Mar 5, 2017

Collins: "There is not a consensus" on Obamacare replacement

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Sen. Susan Collins gave a blunt reality check Sunday to GOP leaders' claims that all Republicans are on the same page on Obamacare replacement. "There is not a consensus," she said on CBS's Face the Nation. "This is very difficult to achieve the president's goals and the goals that many of us have of wanting to expand access to coverage and have a damper on the prices."

She made it clear that she still prefers the bill she's co-sponsoring with Sen. Bill Cassidy, which takes a different approach by letting states decide whether to keep Obamacare or scrap it. "It is very complicated. And we shouldn't rush it. We need to get this right," she said.

Why it matters: All of the focus lately has been on the difficulty of getting conservative House Republicans to vote for the emerging GOP bill — but Collins' comments are a reminder that the Senate will be an even tougher sell, for moderates as well as conservatives.

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Teenager killed after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

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In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.