(Above: George Romero, acclaimed filmmaker who died of lung cancer this weekend.)
Yesterday, two more Republican senators said they would not support the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in its current form. With this news, the bill will not pass in the Senate this time around, and Republicans will have to return to the drawing board to attempt to devise a new plan. Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority Leader, had outlined plans to repeal Obamacare first, and replace it later--as this would leave millions of Americans without health insurance, many reacted harshly against the bill. President Trump has vowed a return to the matter.
Speaking of President Trump, he agreed yesterday to certify Iran's compliance in an international nuclear agreement he previously berated for being a bad deal.
He has also continued to defend his son's meeting with Russian lawyers, calling it 'politics as usual'--an interesting defense given his campaign position as a populist who would not himself do things in the 'usual political way.'
President Trump also said Monday that his administration has 'signed more bills...than any president, ever.' This New York Times piece below details why that is a completely false statement.
South Korea has proposed to have discussions regarding diplomacy and armament with their neighbors to the North. Pyongyang has not responded yet. This is one of the first instances of South Korea directly going against Washington's policy--President Trump has hoped to deal with North Korea through increased sanctions and military pressures.
Rebels and government forces in Columbia have ceased fighting and allied in an effort to stop farmers from producing illicit coca crops.
China has partially blocked parts of Whatsapp, the last remaining vestige of Facebook products still available in the country.
And, finally, here is a piece on George Romero, who I mentioned yesterday in the obituaries section. Romero died at the age of 77 over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with lung cancer. He was a pioneer in the horror genre, making the hordes of the undead known as zombies a pop culture phenomenon, and deftly weaving themes of race and consumerism into his films.
Have a great Tuesday!