Republican leaders to release revised health care bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to unveil a revised version of the Senate’s contentious health care bill Thursday morning. McConnell said he hopes to have the bill scored by the Congressional Budget Office and voted on next week. A vote on the bill two weeks ago was canceled when it became clear there was not enough support to pass it. The Senate will stay in session for the first two weeks in August — delaying its usual summer recess — to work on the Obamacare repeal efforts and other priority items.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday and begin voting on the measure next week. This comes as the Senate also announced a two week delay to their August recess. (July 11)
2017 Emmy nominations: Honoring TV’s best
The Television Academy on Thursday will present its nominees for the 69th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Veep’s Anna Chlumsky and Criminal Minds veteran Shemar Moore will present the nominations, which will stream live on Emmys.com at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. (The Emmy Awards show will be telecast live on Sept. 17 with Stephen Colbert as host.) The nominations are bound to be a mix of familiar shows (minus the ineligible Game of Thrones, thanks to its delayed start) and buzzy newcomers (Stranger Things). With that in mind, USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler offers up some out-of-the-box suggestions for the academy.
U.S. governors gather amid multiple challenges
Governors from more than 30 states will gather for a meeting Thursday in Rhode Island to address issues their respective states are facing. Governors from both parties have spoken out against elements of the most recent health care bill, which could have enormous consequences for the states. A governors-only session will give the chief executives a chance to ask questions of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams eyes another Grand Slam final appearance
The women’s Wimbledon championship matchup will be determined Thursday as Garbine Muguruza meets Magdalena Rybarikova, while Venus Williams takes on Johanna Konta in the semifinals. 10th-seeded Williams — who at 37 is the oldest women’s Wimbledon semifinalist since Martina Navratilova — has a chance to make her second Grand Slam final of the year, and her first final appearance at Wimbledon since 2009. All this comes just over a month after Williams was involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of Jerome Barson and a subsequent wrongful-death lawsuit filed against her by the Barson family. The championship final will be played Saturday.
Times Square crash suspect due in court
The driver accused of steering his car onto a busy Times Square, killing a Michigan tourist and injuring 22 people, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Authorities say Richard Rojas displayed glassy eyes and slurred speech at the scene, telling an officer, “I smoked marijuana. I laced the marijuana with PCP.” Officials said Rojas, who is expected to enter a plea, served in the Navy but was discharged following disciplinary problems. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, losing his license for 90 days, police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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