It’s Thursday. Let’s catch up on some headlines.
1) Terror attack leaves four dead, dozens injured in London.
In what is being described as act “inspired by international terrorism,” a man drove an SUV through a crowd Wednesday and then stabbed a police officer outside Parliament, prompting the evacuation of several high-ranking officials, including the prime minister. From The New York Times:
At least four people, including the assailant, were killed and at least 40 others injured in the confusing swirl of violence, which the police said they assumed had been “inspired by international terrorism.” It appeared to be the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings more than a decade ago.
2) Donald Trump Jr. responds to the attack in a way only a Trump can.
You have to give Junior some credit here. In one tweet, he just successful ensured that he, not his father, is the most hated Donald Trump in the U.K. It started with a very Trump-like move—making a blanket statement based on the headline and not the article itself.
Khan didn’t really say that. He said this, from the Independent:
The Mayor of London revealed he had a “sleepless night” after the recent bombing in New York, and said major cities around the world “have got to be prepared for these sorts of things” to happen when people least expect them.
“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice”, Mr Khan told the Evening Standard shortly before a meeting with New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
It didn’t go well for Donnie from there. British MP Wes Streeting was particularly irked.
3) Will the Obamacare repeal go through today? Don’t count on it.
This is going to seem weird, but Obamacare fans should all thank the Koch brothers. They might have just killed its repeal—or, at least, this version of it.
From the NYT:
And the powerful conservative network funded by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch issued a direct challenge to the president and said it would provide financial support to members who voted against the plan.
“We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation,” said James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners, the umbrella organization responsible for the Koch brothers’ political efforts.
In other words, they have hundreds of millions to spend on the 2018 midterms and they are threatening to withhold cash from those who vote with Trump.
4) Speaking of repealing Obamacare, the move would devastate North Carolina.
From the INDY yesterday:
While we’re waiting on the highly anticipated House vote, research released this afternoon from the office of Democratic congressman David Price suggests that the changes proposed to the ACA will disproportionately impact low-income, elderly Tar Heels. According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, North Carolina will face the second-highest premium increase in the country, and health care costs for North Carolinians will shoot up by an average of $7,500. Those changes would fall heavily on the shoulders of older state residents: for a sixty-year-old netting $22,000 a year, for example, premiums would rise by more than $14,000.