Jun 22, 2017

McConnell details what's next for GOP health bill


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate's timeline for getting their newly-released health bill to a vote, saying he expects a CBO score next week. "After that we will proceed to robust debate and open amendment process here on Senate floor," said McConnell.

He then addressed the criticism that the GOP had been working on this bill in secret. "I regret that our democratic friends made clear early on that they did not want to work with us in a serious and bipartisan way to address the Obamacare status quo," McConnell said. "But Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act, and we are."

Note: McConnell also pointed out that no amendment to the GOP Senate bill can be approved until posted publicly for 72 hours and with the CBO score. House GOP members were criticized for voting on the bill without a CBO score.

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Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.

American society is teetering on the edge

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The COVID-19 pandemic, record unemployment and escalating social unrest are all pushing American society close to the breaking point.

The big picture: Civilizations don't last forever, and when they collapse, the cause is almost always internal failure. Even in the midst of one of our darkest years, the U.S. still has many factors in its favor, but the fate of past societies holds frightening lessons for what may lie ahead.