McCain says ‘NO’ 

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McCain says ‘NO’ 
September 22nd, 2017
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Today on the blog, a recap of our #MuckRackCafe with Áine Cain. If you’re not familiar, Muck Rack hosts a 30-minute live journalist Q&A on Twitter every month. For September, we chatted with Cain, a careers reporter at Business Insider.

Health care kerfuffle, cont’d

Medicaid directors have issued a serious warning on the new ObamaCare repeal bill. According to Jessie Hellmann at The Hill, “All 50 Medicaid directors come out against [it].”

Meanwhile, Trump–who publicly backs the health care effort–privately harbors doubts, according to Politico’s Burgess Everett.

BREAKING: it looks like just before we sent this out, John McCain Announced his Opposition to the Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming Its Fate, Thomas Kaplan writes in the New York Times. “McCain says ‘NO’ to reordering 1/6th of the US economy in a hastily thrown together bill with no CBO score,” Joe Scarborough tweeted. “Massive sigh of relief by 31 million Americans,” Max Muth added.

More on Trumpworld

The Financial Times has an exclusive that Steve Bannon flew to China last week for a secret meeting with a powerful Communist party official. That scoop is the work of Tom Mitchell and Demetri Sevastopulo. Shawn Donnan tweeted: “Er, economic war with China?”

Ousted deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka reportedly Gave A Classified “Tirade” About Radical Islam, according to Jason Leopold at BuzzFeed.

Politico says Trump aides have started looking for the exits. “A rising number of @RealDonaldTrump aides are already talking to headhunters and looking to get out,” Bob King added.

Kim Jong-un called Trump a “dotard” yesterday. Austin Ramzy at the New York Times wondered: How Harsh Is That Burn? “Kim Jong-un borrows from Shakespeare and Melville for his latest Trump insult,” Alexandra Stevenson shared.

And Trump is reportedly Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids from Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt at the New York Times. “No high-level vetting and foot soldiers can be targeted,” Amy Fiscus added.

The Price of a plane ride

(See what we did there?)

Ok but seriously...Politico reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times. In money terms, that tab cost taxpayers about at least $300,000 and counting.

News from around the world

Theresa May made her Brexit pitch in Florence.

While in London, the city stripped Uber of its license to operate. Chip Cummins at the Wall Street Journal added that London called Uber Unfit to Operate. Which, woah.

Some happenings at home

The Houston Chronicle goes inside the Fear that drives mistrust between police and immigrant communities. “Immigrant workers pump in $116.5 billion into the Houston economy and make up nearly one-third of the labor force,” Laura Goldberg explained.

In Flint, Michigan, the lead-poisoned water had a “horrifyingly large” effect on fetal deaths, according to a new study Christopher Ingraham wrote about in the Washington Post.

And sports

From Oakland, Kent Babb writes that Marshawn Lynch and Oakland are ready for one last ride. And you’re not invited. On Twitter, the Washington Post writer added: “I wrote about Marshawn Lynch & Oakland, a place he's so protective of, he came close to running me over with his car.”

And onto a much sadder sports story, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found to have had severe C.T.E., Ken Belson reports in the New York Times.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What was the first Wes Anderson movie that the director himself appeared in?

Answer: It’s Bottle Rocket, which incidentally is Anderson’s first movie.

Congrats to Craig Pittman‏ for being the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…In February 2017, a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer was banned from entering the U.S. Why was he trying to come into the country?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

Featured journalist: Anthony J. Williams

Today’s featured journalist is Anthony J. Williams, a self-described queer Blackademic and writer. What that means is that Williams is a sociology grad student on top of being a writer, editor, researcher, editor-in-chief of the Afrikan Black Coalition at UC Berkeley, and “proud Black queer person using writing as a liberatory and consciousness-raising tool.”

Williams’ writing has appeared in The Independent, The Hill, The Daily Californian, and Hazlitt, among others.

Read more about Williams’ work right here.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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