If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Senate Republicans unveiled a new version of their health care bill Thursday that would allow the sale of cheap, bare-bones insurance plans as a way to woo conservatives to support the measure. Moderates also got a win in the new version, with $43 billion more funding to fight opioid addiction. The new bill still isn't a shoo-in to pass. Insurers warn the changes could cause premiums to skyrocket for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions . Two Republicans — enough to derail the plan — said they wouldn't even vote for a procedural motion to allow a vote on the bill next week. If the measure does pass, here's a run down of what it means for Medicaid funding (deep cuts) and private insurance subsidies (could still lose all or some of them) and other aspects.
Who's in and out for the Emmys
Don't freak out, but Game of Thrones won't win an Emmy this year. The HBO hit didn't premiere early enough to make the cut for the 2017 awards and defend its two-year-long winning streak in the Best Drama category. Who's filling the Thrones void? HBO's Westworld topped the list with 22 nominations, and Saturday Night Live also snagged 22 nods, filling out the comedy side of the list. Stranger Things (#JusticeForBarb) and Feud: Bette and Joan were also among the top contenders. And, as always, there were notable snubs, like Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon. Find out here if your favorite show made the cut.
Hillary Clinton lost 2016 Twitter battle, despite Jerry Springer
President Trump not only won the election last year, but a new study shows he also was the winner of the 2016 Presidential Twitter War over the Hillary Clinton faithful. A University of Edinburgh study found pro-Trump tweets nearly doubled that of Clinton in the final two months of the campaign. In fact, Clinton was criticized nearly three times more than she was praised. That's despite her sending more negative tweets about Trump than he posted of her. Some silver lining for the #Imwithher crowd, she did get the help of the Sultan of Salaciousness himself, Jerry Springer. More on Trump today, beyond the tweets:
A jailed man confessed to killing four missing Pennsylvania men after authorities had identified him as a person of interest earlier Thursday, his attorney said. Cosmo DiNardo, who was initially charged with trying to sell illegally one of the dead friends' car, now plans to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. The body of Dean Finocchiaro was found along with other human remains in a 12½ foot common grave Wednesday on a 70-acre farm owned by DiNardo's parents. Along with Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, Tom Meo, and Jimi Tar Patrick were also missing. Patrick was last seen Wednesday, while the other three vanished Friday.
Hoarding cash in your checking account? Just don't
This sounds encouraging: Americans are saving more money . The labor market remains strong, and steady paychecks have helped boost overall deposits in the country's banks. The average U.S. checking account deposit has risen from $1,000 in 2007 to about $3,600 — great, right? Well, while saving is a personal finance virtue, most consumers are making very little return off of the money stashed in their checking account, since interest rates are still historically low. Got extra cash and need advice on what to do with it? Here's are some smart ways to invest $1,000.