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Republicans are scratching their heads and Democrats are jumping for joy after President Trump unexpectedly revived the health care battle. Trump said he’s committed once again to repealing and replacing Obamacare, after the Justice Department reversed course and told a federal court the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down. Trump said the GOP will be “the party of health care,” but a lot of Republicans aren’t eager to jump back into that battle after the drubbing the GOP took in the midterms over it. The politically sensitive spot in all this is what to do with people with pre-existing conditions. Covering them is a hallmark of Obamacare. Trump has promised to protect them but hasn’t unveiled a new plan showing how he’d do that.
2. North Korea
The United Kingdom’s attempt to leave the European Union just gets more and more chaotic. Beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May offered to step down if and when her twice-defeated Brexit deal is approved. It’s an attempt to nudge skeptical British lawmakers into approving the deal, which must happen before the EU will agree to moving back the date the UK will leave the trading bloc. It’s unclear when a third vote on her proposed Withdrawal Agreement might happen. Lawmakers voted on various alternatives to it yesterday, and they all failed. There’s no consensus on what happens next. CNN’s Jane Merrick notes getting a Brexit deal done won’t end the UK’s political crisis.
3. Europe heat wave
Boeing offered up a software fix for the anti-stall computer programming on its 737 Max planes. The aircraft maker unveiled it to federal regulators and its clients at its plant in Renton, Washington. The anti-stall software is thought to be the cause of October’s Lion Air crash, which killed 189 people. And investigators have found similarities between that crash and the Ethiopian Airlines crash this month that killed 157 people. The entire line of 737 Max aircraft has been indefinitely grounded worldwide following the latest crash.
4. Border Patrol
The man who kidnapped 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killed her parents pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and a count of kidnapping. Jake Patterson, 21, fidgeted and cried in court, as he told the judge he understood the plea would probably keep him in prison for the rest of his life. There were also audible gasps in the courtroom after Patterson blurted out, “Bye, Jayme.” Patterson shot and killed Jayme’s parents in their Wisconsin home and kidnapped her back in October, after he saw the teen get onto a school bus.
Has a second person been cured of HIV? Some scientists think so. A man in the UK, identified only as the “London patient,” has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after being treated with stem cell transplants from donors who carried a rare genetic mutation that made them resistant to the disease. The case study is published in the journal Nature. More than a decade ago, a person referred to as the “Berlin patient” was reportedly cured of HIV using a similar method.
It might soon be useless to put the pedal to the metal if you’re driving a new car in Europe. Starting in 2022, new cars sold in Europe will have to have systems designed to limit their speed. It’s all part of new safety rules from the European Union. The new rules will also require crash data recorders and reversing cameras in cars. Safety advocates praised the new rules, and a European commissioner said the steps must be taken because some 25,000 people are killed on European roads each year. But others raised concerns about drivers possibly growing complacent and focusing less on road conditions, and some car makers worry about how the new technologies will be implemented. The EU rules must still be OK’d by member states and the European Parliament.
“One of the wonderful things about shareholder democracy in our country is that we have meetings like this.”
Break dancing as an Olympic sport? It could happen by 2024, so go ahead and grab a big piece of cardboard and start working on your windmills.
Better late than never
She was awarded child support payments nearly 50 years ago. Now, this San Diego woman is finally getting them.
Meet the 95-year-old World War II vet who took multiple buses to attend a solidarity march against racism after the New Zealand mosque massacres.
When you go see “Avengers: Endgame” next month, you might not want to get that extra-large soda. The run time for the superhero epic reportedly tops three hours.
That’s how much a federal jury awarded to a California man after it determined his cancer was caused by Roundup. Monsanto, maker of the popular weed killer, said it will appeal.
“I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”
Rapper Cardi B, talking about an old video making the rounds on social media in which she said she drugged and robbed men during her days as a stripper
Memorize 100 digits of pi in one day? We guess there are worse ways to spend your time. (Click to view.)