9.26.2017

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09.26.2017
NEED TO KNOW.
Alabama Runoff.
GOP voters in Alabama head to the polls today to choose the Republican candidate in the race to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the US Senate. As of this morning, poll averages have Roy Moore, a former Alabama Chief Justice  - who pulled a pistol out on stage last night to emphasize his support for the second amendment - leading incumbent Luther Strange by over 10 points. The race is seen as pitting the influence of President Trump, who campaigned for Strange, against that of ex-adviser Steve Bannon, whose Breitbart News has pulled hard for Moore. Trump went as far as calling into local radio show 'Rick and Bubba'. The winner of the runoff will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the full special election on December 12th. 

Awake (Sort of).
In a medical breakthrough, scientists restored signs of consciousness in a 35-year-old French man who has been in a coma for 15 years. Researchers used an approach known as vagus nerve stimulation - where electrical shocks are applied to a long nerve that runs from the abdomen to the brain (see paper). While the man did not fully regain consciousness he was able to track objects with his eyes, express surprise, and respond to simple requests. Brain imaging revealed increased activity after 4 weeks of stimulation, exhibiting strong signals of a type of brain activity known as theta waves - which are typically associated with a subconscious state like dreaming, but absent in a vegetative state (brain waves breakdown). While expectations should be tempered, the results offer a new path to investigate whether patients may one day recover from long-term comas.

Graham-Cassidy.
The latest iteration of a GOP replacement plan for Obamacare appears to be stalled after Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Sens. McCain (R-AZ), Paul (R-KY), and Cruz (R-TX) in coming out against the bill. Led by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), proponents fell short with last minute changes designed to win over holdouts. The GOP had been looking to use so-called budget reconciliation to pass the bill - which would require only 51 votes, avoiding a Democratic filibuster. That option expires on September 30th, when fiscal year 2017 comes to an end - meaning that any legislation after that will likely need Democratic support in order to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster. While health care will probably return at some point, Republicans are likely to move on to tax reform. 
 
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-Serena Williams
 
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