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September 26, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Three Republican U.S. Senators have defected from the GOP ranks in the latest push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced late Monday that she would join Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and John McCain (R-Arizona) in calling the latest repeal attempt "deeply flawed" in its cuts to Medicaid and rollbacks of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The New York Times reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) now faces the "unpalatable choice of admitting defeat or moving forward with a vote that appears certain to fail."

  • Early today, Equifax announced its CEO Richard Smith was retiring, effective immediately. Smith's departure comes in the wake of a massive data breach that exposed personal information of more than 140 million Americans. Smith had been Equifax CEO since 2005. Although the official announcement called Smith's departure a resignation, The Associated Press reports Smith will not receive his annual bonus and other potentital retirement rewards won't be doled out until Equifax conducts an independent review of the data breach.
  • A Boise couple is behind bars, charged with stealing a vehicle that had been started but was left unattended in a driveway. Boise Police responded to a pre-dawn call Monday on S. Gourley Street, where a resident told police he had left his truck running in the driveway to warm up. Soon after, he spotted a man and a woman driving off with his 
    Matthew Long and Jasmyn Bandurraga are each charged with grand theft and providing false information. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
    • Ada County Sheriff's Office
    • Matthew Long and Jasmyn Bandurraga are each charged with grand theft and providing false information.
    vehicle. BPD was able to find the vehicle abandoned and spotted the two suspects running away. When contacted by officers, police said both suspects provided false information about their identities. Following an investigation, police linked the two to the stolen truck. The vehicle was returned to its owner and the pair was brought to the Ada County Jail. Matthew Long, 31, of Boise was charged with grand theft and providing false information to a police officer. Jasmyn Bandurraga, 20, of Boise was charged with grand theft, failure to appear and providing false information to an officer. Boise Police warn the public to get a second automobile key or key fob in order to lock the vehicle doors while it is warming. Alternatively, police recommend a remote automobile starter. But what is most practical, police say, is to bundle up and sit in your car and buy a windshield scraper instead of letting the car defrost the windows while you're indoors.
  • The critics were not kind to the Monday launch of Megyn Kelly Today, the new morning show on NBC starring the former Fox News host. Indiewire called the premiere "unremarkable," and asked "what's the point of all this?" The Washington Post said the "experiment is far from successful," adding "the debut was like watching a network try to assemble its own Bride of Frankenstein." Perhaps the most awkward moment during the Monday morning program was when Kelly invited a fan of Will and Grace onstage to meet the cast of the show and then asked the fan, "Is it true that you became a lawyer and you became gay because of Will?" Moments later, Kelly said, "I think the Will and Grace thing and the gay thing is going to work out great."

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