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Venezuelan opposition vows to escalate protests after referendum 6 MIN, 32 SEC

Over seven million Venezuelans voted yesterday in a symbolic referendum to reject the Maduro government's plan to rewrite the country's constitution, this after three months of protests that have left 93 people dead and over fifteen hundred wounded. What's next for Venezuela's opposition coalition? Alexandra Ulmer, who reports for Reuters in Venezuela, says the opposition has vowed to escalate its protests.


Alexandra Ulmer, Reuters (@AlexandraUlmer)

Healthcare nears the home stretch. Can it make it over the line? 33 MIN, 1 SEC

Republicans pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare even before it became law seven years ago. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wanted a vote this week on the latest Republican healthcare bill, which remains highly unpopular -- only one in three Americans support it, only 35 percent of Republicans. Now, the vote has been postponed until Arizona Senator John McCain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot. In the meantime, opposition to the bill has increased, with key Republican governors, like Arizona's Doug Ducey, expressing concern. We take a look at whether the bill really reflects a Republican vision for the healthcare system.  

Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post (@pw_cunningham)
Peter Suderman, Reason magazine (@petersuderman)
Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post (@CitizenCohn)
Len Nichols, George Mason University / Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (@LenMNichols)

Consumer Freedom Amendment (Cruz amendment)
Winfield Cunningham on Trump administration telling moderates to trust it on healthcare
Winfield-Cunningham on insurers’ opposition to health bill
Suderman calls for GOP to start from scratch on healthcare
Cohn on new healthcare bill, GOP promise on pre-existing conditions

Roger Federer makes history with eight wins at Wimbledon 10 MIN, 13 SEC

The might and magic of Roger Federer. What's behind the success of the greatest tennis player in history?

Switzerland's Roger Federer poses with the trophy as he celebrates
winning the final against Croatia's Marin Cilic, July 16, 2017.
Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/Reuters/Pool

Even before this year's Wimbledon, Roger Federer was already considered the greatest tennis player in history. Now, after that astounding, record-breaking eighth Wimbledon trophy, the title is undisputed. The 35-year-old Swiss is not only a legendary athlete, he's also a -- normal person. Devoid of any significant scandal in his personal or professional life, Federer makes it all look easy. What explains the man? We ask Roger Cohen, a foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. He's a man of many talents who is also a tennis fan.

Roger Cohen, Columnist for the New York Times; Foreign editor for three years (@NYTimesCohen)

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