Jun 28, 2017

Why some Republicans don't like the medical malpractice bill

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This afternoon, the House is set to vote on a bill to limit medical malpractice lawsuits. House Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan, are advertising it as a way to reduce the cost of health care, and the idea has been a mainstay of GOP health-care proposals for years. But it's also a topic that divides conservatives — because some say it's not a good idea to let the federal government override states' laws on issues like limiting non-economic damages.

Key quote: Here's what Ed Meese, former attorney general under President Ronald Reagan, wrote in a letter to Ryan: "It will never be acceptable to substitute unconstitutional Democratic-sponsored legislative mandates with Republican ones."

Why it matters: Even if the medical malpractice legislation passes the House, it's highly unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate — not just because Democrats would oppose it, but because some Republicans would, too.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.