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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Senate Republican leaders are barreling toward a showdown vote as early as Tuesday to begin debate on repealing the health law. But senators still haven’t been told precisely what legislation they would be debating.
At the White House, President Trump criticized congressional Republicans for inaction in an appearance with families that he said were harmed by the Affordable Care Act, above.
“Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law, but so far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare,” he said.
2. President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, came out of a grilling by the Senate Intelligence Committee and gave his first public explanation of his contacts with Russians over the past year.
He denied any collusion and said suggesting Mr. Trump’s election hinged on Russian interference “ridicules those who voted for him.” Watch his statement.
On the latest episode of our podcast, “"The Daily,” we try to make sense of a busy few days in the capital.
3. There have been many stories about patients visiting in-network emergency rooms, only to be slammed with enormous bills from out-of-network doctors working there.
But a new study by Yale researchers has found that such surprise bills are not randomly sprinkled throughout the nation’s hospitals. They come mostly from a select group of doctors at particular hospitals, many of which have outsourced their E.R.s to a company called EmCare.
And we visited the nation’s largest pop-up medical clinic, which drew more than 2,000 people over the weekend in Appalachia.
4. The authorities are building a clearer picture of what led up to the deaths of 10 immigrants who had been packed along with scores of others in a stifling tractor-trailer found in a Texas parking lot. Almost 30 were hospitalized in critical condition.
A Homeland Security agent said the 60-year-old driver, above, recounted that he had been hired to deliver the truck to a new owner. The federal charges against him carry the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison.
5. Following tumultuous protests — and warnings from the European Union — Poland’s president vetoed two proposed laws that would have given the right-wing governing party direct control of the judiciary.
The laws are being sent back to Parliament, and the president, Andrzej Duda, above, is urging lawmakers to rewrite them within two months.
6. Crisis is brewing between Israel and Jordan. Jordan temporarily barred an Israeli officer from leaving the country after a deadly confrontation at the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
Jordan is also calling for the removal of metal detectors at the Aqsa Mosque site in Jerusalem, above, where it plays a special role as custodian of the shrine. Palestinians have been protesting the detectors since their installation earlier this month, in response to an attack on Israeli police officers.
7. The parents of Charlie Gard, the chronically ill British infant whose plight drew attention from Pope Francis and President Trump, abandoned efforts to artificially prolong his life.
Doctors had reached consensus that there was no realistic chance of saving him.
“We will have to live with what-ifs which will haunt us for the rest of our lives,” said his mother, Connie Yates, at an emotional court hearing.
8. Stressed? You’re doing it wrong.
Just kidding. But allow us to present our new guide, “How to Be Better at Stress,” which contains helpful tips about how to deal with stress, reduce its harm and use it to make you stronger.
Experts say stress can even be good for you, and the advice applies to teenagers too.
9. We talked to the actors in this summer’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Central Park about how they fake true love.
At each performance, these actors have to convince an audience of 2,000 of their overwhelming, clothes-ripping desire. Alex Hernandez, above left, who plays the iconic lover Demetrius, said Shakespeare’s language was the key.
“When you have these beautiful speeches about how devoted I am to the beauty of your eyes and all,” he mused, “I could almost do it to a rock.”
10. Finally, as news swirled in Washington earlier today, our most-read article was … our “Game of Thrones” recap.
We won’t risk spoilers here, but if you check it out, let us know what you think. Are Daenerys and Tyrion heading for a split? What menu item did Jorah’s treatment put you off of? Share your thoughts in the comments. And after you catch up, check out this Q. and A. with two actors whose characters had an intimate moment.
Have a great night.
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