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.
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.