Health care kerfuffle, cont’d
Medicaid directors have issued a serious warning on the new ObamaCare repeal bill. According to Jessie Hellmann at The Hill, “All 50 Medicaid directors come out against [it].”
And it looks like just before we sent this out, John McCain Announced his Opposition to the Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming Its Fate, Thomas Kaplan writes in the New York Times. “McCain says ‘NO’ to reordering 1/6th of the US economy in a hastily thrown together bill with no CBO score,” Joe Scarborough tweeted. “Massive sigh of relief by 31 million Americans,” Max Muth added.
More on Trumpworld
The Financial Times has an exclusive that Steve Bannon flew to China last week for a secret meeting with a powerful Communist party official. That scoop is the work of Tom Mitchell and Demetri Sevastopulo. Shawn Donnan tweeted: “Er, economic war with China?”
Kim Jong-un called Trump a “dotard” yesterday. Austin Ramzy at the New York Times wondered: How Harsh Is That Burn? “Kim Jong-un borrows from Shakespeare and Melville for his latest Trump insult,” Alexandra Stevenson shared.
Trump is Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids from Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt at the New York Times. “No high-level vetting and foot soldiers can be targeted,” Amy Fiscus added.
The Price of a plane ride
(See what we did there?)
Ok but seriously. Politico reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times. In money terms, that tab cost taxpayers about at least $300,000 and counting.
News from around the world
Theresa May made her Brexit pitch in Florence.
Some happenings at home
The Houston Chronicle goes inside the Fear that drives mistrust between police and immigrant communities. “Immigrant workers pump in $116.5 billion into the Houston economy and make up nearly one-third of the labor force,” Laura Goldberg explained.
From Oakland, Kent Babb writes that Marshawn Lynch and Oakland are ready for one last ride. And you’re not invited. On Twitter, Babb added: “I wrote about Marshawn Lynch & Oakland, a place he's so protective of, he came close to running me over with his car.”
And onto a much sadder sports story, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found to have had severe C.T.E., Ken Belson reports in the New York Times.