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June 29, 2017: What to Know

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- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) wants a revised version of the Senate healthcare bill drafted by June 30. -  - PUBLIC DOMAIN
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  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) wants a revised version of the Senate healthcare bill drafted by June 30.
  • Following the delay of a vote on a controversial Senate healthcare bill, sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) told ABC News he wants a revised version of the bill in the hands of his colleagues by Friday, June 30, before they head home for the Fourth of July recess. At least nine Republican senators have expressed opposition to the bill in its current form. According to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), that could open the door to a new Congressional Budget Office score for the bill, and discussion could begin on it as early as July. The current CBO score for the bill indicates it would reduce the ranks of insured Americans by 22 million by 2026 and cut federal spending on Medicaid by 26 percent.
  • The growth of seasonally adjusted personal income in Idaho during the last three months of 2016 was the fastest in the nation, according to the Idaho Department of Labor: 1.6 percent. The next highest growth rates were in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas, all at 1.3 percent. The seasonally adjusted personal income rate has three components: net earnings, property income (dividends, interest and rent) and transfer receipts (federal education and training assistance, medical benefits, Social Security, unemployment insurance and veterans' benefits)—all of which showed increases in first quarter  2017.
  • Deadspin is calling an amateur wrestler from Kentucky "an absolutely foolproof heel" for going by the moniker Progressive Liberal in the ring. Daniel Richards, aka Progressive Liberal, started using the name in 2015 and began delivering pre-match speeches about gun confiscation and making Bernie Sanders Secretary of State, all get crowds riled up. It works: At a 2016 match in West Virginia, an audience member stroked a holstered pistol on his hip, and in the video below of a match against Timmy Lou Retton, Liberal elicits shrieks and groans from the crowd after calling on the audience to vote for Hillary Clinton.