Senate Republicans wave a white flag


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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.

GOP admits defeat

Happy Democrats.
Happy Democrats. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

‘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”.

Read our coverage

Shadow puppets.
Shadow puppets. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Master class

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.

Bannon stumps for Moore

Challenger Roy Moore on way to vote.
Challenger Roy Moore on way to vote. Photograph: Hal Yeager/Getty Images

Sharia, Indiana

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.

How can one person be so wrong?

At least he stopped tweeting about me.
At least he stopped tweeting about me. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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.

Not looking too sad.
Not looking too sad. Photograph: Edelm/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

… and another thing:

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I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).