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DESPITE TRUMP VISIT, GOP DOESN’T APPEAR TO HAVE VOTES TO PASS HEALTH CARE BILL While President Donald Trump said Republicans would pay at the midterm elections if they did not vote for this bill, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said, “They do not have the votes right now.” The bill is still set for a vote Thursday, and GOP leaders are working behind the scenes to see what compromises can be made to stop it from a defeat on the House floor. [HuffPost]
EVALUATING NEIL GORSUCH’S HEARINGS THUS FAR Trump’s Supreme Court nominee “ducked and dodged like a pro,” all while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a delay in a vote on his nomination for as long as Trump’s campaign remains under investigation by the FBI. [HuffPost]
CLINTON WORLD CAN’T GET OVER JAMES COMEY “There were two active investigations involving presidential candidates last year, and he only told the voters about one.” [HuffPost]
NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH FAILS The missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch. And a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters that the current and probable impending sanctions were not something the country was afraid of. [Reuters]
WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD GOES AFTER TRUMP “If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure ...” [WSJ | Paywall]
NO CHARGES IN DEATH OF A PRISON INMATE WHO WAS FORCED TO TAKE A SCALDING SHOWER FOR 2 HOURS Witnesses said his skin appeared to be slipping off his body. [HuffPost]
TWITTER’S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS INCLUDED SUSPENDING 376,000 ACCOUNTS IN LAST HALF OF 2016 For promoting terrorism. [HuffPost]
AT LEAST DOZENS WATCHED THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF THIS TEEN ON FACEBOOK LIVE And no one reported it. [WaPo]
FORGET FLIPPING WATER BOTTLES OR THE MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE Can you hack it at the “Cup Blowing Challenge?” [Teen Vogue]
ONE SANDWICH TO RULE THEM ALL The inside scoop on how PB & Js power the NBA. [ESPN]
A NEW APPROACH TO PANHANDLERS Hiring them. [NYT]
MEET THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT FOR JOHNS HOPKINS Nancy Abu-Bonsrah has made “medical history.” [HuffPost]
JENNY SLATE TALKS DATING CAPTAIN AMERICA Along with their breakup, the love she has for her dog, and her aspirations to be the “Jewish Felicity.” [Vulture]
MULTIDRUG-RESISTANT FUNGUS CASES ON THE RISE IN THE U.S. “Between August 2016 and March 2017, the number of C. auris cases rose almost seven-fold, from seven cases to 53, according to a new monthly report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” [HuffPost]
ALL THE TIMES ‘SESAME STREET’ TROLLED DONALD TRUMP Turns out there were recurring characters named “Ronald Grump” and “Grump Tower” ― one of which had quite the orange hairdo. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ In spring breakers behaving badly news, the abuse of sea creatures to get drunk appears to be popping up on social media.
~ The emails that detail the Trump team’s request for “military tactical vehicles” for inaugural parade.
~ Ellen DeGeneres confirmed she is all of us by an ER trip after a few too many glasses of wine.
~ Would you pay $30 to watch a movie in theaters from the comfort of your couch? And no, it does not come with free popcorn.
~ Travel back 30 years for this look in photos of 1987.
~ Everyone needs to stop remixing “Closer” or else we will be listening to it in 2050 and still not be able to afford that Rover.
~ We are officially very, very freaked out by this nude claymation video.
~ The importance of the depiction of abuse in “Big Little Lies.”
~ The iPhone just got quite the snazzy new color.
~ We can’t get over this “Wheel of Fortune” epic fail.
~ Because Mariah Carey needed another source of revenue from “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” the song is being made into an animated movie.
~ Twitter has some strong feelings about the *ahem* phallic nature of the proposed NYC skyscraper plans proposed by the Kushner family.
~ Talk about Tar-jay.
~ Watching Rihanna watch her debut on “Bates Motel” is all kinds of meta greatness.
~ Happy hump day: Here are a bunch of photos of Prince Harry clowning around with cute kids.