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Fake Time cover hangs in Trump golf clubs around the globe

If you’ve visited any of President Donald Trump’s golf clubs in recent years, chances are you’ve seen him in a framed Time magazine cover. Problem is, The Washington Post pointed out, the cover is not real. The top headline, which accompanies an image of Trump with his arms crossed, reads, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” Dated March 1, 2009, the magazine cover was never published. Time didn’t publish anything on that date. Actress Kate Winslet donned the cover for the magazine’s March 2, 2009, issue. The Post noted that Trump didn’t appear on a Time cover in 2009. Before entering politics, Trump only graced the Time cover once, for a January 1989 issue. The cover had been framed and hung in four of Trump’s golf clubs around the world. Time asked Trump to remove the fake covers from his businesses on Tuesday after the story broke.

Senate GOP delays vote on health care bill

Senate Republicans have decided to delay the vote on the GOP health care bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been pushing for this bill to be signed before July 4, explained the reason for the delay. McConnell said that he wants to make changes to the bill and receive a new Congressional Budget Office score before voting. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated on Monday that 22 million people would lose health coverage under the current GOP plan. "The core of their bill is so out of touch with what the average American, even the average Republican, wants." President Donald Trump invited every Republican senator to the White House to discuss where to go with health care.

‘Kill them all’: Congressman says all of Christendom is at war with Islamic horror

A U.S. congressman from Louisiana posted Sunday on Facebook that “all of Christendom” is at war with “Islamic horror” and all “radicalized Islamic suspects” should be hunted and killed. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., posted following a terror attack in London over the weekend that left at least six people dead. Higgins, who is known as the “Cajun John Wayne” was elected in a December runoff between two Republicans with 56 percent of the vote . Every parish in his district voted for President Donald Trump. The congressman’s post appeared along with a photo of British officer standing over one of the London attackers. The terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge and then ran into an area full of bars and restaurants, stabbing people. Higgins was an officer with the Opelousas Police Department until 2007, when he resigned just before he was set to be punished for using excessive force. That wasn’t the only law enforcement job Higgins had to leave. He was forced out of his job with the St. Landry parish sheriff after he described suspected criminals as “animals” he would hunt down in a crime stoppers video, language his boss rejected.

80% of Americans agree on these two gun control laws

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows most Americans are in favor of some gun control measures. More than 80% of Americans want to limit firearms access for people with mental illness. More than 80% also want to require background checks at gun shows and in private sales. The survey of 3,930 U.S. adults included 1,269 gun owners. The survey was conducted in April and May, but the results follow a June 14 shooting attack on Republican members of Congress. The National Rifle Association has opposed expanded background checks.

Sessions offers support for Pride event honoring trans student

In a private meeting with staff, Attorney General Jeff Sessions backed a Department of Justice event that will feature transgender student Gavin Grimm. Grimm has been involved in a lawsuit with his school board since 2015 over his right to use the men’s restroom and locker room. Prompted in part by Sessions revoking a federal policy on transgender rights, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case in March. The case has since been tied up in the 4th Circuit, unresolved by the end of the school year and Grimm’s graduation from high school. Sessions was asked about the Pride event by an intern and backed the event. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Poll: Only 12% of Americans support the GOP health care plan

A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll asked what Americans feel Congress should do about the new health care act. The survey included 1,000 registered voters, and the findings showed that only 12 percent of Americans support the new bill. Only 26 percent of Republicans say they support the bill while 17 percent oppose it. 52 percent need more information to make a decision. However eight in 10 Republicans support repeal of the Affordable Care Act. By more than 4 to 1, congressional Democrats were trusted more than Republicans when it came down to making decisions on health care. 61 percent of those surveyed did not approve of Trump's approach to reforming Obamacare. But who do Americans blame for Washington's problems? 26 percent believe congressional Democrats are responsible for gridlock, 24 percent blame congressional Republicans, and 16 percent point the finger at Trump's administration.

California single-payer healthcare bill stalled for now

Lawmakers in California have hit the brakes on a Senate bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. The high-profile legislation would be the first of its kind in the country. But Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon decided on Friday to leave the bill in committee rather than allowing it to advance to a policy hearing, leaving it stalled indefinitely. Rendon said the bill lacked adequate sources for funding. “SB 562 was sent to the Assembly woefully incomplete,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The move prompted a fierce backlash from proponents of the measure, including from California Nurses Association leader RoseAnn DeMoro.

CBO: Cutting Planned Parenthood could cost $79M

The new Senate healthcare bill would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds for one year. Because Planned Parenthood provides abortions as part of its family planning and reproductive health services, Republicans in Congress have been targeting the agency for years. However, federal funding for abortions, namely through Medicaid, has been banned at the federal level since the passage of the Hyde Amendment in 1976. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this change would come with a high price tag for the American taxpayer. Medicaid pays the costs of about 45 percent of all births, and reduced access to reproductive services provided by Planned Parenthood would lead to more spending on births, the CBO says. The CBO also says that some of those children born would also qualify for Medicaid and possibly for other federal programs. “By CBO’s estimates, during the one-year period in which the funding prohibition would apply, the number of births in the Medicaid program would increase by several thousand, increasing direct spending for the program by $79 million over the 2017-2026 period.” — Congressional Budget Office Republican Sen. Susan Collins is opposed the provision and said she is hopeful it will be removed from any successful legislation. “It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood.” — Sen. Susan Collins

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google partner to fight terrorism

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google have teamed up to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. The quartet of tech giants revealed the news today, saying they are all searching for ways to make "a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online." The reveal comes as world leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, call for "international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning." Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google previously partnered earlier this year to create an industry database of "hashes" — unique digital “fingerprints" — which will remove violent content from their services.