5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • McConnell pushes for health-care vote as opposition mounts

  • Trump, India's Modi to meet Monday in Washington

  • Air bag maker Takata files for bankruptcy

  • 9 dead, dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

  • Pro-ISIS messages appear on Ohio government websites

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants the Senate to pass his health-care bill before the July 4 break, and the next couple of days will be a major test of his strategy to craft a major overhaul of the U.S. health-care system in secret and spring it on the Senate with no public hearings. He can afford to lose only two Republicans, and at least eight have said they won't vote yes on the current version of the bill or have strong reservations. The Chamber of Commerce supports the bill, but opposing it is a motley group that includes Americans for Prosperity, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, medical groups, Democrats, some Republican governors, and most of the health-care industry.

Source: The New York Times, Axios

On Monday, President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet in Washington, D.C., with the pair engaging in one-on-one talks, followed by remarks to the media — without taking any questions — and a working dinner. Trump and Modi do not agree on major issues like trade or the Paris climate agreement — Trump has said India negotiated in an unsavory way to ensure the country receives billions of dollars in aid — but a Trump administration official told Reuters they both have more than 30 million Twitter followers and that will help them form a bond. Another senior White House official said the administration is "very interested in making this a special visit. We're really seeking to roll out the red carpet." An Indian official told Reuters "if the chemistry is good, everything else gets sorted."

Source: Reuters

Takata, the Japanese air bag maker whose defective air bag inflators were responsible for at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan. The company said most of its assets will be purchased by a Michigan-based rival, Key Safety Systems. Lawsuits were filed over Takata's faulty inflators, which would explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying and spurred the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

Source: The Associated Press

A tourist boat carrying around 150 people sank near Medellin, Colombia, on Sunday, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens more missing. The accident took place at the Guatapé-El Peñol reservoir, a popular spot for vacations. Witnesses told El Tiempo newspaper the boat, named the El Almirante, split in two, and the captain ordered the passengers to all go on one side. Rescued passengers also said they were not provided life vests, and the boat was loaded to its maximum capacity. Two Guatapé residents told Blu Radio that about three months ago, the boat sunk while it was tied to a dock, with one saying "they fixed it and it kept working normally."

Source: The Guardian

Anyone who checked the website of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday morning would have been surprised to find a pro-Islamic State message. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services said 10 state websites and two servers were affected. Law enforcement is investigating how they were hacked. Kasich's website and others contained a message that read, "You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I love Islamic state." It also said the site had been "hacked by Team System Dz." The same message, along with music, reportedly appeared on the website for the town of Brookhaven, New York.

Source: Bloomberg
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