Feb 5, 2017

Now it's the Republicans who are facing angry Obamacare town halls

Republicans are starting to face angry crowds at town halls as people protest their Obamacare repeal plans — a mirror image of the furious protests Democrats faced at their own town halls in 2009 from people who didn't want them to pass Obamacare.

In California, Rep. Tom McClintock had to have a police escort as he left his meeting in Roseville, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hundreds of people showed up for the meeting, and McClintock's staff told him the situation was deteriorating. "It's the first time I've ever had a police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I've done well over 100 of them in Congress," he told the Times.

A reporter from KQED Public Radio tweeted this video of protesters yelling "shame" as he left:

And in Florida, Rep. Gus Bilirakis faced his own blowback at a crowded town hall meeting in Palm Harbor. The Tampa Bay Times reported that one constituent, who said he was an independent who voted for Bilirakis, pleaded with him not to take away a law that gave him coverage for a heart condition: "Please don't take my life away. Please don't let me die."

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Al Sharpton says Floyd family will lead march on Washington in August

The family of George Floyd is teaming up with Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a march on Washington on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of the civil rights movement's March on Washington — to call for a federal policing equality act, Sharpton announced during a eulogy at Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday.

Why it matters: The news comes amid growing momentum for calls to address systemic racism in policing and other facets of society, after more than a week of protests and social unrest following the killing of Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

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Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

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The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."

Why it matters: The results of the study, which claimed to have analyzed data from nearly 96,000 patients on six continents, led several governments to ban the use of the anti-malarial drug for coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.

George Floyd updates

Text reading "Demilitarize the police" is projected on an army vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.. early on Thursday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A judge Thursday set bail at $750,000 for each of three ex-officers, AP reports.