- Christopher Jacobs identified more areas of the Graham-Cassidy health insurance bill that could be abused. Here’s an example:
Language on page 13 of the bill includes language limiting any regulatory waiver: “A health insurance issuer may not vary premium rates based on an individual’s sex or membership in a protected class under the Constitution of the United States.” Here again, a future Democratic administration, or activist judges, could easily take an expansive view of “protected class” to include age, family status, gender identity, etc., in ways that undermine the waivers’ supposed regulatory relief.
- The preliminary investigation into the USS John S. McCain collision indicates the crew lost steering control of the ship and failed to compensate:
Normally warships operate with manual steering controls manned during passage through high-traffic shipping areas. It does not appear that the McCain crew was in place for those controls.
“On a DDG, you should have secondary controls manned, and then, if you do lose steering, the ship should be able to quickly regain control. That’s what has folks baffled,” the official said. DDG is the Navy acronym for guided missile destroyer.
Someone hacked into the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR filing system last year and may have used the information for insider trading.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards are beating up American protesters again, this time in New York City:
2. Clip from another angle, notice how Erdogan's bodyguard punches the American protester in the face as he's being… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 21, 2017
Turkish representatives stormed out of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) conference after a Fethullah Gulen supporter walked onto the stage to speak. The conference was hosted by the Middle East Forum (MEF), and NATO PA ordered MEF to remove the Gulen supporter, Emre Çelik, from the program about a week before it started; MEF pulled Çelik from the program, but sent him out onto the stage at the end of conference anyway, saying they refused to be censored by Turkey.
Turkey will deploy troops to Syria’s Idlib region as part of its “de-escalation” agreement with Russia.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT contractor, Imran Awan, had run-ins with the police after allegedly abusing women. Two of the women appear to be Awan’s girlfriends (he’s married).
Hurricane Maria clobbered Puerto Rico so badly that it may be months before the electrical grid is restored.