Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Senate Republicans are using some very interesting math to try to sell their latest Obamacare repeal bill; Puerto Rico is in the dark after Hurricane Maria; Spain’s government is actively trying to stop Catalonia from…"Vox Sentences: The power’s out in Puerto Rico"
Investigators are scrutinizing Paul Manafort’s emails. While working unpaid for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort mused about how he could use his new prominence to get financially “whole,” and offered to give private political briefings to a Russian billionaire who had recently sued him. That’s according to Manafort’s own emails with a business associate, which are currently being examined by investigators and are described in a new report from the Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger,…"While chairing Trump campaign, Manafort tried to set up private briefings for a Russian billionaire"
The peak of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season over the last two weeks has been unrelentingly brutal for the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma departed the region for Florida on September 9, and residents of islands like St. Thomas and Puerto Rico were still waiting for the power to come back on. Then Hurricane Maria was suddenly hurtling toward them. Maria, which has weakened from a furious Category 5 to a Category 3 storm, was finishing its…"Photos: Hurricane Maria, the storm that just pounded Puerto Rico"
One expert responded just by sending a photo of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream. On September 19, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. His harsh rhetoric toward North Korea stood out — mostly because he threatened to obliterate the country of 25.4 million people. “No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles,” Trump said, referring…"Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. I asked 8 experts how worrisome that is."
Obamacare repeal was dead — until it wasn’t. On the September 20 episode of The Weeds, Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein discuss the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy bill, which Sarah calls the “most radical of all the GOP health care bills.” She explains that Graham-Cassidy “blows up the Affordable Care Act” by bundling money allotted for Obamacare and Medicaid expansion and redistributing it using a “funding formula that takes…"The Weeds debates Graham-Cassidy longer than senators will be allowed to"
Mueller wants documents from the White House about several decisions Trump has made as president. It’s been clear for months that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is also examining whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice while he was in office. But of late, more and more specifics have emerged about just which of Trump’s actions Mueller is zeroing in on. And a new report from Michael Schmidt of the New York Times claims…"This report tells us why Trump is so afraid of Robert Mueller’s investigation"
This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. We now have three separate analyses of how the Obamacare repeal bill offered by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would affect states. Two of them — one from a left-leaning think tank, another from a health research firm…"Cassidy is selling his health plan with misleading numbers"
If you ask Republican senators what they like about Graham-Cassidy, the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they’ll come back again and again to one talking point: It returns power to the states. “As a general rule the states do things better than the federal government does,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told my colleague Jeff Stein when asked what substantive problems the bill is meant to solve. “It lets states…"The latest Obamacare repeal bill is modeled after welfare reform. That was a failure."
That’s if Congress gets its way. Since March, the US military has been rocked by scandals involving US military service members posting unsolicited nude photos of female troops online. Now, Congress is trying to do something about it. The Military Times reports that the House and the Senate have added provisions to the annual defense spending bill that would update the uniform code of military justice, which lists criminal offenses under military law, to include…"The military may soon consider revenge porn a criminal act"
Some starting points on how to help. If it seems like it’s been a bad year for disasters so far, it’s not your imagination. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, earlier this month made note of the volume of extreme weather events unfolding across the world. “There can be little doubt that 2017 is turning into a year of historic significance in the struggle against climate change and all the…"Where you can donate to help with hurricane and earthquake relief and recovery"