“The dam has massive cracks in it”: the resistance sees signs of victory over GOP health bill

Less than two weeks ago, it looked like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had figured out how to cripple the resistance. Republican senators were advancing their health care bill in secret, making it difficult to mobilize opposition to the bill. The media was shrugging at the story. Resistance leaders openly worried that the public would only wake up to the dangers of the bill after it passed. Then McConnell released the text of the bill…

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America’s failed response to the opioid epidemic, in one statistic

New data shows people are being diagnosed with opioid addiction nearly eight times faster than they’re getting the standard of care. Here’s one quick explanation for why America’s opioid epidemic is getting worse: It’s easier to get high than to get help for addiction. A new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an insurance organization, bares that out. Analyzing data from millions of its own customers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) recorded…

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Vox Sentences: Cry me a river

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. The Senate health care bill gets delayed; the Trump administration starts rolling back more Obama-era environmental regulations; Venezuela’s supreme court survives a helicopter attack. Not dead yet Alex Wong/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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We fixed Donald Trump’s misleading chart that claims Republicans are increasing Medicaid funding

President Donald Trump tweeted this chart on Wednesday afternoon, claiming that the Senate Republican health care bill actually increases funding for Medicaid: Democrats purposely misstated Medicaid under new Senate bill – actually goes up. pic.twitter.com/necCt4K6UH — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 Here’s the problem: It’s incredibly misleading. You can’t just look at raw dollar figures spent on a given program. Even with no changes to current law, inflation and population growth increase tax…

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US envoy on the battle to retake ISIS’s capital: “They will die here in Syria”

The battle for Raqqa has begun. And it’s shaping up to be a bloodbath. The battle to retake Raqqa, the capital of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate, has officially begun. And US officials are confidently saying that it will be a bloodbath — for ISIS. “The mission is to make sure … that any foreign fighter who is here, who joined ISIS from a foreign country, who came into Syria, they will die here in Syria,” Brett…

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The Republican National Committee is hosting a giant fundraiser at Trump’s DC hotel

On Wednesday evening, President Trump and the Republican National Committee will host the president’s first reelection fundraiser —a $35,000-a-ticket soiree. Not coincidentally, the dinner will take place at Trump’s favorite place in the nation’s capital: Trump International Hotel. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be split between the RNC and Trump’s reelection campaign, according to Politico. In hosting the dinner at his hotel, Trump manages to raise money not only for his 2020 campaign but for…

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Rand Paul’s health care demands, explained

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. Defector of the Day: Sen. Rand Paul Each day leading up to the Senate vote, we’ll take a closer look at a Republican senator who seems to be on the fence on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, what they…

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Defender of waterboarding calls Senate health care bill “morally reprehensible”

Marc Thiessen was a speech writer for President George W. Bush from 2004 to 2009 and he has defended waterboarding — but even he thinks the Senate health care bill is “morally reprehensible.” In his latest column for the Washington Post, where he is a weekly columnist, Thiessen condemns the bill: “Paying for a massive tax cut for the wealthy with cuts to health care for the most vulnerable Americans is morally reprehensible.” “If Republicans…

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Pretty Little Liars broke out a camp staple for its final twist. Here’s why it worked.

And why it didn’t. “You know, I saw the evil twin twist coming,” I remarked as the series finale of Pretty Little Liars drew to a close Tuesday night, “but I never thought she’d be British.” Pretty Little Liars has always been a minor camp masterpiece. It’s a show in which multiple characters have slowly and dramatically reached up to peel back their faces, revealing that it wasn’t Dead Detective Wilden lurking in the shadows…

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Jim Mattis is Trump’s best advocate. So why doesn’t he talk more?

“He’s not somebody who likes to be public on a lot of things.” Secretary of Defense James Mattis is one of the most respected former generals of his generation. He’s also widely viewed as the most serious and capable member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. So why isn’t he publicly speaking for the administration more often? Mattis has yet to conduct a press conference of his own in the Pentagon. He’s only appeared on one…

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