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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Still don't get what dabbing is, though" -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), after a Congressman's son dabbed in a photo with his dad earlier this week. A confused Ryan was there too. Dab bods all around.
Congress is coughing up a fit. The topic? Obamacare.
In 2010, President Obama signed his favorite thing ever - the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) - into law. Ever since, it's been a political headache. The law was supposed to make it easier and cheaper for people to get health insurance. And right now, the number of people who are uninsured is at its lowest level. Ever. But critics say it does things like create losses for insurance providers and gives the gov too much power. So the GOP's tried to repeal or hinder it dozens of times. And it's gone to the Supreme Court four times for different reasons. But no dice on the repeal.
SO WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
ICYMI, one of President-elect Donald Trump's main campaign promises was to repeal Obamacare. Yesterday, President Obama went to the Hill to get Dem lawmakers' help in protecting his legacy. And Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to the Hill to say that getting rid of Obamacare will be the "first order of business" for the incoming administration. And since Republicans are about to control both Congress and the White House, their 'end of Obamacare' dreams could come true.
WILL IT BE EASY?
No. Democrats say they're going to put up a major fight. So far, around 20 million people have signed up for insurance through Obamacare. But since it's unclear what exactly the GOP plans to replace it with, no one really knows what will happen to those millions of people if the law goes away. The GOP says it's working on a "smooth transition." K.
In one corner of the ring is a major part of President Obama's legacy and the current healthcare system for millions of Americans. In the other corner is President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress that's been waiting for this moment for years. Rumble in the GOP jungle.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING...
Tensions in the Middle East. Except now the two groups that've been at odds for decades -- Israelis and Palestinians -- have something new to fight about. Yesterday, an Israeli military court told an Israeli soldier 'you're guilty' in the killing of a Palestinian man in the West Bank. Last March, the soldier shot the Palestinian in the head, after the Palestinian had attacked other Israeli soldiers. A video of the incident that went viral shows the Palestinian had already been injured and lying on the ground when the soldier fired. Controversial, because apparently Israeli military rules say that soldiers aren't supposed to kill attackers once they're no longer a threat. The soldier's lawyer says he fired because he thought the Palestinian man was wearing explosives and still a danger to others in the area. Yesterday, a court said 'disagree' and convicted the soldier of manslaughter. The case comes as Israelis and Palestinians continue to fight over rights to land in the West Bank, where the shooting took place. And where some say the Israeli military's been using excessive force against Palestinians. Supporters of the soldier — including Israeli PM Netanyahu — are calling for him to be pardoned. Critics — including human rights groups — are giving the verdict a round of applause for cracking down on the military's use of force.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR COWORKER WHO'S ALWAYS ON FACEBOOK...
Did you see this? Yesterday, four teens were arrested by Chicago police after broadcasting a disturbing video on Facebook Live. In it, the teens appeared to beat and torture an 18-year-old young man with mental health challenges. The suspects, who are black, shouted things like 'F Donald Trump' and 'F white people' while torturing their victim, who is white. The victim was reported missing Monday night while the video was being filmed, and gone for at least a day. And he knew at least one of his suspected attackers from school. Police are investigating the incident and looking into kidnapping and hate crime charges. Yesterday, police called it a "brutal act" and said the teens would face "the full weight of the Chicago police department."
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND'S WEARING TOO MUCH COLOGNE…
Can't breathe here. Neither can China. Earlier this week, the country's weather went from smog to worse. That's because pollution there is so bad that China issued a red alert (the most serious kind) for fog. It's the first time fog's been bad enough for China to give it a code red. It comes after more than 20 Chinese cities gave the same alert for smog. Visibility is, yup, really bad. Hundreds of flights have been canceled in recent days. China's been trying to do something about its pollution issues for awhile. So far, outlook's hazy. Literally.
WHAT TO SAY WHILE REFLECTING ON YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS…
India's revisiting NYE, too. Yesterday, Bangalore police said they're looking into several suspects who may have something to do with mass sexual assaults of women that allegedly happened on New Year's Eve. This comes after security camera footage of the alleged incidents was released. And after some news reports came out quoting eyewitnesses. But apparently zero women have filed official complaints. Some women told media that men groped them on the street. Others say they saw women being harassed. The country's gotten a lot of criticism in recent years for not taking women's safety more seriously. Especially after a young woman was brutally gang raped in New Delhi (and later died) back in 2012. Earlier this week, one Indian official responded to the recent incident by saying these things "happen." Facepalm.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR SIBLING WHO LOVES A GOOD BARGAIN…
Did you hear about Macy's? Yesterday, the department store told some cities 'Happy new year! You can't shop here anymore.' It's planning to close dozens of stores this year. And said it'll axe around 10,000 jobs. This comes after shoppers weren't feeling that Macy's coupon bug over the holidays and sales took a dive. Plus Macy's has been struggling for years to get people to come into its stores, because the Internet. Now it says it's going to use the cash money it's saving with these moves to help boost business online. Good idea.
Nick Saban: College football's BMOC. He's the coach at Alabama, which is playing for the national college football championship next week. And 'Bama's the reigning national champ. Saban also eats the same thing for breakfast. Every. Day.
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Skimm HQ is trying to stay in holiday mode as long as we can. And we're leaning on our fav TV to keep the good vibes alive. One "Nashville" premiere, coming up. Rayna, Juliette, and a bottle of rioja. Watch the premiere tonight @ 9/8c. Heads up: it's now on CMT.
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