This week, GOP leaders dubbed President Donald Trump "the Closer" and insisted he could win over dissenting Republicans and ensure the passage of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the Closer didn't close. A half an hour before the bill was set to go to the floor on Friday, it was pulled, in a mercy-killing ensured by revolts in both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. Now, in the wake of an embarrassing defeat, the White House and Republicans are pointing fingers at one another and scrambling to avoid blame.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker became the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 points in a game, accomplishing the feat in Friday night's 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant as players to reach 70 in one game. It was the 11th 70-point game in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
In President Trump's oft-changing world order, Roger J. Stone Jr., the onetime political consultant and full-time provocateur, has been one of the few constants -- a loyalist and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" who nurtured the dream of a presidential run by the developer-turned-television-star for 30 years. But two months into the Trump presidency, Stone, known for his pinstripe suits, the Nixon tattoo spanning his shoulder blades and decades of outlandish statements, is under investigation for what would be his dirtiest trick -- colluding with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton and put his friend in the White House. read more
Director and producer Brett Ratner is not a fan of one of the most popular movie sites. "The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes," said Ratner, whose company financed Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. "I think it's the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline's Kael's reviews, or some others, and that doesn't exist anymore. Now it's about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it's about, 'What's your Rotten Tomatoes score?' And that's sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v. Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful."
American voters disapprove the Republican health-care bill 56% to 17%, with 26% undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday. The bill may be voted on as early as Thursday as a group of conservatives negotiate with Speaker Paul Ryan and others. The bill is unpopular enough that 46% of voters say they will be less likely to vote for a senator or representative that votes for the bill. One out of every seven Americans, 14%, think they will lose their health insurance under the Republican plan, the poll finds.