The Five Fights Republican Senators Will Have On Health Care:
Despite President Donald Trump’s celebration in the White House Rose Garden last week, Republicans still have a long way to go before they can finally make good on their promise to dismantle Obamacare.
Passing a health care bill out of the House was the first step, but now the challenge of guiding a bill through the Senate — where Republicans have an even slimmer majority — begins. Republican senators have already said they will craft their own legislation and will use a process known as budget reconciliation to move it out of the upper chamber with 51 votes instead of 60, but that approach gives Majority Leader Mitch McConnell little room for error. Republicans can only afford two defections in their ranks.
Richard Simmons Sues Tabloids Over Sex Change Stories:
Richard Simmons has tried to avoid the limelight as much as possible in the past couple of years — but now he’s back in the spotlight, taking the tabloids to court.
Stepping out of self-imposed seclusion, Simmons is suing the National Enquirer and Radar Online for libel and invasion of privacy, claiming the outlets targeted him in a series of “egregious” and “hurtful” stories about his gender identity.
In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Simmons alleges that from June 2016 to March 2017, the publications acted with “calculated malice” by “running false and salacious stories claiming that Mr. Simmons is transitioning” into a woman.
After Yates, More Questions For The Trump White House:
Sally Yates didn’t bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russia.
But in a Senate hearing on Monday, the former acting attorney general produced just enough fresh intrigue to offer Democrats a new opening in the war of attrition they are waging against Donald Trump’s presidency.
In her long-awaited first public accounting of her dealings with the Trump administration, Yates testified that she explicitly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn in January that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could be a target for Russian blackmail.
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Why Google, Apple and Microsoft Are Battling For Education:
Google, Apple and Microsoft all want kids to think they’re cool — so they’re taking the battle for future technology consumers into the classroom.
On Tuesday, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) announced a new lower-priced Surface laptop and a special version of Windows 10 just for students. It’s a major push to reclaim some of the U.S. education market that has been eaten up by Google over the past three years.
Google’s success has pushed Apple and Microsoft to to focus on affordable hardware — combined with simplified management options to appeal to schools.
Google’s (GOOG) Chromebooks have been an unexpected hit with schools. They’re inexpensive laptops running the Chrome operating system churned out by various manufacturers, and they can cost as little as $199.
Prince Harry Kissed His Girlfriend And …:
Royal watchers were not horsing around when Prince Harry’s girlfriend showed up to watch him compete in a charity polo match.
It was the first public outing for Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle.
Every detail about what she wore (reportedly a sleeveless, navy Antonia Berardi dress with an asymmetrical hem and a white Aritzia blazer), and how the “Suits” star reacted to her beau’s performance (“Today” said she looked “proud’) is being analyzed.
But it was their brief display of affection that garnered the most attention.