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Greetings, all: Eliot Nelson here, in for Lauren Weber who is on a much-deserved vacation. I’ll be steering this ship through Wednesday.
OBAMACARE REPEAL STILL ALIVE IN SENATE (IF BARELY) Despite concern voiced by moderate Republicans like Maine’s Susan Collins, critics of the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare have mostly stayed silent thus far, giving supporters of repeal a glimmer of hope [Reuters] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]
MCCAIN’S SURGERY MORE SERIOUS THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED The Arizona senator had a blood clot removed above his left eye, a procedure that will leave him recuperating for several weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will delay a vote on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal until McCain has returned to the Senate. [NYT]
TRUMP’S ‘MADE IN AMERICA’ WEEK NOT GOING SO HOT The week has just begun and already the commander-in-chief is being criticized for promoting American-made products despite outsourcing a lot of his own business. [HuffPost]
HOW TRUMP AND THE GOP UNDERESTIMATED OBAMACARE REPEAL Turns out denying millions of people health care is a bit of a political undertaking. [Politico]
IS TRUMP ACTUALLY GOOD FOR RUSSIA? Tabulating just what Mother Russia has gained from the president it worked so hard to elect. [NY Mag]
...AND DID RUSSIA BREAK ANY OF OUR LAWS? While collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is one thing, simply disseminating fake news isn’t necessarily a violation of election law. [HuffPost]
VENEZUELA: VIOLENCE ERUPTS AS OPPOSITION VOTES Opposition leaders are claiming that pro-government militia fired on voters participating in a symbolic vote against President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to rewrite the country’s constitution. [AP]
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE KILL AUSTRALIAN WOMAN Details are still emerging about why police shot 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk. [HuffPost]
HOW ABOUT ‘GAME OF THRONES,’ HUH? Actually, last night was kind of a dud, if you ask us. With that in mind, it made perfect sense that Ed Sheeran had a cameo. [HuffPost]
...AND HOW TO AVOID ‘GAME OF THRONES’ Whether you’re hoping to avoid spoilers of just don’t give a darn about what’s happening in Westeros, here’s how to mute chatter about the show on social media. [HuffPost]
POPE TO WORLD: STOP WHINING Pope Francis has reportedly placed a sign outside his Vatican residence imploring people to stop complaining. [HuffPost]
FIRST AIRPORT RESTAURANTS, NOW HOSPITALS? How Apple is trying to get iPads in the hands of every hospital patient. [TechCrunch]
MEET THE FIRST FEMALE DR. WHO After roughly a billion years on the air, the iconic BBC series has finally shattered its own glass ceiling. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
The first woman to win the Fields Medal has died at 40.
Meet the blind gamer playing at a professional level.
Recalling WWF (now WWE) ice cream bars.
Zombie movie pioneer George Romero has passed away.
“Spanish Police Dismantle Horsemeat Operation” is just the headline to get your week started right.
Australia’s foreign minister had the perfect burn for President Trump.
Elon Musk is still very scared of artificial intelligence.
On Roger Federer’s greatness. Winning eight Wimbledons ain’t easy.
Phrases you should drop (we’re looking at you, “ping me”).