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Take 5: the top 5 news stories you need to know to stay informed

Jul. 21, 2017
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Here are the top five news stories of the week you need to know in order to stay informed: 

New Healthcare Bill Collapses 

The Republican Senate announced a new bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill faced immediate opposition from both sides, and it needed 50 out of 52 votes to pass. Two senators stated their dislike for the legislation from the beginning, and voting was postponed due to Senator McCain’s surgery. When two more senators dropped out of voting for the bill, all chances of its passing diminished. The new bill was projected to leave 15 million people uninsured by 2026, so this is a victory for many who feared they’d lose their healthcare benefits. 

Senator McCain is Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

John McCain, Arizona’s Senator, has been sadly diagnosed with brain cancer. McCain has a glioblastoma, a common but virulent diagnosis. It is said to always grow back, even if treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Senator McCain’s office put out a statement announcing the cancer. “On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.” While McCain’s political views are controversial to many Democrats, he is viewed as an american hero due to his status as a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he faced possible death on two extreme occasions. Former President Obama offered a message as well to the Arizona Senator, calling him “a hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known.” 

Trump and Putin Had a Second, Private Meeting

In early July, President Trump traveled to Hamburg, Germany, to participate in the G20 summit. This was Trump’s first summit and the whole world was laser-focused on him—and, just as importantly, his interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the past year, the world has been shaken by reports of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This made the meeting between Trump and the man accused of U.S. election interference a highly-anticipated occasion. In the meeting, Trump asked Putin if he had done anything to sway the election, to which Putin replied with a resolute no. Recently it was discovered that a second and undisclosed conversation was held privately between Trump and Putin. The media is desperately curious as to what was discussed in this meeting, but Trump stated that the reports of the meeting are “sick,” and that the media knew about this meeting. 

Cosmo DiNardo Identified as the Man Behind the Gruesome Philadelphia Murders

Two cousins have been charged after 4 men went missing in Pennsylvania, and their remains were found not far after at a farm in Philadelphia. Officers claim that the two cousins lured victims to a family farm, promising a drug deal, and upon arrival shot and killed the four men. The first suspect, 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, is the son of the farmowner. DiNardo confessed to the murder of all 4 men; in exchange, prosecutors promised to spare him from the death penalty. He has previously suffered from mental illness. Several women from his past have come forward, claiming he harassed them for dates. He briefly attended university but ultimately dropped out; he was later banned from his former campus after school officials said he’d been returning to harass others. DiNardo was an heir to a real estate and construction empire in Philadelphia, and friends have described him as a braggart. 

8th Guest Identified in Trump Tower Meeting

New information keeps bubbling up about the now-infamous June 2016 meeting that took place between Trump campaign officials and a Russian attorney as part of a coordinated effort to unearth dirt on Secretary Clinton during the presidential campaign. It was announced that there were eight guests present at that meeting, including Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. It has recently been discovered that Irakly Kaveladze was the 8th guest of the controversial meeting. Kaveladze, who has become notorious for helping his Russian clients move millions of dollars through U.S. bank accounts, was there to represent the Russian family that requested this meeting in the first place.