July 18, 2017: What to Know 

click to enlarge BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • The GOP-led measure to repeal and replace key elements of Obamacare has collapsed. A growing number of Republican senators declared they couldn't support the bill. The Washington Post reports Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) were the latest to urge the effort be taken off of life support. President Donald Trump wasted no time in returning to his Twitter account, urging Congress to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act and come back later to offer alternatives.

click to enlarge A CrowdRise account has been established to defer funeral costs for Dieudonne Eca. - COURTESY: INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
  • Courtesy: International Rescue Committee
  • A CrowdRise account has been established to defer funeral costs for Dieudonne Eca.
  • The Ada County Coroner has identified the victim of a July 14 drowning at Quinn's Pond in Boise as 15-year-old Dieudonne Eca. Officials at the Boise offices of the International Rescue Committee said the boy was resettled with his family to Boise only two weeks ago after fleeing from war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, the IRC has established an online fundraising account via CrowdRise to help the family with funeral costs. As of early Tuesday morning, more than $9,500 had been raised.
  • Former Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates will formally launch his campaign for Lieutenant Governor with a series of campaign rallies today, beginning with an announcement on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse and continuing with events in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls later today. Meanwhile, another Republican, former Idaho House Rep. Janice McGeachin also announced this morning that she had raised $75,000 in her own campaign for Lieutenant Governor. McGeachin and Yates will face a packed field in next spring's GOP primary, including Idaho Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian), Idaho Rep. Kelley Packer (R-McCammon) and former Constitutional Party gubernatorial candidate Steve Pankey.
  • New research reveals no real evidence that using artificial sweeteners helps people lose weight. Fortune Magazine reports the study, analyzing seven trials and 30 cohort studies on sweeteners, linked sweeteners like aspartame and stevioside to weight gain and future health problems.
  • The United States women's water polo team defeated Spain 12-8 early today. ESPN reports that the ladies remain unbeaten in their defense of the world championship, being played in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Vanity Fair reports British media publications are under fire for printing nude photos of actress Jodie Whittaker, only 48 hours after Whittaker was named the next Doctor Who, the first female to take the lead role in the franchise. Vanity Fair said among those publications "sinking to a new low" by publishing the nude pics were The Sun and The Mail Online.

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