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1 The filibuster is a pre-existing condition

Democrats have vowed to bring Senate business to a halt this week, in protest against secrecy around the Republican’s latest attempt to repeal Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will affect access to coverage for millions of Americans.

23 million, to be precise

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Schumer and co: not so fast.

Schumer and co: not so fast. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Kyle Griffin
(@kylegriffin1)

Senate Dems have written to GOP leaders again calling for health care hearings—and list every available room to hold a formal Cmte hearing. pic.twitter.com/oSo97V112S

June 19, 2017

Beginning tonight, Democrats are expected to begin an effort to delay a vote on the Senate health bill by forcing the House-passed healthcare bill into committee. Tactics will include procedural maneuvers that will disrupt routine order.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Over my exchange-insured body!

Over my exchange-insured body! Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Spicer: White House feels ‘very good’

Matthew Nussbaum
(@MatthewNussbaum)

White House feels “very good” about #AHCA progress in Senate, Spicer says. Declines to comment on Trump’s “mean” comment.

June 19, 2017

Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii:

Brian Schatz
(@brianschatz)

Here’s the order of people seeing the healthcare bill. 13 dudes in secret, then Republican lobbyists, then CBO, then you and me. Sick.

June 19, 2017

2 Scotus eyes partisan districting

The supreme court agreed to hear a case that asks whether electoral maps drawn deliberately to favor a particular political party are acceptable under the constitution. Their ruling could have massive consequences for future US elections.

Full report

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>The Scotus has a great track record on election rulings: remember Bush v Gore!?


The Scotus has a great track record on election rulings: remember Bush v Gore!? Photograph: Fred Schilling/AFP/Getty Images

The case will be one of the biggest heard during the court’s next term, which begins in October. The justices will examine a lower court ruling that said state Republican lawmakers had violated the constitution when they created legislative districts with the aim of harming Democrats.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Were these Wisconsin voters gerrymandered?

Were these Wisconsin voters gerrymandered? Photograph: Darren Hauck/Getty Images

3 Top gun

Russia responded Monday to reports that the US shot down a Syrian air force jet on Sunday. It was the first such US attack on a Syrian warplane since the start of the country’s civil war six years ago.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>A Syrian government forces MiG-23 fighter plane.

A Syrian government forces MiG-23 fighter plane. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said the US strike “has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law … What is this if not an act of aggression? It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy.”

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>A Russian war plane at Hemeimeem air base in Syria.

A Russian war plane at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Photograph: Vadim Savitsky/AP

4 Kushner speaks!

Jared Kushner addressed the media on Monday amid reports that he is bolstering his legal team in the face of the several concurrent Russia investigations. Trump’s typically taciturn son-in-law and senior adviser is rarely heard speaking in public. He was discussing efficiency in government.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>jared kushner

‘Mommy made me mash my M&Ms.’ Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Judd Legum
(@JuddLegum)

Rare footage of Jared Kushner speaking out loud. Scintillating. pic.twitter.com/IYPBLu2gNw

June 19, 2017

… and then this:

William LeGate
(@williamlegate)

Trump tries to take credit for doing a “good job” w the Panama Canal…

…the President of Panama reminds him it was built 100 years ago 😂 pic.twitter.com/wGGYly1gou

June 19, 2017

… one last thing:

Lizz Resistead
(@lizzwinstead)

It’s refreshing to hear Trump say something horrifying about a canal other than the birth canal. https://t.co/sg4KjwYMWg

June 19, 2017

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