GOP LEAD­ERS PLAN HEALTH BILL VOTE FOR TUES­DAY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

WASHINGTON» Repub­li­can lead­ers pushed to­ward a Se­nate vote next Tues­day on res­ur­rect­ing their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was fur­ther com­pli­cated by the ail­ing GOP Sen. John Mc­Cain’s po­ten­tial ab­sence and a dreary re­port en­vi­sion­ing that the num­ber of unin­sured Amer­i­cans would soar.

The White House and GOP lead­ers fished Thurs­day for ways to win over re­cal­ci­trant sen­a­tors, in­clud­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­posal to let states use Med­i­caid funds to help people buy their own pri­vate health in­surance. But there were no in­di­ca­tions they’d en­sured the votes needed to even start de­bat­ing the party’s leg­isla­tive key­stone, a bill scut­tling and sup­plant­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law.

The Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice said McCon­nell’s lat­est bill would pro­duce 22 mil­lion ad­di­tional unin­sured people by 2026 and drive up pre­mi­ums for many older Amer­i­cans.

Congress’ non­par­ti­san fis­cal an­a­lyst also said it would boost typ­i­cal de­ductibles — the money people must pay be­fore in­sur­ers cover costs — for sin­gle people to $13,000 that year, well above the $5,000 they’d be ex­pected to pay un­der Obama’s statute.

Trump lay­w­ers seek to un­der­cut Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Some of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s lawyers are ex­plor­ing ways to limit or un­der­cut Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, build­ing a case against what they al­lege are his con­flicts of in­ter­est and dis­cussing the pres­i­dent’s au­thor­ity to grant par­dons, ac­cord­ing to people fa­mil­iar with the ef­fort.

Trump has asked his ad­vis­ers about his power to par­don aides, fam­ily mem­bers and even him­self in con­nec­tion with the probe, ac­cord­ing to one of those people. A sec­ond per­son said Trump’s lawyers have been dis­cussing the pres­i­dent’s par­don­ing pow­ers among them­selves.

Trump’s le­gal team de­clined to com­ment on the is­sue.

Two mem­bers of Bu­rundi ro­bot­ics teens head to Canada.

VA.» Two of the MCLEAN, six teenage mem­bers of the Bu­rundi ro­bot­ics team who went miss­ing from Washington this week have crossed into Canada and are safe, Dis­trict of Columbia po­lice said Thurs­day.

The four others also are be­lieved to be in safe hands, but author­i­ties de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. It is the first in­di­ca­tion that the teenagers may have left on their own ac­cord.

Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 mil­lion.

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A bag con­tain­ing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 mil­lion at an auc­tion on Thurs­day.

The col­lec­tion bag, used by astro­naut Neil Arm­strong dur­ing the first manned mis­sion to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby’s auc­tion of items re­lated to space voy­ages. The buyer de­clined to be iden­ti­fied. The pre-sale es­ti­mate was $2 mil­lion to $4 mil­lion.

The ar­ti­fact from the Apollo 11 mis­sion had been misiden­ti­fied and sold at an on­line govern­ment auc­tion, and NASA had fought to get it back. But in December a fed­eral judge ruled that it legally be­longed to a Chicago-area woman who bought it in 2015 for $995.

Linkin Park front­man Ben­ning­ton dies at 41.

Linkin Park lead singer Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton, whose vo­cals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los An­ge­les on Thurs­day, the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner said. He was 41.

Coro­ner spokesman Brian Elias said author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Ben­ning­ton’s death as an ap­par­ent sui­cide at Pa­los Verdes Es­tates, but no ad­di­tional de­tails are avail­able.

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