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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • McCain announces no vote on health care, effectively killing GOP bill

  • Trump issues profane call to fire protesting NFL players

  • New 6.2 magnitude earthquake interrupts rescue efforts in Mexico

  • Unidentified tremors detected in North Korea

  • Iran tests new ballistic missile

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced Friday he would not vote for the new Republican health-care bill, effectively killing the GOP's last chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare before their Sept. 30 deadline. Sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the unpopular bill would have converted ObamaCare's subsidies and Medicaid payments to block grants to states. The GOP could only lose three votes, and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) already opposed the bill. President Trump attacked McCain's choice on Twitter Saturday, saying he "never had any intention of voting for this Bill" and accusingMcCain of being manipulated by Democrats and betraying "his best friend," Graham.

Source: Huffington Post, The Associated Press

President Trump issued a profane call to NFL team owners to fire players who engage in peaceful political protest on the field while speaking Friday night at an Alabama rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R). "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now?" Trump asked his audience. "Out. He's fired. He's fired." The rally crowd responded with cheers. Trump was referring to football players like Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, who has silently declined to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America. Trump's comments were widely decried, including by other NFL players.

Source: CBS Sports, HuffPost

Mexico was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake Saturday morning, sparking alarm and suspending ongoing rescue efforts in response to two other recent quakes. The new tremor follows Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake, as well as an 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Mexico earlier this month. The combined death toll from the earlier quakes has reached nearly 400 people. Saturday's tremor, believed to be an aftershock of the 8.1 quake, collapsed a bridge in the town of Juchitan and toppled some previously damaged buildings. "Homes that were still standing just fell down," said Bettina Cruz, who lives in Juchitan. "It's hard. We are all in the streets."

Source: The Associated Press, Reuters

As-yet unidentified tremors were detected in North Korea early Saturday near the site of previous nuclear weapons tests. While China labeled the 3.4 magnitude quake a "suspected explosion" that could be Pyongyang's second nuclear test in a matter of weeks, an official from South Korea's meteorological agency said initial assessments indicate it was more likely a natural earthquake. North Korea has not commented either way. On Friday, North Korea's foreign minister said his government might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Also Friday, President Trump once again called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man," the latest in a series of insults the two men have traded this week.

Source: Bloomberg, Reuters

Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile, state-run media reported Saturday, one day after displaying the weapon at a military parade. The Khorramshahr missile has a range of 1,200 miles, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani labels it "a deterrent" to guard Iranian security against attack. President Trump has accused Tehran of violating "the spirit" of the 2015 nuclear deal with this sort of test, but Rouhani maintains Iran is committed to upholding the agreement. The new missile could reach Iranian rivals like Saudi Arabia or Israel and can carry multiple warheads.

Source: CNN, BBC News
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