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June 21, 2017

6-21-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 4 Lines

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he has not talked with President Trump about whether he believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump called the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was recently freed by North Korea after being detained for over a year, “a disgrace.” Trump said on Twitter that he appreciates China trying to help the U.S. resolve tensions with North Korea, but it “has not worked out.” Authorities in Minnesota released squad-car footage of Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shooting black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

Washington Brief

  • Republican Karen Handel won the special election in Georgia’s 6th District for the House seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Handel, who is the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Georgia, beat Democrat Jon Ossoff – 52 percent to 48 percent – in a race that set a spending record. (Roll Call)
  • Ralph Norman (R) defeated Democratic rival Archie Parnell in South Carolina’s 5th District special election to fill the seat previously held by President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney. Norman’s margin of victory – 52 percent to 48 percent – was closer than expected. (Politico)
  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a “discussion draft” of the Senate’s health care bill will be released on Thursday. He also suggested that the goal is to have a floor vote on the legislation next week, before lawmakers leave town for the July 4 recess. (The Washington Post)
  • Compared to a year ago, more Republican voters support stricter gun control laws, according to a poll conducted after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was wounded in a shooting. (Morning Consult)

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