Jun 29, 2017

Paul Ryan: Republicans "perfectly" on schedule for health care

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Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday that he thinks the GOP is "perfectly on time with our [health care] schedule" and as soon as the Senate gets a bill passed, "I believe we can move fairly quickly around here." Ryan also stated that before the health bill can become law, the Senate will need to send the bill back to the House "for a quick approval."

Ryan also weighed in on President Trump's earlier tweets attacking Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski: "Obviously I don't see that as an appropriate comment... We're trying to improve the tone and civility of this debate and obviously this doesn't help that."

Immigration update:

Immigration officials, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, joined Ryan to tout the House GOP's latest bills, The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate's Law, cracking down on sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrants:

  • Sec. Kelly: "It's beyond my comprehension that police don't enforce these laws. We're a nation of laws. We'll no longer look the other way."
  • Speaker Ryan: "By flagrantly disregarding the rule of law, sanctuary cities are putting lives at risk."
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA): "When our immigration laws are properly enforced, all the crimes being talked about are avoidable."

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History's largest lockdown leaves Indian workers stranded, afraid

A migrant worker on the move with his child, in Gurugram, India. Photo: Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty

Few moments better capture the world into which we've slipped than the decision of one man to order 1.4 billion into lockdown.

Why it matters: India’s three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and it sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947. While the economic effects could be devastating, the public health crisis it's intended to fend off could be more destructive still.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 782,319 — Total deaths: 37,582 — Total recoveries: 164,565.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 161,807 — Total deaths: 2,953 — Total recoveries: 5,595.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
  5. Business latest: Ford and General Electric aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.