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◆ Republican Senators introduce their health-care bill. In its current form, the bill is at least 3 votes short of the 50 votes needed. Moving right to capture them could lose centrist Republicans.
On the current vote count, here’s the Washington Post story.
And the criticism from outside groups is fierce. Here’s one report on criticism by healthcare groups (Bloomberg)
Surprisingly, Obama doesn’t like it, either. He posted on FB. I planned to quote it but it runs longer than a Fidel Castro speech.
The best summary of the differences between the House bill (as passed) and the Senate bill (as introduced) is here at the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (link)
Comment: Negotiations ahead in the Senate. Uncertain if Pres. Trump will get involved.
Comment: I asked an expert, a Mr. W. Whitman, . . . .
◆ Quick Tip: If you have a huge weapons stash, don’t get caught shoplifting ammo
Ramadan Abdullah was arrested for theft in upstate New York (Binghamton Homepage)
-4 loaded handguns
-8 assault weapons
-64 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices
-1 loaded shotgun
-thousands of rounds of ammunition for rifles, pistols, and assault weapons, including 50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds, numerous firearm parts, and flak jackets.
Cornwell says subsequent search warrants executed at other properties tied to the suspect resulted in the seizure of:
-numerous rounds of 38 caliber ammunition
-high-capacity ammunition feeding devices and ammunition
-an additional loaded firearm –Binghamton Homepage
Comment: Mr. Abdullah said that being arrested during his namesake holiday was especially ironic.
Comment: This could be a valuable expenditure, if it were done right and not too expensive.
◆ Qatar’s neighbors issue a long list of demands to end crisis (Associated Press)
The Saudis, Egyptians, and others issued a 13-point list
insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a 13-point list — presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis — the countries also demand an end to Turkey’s military presence in Qatar. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute. –Associated Press
Comment: Getting the Turks out and keeping Iran out are the keys. They also want to shut Al Jazeera.