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St. Louis Protests After Officer Acquitted of Murder

More than 80 arrested in third night of St. Louis protests. CNN: "Protesters angry over the acquittal of St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, a white cop acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a black man, attacked police, broke windows and flipped over trash cans Sunday night. More than 80 people were arrested, authorities said... It was the third night of protests, which began Friday after Stockley was acquitted in the killing of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. During a 2011 chase, which ensued after Stockley and his partner suspected Smith had been involved in a drug deal, Stockley was heard saying he was 'going to kill this motherf***er.' Prosecutors alleged that Stockley also planted a gun at the scene, but the judge in the bench trial didn't buy it. Stockley had opted for a trial in which a judge would decide the verdict, with no jury."

Bill Revives GOP Bid to Gut Health Care

Graham-Cassidy bill revives bid to repeal Obamacare. ThinkProgress:"Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer sent a warning on Twitter that the tens of thousands of Americans who could die if Trumpcare becomes law are not out of the woods yet. The bill Schumer refers to is a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), which couples steep cuts to federal health care spending with an overhaul of much of the nation’s health care system. According to an analysis shared by Andy Slavitt, who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, an estimated 32 million people could lose health coverage by the end of the decade if Graham-Cassidy becomes law. At the core of Graham-Cassidy are provisions that repeal Obamacare tax credits for middle-income individuals, certain other subsidies for lower-income Americans, and the law’s Medicaid expansion. It replaces all of these provisions with a block grant that is smaller than the total amount of the money it takes away. The block grant then expires in 2027, causing health care spending to fall off a cliff."

U.S. May Stay in Paris Climate Agreement

Top Trump officials signal US could stay in Paris climate agreement. The Guardian: "Senior Trump administration officials on Sunday signalled a further softening of America’s resolve to leave the Paris climate accord, amid signs that the issue will be discussed at the United Nations general assembly in New York this week. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and national security adviser HR McMaster both indicated that the US is open to negotiations on staying in the landmark international agreement to limit mankind’s role in global warming. Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the deal in June, leaving the US with only Syria and Nicaragua for company outside the global agreement. A US withdrawal from a deal made under the Obama administration was a Trump campaign pledge. The rules of the pact do not, however, allow the US to physically pull out until 2020."

Trump Speaks At U.N. General Assembly

As Trump visits U.N., New York prepares for 'Super Bowl' of security. Reuters: "New York police and a host of federal agencies are preparing for the annual traffic and security nightmare known as the United Nations General Assembly, featuring a week of speeches by U.S. President Donald Trump and a parade of other dignitaries. The meeting of the world’s top leaders and diplomats, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, will bring street closures, thousands of police officers and hundreds of protesters to midtown Manhattan, an area already plagued with gridlock on an average weekday. 'It’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl of security,' said J. Peter Donald, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department."

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