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1. HEALTH CARE 

President Trump is threatening to leave Obamacare in place if House members don’t vote today on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Republicans pulled the bill before yesterday’s scheduled vote because it didn’t look like they could get enough ‘yes’ votes on the unpopular proposal. WASHINGTON POST

  

2. SCOTUS

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer vowed to lead a filibuster on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. That means opponents to Gorsuch’s appointment will stall to try to stop a vote from being held. It’s a response to Senate Republicans’ refusal last year to consider to President Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland. POLITICO

  

3. UK PARLIAMENT ATTACK 

British police identified the UK Parliament attacker as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British citizen. He has a criminal record but wasn’t the subject of any current investigations and had not been convicted of any prior terrorism offenses. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack; the police investigation is focusing on how Masood became radicalized. CNN

  

4. JCC THREATS ARREST

A Jewish teenager was arrested in connection with the recent rash of bomb threats against Jewish institutions and community centers worldwide. The 19-year-old male suspect, who holds dual American-Israeli citizenship, was identified through an international investigation. So far no clear motive has been determined. NY DAILY NEWS

  

5. INTERNET PRIVACY

The Senate voted to overturn privacy rules that protect consumers’ privacy. The Obama-era rules prevent internet service providers from tracking and sharing users’ browsing and app activity without their permission. The vote split down party lines, with Republicans voting to revoke the rules and Democrats trying to preserve them. LA TIMES

We’re pretty sure our browsing activity would get us unfriended, unfollowed, disinherited and generally shunned.

  

6. BUSINESS

German gummy maker Haribo is opening its first U.S. factory in Wisconsin, creating 400 new jobs. The 500,000-square-foot facility will be the third-largest candy plant in the country. Best known for producing the popular “Gold Bear” gummies. Haribo produces about 100 million gummy bears daily in its 16 production facilities throughout Europe. CNN MONEY

This expansion couldn’t have anything to do with cannabis edibles, could it? Nah…

  

7. TECH

Apple bought Workflow, a productivity app that automates frequent tasks on iPhones and iPads and turns them into a single button. For example, with one press you can make GIFs out of photos, automatically make websites into PDFs, or easily delete screenshots from your camera roll. Workflow is available free from the App Store. TECH CRUNCH

“See this button? Don’t touch it. It’s the History Eraser button, you fool!” #RenandStimpy

  

8. SPORTS

ONE: Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, is the world’s greatest leader, according to Fortune magazine’s annual list. Epstein was general manager of the 2004 Boston Red Sox when they broke their 86-year World Series title drought, and ran the Cubs when they ended their own 108-year streak this past season. Epstein’s surprised by the honor, though: “I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house.” ESPN

49: The top five on Forbes’ list of the year’s 50 Greatest Leaders was rounded out by Alibaba founder Jack Ma at No. 2, followed by Pope Francis, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. SEE LIST

  

9. ENTERTAINMENT

Disney CEO Bob Iger spilled new details about Star Wars & the new Han Solo film. The movie focuses on the young Han Solo from age 18 to 24, when he meets Chewbacca and finds the Millennium Falcon. Iger also said the late Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia character won’t be digitized into the film. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Help us, Obi-Han. You’re our only hope.

  

10. MOVIE OPENINGS

Life. R. Thriller. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds. Scientists on the International Space Station confront a dangerous life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens Earth. REVIEW

CHiPs. R. Comedy. Stars Dax Shepard, Michael Peña, Jessica McNamee. Based on the 70s TV series about a rookie and veteran cop partnering up on the California Highway Patrol. REVIEW

Power Rangers. PG-13. Action. Stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler. A group of high-school kids with unique superpowers team up to save the world. REVIEW

Slamma Jamma. PG. Drama. Stars Chris Staples, Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco. A former college hoops star prepares for the national slam dunk competition– after serving prison time for a crime he didn’t commit. REVIEW

  

11. LEFTOVERS

Singer Sia was snapped at LAX without her signature over-the-top makeup and wigs– giving passengers a look at her usually-concealed face. She was flying casual in Kenzo sweatpants and a sweatshirt. SEE PIC

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12. UK PARLIAMENT ATTACK 

ARRESTS: Anti-terror officials arrested eight people overnight in London and Birmingham in connection with yesterday’s terror attack that left three people dead and dozens injured. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the attacker was a British citizen who had been investigated by MI5 for extremism. TELEGRAPH

WHAT HAPPENED: It started when an attacker drove a car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in central London. He got out of the car and ran onto the grounds of Parliament, fatally stabbing a policeman before being shot dead himself by police. Here’s a look at how it unfolded: SEE PICS

VICTIMS: Among the victims: 48-year-old Keith Palmer, who served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police, and 43-year-old Aysha Frade, who was on her way to meet her two daughters. DAILY MAIL

  

13. HEALTH CARE 

Lawmakers are slated to vote later today on the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, although it’s still not clear if enough Republicans will vote ‘yes’. This is President Trump’s first big test in Congress. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “There is no plan B. There is Plan A and Plan A.” TIME

  

14. WE’RE LISTENING 

WHITE HOUSE: President Trump told reporters he feels “somewhat” vindicated: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told him that the U.S. intelligence community may have “incidentally collected” communication from members of his transition team — and possibly from the president himself — as part of a broader surveillance effort against foreign targets. NBC NEWS

CAPITOL HILL: Rep. Nunes is now under fire for not having shared the information with his own committee, which is investigating Russian interference in our elections. Instead, Nunes announced it publicly to the media and then briefed the Trump White House.

  

15. WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

The United States won its first World Baseball Classic championship last night at Dodger Stadium, beating Puerto Rico 8-0. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration. MLB.COM

  

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