John McCain

Congressional Republicans will not vote to repeal ACA this year

Sen. John Kyl being sworn into office by Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) to fill the late John McCain's senate seat. Photo: Zach Gibson via Getty Images

Congressional Republicans won’t try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act before midterm elections, even though the late Sen. John McCain — who voted against the last effort — has since been replaced by Sen. Jon Kyl, who says he would support repeal, AP reports.

The big picture: This should not surprise you. Senate Republicans still don’t have the votes even with Kyl, and it would be political malpractice to take such an unpopular vote so close to the elections. But now it’s on the record. So we can talk about something else for a while.

Immunotherapy shows early promise against brain cancers

Photo of MRI of skull of patient with a glioblastoma tumor
MRI of a patient with a glioblastoma tumor. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

An international team of scientists say they've developed a molecule that can target the two most common brain cancers, successfully slowing down tumor growth in a pre-clinical study on animals published in Nature Wednesday.

Why it matters: The targeted brain cancers — adults' glioblastoma and children's medulloblastoma — are aggressive cancers often fatal within 2 years (as seen when glioblastoma claimed the life of Sen. John McCain). This team hopes this new method, which successfully breaches the blood-brain barrier, may be an important step forward in finding an effective treatment.