the damage report: June 23rd, 2017

Welcome to the paper’s Damage Report!

In order to keep readers up to date with current events, we decided to start this weekly feature, in which we present short, concise explanations of major topics that have occurred that week in the news. As well, we will link to other articles that will provide further information, as well as other articles we believe coincide with the story. This feature will be published every Friday.

Your News Editors,
Nick & Declan

US Senate Unveils Their New Revised Healthcare Bill

On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the healthcare bill designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This bill is a revised version of the House Republican’s healthcare bill.  Significant anger has been, as expected, drawn to this healthcare bill, as it promises significant cuts. This includes huge cuts to Medicaid. The new bill also allows states themselves to be able to drop the other benefits included in the Affordable Care Act. Democrats obviously have heavily criticized this bill, however even some Republicans have turned against it, including Senator Dean Heller, who has levied much criticism against it. He join around 5 other Republican Senators in opposition to the bill. This causes some worry for the Republicans in the Senate and their hopes to get their Healthcare Bill passed.

Further Reading:

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, explained – Vox

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President Trump Says Comey Tapes Do Not Actually Exist

President Trump admitted Thursday that, contrary to what he had suggested, he does not have any tapes of his meetings with former FBI director James Comey. Initially, President Trump, at around a month ago, revealed on twitter that he had tapes of his and Comey’s private discussions. However, his new claims refute the previous ones. This is yet another wrinkle in the ongoing investigation into Trump. Later on, President Trump discussed his initial tweets, stating that the tapes were meant to influence what Comey revealed about their conversations. Without those tapes, Trump will be less able to rebut Comey’s testimony before the Senate.

Further Reading:

Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony – The New York Times

Democrats Lose in Georgia 6 Election

The historic special election in Georgia’s 6th district has ended in a loss for Democrats, with Democrat Jon Ossoff losing to Republican Karen Handel. Candidates were running to fill the House seat vacated by Tom Price, who was appointed by Trump to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ossoff lost by 3.8 percent, roughly the same margin by which Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the district. This is a disappointment for Democrats, who were hoping that the special election would be a referendum on Trump and an early indicator of big wins in the midterm elections. Instead, the seat remains red, and Democrats must rethink their strategies heading into 2018.

Further Reading

Why Jon Ossoff’s loss is bad news for Democrats’ 2018 hopes – Vox

Failed Bombing in Subway of Brussels, Belgium

On Tuesday night, ISIS attempted another attack in the the Capital of Belgium, Brussels. That night, the suspect known as Oussama Z. entered a train station in Brussels. He left a suitcase which included a homemade bomb in it that exploded but fortunately was not strong enough to cause any fatalities. He then approached a Brussels police man and muttered “God is great” to him in Arabic. The police officer then without flinching, immediately proceeded to shoot him, killing him. It is unknown if the man had a bomb attached to him, and at that time it was, however now it is believed that he did not. Many have praised the police officer’s quick thinking, as he had possible saved many lives. This failed attack is part of a larger narrative of ISIS attacks in major European cities, and while this one failed, it still spells worry at what city ISIS will target next.

Further Reading:

Bomb Is Detonated in Brussels Train Station – The New York Times

Otto Warmbier, Freed North Korean Captive, Has Died

On Monday, Otto Warmbier, the recently freed 23 year old who was a captive by North Korea, died. Warmbier was arrested when he visited North Korea last year, specifically in early January of 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years in North Korean prison over allegations of spreading anti-North Korea propaganda. On June 12th, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had announced that North Korea had released Warmbier, and he was then brought back to the United States on June 13th.  However, he was brought to the US in a comatose state, and was rushed not to his home but to a hospital in Cincinnati. Doctors frantically tried to determine why he had fallen into a coma. North Korean authorities say that during his time in captivity he had gotten a food-borne illness, and then after taking a sleeping pill he fell into this coma. Sadly, over a week and a half after arriving back in the United States, he died in the hospital. A funeral was held for him with over 2500 people in attendance.

Further Reading:

Who Killed Otto Warmbier?


Nick Peters – News Co-Editor

Declan Murphy – News Co-Editor

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