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10 things you need to know this morning – May 5th 2017

1. House passes Obamacare replacement bill

House Republicans have passed their ambitious plan to repeal and replace Obamacare after several fits and starts, sending the measure to the Senate, where it is expected to be significantly revised.

2. President Obama Sought NSA Intel On 1000s Of Americans During The 2016 Election

During his final year in office, President Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents in the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

3. Democrat Senator calls for special prosecutor to investigate Huma Abedin

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Thursday for a special prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin broke the law when she forwarded emails to her now-divorced husband Anthony Weiner that contained classified material.

4. Senate Reportedly Won’t Even Vote on House Health Care Bill, Will Write Their Own

According to the Washington Examiner, a 12-member Senate group is currently working to draft their own health care legislation. Their version will apparently be so different that they won’t take up the House version as a starting point.

5. VIDEO: House Floor Sings ‘Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye’ As AHCA Passes

As it became clear that the American Healthcare Act was going to pass in the House Thursday, some members began singing the lyrics to “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye).”

6. Here Are The 20 Republicans Who Voted Against The House Health Care Bill

Twenty House Republicans voted against the American Health Care Act Thursday, breaking with their party and President Donald Trump to oppose the Obamacare replacement bill.

7. WATCH: Dianne Feinstein Says She Has Not Seen Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

A top Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says she has yet to see evidence of collusion between Donald Trump advisers and the Russian government.

8. House Intel Committee Begins Sending Out Witness Invitations In Russia Probe

The House Intelligence Committee has begun sending out witness invitations as part of its Russia probe, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway and California Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday.

9. Trump Sets New Record For Cabinet ‘No’ Votes

During his first 100 days in office, President Trump broke numerous records. As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, in addition to having the lowest approval ratings of any U.S. president this early into his first term, Trump’s Cabinet has also received the most ‘no’ votes in history.

10. Police ‘Bribed’ the Media to Cover Up Frightening European Immigrant Crime Statistics

A European police force tried to bribe a major newspaper to stop it reporting the scale of crimes committed by asylum seekers. The national police force in the Netherlands allegedly offered reporters other exclusive stories in exchange for keeping a set of controversial statistics on crimes committed by asylum seekers under wraps.

 

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