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Bernie Sanders and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson make bipartisan appeal to delay health care vote

  • On Sunday morning, Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) both appeared on Meet the Press to warn their allies in the Senate against rushing a vote on the GOP’s draft health care plan before the July 4 holiday recess.
  • Johnson framed his call to delay the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act as a bid for transparency, arguing that it would give the public more time to see what the bill really entails.
  • “There’s no way we should be voting on this next week. No way,” Johnson said. “I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this…”
  • Sanders reiterated the point: "There is no way on God’s Earth that this bill should be passed this week…We need a serious discussion.”
  • If Democrats all vote against the bill, Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes among their own ranks. Read more. (6/26/17 1:42 PM) 

Alabama movie theater won’t screen ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because of “gay moment”

  • Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Henagar, Alabama, announced on its Facebook page in a since-deleted posted that it will not be screening the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation because it features an out gay character.
  • “If we can not take our 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie, we have no business watching it,” the post reads. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it." 
  • WHNT reported a mixed reaction to the announcement on the theater’s Facebook page. One commented said “Kudos!” and another wrote, "We must stand against evil if we are followers of Jesus Christ." 
  • In the past year, movies like Hidden Figures, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Moonlight, have taught America the power of on-screen representation. But the people of Henagar, Alabama, will have to wait a little longer to bear witness to that kind of progress. Read more (¾/17 12:15 PM)