GOP Set to Unveil Healthcare Bill That Will Most Likely Screw Us All
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The big reveal: After weeks of hiding their plans for the healthcare bill, Republican senators are finally bringing the legislation to light. On Monday, Senate Democrats tried to slow the progress of the bill, sending a message to the GOP for more transparency. What happens next is that the Congressional Budget Office takes a look and then the rest of the Senate will weigh in. Get ready for the shit to hit the legislative fan.
An underdog with a shot: House Speaker Paul Ryan has held his seat as a congressman for the GOP since 1999, but he's being contested by a blue collar politician who might just have a chance to win. The newcomer to politics is ironworker Randy Bryce, hoping to win the Dems nomination for the 2018 race despite two failed campaigns for the primary.
Whoever gets the Democrat's nomination will definitely be a game changer and a much needed legislative win for Democrats who have had little electoral success recently.
Stop killing black men: On Wednesday, a jury acquitted former-police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the death of Sylville K. Smith who ran away from police at a traffic stop. Smith was unarmed when Brown shot him. Brown's acquittal comes on the heels of the case in Minnesota where police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted for fatally shooting Philando Castille during a routine traffic stop in 2016.
Up in flames: The situation at Uber has turned into a dumpster fire of investigations into sexual misconduct and a bro-y work environment. Now, company leadership is also in a tailspin. Investors have forced co-founder and now-former CEO Travis Kalanick to step down after a temporary leave of absence. Kalanick's resignation might redeem Uber's reputation, but the company still has to put out several other HR fires.
The blame game: Democrats are struggling to makes sense of what went wrong in the Georgia special election this week, after Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican candidate Karen Handel. Some on the left are pointing the finger at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, since many of Ossoff's ads linked him to her style of leadership. The tempered and moderate approach of democrats has voters feeling some type of way, and it's not inspired.
Swerve on climate: ExxonMobil and other big oil giants are throwing their weight behind a tax on carbon emissions, which seems kind of ironic since they're in the business of fossil fuels. The legislation hasn't made it's way to Congress yet, but it's proof that the private sector is committed to climate change activism even if it means hurting their bottom line.
Where the streets have no name: U2 frontman and ONE campaign co-founder Bono hit up Capitol Hill yesterday, initially making a stop at House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's office to offer well-wishes. Scalise was one of five people who were tragically shot last week during a GOP team baseball practice. The rockstar humanitarian's other reason for stopping by was to speak face-to-face with lawmakers to persuade them to fully fund the INternational Affairs account in President Trump's FY2018 budget. Per a statement from Ian Koski of the ONE Campaign, Bono wanted to address "the lives saved by America's investments in foreign assistance and [underscore] testimony given by 16 retired generals and admirals last week about the critical importance of development to America's national security."