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Schumer, in rare move, takes control of floor to force health care vote – CNN

(CNN)Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in an extremely rare move Tuesday, took control of the Senate floor and is forcing a procedural vote on a bill, a step that is typically done only by the Senate majority leader.

The top Democrat’s action now sets up a vote later this week related to a bill that would protect people with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration’s Department of Justice and strikes down the Affordable Care Act after arguments are heard in November.
Schumer’s surprise steps were extraordinary because such motions are typically offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who controls the Senate and dictates what gets considered on the floor. Schumer has never before tried to force such a cloture vote in his time as the top minority leader, aides said.
The rules say any senator can do what Schumer did Tuesday but senators typically don’t take these extreme steps because doing so regularly would shut down the Senate.
That’s why it’s custom to let the majority leader set the schedule.
The push comes as protecting the Affordable Care Act is at the center of Democrats’ arguments for winning back the White House, retaking control of the Senate and blocking the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be a justice of the Supreme Court, whom they believe will join with conservatives on the high court to strike down the ACA and the protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the law.
Democrats said a motion to proceed to the bill, which would “protect the health care of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” would become the pending business on the floor once a government funding bill passes Wednesday.
It’s not clear when roll call votes will take place but it’s possible as early as Thursday, a GOP aide said.
The measure is unlikely to get the 60 votes it would need to advance. But a vote could still be politically difficult for those Senate Republicans up for reelection this fall who have said they support keeping protections for people with pre-existing conditions, even as the Trump administration took steps to have the law thrown out.
A spokesman for McConnell did not have any immediate response to Schumer’s actions.

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Trump says he takes responsibility over Covid-19 as Biden enjoys large poll lead – The Guardian

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 15% among registered voters nationally and holds a 20-point lead when it comes to who Americans trust to handle the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll out o…
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Editorji Tech Wrap: Jio takes on Zoom, crime chat network cracked & more – Hindustan Times

Editorji Tech Wrap: Jio takes on Zoom, crime chat network cracked & more – Hindustan Times
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Dow Jones Takes A Hit, But 5 Top Growth Stocks Buck The Trend – Investor’s Business Daily

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BP Takes $17.5 Billion Write-Down, Expects Oil Price to Stay Low – The Wall Street Journal

LONDON—BP PLC is writing down as much as $17.5 billion of its assets and might leave some of its oil and gas in the ground because of lower energy prices and weakened demand amid the global crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.

The British energy giant sees the pandemic—which caused nationwide shutdowns and drove U.S. oil prices into negative territory—having a lasting economic impact, leading to fragile energy demand and sinking prices. The virus will also accelerate the world’s shift to a lower carbon economy, BP said,…

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iFixit takes a look inside Apple’s Magic Keyboard – Engadget

Apple’s Magic Keyboard works so well that it blurs the line between iPads and full-blown Macs. Now, iFixit has taken a closer look at what’s inside its keys as well as its sturdy, elegant trackpad, which we called one of Magic Keyboard’s biggest selling points in our review. Apparently, the trackpad uses a lever system with just one button at the center. That means you’re clicking that one button wherever you press on the trackpad, whether it’s the corners, the edges or the center of the structure.

We’ve updated our Magic Keyboard X-ray view with some Teardown-Lite trackpad disassembly. It’s even more neat than we thought!

— iFixit (@iFixit) May 11, 2020

Unfortunately, iFixit has yet to dismantle the whole keyboard due to social distancing rules — the trackpad was the only part of the device its team could take apart easily. They used X-ray to scan the inside of the keyboard, though, and found scissor (instead of butterfly) switches. It also has large metal plates where your palms typically rest likely to prevent bending and serve as weights to stabilize the device when attached to an iPad.

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