Apr 25, 2017

Democrats softening tone on insurer subsidy demands

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Affordable Care Act insurer subsidies are "one of the things, there's a whole list" Democrats want to see included — or not included — in a spending bill deal, due Friday. "Our number goal is no poison pills, we haven't finished negotiating that yet," he said.

Between the lines: This does not sound like a government shutdown threat, which is what Democratic aides were channeling over the last couple weeks.

What to watch: Does any other Democratic leader publicly threaten a shutdown if the insurer payments aren't in the bill?

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A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

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President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms.

What they're saying: "Currently, social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, which they are not," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We are fed up with it. It is unfair, and it's been very unfair."