Top News Stories for Today – July 16, 2017
At least 4 GOP on the fence on Health Care bill
Already, two GOP senators, Maine’s Susan Collins and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, have announced they plan to vote no, leaving McConnell just one defection shy of defeat. At least four other Republican senators are on the fence: moderates Rob Portman (Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Dean Heller (Nev.), as well as Utah conservative Mike Lee, who is reportedly skeptical of an amendment added to the bill by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Reuters, Politico, The Week
Trump hires new lawyer for Russia investigation
Trump has added another attorney, Ty Cobb, to his legal team to help manage his response to ongoing federal investigations into allegations of collusion between ranking members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government to manipulate the 2016 election.
Cobb is a veteran lawyer and former federal prosecutor. His hiring was first reported Friday by Bloomberg News, citing two unnamed White House sources, and confirmed by the White House Saturday. He will “seek to play the role of crisis manager and disciplinarian,” The Washington Post reports, guiding an administration struggling to handle a steady stream of new revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Week
Chile turns chilly as Santiago hit by rare heavy snowfall
A rare snowfall in the Chilean capital Santiago has caused disruption and blackouts, leaving thousands of residents shivering in the dark. About 250,000 people were hit by power cuts, officials said, mostly caused by snow-laden trees falling on cables.
One death was reported – of a worker trying to clear ice – and two other people were injured by a fallen power line, Chilean media said. Meteorologists say it was the heaviest snowfall in Santiago since 2007. The big freeze was not bad news for everyone, however, and thousands of children headed outdoors to build snowmen and throw snowballs. Forecasters say lighter amounts of snow are still expected to fall. BBC
Israel PM morns France’s deported Jews of WWII
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Paris to commemorate the victims of a mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France in 1942. More than 13,000 Jews were rounded up and detained at a cycling stadium, the Velodrome d’Hiver, before being deported to Nazi death camps. Netanyahu will also hold direct talks for the first time with French President Emmanuel Macron. He is the first Israeli prime minister to attend the Vel d’Hiv commemorations.
Out of the more than 13,000 Jews arrested by French police on 16 and 17 July 1942, about 4,000 were children. The families were taken to the Velodrome D’Hiver, a cycling stadium near the Eiffel Tower, or an internment camp set up just outside the capital at Drancy. They were then deported by train, mostly to Auschwitz concentration camp. Fewer than 100 people survived. BBC
Garbine Muguruza Beats Venus Williams
Garbine Muguruza defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday to clinch the 2017 Wimbledon women’s singles championship, the second major title of her career. It is 14th seed Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.
Having lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, Muguruza becomes the second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez.She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals. BBC
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