Senate Republicans’ new revised healthcare bill fails to bridge any gaps

The new bill to replace Obama’s signature healthcare law attempts to placate moderate and conservative critics, but still a protracted battle may be ahead

Senate Republicans unveiled a revised healthcare plan on Thursday, seeking to bridge an intra-party divide that has so-far thwarted efforts to make good on a seven-year pledge to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Related: Mitch McConnell delays Senate recess to allow work on healthcare plan

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Trump publicly defends Trump Jr: ‘Most people would have taken that meeting’

  • President tells Paris press conference Trump Jr is ‘wonderful young man’
  • Trump ignored question on whether his son should have contacted FBI

Donald Trump has defended his son in public for the first time over his meeting with a Russian lawyer, telling a press conference in Paris “most people would have taken that meeting”.

An intermediary had told Trump Jr the contact was a Russian government lawyer who could provide information damaging to Hillary Clinton, his father’s opponent in the presidential election.

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Loving Luxembourg as the new measure | Brief letters

Student loans | Antarctic iceberg | Photographic memory | Dog-ends | Don’t be a tosser

Neil Gammack (Letters, 11 July) asks what a graduate earning £21,001, with a debt of £50,000 a year, would have to pay every month to offset the interest on the loan. He thought it would be a huge sum, I suppose, and was angry that the Guardian refers to the student loan as a “so-called debt”. Repayments are not based on the size of the loan but on the graduate’s salary. You pay 9% of the difference between your salary and £21,000 – in this case £1 per year. One twelfth of 9% of this would be paid per month, ie less than a penny!
Trevor Randall
Bryants Bottom, Buckinghamshire

• While your report (13 July) about a “giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg” breaking off an Antarctic ice shelf is alarming, on a lighter note it is good to see that the Luxembourg is now a recognised unit of size along with the Wales, the Belgium, the football pitch and the double-decker bus. This may be related to Gilles Müller’s recent success at Wimbledon, though I am not sure how.
Henry Wickens
Waldbillig, Luxembourg

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Jimmy Carter treated for dehydration after collapsing at Habitat for Humanity build

The former US president and his wife, Rosalynn, are in the middle of a week-long project building houses in various Canadian cities

Former president Jimmy Carter was being treated for dehydration in Canada on Thursday, where he is helping to build houses with the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity said in a statement that the 92-year-old Carter was “dehydrated working in the hot sun” at a build site in Winnipeg. Carter told Habitat officials he was OK, and encouraged volunteers to keep building.

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Women’s March organizers to protest NRA video that ‘endorses violence’

Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory talks about the march from NRA headquarters to the Department of Justice: ‘This is where the hard work begins’

On Friday, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington will lead a protest outside the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Virginia, followed by a 17-mile march to the Department of Justice in Washington.

Related: Why join the National Rifle Association? To defeat liberal enemies, apparently | Francine Prose

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Evangelicals scratch Donald Trump’s back – and he’s returning the favor | Daniel José Camacho

Trump is relying on the enthusiastic support of evangelicals to keep him afloat. But conservative white evangelicals are a precarious firewall

Given the Republicans’ failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his son’s self-inflicted bombshell, Donald Trump had good reasons to limit public appearances before his Paris trip. What was he up to? Released photos show that Trump hosted a prayer circle with conservative evangelical leaders in the Oval Office earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Trump gave an exclusive interview to CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network). This is a testament to the way his administration has relied on his conservative religious base in the midst of various storms and dismal approval ratings. But Trump can’t pray his demons away.

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Choosing a handyman is now like online dating – all photos and hot reviews | Emma Brockes

I just needed someone to put up my shelves. But it seems to me the ratings on the Taskrabbit site could be based on all sorts of inappropriate thoughts

• Emma Brockes is a Guardian columnist

I needed some Ikea bookshelves assembled and brought up the homepage for TaskRabbit, a service I’ve heard good things about, overlooking all the bad things one hears about that type of business in general. Unlike Uber, however, or some of the other gig economy apps that control their “independent contractors” while denying them basic employment rights, the ethos of TaskRabbit seems fairly straightforward: customers type in what they need, scroll through the directory until they find someone with the relevant skills, and make a booking online. It’s like Yelp without all the bad spelling.

Related: ‘Prejudices play out in the ratings we give’ – the myth of digital equality

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