May 4, 2017

The 5 winners of AHCA

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The GOP health care plan passed the House today. Now it's up to the Senate to decide whether the bill will become law. If it passes, some people and businesses will emerge as clear winners, while others will lose out on certain benefits.

  1. Trump and Paul Ryan: The leaders have pushed to make repealing and replacing Obamacare the administration's first big legislative feat.
  2. High-income earners: The bill gets rid of two taxes on individuals earning more than $200,000, or couples earnings more than $250,000 — a 0.9 percent increase on Medicare payroll tax, and a 3.8 percent tax on investment income.
  3. Large employers: The bill eliminates Obamacare's employer mandate, which required large companies to offer affordable coverage for their workers.
  4. People who don't want health insurance: The bill would eliminate the individual mandate.
  5. Reps. Bill Long and Fred Upton: The congressman switched their "no" votes to "yes" votes after their amendment was added.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities over Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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In photos: Protesters and police clash nationwide over George Floyd

A firework explodes behind a line of police officers next to the Colorado State Capitol during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 30. Photo : Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd continued nationwide into early Sunday.

The big picture: Police responded over the weekend with force, in cities ranging from Salt Lake City to Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., Denver and Louisville. Large crowds gathered in Minneapolis on Saturday for the fifth day in a row.