Apr 17, 2017

Nevada senator grilled on Trumpcare and pre-existing conditions

Republican Sen. Dean Heller discovered firsthand today how dangerous Trumpcare can be for constituents who don't want to lose Obamacare's pre-existing condition coverage. CNN reports that an audience member with multiple sclerosis pressed Heller hard on whether she would be forced into a separate high-risk pool to cover sick people — an outcome she absolutely didn't want.

What it means: The exchange shows how dangerous the subject is for Republicans, even if they think they're taking care of sick people by setting up high-risk pools as an alternative.

"Yes or no? High-risk pools, that's my question," the woman told Heller. "Don't give me a fuzzy answer." Heller said he "will support high-risk pools, because there are some people who want them" — but also insisted he'll make sure everyone has "access to the health care that you want."

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In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

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Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. " The Minnesota National Guard told Axios in an email that up to 10,000 soldiers and airmen would be deployed after all activations and processing are complete.