It's a big first day at the Masters; Xi joins Trump in Mar-a-Lago; there will be no health care vote before 2-week break; and more headlines to start your day Thursday, April 6, 2017.

WINDY WEATHER WILL IMPACT DAY 1 AT AUGUSTA

 

After severe weather pushed through Augusta National on Wednesday, interrupting practice rounds and the Masters Par 3 Contest, golfers woke up to partly cloudy skies Thursday for the first round of the season's first major tournament.

 

Strong winds will stick through at least the first day of competition, with gusts expected to reach 40 mph. The first group tees off at 8 a.m. Eastern. TV coverage begins at 3 p.m. Eastern and likely will feature day's final group – two-time champion Bubba Watson, world-No. 1 Dustin Johnson, and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.

 

That threesome could be a twosome if Johnson can't play after falling on the stairs of his rental home in Augusta on Wednesday.

 

 

TRUMP SET TO MEET WITH CHINA'S XI

 

President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping starting today at Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, with many pressing issues looming.

 

The world leaders are expected to discuss various topics, including east Asian security issues, such as North Korea, and trade policies. Meetings are scheduled through Friday.

 

 

HOUSE WILL RECESS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE VOTE

 

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders prepared Wednesday to send lawmakers home for a two-week recess without voting on their troubled health care bill, as prospects for a quick deal among party factions moved farther out of reach.

 

Meanwhile, policy experts said the latest GOP health care idea could mean going back to a time when people with medical problems were charged much higher premiums for individual policies.

 

Thursday's House floor schedule from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., makes no mention of a health care vote.

 

 

PALMER HONORED AT MASTERS

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Those attending the first round of the Masters on Thursday will receive a commemorative badge designed to honor Arnold Palmer, according to Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne.

 

Palmer, a four-time Masters champ, died in September last year at the age of 87 years old.

 

The button is white with “I am a member of Arnie’s Army” written in green. Play begins 8 a.m. Eastern.

 

 

CLOCK TICKING ON NUCLEAR OPTION

 

One hour after the Senate begins its session Thursday, the cloture vote will take place on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

 

If Republicans fall short of the 60 votes needed, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has vowed to invoke the “nuclear option,” a rules change that will make the confirmation vote for Supreme Court justices a simple-majority vote.

 

That change would clear the way for Republicans to continue with the Gorsuch confirmation with no way for Democrats to stop them.