Obamacare Repeal Dealt a Final Blow
After months of threats to repeal and replace (then just repeal and replace later) Obamacare, the fight is over.
On Friday, Sen. John McCain, who earlier in the week cast a decisive vote to open debate on the GOP repeal legislation, voted “no” on the GOP’s final effort to repeal, the so-called “skinny repeal,” which would have eliminated key provisions from Obamacare, while leaving the rest intact. The defeat ends — for now — the health care debate in Congress.
“Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act,” McCain said. Read the story from The AP.
White House Power Struggle
Not even a week into his new job, Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director, accused unidentified senior officials of trying to sabotage him and committing a felony by leaking information. Read the story from The Financial Times.
North Korea Launches Another Missile
The South Korean Ministry of Defense noted the launch of “one unidentified missile,” which Japanese officials say flew for about 45 minutes before landing in water. It was not immediately clear what type of missile North Korea was testing, but this follows the Pentagon’s findings that the North could develop a nuclear missile to hit the U.S. as early as next year. Read the story from NPR.
Apple Says Goodbye to 2 iPods
Now that more people are streaming and storing music on their phones, Apple has decided to kill off two of its stagnant iPod models: the Nano and the Shuffle. The iPod Touch, however, remains alive and well, with the 128GB model costing $300, and the smaller 32GB player coming in at $200. Read the story from The AP.