5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • CBO estimates AHCA would leave 23 million more uninsured by 2026

  • U.K. police investigating 'terror network' in connection with Manchester attack

  • Trump meets with Pope Francis

  • Poll: A majority of voters are pessimistic about the Trump presidency

  • HBO releases tense first trailer for Game of Thrones season 7

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released its complete updated cost estimate of the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, three weeks after the House narrowly passed the health-care bill. The new CBO score predicted that by 2026, 23 million more Americans would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act than if ObamaCare were to remain law. In March, the CBO estimated 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP bill; Wednesday's score takes into account amendments made to the bill by Republicans to pass it through the House. The CBO also estimated the American Health Care Act would reduce the federal deficit over the next decade by $119 billion.

Source: Congressional Budget Office, CNBC

U.K. police confirmed Wednesday that they are now investigating a "terror network" in connection to the attack Monday night in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old man who is believed to have exploded a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, was known to British intelligence and security agencies "up to a point," British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said. Police have made five arrests in connection to the incident. The U.K. on Tuesday increased its terrorist threat level to "critical," the highest possible level, for the first time in a decade. The designation means a terror attack is considered "imminent" and allows for up to 3,800 military personnel to be deployed instead of police officers at public events.

Source: The Guardian, The New York Times

On Wednesday morning at the Vatican, President Trump held a 30-minute private meeting with Pope Francis in his studio, the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders with different worldviews. Before the meeting, Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there. Afterward, he told the pope he "won't forget what you said," adding, "We can use peace." Pope Francis and Trump exchanged gifts — the pope gave Trump copies of his three main papal writings and a medallion by a Roman artist that he called a symbol of peace; Trump gave Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr. and a piece of granite from Washington's Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial. Trump will head next to Brussels for a NATO summit.

Source: USA Today, Crux

In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 52 percent of voters said they were pessimistic about Trump's "next few years" as president. Just 45 percent of voters said they were optimistic. When the same question was asked of poll respondents in March, just 46 percent said they were pessimistic while 52 percent said they were optimistic. Trump's overall job approval rating hasn't fluctuated as dramatically: In the survey released Wednesday, 37 percent of voters approved and 55 percent disapproved; in the March survey, 36 percent of voters approved and 58 percent disapproved. The new poll additionally found that a majority of voters (54 percent to 43 percent) believe Trump "is abusing the powers of his office."

Source: Quinnipiac University

On Wednesday, HBO released the first full trailer for Games of Thrones' penultimate seventh season, giving fans a glimpse of the approaching "Great War." The Lannisters, Queen Cersei and Jamie, are surrounded and prepared to level "whatever stands in our way"; Daenerys Targaryen (with dragons in tow) is invading as she "was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms"; and King of the North Jon Snow prepares for the "coming storm." The series returns July 16. Watch the trailer here.

Source: io9, The Week
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