(Above: The University of Southern California)
Health Care is still right at the forefront of American news. Yesterday, the Senate voted on yet another revision of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. It did not pass. However, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to send the bill towards a series of debates that will attempt to revise, rectify, and pass the bill. Senator John McCain, back to vote only two weeks after receiving brain surgery, urged the two sides to seek bipartisan solutions.
As usual, President Trump is also prominent in news headlines. He announced today that he would not allow transgender people to serve in the military, citing medical costs as his fairly nebulous reasoning.
He also chastised attorney general Jeff Sessions for being 'weak.' Trump, who once found an early ally in Sessions, has been critical of the attorney general recently for recusing himself in the Russia investigation (Sessions cited a possible conflict of interest, and many political scientists have agreed that he acted properly). Trump's criticism of Sessions may lead to conflict in the Conservative party, as many there found an ally and a representative in Sessions.
United States intelligence agencies have revised previous estimates about North Korea's military capability. They now estimate that the North will be able to develop a missile capable of reaching the continental United States within a year, much sooner than previously estimated.
In sports, a shocking study was published yesterday with regards to the NFL. After studying the brains of 111 former players, it was found that 110 of them had CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a degenerative brain disease thought to be the result of many concussions or repeated blunt head trauma. What this spells for the future of American football is as of yet unclear.
And finally, in college news, a scandal is rocking the University of Southern California after the dean of the medical school was forced to step down (it was found he was linked with drug users and potential criminals). The head of the university is under fire, as some wonder whether or not he disregarded knowledge of this because of the medical school dean's prolific fundraising ability.
Have a great Wednesday!