5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Republicans unveil Senate health-care bill, 'Better Care'

  • Trump admits he 'did not make' any recordings of his talks with Comey

  • 4 Republican senators announce they will not support health-care bill

  • Intel chiefs say Trump asked them to publicly deny Russia collusion

  • NBA teams vie for top young prospects in 2017 draft

Senate Republicans on Thursday released their 142-page ObamaCare replacement, titled the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," after the party's leadership faced criticism for writing the document entirely behind closed doors. An early working version of the bill, the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House last month, showed it sought to roll back taxes and penalties in the Affordable Care Act, cut back Medicaid expansion, modify federal subsidies, and give states more flexibility to opt out of some insurance requirements. The GOP needs to get nearly all of its 52 senators on board, because no Democrats or independents are expected to back the plan. A vote is expected next week. Read the bill here.

Source: The Hill, U.S. Senate

President Trump confessed Thursday on Twitter that he does not have tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information," the president wrote, "I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings." In May, shortly after firing Comey, Trump tweeted a threat: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an ally of Trump's, told The Associated Press he thought Trump's was simply "trying to rattle Comey."

Source: Donald J. Trump, The Associated Press

Just hours after Republican Senate leadership released a proposal for replacing ObamaCare, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced they would not support their party's bill. "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation," the senators wrote. They added, "It does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise made to Americans: to repeal ObamaCare and lower their health-care costs." The GOP cannot lose the support of more than three senators for the bill to pass, as no Democrats or independents are expected to back the plan.

Source: Rand Paul

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers reportedly told the Senate and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team that President Trump had asked them to publicly announce there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia. A public hearing earlier this month did little to elucidate what unfolded in the intelligence directors' conversations with the president, in part because when the intel chiefs sought guidance from the White House on whether the talks were protected by executive privilege, they did not receive an answer. Both firmly stated they did not feel pressure to interfere in the investigation, although they described their interactions with the president as uncomfortable, and did not act on his request.

Source: CNN

NBA executives on Thursday are gearing up for one of the league's deepest drafts in years. University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz is expected to be taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick, after the Sixers traded with the Boston Celtics to snag the top spot. UCLA's Lonzo Ball is expected to land with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, while the Celtics, now drafting third, reportedly have their eyes on Kansas' Josh Jackson. Other top prospects include Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox and Duke forward Jayson Tatum. The draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Source: Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report
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