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California Democratic Speaker killed his own party’s plan for single-payer healthcare

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California Speaker Anthony Rendon, photo courtesy of California State Assembly.

Hopes of single payer supporters across the country were dashed Friday night when the Democratic Speaker of the California legislature killed a single payer health insurance reform bill by written by California Democrats.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Friday afternoon that he was “hold” on the bill to bring universal, single-payer health care to the most populous state, effectively killing the bill for at least the rest of 2017.

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“I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice,” Rendon said in a statement.

The Healthy California Act (SB 562) by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, passed the California State Senate 23-14 last month, but will now be denied a similar floor vote by the State Assembly.

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Despite his actions, Speaker Rendon claims to be a personal supporter of single-payer.


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Progressives unite for last-ditch effort to delay Amy Coney Barrett vote — by impeaching Bill Barr

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Progressive activists are urging House Democrats to essentially kill two birds with one stone by impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr -- which would delay the confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

"Attorney General Barr has acted to subvert the laws that he, as our nation's chief federal law enforcement official, is duty-bound to uphold," more than 20 progressive groups signed in a joint letter.

"Attorney General Barr has made a career out of undermining our democracy and it is pellucidly clear that he has been ramping up efforts to undermine the upcoming elections and invalidate the votes of millions of Americans," the groups wrote.

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Sam Elliott narrated a powerful new Joe Biden ad — and it aired during Game 1 of the World Series

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Actor Sam Elliott narrated a new ad for Joe Biden that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.

"There is only America," Elliott said. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it -- with a fresh start."

"Cures we can find, futures we can shape, work to reward, dignity to protect," Elliott continues, as the Star Spangled Banner plays quietly on a piano in the background.

"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other," the narrator continues. "And choose a president who brings out our best."

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Man who scaled Trump Tower escaped from an ambulance after being hospitalized for a mental evaluation: report

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The strange saga of the man who scaled Trump Tower in Chicago continued on Tuesday.

"A man was taken into police custody Monday morning after hanging off the side of Trump Tower from a rope since Sunday evening demanding to speak to President Donald Trump," the Chicago Sun Times reported on Monday. "The man, who is in his 20s, began dangling from the tower’s 16th-floor balcony about 5:30 p.m., asking to speak to the president and trying to get his message to the media, according to Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern. Police officers at the scene said they believe the man used a climbing harness.

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