- The House Republican leadership plans to hide an ObamaCare bailout for health insurance companies within a health savings account bill:
The leadership gambit seems simple: with the HSA provisions, placate conservatives who (rightly) don’t want to bail out Obamacare, and allow the package to pass the House solely with Republican votes—because Democrats likely won’t vote to support any “stability” legislation imposing robust pro-life protections. With Democrats intending to make Obamacare premium increases an issue in the November elections, House leaders think the vote would inoculate vulnerable Republicans from political attacks by the Left.
But a “stability” vote would demoralize the Right, by showing how completely Republicans have caved on their repeal promises. It would also set a horrible precedent, officially declaring Obamacare “too big to fail,” which would put taxpayers on the hook for an ever-increasing flow of bailout funds.
- DNA tests have caught at least five illegal immigrants who falsely claimed to be parents of the children accompanying them:
The federal government has caught at least five adults whose claims to be parents of illegal immigrant children were disproven with DNA tests. Eight more had serious criminal records, including murder and kidnapping charges, that made them unfit to take back their own children, the government said Tuesday.
- The Trump administration threatened to impose a 10% tariff on another $200 billion worth of imports from China. China’s government reportedly warned the country’s news media to refrain from criticizing Trump lest he impose even more tariffs. Meanwhile the Trump administration signed an agreement with ZTE that puts the company another step closer to resuming operations.
A former Apple engineer was arrested for stealing autonomous vehicle technology with the intention of giving it to a Chinese startup company.
The push for a Russian military presence in Libya is being led by retired Maj. Gen. Khalifah Haftar, whose militia forces, the Libyan National Army, control eastern Libya. Russian private military forces have been operating in eastern Libya since March 2017, including the RSB Group that has deployed several dozen armed mercenaries to join forces with Haftar militias.
News reports from Libya stated recently that the RSB Group mercenaries are engaged in advance work, scouting locations for a Russian military base in Tobruk or Benghazi.
In addition to RSB, the notorious Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries also is operating in eastern Libya, reportedly to service Gen. Haftar’s Russian-supplied weaponry. Wagner mercenaries also are helping set up an intelligence network for the general’s forces.
After nine months the Czech Republic finally has a government, with Prime Minister Andrej Babis leading it.
A French military helicopter crashed during a training mission in Ivory Coast, killing the pilot and wounding a second crew member.
Hamas is still sending incendiary kites and firebombs into Israel from the Gaza Strip; they have burned 7,000 acres since March 30.
A Taliban suicide bomber killed 12 members of Pakistan’s Awami National Party, along with eight other people.