The AHCA, French Elections, and the Celtics: Week in Review

The world just keeps on turning as yet another week has passed in Trump’s America. Despite the mounting evidence that this whole human experiment just isn’t working out, we find ourselves here with another seven days behind us.

However, as Ralph Fiennes said in his fantastic role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, there are some “faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.”

That was apparent as the nation, for the most part, rallied around Jimmy Kimmel Live! host Kimmel after his heart-wrenching monolog Monday night.

In an astounding television moment lasting over 13 minutes, Kimmel told the story of his newborn child undergoing life-saving open-heart surgery. Kimmel, fighting back tears, thanked all the doctors and nurses involved in saving his son’s life.

The overwhelmed Kimmel then turned his attention to President Trump, who just proposed a “6 billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institute of Health.” Thanking God Congress didn’t go along with that plan, Kimmel made a plea to the audience and the country.

“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” he said. “I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that we “all agree” on that. Though there has been a significant push in this country for universal healthcare coverage, Kimmel faced a disgusting conservative backlash from some.

 

Kimmel’s optimism was called out by Real Time host Bill Maher, who pointed out the fact that there are significant and prominent people who don’t believe we agree on this issue. Maher said, colorfully as he is known to do, that when the GOP pushed through their second attempt at healthcare reform they, “”told Jimmy Kimmel’s baby: Go screw yourself.”

That’s right, after a colossal and humiliating failure last month the GOP pushed the American Health Care Act through the House of Representatives by a margin of four votes.

The bill, which faces a mile-high hurdle in the Senate, is still being analyzed, but there are early signs that the bill doesn’t “live up to the promises.” Next week, estimates should be rolling in for the number of people who will lose their insurance, and just how drastic the cuts to Medicare will be.

In other news, the Department of Justice is not charging the Baton Rouge officers involved in last year’s shooting death of Alton Sterling. Sterling was reportedly selling CD’s outside a convenience store when Police said he fit the description of a man threatening someone with a gun. Sterling was pinned down and seemingly immobile when shots rang out, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting, just one in a long line, sparked protests throughout the country. One of those other shootings, that of Walter Scott who was shot in the back, has seen a surprising guilty plea from the officer in question.

Also, Roy D. Oliver II, the officer who opened fired into a car, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in Texas last week, will be charged with murder. Officials said the officer turned himself in, Friday night.

F.B.I. Director James Comey was in the hot seat this week to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the Trump/Russia investigation and his actions during the campaign discussing Hillary Clinton’s e-mail investigation.

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had an impact on the election.” Comey said, “but, honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.” As the US tries to sort out just what exactly happened during the fiasco that was the 2016 election, there seems to be some eerily familiar funny business happening in the crucial French Election.

As campaigning was coming to a close between Barack Obama endorsed centrist Emmanuel Macron, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, Marcon’s camp issued claims that they were hacked.

“These attacks are coming from the Russian border,” Marcon’s campaign chief said. “We want a strong Europe. That’s why we’re subject to attacks on our information system from the Russian state.”

The Russian government dismissed the charges as “absurd.”

As the nation does in times like these, this Week in Review will also turn to the sporting world for some comfort.

After Isiah Thomas scored 53 points in the Celtics Game 2 129-119 comeback win over the Washington Wizards, the Washington Post said the Wizards had “no answer” for Thomas.

The Wizards quickly corrected that issue when they undressed the Celtics in game 3’s 116-89 thrashing in Washington. Many view the pounding as a necessary wake-up call to the Celtics who were up 2-0 in the series despite playing most of the games from behind.

One player who won’t be making an impact in Sunday’s game 4, will be Kelly Oubre Jr. who will be serving a one-game suspension.

During the increasingly chippy game 3, Kelly Oubre Jr. hit the deck after a strong pick from Kelly Olynyk. Oubre Jr. popped up immediately, charged at Olynyk and knocked him down with a vicious shove. A scrum ensued, setting up for a tense game four on Sunday in Washington at 6:30.

Saturday saw the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs. Always Dreaming won after emerging as a 9-2 betting favorite over the morning line favorite Classic Empire. 16-1 underdog Thunder Snow looked like it would be just another casualty in the dark-side of horseracing.

The horse pulled up immediately after the gates opened, bucking awkwardly as the field surged past. The good news is that Thunder Snow did not sustain an injury. No, Thunder Snow is just fine, the colt just wasn’t feeling it apparently.

Also on Saturday, boxing followed up last week’s sensational Joshua/Klitschko heavyweight title fight with a dud. The bout was billed as a Mexican war between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. disgraced his father and his country once again, pitifully flailing through the 12-round mismatch.

The only thing worth noting about the $59.99 pay-per-view flow was the fact that there was an announcement of a real fight. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will finally get his shot at the Mexican superstar, now that a deal has been reached for a September 16th super fight.

So, those are the biggies. Another week gone as Massasoit slides into its last week of classes.

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