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Crosstalk: July 17, 2017

The following are just some of the stories that were a part of this week's 'round-up':


--Team Charlie introduced evidence from Boston Children's Hospital saying that Charlie Gard's diagnosis doesn't mean he has irreversible brain damage.
--An American doctor will head to the UK next week to examine Charlie Gard.
--Peter and Emma Smith understand the hardships that Charlie Gard and his parents are facing. Their son Maxwell has the same condition as Charlie, and while he has benefited from experimental treatment, they've still faced numerous struggles.
--Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released an updated version of the Better Care Act and hopes to round up 50 votes to get the legislation passed.
--Americans for Tax Reform is urging lawmakers to repeal all Obamacare taxes which means a number of them are in the new version of the bill.
--Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy unveiled the details of their alternative health care plan yesterday. It's gives Obamacare money to the states in the form of a block grant and let's governors decide how best to deliver health care to citizens.
--Democrats in the Senate have launched an unprecedented obstruction campaign of President Trump's nominees.
--The Senate is going to delay the start of its annual August recess to give lawmakers more time to work on important legislative issues.
--A Republican lawmaker is vowing to filibuster any spending bill that doesn't fund President Trump's promised U.S./Mexico border wall. He says he'll use the opportunity to read the King James Bible on the floor of the U.S. Senate until the funding is approved.
--The House Appropriations Committee released a bill allocating 1.6 billion dollars to the construction of a physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico.
--The Trump administration is firing workers who are not doing their jobs. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 526 have been fired for misconduct since President Trump took office. Another 200 have been suspended and 33 have been demoted.
--The Trump administration appears to be making its first move toward fulfilling a campaign promise to fill Guantanamo Bay with 'bad dudes'.
--An Obama era created loophole for foreign nationals wanting to come to the U.S. to start businesses has now been halted by the Trump administration.
--Under Trump, more Christian refugees have been admitted into the U.S. in the first 6 months of 2017 than Muslim refugees.
--Infectious disease is a problem caused by so-called 'refugees'.
--The Russian lawyer with whom Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump campaign met with was cleared to enter the U.S under 'extraordinary circumstances'.
--G-20 group photo shows President Trump wearing the American flag.
--James Comey penned a total of 7 memos describing his talks with President Trump on the Russian case earlier this year. 4 of them had markings indicating that they contained classified material at the secret or confidential level.
--Representative Brad Sherman of California filed articles of impeachment against President Trump.
--The U.S. Navy's newest, most advanced aircraft carrier will join the fleet this weekend, bringing the nation's carrier fleet back up to 11 and marking the beginning of President Trump's military rebuild.

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