Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of June 26, 2017)
Gabriella Schwarz / July 1, 2017
This week was largely dominated by the roller-coaster of the Republican health care plan in the Senate, which ended when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote. The negotiations exposed disagreements in the Republican conference, raised leadership questions directed at McConnell and the White House and left uncertainty surrounding health care for millions of Americans. Read more about where the health care negotiations stand and about the other biggest stories of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. McConnell delays vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess—CNN, Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly and Ashley Killough
Top line: “McConnell’s decision does not mean Republicans’ plans for repealing and replacing Obamacare are dead, but it highlights the challenge facing the GOP leadership as they try to bridge the divide between conservatives and moderates in the party.”
Topic to follow: Health Care
2. As Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect Thursday, Many Questions Still Up in Air—NBC News, Meredith Mandell and Justin Maffett
Top line: “The high court’s ruling allowed President Donald Trump to place a 90-day ban on foreign travelers from six countries — Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — as well as a 120-day ban on refugees fleeing persecution from any country when they have no “bona fide relationship” with an entity or person in the United States. The Supreme Court has granted full review of the travel ban and oral argument is set for October.”
Topic to follow: Travel
3. Ukraine Cyberattack Was Meant to Paralyze, not Profit, Evidence Shows—The New York Times, Andrew E. Kramer
Top line: “That bomb soon exploded, destroying his financial data and quickly spreading through computer systems vital to Ukraine’s government — and beyond. The cyberattack, on Tuesday, was caused by a virus similar to one that wreaked global havoc less than two months ago.”
Topic to follow: Cybersecurity
4. President Trump angrily lashes out at ‘Morning Joe’ hosts on Twitter—The Washington Post, Jenna Johnson
Top line: “President Trump lashed out at the hosts of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ in two vicious tweets Thursday morning, calling Mika Brzezinski ‘low I.Q. Crazy Mika’ and claiming she had a facelift late last year…
Trump’s comments drew immediate condemnation from members of both political parties, with some calling his jabs at Brzezinski beneath the dignity of his office…
But Trump’s aides and allies fiercely defended the president, arguing the ‘Morning Joe’ hosts and their guests frequently criticize Trump and the White House in harsh terms including questioning his mental stability, honesty and fitness for office.”
Topic to follow: Donald Trump
5. Vatican Cardinal Charged With ‘Historic Sexual Offenses’ In Australia—NPR, Laurel Wamsley
Top line: “Police in the Australian state of Victoria have announced charges of sexual abuse against one of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals.
‘Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences and there are multiple complainants relating to those charges,’ Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters on Thursday.
Cardinal George Pell said he was ‘innocent of the charges’ and would be taking a leave of absence from the Vatican to clear his name in Australia, where he was a priest in the 1970s and ’80s.”
Topic to follow: Catholicism
6. Three Chicago cops indicted in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting details—Chicago Tribune, Megan Crepeau, Dan Hinkel, Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner
Top line: “The Chicago police investigation of the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald unfolded like hundreds of others had before it, with an officer who claimed he fired in fear of his life, fellow cops who backed up his story and supervisors who quickly signed off on the case as a justifiable homicide…
In a move some lawyers called unprecedented, the special prosecutor appointed to look into how police handled the probe into the McDonald shooting announced that three veteran officers were indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the details of the death to protect Van Dyke.”
Topic to follow: Policing
7. EU fines Google a record $2.7 billion for abusing product searches—engadget, Matt Brian
Top line: “The European Commission’s long-running investigation into Google has finally come to an end, and it’s not good news for the search giant. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager confirmed today that the company has been fined €2.42 billion ($2.72 billion) for unfairly directing users to its own products rather over those of its rivals. It’s the biggest financial penalty the Commission has ever handed out, eclipsing the €1.06 billion ($1.4 billion) charge incurred by Intel back in 2014.”
Topic to follow: Google
8. German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage—The Guardian, Kate Connolly
Top line: “German MPs have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, prompting joyous and unusual scenes in parliament as Green party politicians tossed glittered confetti across the chamber and gay couples sitting in the public gallery kissed and embraced.
The vote by 393 to 226, with four abstentions, followed 40 minutes of often heated and highly emotional debate, reflecting a wider, decades-long argument over marriage equality. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, voted against the move, despite having paved the way for the law’s passage by inviting MPs to vote according to their conscience.”
Topic to follow: Same-Sex Marriage
9. Venezuela president denounces violence after helicopter drops grenades on supreme court—The Telegraph, Harriet Alexander
Top line: “Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday denounced what he termed a ‘terrorist attack’ on conflict-wracked Venezuela, after a renegade policeman launched an airborne assault on the country’s Supreme Court in a stolen helicopter.”
Topic to follow: Terrorism
10. UK ex-police chiefs charged over 1989 stadium disaster that killed 96—Reuters, Estelle Shirbon
Top line: “Prosecutors on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people including ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, Britain’s worst sporting disaster.”
Topic to follow: News (U.K. Edition)
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