Truth and Falsehoods. John Dickerson tweeted this quote from the interview: "I happen to be a person who knows how life works." Sopan Deb noted, “This is a remarkable string of thoughts.” Laura Holson summed it up thusly, “Divorce from reality and again with the election.”
From Jezebel, We Redacted Everything That's Not a Verifiably True Statement From Trump's Time Interview About Truth by Ellie Shechet. To see what they’re left, you’ll have to read the piece for youself. But German Lopez verified, “This is good.”
And if all of that is getting you down, this headline from BuzzFeed’s David Mack should cheer you up if only for a second: Trump Got To Sit In A Big Boy Truck Because Today Was A Special Day! Mack tweeted, “This post will either get me fired or a promotion.”
Elsewhere in government, the US Senate voted to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission, Jacob Kastrenakes wrote at The Verge.
Big trouble in...yeah, still big Russia
CNN broke news that US Officials say Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians. That from Pamela Brown, Evan Perez, and Shimon Prokupecz there.
Andrew Roth tweeted, “This was how [Denis] Voronenkov, ex-Duma member turned Putin critic, ended our interview Tuesday night. He was killed today.” You can read Roth’s full story Days before his death, Putin critic said in interview he knew he was in danger in the Washington Post.
While David Filipov at the Washington Post gave us Here are ten critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways. Filipov points out: “Not everyone who has a quarrel with [the] Russian President dies in violent or suspicious circumstances...But enough loud critics of Putin's policies have been murdered that Thursday's daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement.”
Other things are terrible too
Anna Merlan at Jezebel wrote, A Homeland Security Official Came to Warn Us About Workplace Shootings and Political Correctness. Julianne Escobedo Shepherd shared the piece with, “DHS dropped by our office today, so…” Brendan O'Connor wrote, “DHS came to our office so we took DHS to kinja.” And Andy Orin tweeted, “We had some special guests at work today!”
Theranos Offers Shares for Promise Not to Sue, according to Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Weaver and John Carreyrou. Rick Brooks explains, “Theranos plans to give some of Elizabeth Holmes’s shares to investors who vow not to sue.”
An Army Veteran Is Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime in this Fatal Stabbing, Eli Rosenberg, Ashley Southall reported in the New York Times. The Times themselves tweeted, “The killing of Timothy Caughman in Manhattan came as cities across the U.S. are experiencing a rise in hate crimes.” Carrie Melago shared this quote from the story: “He wasn’t just a vagrant person collecting bottles...He went to college, and he was concerned with young people.” And Laurie Goodstein added, “THE FACE OF A HATE CRIME: the white man who told police he came to NYC to kill black men, & the man he killed.”
Hedge fund firm Brevan Howard was granted an injunction to block Reuters story, Reuters reported. The news organization explains, “A High Court judge ruled on Thursday after a private hearing that there were not sufficient grounds of public interest for the story [which is reportedly based on confidential information] to be published.”
Hosni Mubarak Is Freed, Crushing Egyptians’ Fading Hopes of Justice, according to Declan Walsh at the New York Times. Walsh tweeted, “Six years after the crowds at Tahrir Square ousted him from power, Hosni Mubarak walked free this morning.” Matthew Bell was more succinct about it, “Deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak is now a free man.”
And one good thing
Kendrick Lamar dropped The Heart Part 4 on Apple Music this morning.