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5 things for Thursday, June 22: Senate health bill, Flint attack, Cindy landfall

Posted June 22

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1. Senate health bill

We'll finally get to see what's in the Senate health care bill, when Republicans release a "discussion draft" later today. Here are a few things we know so far:

The Senate bill would dramatically change Medicare, just like the House version. Spending on the program would be reduced by $800 billion over 10 years, partially by eliminating Medicaid expansion funding.

The Senate bill also would offer more-generous tax credits for-lower-income and older Americans. The House bill replaces-Obamacare's subsidies with tax credits, but they're considered inadequate to help those groups. The Senate's fix, however, could tick off conservatives, who think the tax credits are too much like the subsidies they're supposed to replace.

The Senate's bill may not include the House bill's prohibition on federal funding for Planned Parenthood, something else sure to make conservatives unhappy.

A vote is possible before Congress leaves town for the July 4 recess.

2. Flint airport attack

The FBI is investigating the stabbing of a police officer at Flint, Michigan's airport as an act of terror. Police said-Amor Ftouhi, a Canadian, yelled-"Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest," in Arabic) before he stabbed the officer in the neck with a knife with an 8-inch blade. The officer is in stable condition; Ftouhi, 50, is charged with-carrying out violence at an international airport.

3. Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy will make landfall this morning-over southeastern Texas or southwestern Louisiana. Tornadoes and as much as 15 inches of rain are possible along parts of the Gulf Coast. The storm has already killed one person, a 10-year-old boy who was struck at an Alabama beach by a log on a wave. Cindy is the-second tropical storm to form during-this year's Atlantic hurricane season. You can track Cindy here.

4. Sylville Smith shooting

A former Milwaukee cop was acquitted in the shooting death of a man during a foot chase.-Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide in the August 2016 shooting of-Sylville Smith. The shooting sparked days of protests.-Heaggan-Brown was the third police officer in the past week to be tried for shooting a black man. Convictions are rare.

5. Teen sex survey

Teen sex habits and use of contraception-haven't changed much in the past decade. A new survey from the CDC says-42% of female teens and 44% of male teens reported having had sex at least once, a slight drop from the mid-2000s. Almost 90% of females and about 95% of males reported using contraception, again not much of a difference from a decade ago.


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