5 Things for Thursday
It’s time- we’ll finally get to see what’s in that new health care bill Senate Republicans have been crafting behind closed-doors. They will release a “discussion draft” later today and we already know some things about it.
The bill will drastically change Medicare (most likely by stopping Medicaid expansion) and will also implement those tax credits to replace Obamacare’s subsidies. By releasing the bill now, Republicans are hoping to get a vote on it by July 4, before Congress is out on recess. Only 3 Republicans need to dissent for this plan not to work out, so the party will need unity to get it through.
Early this morning, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall on the Texas-Louisiana Coast. This carried maximum sustained winds of up to 40 miles per hour in the south. Here, we’re seeing warnings for flash floods, so be sure to be aware today of what could hit us with the continuous rain.
This storm has also already caused major devastation across the gulf. A 10-year-old boy yesterday was killed when a log struck him during a storm surge- while on vacation.
The investigation is still ongoing into the incident yesterday at Michigan’s Bishop International Airport when an officer was stabbed in the neck (he is recovering in the hospital). The attacker was detained after the stabbing, in which he yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great in Arabic). The act is being investigated as terrorism.
Today the funeral for 22-year-old student who was detained in North Korea for over a year will be held in Ohio. Otto Warmbier passed away earlier this week after he came back to the United States after being held in North Korea for over a year. The mystery surrounding his condition when he came back to the States is very much unclear.
Here’s a crazy story for the day- a judge is expecting to release a man imprisoned for 36 years today in New Orleans after his murder conviction and life sentence was thrown out. John Floyd was convicted in 1982 for stabbing and killing a newspaper editor in the French Quarter in 1980, something that new evidence doesn’t point to being correct (evidence points to a suspect of a completely different race and blood type than him).
Floyd did admit to the murder over 30 years ago, but he now says that was because of police coercion. His attorneys say due to his IQ of 59 he is highly persuadable and could’ve been convinced to admit to the killing.