TRUMPCARE. House Republicans ready to try again: “Feeling close to having enough support to pass its embattled health care bill, the party has revved up its whip operation in the hope of getting a vote on the amended plan this week. Republican leaders are working to get 216 Republicans to vote in favor of it. Only 22 Republicans can vote no in order for the bill to pass. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is coming back to Washington after having foot surgery to provide Republicans with a much needed “yes” vote, an aide told NBC News.”
TOTAL SCAM. Republican last-ditch amendment on healthcare: “The new amendment, which is being championed by GOP Rep. Fred Upton — who made a huge splash by opposing the bill yesterday — would essentially add $8 billion of funding in addition to the so-called “high risk pools,” which are supposed to function as a safety net for people with pre-existing conditions who lose coverage as a result of the GOP bill. The Republican plan would gut protections for people with pre-existing ailments, because it would allow states to waive the prohibition on insurers from jacking up premiums for them — a prohibition that’s called “community rating” — which could lead to soaring costs and many of them getting priced out of the market entirely.”
HILLARY CLINTON. How the media twists her statements.
REX TILLERSON. NYT slams Secretary of State: “Barring a course change, the State Department is expected to limp along without most of its senior staff until well into 2018. That could be more than a year from now. Even citizens who are deeply jaded about the government must realize that with the world in turmoil, it’s dangerous for one of the departments most responsible for managing the chaos to be treading water.”
NATO AMBASSADOR. Rex Tillerson reportedly blocked gay former Bush communications director Richard Grenell from the job: “Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) was reportedly a compromise pick, her bid boosted by her time representing Tillerson’s home state.”
CHIEF OF STAFF. Roger Stone claims Sean Hannity made an “insane effort” to be Trump’s Chief of Staff.
Roger, with all due respect, I NEVER EVER ASKED to be considered for any WH job, nor would I ever have accepted, nor is that my skill set. https://t.co/P1yczkqL8a
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 3, 2017
ANDREW CUNANAN. Here’s Darren Criss as Versace’s killer.
TRUMPIAN. Susan Sarandon calls Debra Messing “Trumpian” and misinformed.
VIRAL PHOTO. Girl Scout stands up to neo-Nazi: “People from all walks of life, and #Scouts among them, came to the streets during an extreme right march yesterday, to express their support for values of diversity, peace and understanding. Creating a better world!”
MONITORS. Facebook to hire 3,000 employees to detect and remove violent videos. Zuckerberg: “Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community. If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”
BRAD PITT. Gets the Ryan McGinley treatment in GQ Style.
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HULU. Streaming platform launches Live TV service for $40. “Those channels will include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and local affiliates, along with ESPN, CNN, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, FX, USA Network and many more. Hulu also announced that it’s signed a deal with Scripps Networks Interactive to bring their channels — including HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network — into the live TV service.”
HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Matty.