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Majority Of Senate Votes To Reject Obamacare Repeal

It's thanks in part to John McCain.

Early this morning (Jul. 28), the Republican party's attempt to repeal Obamacare was rejected by the Senate. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who recently disclosed he has been battling brain cancer, were the three Republican senators who voted no to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A repeal of the ACA would make way for the implementation of a controversial new health care plan under Donald Trump.

McCain, who was the deciding vote, went to the floor and made a gesture with his hand, motioning a "no" vote on the repeal, which was met with gasps and shock from some members of the Senate.

According to Politico, Donald Trump and Mike Pence attempted to sway McCain's vote in favor of the repeal. McCain reportedly made sure to keep his final decision to himself, however, he told those present at the vote to "watch the show."

News quickly spread of the 49-51 vote for the "skinny repeal" not to be enacted. The repeal would "scale back" some of more controversial issues of the Obamacare plan. This is the third failed attempt at repealing the health care act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that despite the result, Republicans are committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare. Donald Trump unsurprisingly reacted via Twitter, writing that those who voted "no" "let the American people down."

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A Michigan City Council Candidate Wants To Keep A Town As White As Possible

A Michigan city council candidate merited shock and ire when she said she wants to keep a local town as white as possible. Jean Cramer made headlines over the weekend when she was posed a question by a moderator on diversifying Marysville, which is reportedly 95% white.

"My suggestion, recommendation: Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible," Cramer said.

Her statement was recorded by WPHM radio in which gasps can be heard from those in attendance and fellow candidates. However, the reactions didn't stop Cramer from doubling down on her statement.

"Seriously, in other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people because of what, in our past, we've experienced it's better to have ... simply American-born. Put it that way and no foreigners. No."

The 67-year-old was asked by a Port Huron Times Herald reporter to respond to criticisms from Mayor Kathy Hayman who has biracial grandchildren and a black son-in-law.  Cramer, however, didn't back down and went as far as to call Hayman's family "wrong."

"How can I put this? What Kathy Hayman doesn't know is that her family is in the wrong," she said. "(A) husband and wife need to be the same race. Same thing with kids. That's how it's been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But as far as me being against blacks, no I'm not," Cramer said.

It took Hayman a bit to get her bearings, but she later responded to Cramer insensitive comments.

"My son-in-law is a black man and I have biracial grandchildren," Hayman continued. "And I take this very personally what you've said, and I know that there's nothing I can say that's going to change your mind. ... We just need to have more kindness -- that's it."

Another candidate, Mike Deising, was just as flabbergasted as the mayor and other candidates.

"Just checking the calendar here and making sure it's still 2019," Deising said. "Yeah, I thought we covered civil rights about 50 years ago."

 

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Spike Lee On Trump: "Why Are We Still Asking If This Guy Is A White Supremacist?"

A week after The New York Times published their widely praised 1619 editorial, Spike Lee sat with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss race and slavery in America.

The outspoken Oscar winner has never been shy about his disapproval of Donald Trump and wonders why three years into his presidency, people are still questioning the president's actions.

"Respectfully, why are we still asking if this guy is a white supremacist? I mean, it's not even a question anymore," the BlacKkKlansman director said.

The 62-year-old spoke of the Muslim ban, Trump's derogatory comments about Mexicans and his inability to denounce the Neo-Nazis, Alt-Right and white supremacists who participated in the 2017 "Unite The Right" Charlottesville rally.

"He can't make a decision between what's right and wrong? What's love and hate? He's going to be on the wrong side of history and that's going to be the first thing that's attached to him, that quote," Lee said referring to Trump's "very fine people" on both sides statement.

Cooper reflected on the march and admitted he was surprised at how brazen many were with their beliefs.

"Maybe I was stupid and nieve, but I was shocked to see all these, you know, whatever age they were people, totally fine showing their faces chanting 'Jews will not replace us' 'Blood and soil' Carrying Tiki torches," he said. "They're not even hiding."

"That's because the guy in the White House gave them the dog whistle to 'come on out!' " Lee said.

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Donald Trump's Retweet Fuels Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracy Theories

With one retweet, Donald Trump helped to fuel conspiracy theories surrounding the death of wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Over the weekend, the 66-year-old was found inside his jail cell of an apparent suicide, officials reported. However, Trump's retweet of conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams placed the spotlight on Bill and Hilary Clinton and not so subtly accused them of being involved in Epstein's death without any evidence supporting the claim.

Due to Trump's retweet, Williams' video received more than three million views on YouTube. Prior to Epstein's arrest and shocking death, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew were friendly with the financier.

In 2002, Trump described Epstein as "a terrific guy,” and was quoted in New York Magazine stating: “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead

I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this!

RT if you’re not Surprised#EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/Y9tGAWaAxX

— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 10, 2019

Williams' video also falsely claimed that Epstein was on suicide watch at the time of his death, when in fact Epstein had been taken off suicide watch.

Last month, Manhattan federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment that accused Epstein of paying girls as young as 14 to have sex with him, and in turn, instructed them to recruit other underage girls to either his sprawling Upper West Side home or residence in Palm Beach from 2002 to 2005.

Epstein faced similar charges in 2007 and avoided jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser state charge of prostitution. A deal manufactured by  Trump's now-former labor secretary Alexander Acosta.

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