July 28, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The seven-year effort by Republicans to unplug the Affordable Care Act collapsed Thursday night when the U.S. Senate—led by all Democrats and three Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)—voted down a so-called "skinny" repeal measure. A dejected Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) conceded it was probably time to reach across the aisle to work with Democrats on a bipartisan plan to shore up the existing ACA. Meanwhile, the television reality show that is the Trump White House went into another tailspin late Thursday when newly-appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded a profanity-laced tirade to The New Yorker against Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. "Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac," Scaramucci told The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza. "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock," he said. "I'm not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I'm here to serve the country."
  • The New York Times reports more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo Bank were charged for insurance they didn't need. The Times got hold of an internal report prepared for Wells Fargo executives that reveals the unneeded insurance pushed more than a quarter-million Wells Fargo customers into delinquency. That, in turn, caused nearly 25,000 wrongful vehicle repossessions, according to the report.
click to enlarge Do you know who this is? - COURTESY: CRIME STOPPERS
  • Courtesy: Crime Stoppers
  • Do you know who this is?
  • Boise Police need help from the public in identifying a suspect who reportedly broke into a Boise Bench business and stole money from a cash register. A surveillance camera caught a pretty good picture of the suspect taking the cash. The scene was a closed business on the 600 block of South Vista Avenue, and the incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on July 22. In addition to taking the cash, police said the suspect took beverages from a cooler. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or they can leave a tip on the P3 Tips app on a smartphone.
  • The annual San Inazio Festival gets underway today in the Basque Block. Things get underway with Paella on the Patio from the Basque Market, and an alfresco dinner will fill the block this evening. Food, drink, music and dancing will continue through Sunday, July 30.

  • A rather terrible idea has sparked a nasty legal battle in Hollywood. Vanity Fair reports producer Keith Patterson had the wild notion of turning Citizen Kane into a TV series. Patterson claims RKO Picutres, which still owns the rights to the Orson Welles classic, agreed to the series, but had second thoughts. The Hollywood Reporters says the change of heart has triggered a lawsuit from Patterson, who calls the RKO executives "unusual" and "highly controlling," not unlike the character of Charles Foster Kane.

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