Jul 17, 2017

Key Senate swing vote gets death threat over health care bill

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Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, a key swing vote in the GOP's current effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, received a threatening note on the door of his Las Vegas office after a break in at the federal complex where it is located, Jon Ralston reports for The Nevada Independent.

A law enforcement source told Ralston the note came from someone claiming they would lose their health care and die if the Republican bill became law — and threatened Heller's life as well.

Why it matters: With the Senate vote delayed indefinitely due to John McCain's recent surgery, tensions surrounding the bill are continuing to spill over around the country, and extra precautions are in order after the shooting last month at a Congressional baseball practice.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.