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The moment of truth for Republicans' promise to repeal and replace Obamacare is upon us–just not today. Hours after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he had no reason to believe a House vote on the GOP health bill wouldn't happen Thursday evening as planned, the House delayed the vote amid doubts it would pass.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, the first Democrats–three to be exact–announced they will vote against Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although Gorsuch is favored to win confirmation, he'll need eight Democratic votes to advance. –Emily Banks
Inside Alabama’s auto jobs boom: cheap wages, little training, crushed limbs. Alabama has been trying on the nickname “New Detroit.” Its burgeoning auto parts industry employs 26,000 workers, who last year earned $1.3 billion in wages. This factory growth would seem to be just the kind of manufacturing renaissance President Trump and his supporters are looking for. Except that it also epitomizes the global economy’s race to the bottom.
The House GOP said they don’t have a deal yet with the Trump administration on a proposal designed to win Republican holdouts’ support for the party’s embattled healthcare bill. And as Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pick up conservative members with some potential changes, they risk losing moderates. Meanwhile, Democrats seized on the vote as an opportunity to inflict political damage on vulnerable Republicans.
The man responsible for the terror attack in London Wednesday was British-born and previously investigated by MI5. More details are emerging about the assailant and victims of the attack at Westminster that left four people dead. The attack underscored the need for European security cooperation after Brexit and the difficulty of preventing lone-wolf terrorism.
Google's advertising crisis is spreading. Controversy erupted last week after the London-based Times newspaper reported that some advertisements were running with YouTube videos that promoted terrorism or anti-Semitism. While a number of high-profile U.K. companies initially pulled advertising from the platforms, the boycott spread across the Atlantic, potentially costing Google and YouTube hundreds of millions of dollars in lost business.
Renters now rule half of U.S. cities. The rate of U.S. home ownership fell steadily for a decade as the foreclosure crisis turned millions of owners into renters and tight housing markets made it hard for renters to buy homes. Demographic shifts further fed the renter pool. Fifty-two of the 100 largest U.S. cities were majority-renter in 2015.
The Wall Street informant who double-crossed the FBI. At a diner in Newark, New Jersey, the FBI accused Guy Gentile of participating in a pump-and-dump con that’s as old as the stock market. Gentile maintains that he did nothing wrong, but rather than try his luck in court, he became one of the FBI’s 15,000 informants. Even after the FBI’s primary target was out of commission, the bureau still wanted him to continue informing. Gentile decided to get proof of their arrangement by surreptitiously recording his handlers.
Driving to the South Pole is the coolest road trip you've never heard of. Come November, adventure seekers can take a roughly two-week-long road trip across Antarctica with Explorations Company. Travelers will have a chance to hike Antarctica’s highest mountain, Mt. Vinson (it clocks in at 10,000 feet); cross-country ski across the tundra; and locate the point on the Earth where all 24 time zones meet and time loses all conventional meaning. It’s all part of two exclusive trips that accommodate no more than six travelers—at a price tag of $165,000 per person.