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Afternoon Briefing: Obamacare Vote Today, French Election, Russian Bombers Buzz Alaska

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10 things you need to know this afternoon – May 4th 2017

1. Trump faces major test as vote looms on U.S. healthcare bill

The U.S. House of Representatives was set on Thursday for a cliffhanger vote to repeal Obamacare, as Republican leaders worked to deliver President Donald Trump a win for one of his top legislative priorities.

2. Emmanuel Macron pulls Ahead of Marine Le Pen in snap poll following fiery TV debate clash

Ms Le Pen made the most of her final opportunity to trade blows with the En Marche! candidate by hitting out at the political establishment, slamming the crumbling EU bloc and branding her competitor a “darling of the system”.

3. Russian bombers, fighter jets fly near Alaska, prompting Air Force escort

Two Russian Bear bombers — escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets — entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.

4. House Has The Votes To Repeal Obamacare, McCarthy Says

The lower chamber is slated to make its second attempt Thursday at repealing and replacing Obamacare after weeks of negotiations following leadership pulling the bill off the floor in March due to a lack of consensus among GOP lawmakers.

5. Macron’s ‘Deplorables’ Moment? Establishment Candidate Brands 8m Le Pen Voters ‘Hateful Cowards’

French Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron this week lashed out at Front National voters, branding them “anti-France” and “true enemies”.

6. TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists

Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be “vigilant” about the increasing frequency of “ramming attacks” by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News.

7. BuzzFeed Reporters Joke About Trump Assassination

Screenshots from BuzzFeed’s private chat site show the website’s staff members joking about a potential assassination of President Donald Trump. “Maybe someone will assassinate him,” quipped Maycie Thornton, BuzzFeed’s Director of Social Media, according to screenshots from the website’s Slack group.

8. WATCH: Obama Endorses French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron

Former President Barack Obama jumped back into politics on Thursday, endorsing French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in a video addressed to the French people.

10. Cord-cutting spikes fivefold in cable TV’s worst quarter ever

Cable’s day of reckoning has come. With all the major cable and satellite companies having reported their quarterly numbers, analyst firm MoffettNathanson put together a new cord-cutting report, and things are bad.

 

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