- Stef W. Kight
- Jun 23
Today's Trump Top 5: Conservatives turn on Trumpcare
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1. Another GOP "No" for the health care bill
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
Moderate Sen. Dean Heller is a "no" on the Senate health care bill released yesterday, he announced today alongside Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Why this matters: Heller was the most obvious moderate to defect, as he's up for re-election next year in a state Hillary Clinton won. But now the bill has both moderate and conservative defectors, making compromise extremely challenging. Heller's move also could embolden other moderates to publicly oppose the bill.
What Heller and Sandoval want, here.
2. Trump's thumbs up?
Alex Brandon / AP
Sean Spicer told reporters at an off-camera White House briefing today that Trump is "very supportive" of the Senate health bill, and has been in contact with Mitch McConnell about where the bill will go next. Spicer also addressed questions regarding Trump's position on Medicaid cuts, and stated the president is "committed" to ensuring that those currently on Medicaid don't lose coverage.
3. Obama knew
In August, then-President Barack Obama received CIA evidence of Putin's direct involvement in the cyber attacks meant to interfere with the U.S. presidential election by hurting Hilary Clinton and helping Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported.
Why it matters: The Obama administration's debate over what to do highlighted the challenge in dealing with such a politically charged issue.
How the Obama administration debated what to do about Russia hacking, here.
4. A softening Brexit
Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May offered European Union leaders a proposal during a summit in Brussels last night to allow E.U. citizens the right to stay in the U.K. after Brexit — a key point of contention in Brexit negotiations.
Why it matters: The U.K.'s membership in the EU has been key to its economic vibrancy, making it Europe's financial center. May's offer could help retain its stature by reassuring the 3 million EU citizens there that they can remain in the country.
5. Torture in Yemen
Maad El Zikry / AP
Lawmakers have asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate the alleged torture of prisoners in Yemen after the AP reported yesterday that the U.S. was interrogating detainees who have already been tortured by the United Arab Emirates. That would put the U.S. in violation of the International Convention Against Torture.