Mar 22, 2017

Freedom Caucus chairman: White House meeting didn't help

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House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows says his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence this morning didn't change conservatives' opposition to the House Obamacare replacement bill — and that as of now, there still aren't enough votes to pass it. Meadows told reporters the White House and the Freedom Caucus are still at odds over one major demand: The conservatives want the bill to repeal Obamacare's health insurance regulations, which the White House and GOP leaders say they can't do.

"The main sticking point is the same that it's been. If we don't lower premiums, this bill does not do enough."

The conservatives met with Pence, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, according to Rep. Justin Amash. House Freedom Caucus spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted: "BREAKING: more than 25 Freedom Caucus 'No's' on AHCA -- group says "start over."

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A protester holds a placard reading "Covid kills People, Racism kills Communities" as they attend a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Paul Ellis/Contributor.

Several protests are taking place in Washington D.C., as officials are bracing for what they anticipate could be thousands of protesters, almost two weeks after George Floyd's killing. Protesters in Australia and Europe staged anti-racism demonstrations on Saturday as well.

What's happening: A memorial service for Floyd is taking place in Raeford, North Carolina — near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor Floyd until sunset.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 6,789,313 — Total deaths: 396,388 — Total recoveries — 2,784,210Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,906,060 — Total deaths: 109,305 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.
  4. Public health: Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of coronavirus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free coronavirus testing for protesters.
  5. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy the software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  6. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.

Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester

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Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault on Saturday after a video emerged of them shoving a 75-year-old protester while clearing a demonstration in the wake of George Floyd's killing, AP reports, citing prosecutors.

The state of play: Both officers pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, and were released without bail. After the law enforcement officers were initially suspended without pay on Friday, all 57 officers on the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned in a show of support for their fellow officers' suspensions.