Sep 19, 2017

Ryan, White House oppose bipartisan health care push

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaking on Capitol Hill. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

Paul Ryan and the White House have told Senate Republicans they won't support a bipartisan plan to make urgent fixes to the Affordable Care Act, Politico reports. Instead, they're all in on the McConnell-endorsed Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA by a Sept. 30 deadline.

What they're saying: Politico cites some Republicans who said the talks between Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) won't offer enough for conservatives and are unlikely to produce legislation that can pass. Meanwhile, a senior WH official told Politico that "there was never much interest in the Murray-Alexander talks" anyway.

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The major tech companies are scrambling to craft digital options for this year's summer intern class, as businesses remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Internships serve as key learning opportunities for students, but are also critical for the recruiting and diversity efforts of the Big Tech companies who compete fiercely for college talent.

Scoop: Staples refuses to pay landlords for April rents

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Staples recently informed landlords that it will not pay April rents for its U.S. stores, even though the locations remain open, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Commercial landlords are stuck in a tightening vise, forgiving or deferring payments from shuttered tenants while still needing to meet their own mortgage obligations.

EIA forecasts U.S. oil boom will reverse amid coronavirus disruption

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Pain in the U.S. oil patch from the coronavirus outbreak is no longer on the horizon. It's here, and several new reports and data points show how quickly it's happening.

Driving the news: The Energy Information Administration yesterday released a sharp downward revision to its U.S. crude oil production forecast.