Episode #185: A Clean Bill of Health Care?

After all but guaranteeing a vote on their version of a health care bill before the July 4th break, Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, realized they didn’t have the votes and decided to pull it … for now.  But either way, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) has a dilemma on his hands.  He’s already announced he will vote against it — and that could inspire a GOP primary challenge.  If he changes his mind and votes yes, he will be mocked for bowing to pressure.  Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent sizes up what may be the most vulnerable Republican senator up in 2018.

The Supreme Court gave President Trump a partial victory in allowing his travel ban involving people from six Muslim-majority countries to stand, for the most part.  Robert Barnes of the Washington Post analyzes the decision and reflects on Anthony Kennedy’s continued role on the Court.

Partisan redistricting will be on the Court’s agenda next fall.  Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School tells us about the case and what to expect.

And with Democrats having lost four straight special House elections, some in the party are now pointing fingers at their leader, Nancy Pelosi.  Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times says that despite all the controversy over President Trump and the health care bill, the Democrats may be in as much disarray as the Republicans.

Photo via Doug Mills / The New York Times

Music used in this podcast:

You’re Mother Should Know by The Beatles

Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? by The Lovin’ Spoonful

If You Leave Me Now by Chicago

Politician by Cream

Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer

Looking for Clues by Robert Palmer 

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