5 things for Wednesday, August 3: Donald Trump, Olympics, Obamacare

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    Sources: Trump's behavior frustrates his backers, aides


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(CNN)A bad week. Some nasty water. Another test. It's Wednesday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Campaign 2016

The official start of the general election campaign has been a lot less than ideal for the GOP's presidential nominee. Since the conventions, Donald Trump has:
    1) Refused to endorse the Speaker of the House or Arizona Sen. John McCain in their re-election bids (yeah, that's a pretty big snub);
    2) Picked a multi-day fight with a Muslim Gold Star family;
    3) Said if his daughter was sexually harassed at work he'd want her to change careers (brother Eric says she's too strong to let that happen anyway);
    4) Got a Purple Heart as a gift from a supporter and said, that was easy!
    Oh, and then he threw a crying baby out of one of his rallies. No wonder members of his campaign are so frustrated.

    2. Baltimore woman killed

    Police in Baltimore who killed a woman after a seven-hour standoff had her social media pages taken down as she tried to live-stream the event. Korryn Shandawn Gaines died in a gunfight with police Monday at her apartment. Her young son was injured. Police admitted yesterday they asked Facebook to deactivate her account as well as her Instagram account during the standoff. However, a couple of videos she recorded during the incident were still on Instagram yesterday afternoon.

    3. Olympics

    OK, we all know the waters around Rio are pretty icky, but just how icky? Icky enough that you shouldn't put your head (or probably any other body part) under the water, says one biomedical expert. The waters -- including Guanabara Bay, where sailing competitions will be held -- are full of viruses and drug resistant superbugs. Promises were made when Rio was awarded the Games that the waters would be cleaned up. Well that didn't happen. Rio authorities said there is an "internationally acceptable" level of bacteria in the water. Great. Most Olympians say they'll go ahead and compete this week, after taking the proper precautions.

    4. North Korea

    Looks like North Korea is still in the missile-testing business. The North fired off a pair of ballistic missiles early this morning. One exploded right after launch and the other went into the Sea of Japan, U.S. and South Korean officials say. North Korea's not supposed to be launching anything, at least that's what a U.N. Security Council resolution passed earlier this year says. But when has the North ever let that stop them?

    5. Obamacare

    Obamacare's under fire again, but not from the Republicans. This time it's insurance companies taking aim at the controversial government program. Yesterday Aetna said it was canceling plans to expand into five more states and will reassess involvement in the 15 states where it currently offers coverage on Obamacare's individual exchanges. Aetna's losing $300 million on Obamacare this year. Other insurers are raking up big losses too, raising questions about Obamacare's viability.


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