U.S. Senator John McCain. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.
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Healthcare was back on the front burner on Capitol Hill, again. Senator John McCain said he can’t support a Republican effort to repeal and replace the law, most likely ending the GOP campaign to do so. Meanwhile, President Trump has been making waves on the world stage and got into a war of worlds with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
This week’s earthquake in Mexico generated a lot of coverage of a small girl, reportedly trapped in a collapsed school. Television reports shared details of her situation and the efforts to free her. It turns out there was no girl trapped there.
David Agren, Contributor to The Guardian
Will the latest Lego Movie dominate at the box office? How about the new installment of the Kingsman series? And does Emma Stone make a convincing Billie Jean King? These questions await moviegoers this weekend. And our critics have some advice on what to see, and what to skip?
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded to President Trump’s insults by calling him a “dotard”in an unprecedented statement Friday. North Korean leaders have a history of some pretty sick burns. We rate them.
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