First attempt to overhaul Obamacare in doubt, NCAA Tournament returns to the court, Supreme Court nominee still under microscope, and more to begin your day Thursday, March 23, 2017.
In a count by The Associated Press, at least 25 Republicans said they opposed the current House attempt at a health care overhaul, and others were leaning that way, enough to narrowly defeat the measure. The number was in constant flux amid eleventh-hour lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders.
Including vacancies and expected absentees, the bill would be defeated if 23 Republicans join all Democrats in voting "no." The bote could come as early as today.
Most opponents were conservatives asserting that the GOP legislation demolishing former President Barack Obama's health care law did not go far enough. They insisted it must repeal the law's requirements that insurers pay for specified services like maternity care and cover all comers, including the sickest, which they say drive up premiums.
SWEET SIXTEEN BEGINS TONIGHT
The NCAA Tournament ocntinues today with four games deciding who will reach the region final in the West and Midwest regions.
Oregon and Michigan are the night's first tip, beginning at 7:09 Eastern. The winner will advance to the Elite Eight to face the winner of Kansas vs. Purdue in the Midwest Region Final. Gonzaga plays West Virginia at 7:39 Eastern followed by Arizona vs. Xavier. Those to winners will play in the West Region Final. Both region finals will be played Saturday.
GORSUCH QUESTIONING COMPLETE, CONFIRMATION PROCESS CONTINUES
After two days of questioning that ended with Republicans praising Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and Democrats frustrated with their inability to pull controversial answers from him, the process continues today with others talking about the nominee.
Four panels of witnesses will talk about the judge, those speaking range from American Bar Association leaders to University of North Carolina School of Law Professor William P. Marshall and Sandy Phillips, a resident of Boerne, Texas.
GOOGLE'S YOUTUBE LOSING MAJOR ADVERTISERS
SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects.
The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars.
YouTube's popularity stems from its massive and eclectic library of video, spanning everything from polished TV clips to raw diatribes posted by people bashing homosexuals.