Republican Party, Ransomware, Sarah Palin: Your Wednesday Briefing


Workers at the 125th Street subway station in Manhattan on Tuesday after a train derailment.

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Good morning.

Here’s what you need to know:

• Senate health plan is delayed.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has a reputation as a master tactician. But his assumption that conservative and moderate Republicans would unite to support the Senate’s health care proposal appears to have been a miscalculation, our congressional reporter writes.

Mr. McConnell has delayed a vote on the bill until after a congressional recess, another setback in efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Mitch McConnell, left, the Senate majority leader, and John Cornyn, the majority whip, were unable to persuade enough Republicans to back their health care proposal.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Trump, who didn’t play as active a role in marshaling support for the bill as he did for a similar measure in the House, said, “We’re getting very close.”

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We looked at how health care costs would increase for older Americans under the Senate plan, and at how governors from both parties sought to block it.

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• Cyberattack again used N.S.A. tools.

Hackers who took control of computers and demanded ransom on Tuesday employed the same program from the National Security Agency that was used in a similar assault in May.

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