1. ‘Obamacare endures’
Republican senators canceled a plan to vote on a bill dismantling Barack Obama’s healthcare law, admitting it lacked support. Under congressional rules, a new attempt at repeal would require even more GOP votes … meaning the main threat now to Obama’s law is the White House.
‘We don’t have the votes’
To be clear, through events that are under our control and not under our control, we don’t have the votes. We’ve made the decision since we don’t have the votes, we will postpone that vote. Am I disappointed? Absolutely.
– Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy, one of the authors of the bill
2. Trump to Puerto Rico
Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday. As the president announced the visit, however, one Democratic congresswoman who was born in Puerto Rico warned that his lack of attention to the disaster so far risked making it “your Katrina”.
3. Alabama rodeo
The chosen candidate of Trump and congressional Republicans to fill attorney general Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat was facing a challenger who thinks Indiana is under sharia law and has suggested that homosexuality be subject to criminal punishment.
4. Sessions confused on free speech
The attorney general blasted college campuses for not hosting conservative speakers, calling it a violation of free speech. Then he said the president was correct that NFL players had no business kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump on football
5. Exit Corker
Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, said he would not run next year for re-election, capping a bad day for majority leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier saw his healthcare bill fail and tonight faced a tight race in Alabama.
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