Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showpiece health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting. Frenzied last-minute wheeling and dealing was underway on Capitol Hill and at the White House, but if there was any change it seemed the number of dissidents was growing. Signaling that more work was needed, GOP leaders postponed a planned morning meeting of rank-and-file lawmakers, and House Speaker Paul Ryan delayed a scheduled news briefing. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state became the latest to declare her opposition. Concessions being offered to the conservatives — they want to limit requirements for health plans to offer benefits including maternity and substance abuse care — appeared to be scaring off moderate Republicans. The House Freedom Caucus, whose conservative members comprise the bulk of GOP opponents, huddled ahead of a scheduled midday meeting with Trump.
Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein has been named “The World’s Greatest Leader” by Fortune Magazine.
A man was carjacked at gunpoint early Thursday in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and Marcus Stroman threw six shutout innings as U.S.A. dominated Puerto Rico, 8-0, to win their first ever World Baseball Classic Title.
A man from Utah on vacation to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary was among those killed in Wednesday's terrorist attack outside of U.K.'s Parliament in London, the victim's family said in a statement. Kurt W. Cochran was killed by the attacker, who killed one other person with his car on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death outside of Parliament Wednesday afternoon. "Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday's terrorist attack in London," the statement said.
An inmate who was found unresponsive on a transport bus to Stateville Correctional Center last month died of a drug overdose, the coroner’s office announced Wednesday.