**THE LONG ROAD TO HEALTHCARE REPEAL, WILL REPUBLICANS GET THE VOTES IN THE SENATE?
**KID ROCK THROWS HIS HAT IN THE RING FOR SENATE, SICK OF THE ESTABLISHMENT
**NOW EVEN A CNN ANCHOR ADMITS SHE IS SICK OF REPORTING ON TRUMP RUSSIA
**ITALY MIGRANT CRISIS OVERWHELMING, GERMANY FLOODED WITH DISEASES, TB, ETC.
**DEMOCRAT REPS USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO READ DON JR. EMAILS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR
4:05PM ET - Dr. Josh Umbehr is the Hannity Show medical expert, and is versed on all things healthcare and healthcare options. Today he addresses the bill stalled in the Senate and what really might work for the American people.
Senate Republican leaders are praying that their fragile whip count holds over the weekend, as just one more "no" vote would doom the party's Obamacare repeal effort from even coming up for debate.
Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Thursday afternoon they will oppose a procedural vote next week to bring the bill to the floor. GOP leaders are putting immense pressure on about half a dozen other Republican senators not to join them and topple the entire effort. Another "no" is enough to kill the bill, and would also likely lead to mass defections. (H/T The Politico)
4:30PM ET - Dr. Ed Feulner, President of the Heritage Foundation, is here to discuss the delay with just about everything in Washington because we have yet to drain the swamp. His article in the Washington Times, talks about the steps needed for us to find our way back from the hole that Obama’s presidency put us in for eight years:
Just getting back on the previous trend would be great, but Americans can do much better. At least three major reforms are now possible that can unleash the power of the American economy.
• Repeal Obamacare: A study by the National Center For Policy Analysis estimates that repealing Obamacare would provide a boost to real GDP of more than 1 percent per year over the next decade.
Based on these projections, personal income would increase by hundreds of billions annually, and the economy would add nearly 1 million jobs by the end of the decade.
A simple division by the number of days suggests that the cost of inaction is nearly $500 million per day in lost output. In terms of jobs, this could translate into as many as 250 lost jobs per day (a relatively small number unless one of those jobs is yours).
• Shrink regulation: Admittedly, this is a herculean task. The federal government has been burdening people with innovation-killing rules for decades, and it is difficult to estimate the economic effects of a broad deregulation effort.
Two Heritage Foundation scholars have estimated the economic impact of reducing just one of the likely effects of Dodd — Frank: excess borrowing costs.
Their study projects that removing these excess costs would grow the GDP by more than 1 percent per year for the next decade, and boost capital stock by nearly 3 percent per year. Inaction on Dodd-Frank costs another $500 million per day.
• Reform the tax code: Estimates of tax reform benefits vary widely because there are so many ways to improve the U.S. tax system, but several plans are currently taking shape.
5:05PM ET - Dan Bongino, Former Secret Service Agent & NYPD, Contributing Editor at Conservative Review and Jessica Tarlov, Senior Director of Research at Bustle.com and Fox News Contributor, debate issues of the week ranging from the ‘scandalous’ meeting Don Jr. had with a lawyer who happened to be Russian to ridiculous calls for the President’s impeachment. Dan can also speak to the murder of NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, and the callous way in which the NYC Mayor disrespected her memory. Where are all the celebrities, BLM protests and marches for the death of this woman? Finally where’s the outrage against the teenager who blasted, ‘**ck Tha Police’ across the street from her funeral. The selective moral fury is maddening.
A Bronx teen defiantly blasted the NWA song “F— Tha Police” out his third-floor apartment window Tuesday as thousands of cops were gathered below to mourn slain cop Miosotis Familia — prompting a house call from about 20 officers. (h/t NY Post)
5:30PM ET - Eric Bolling, Fox News Host of the Specialists and author of the new book, THE SWAMP: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption, Cronyism, and Really Strange Creatures – And How Trump Can Drain It, stops by the show.
“Since the election the media have accused Trump of colluding with the Russians,” Bolling, a staunch supporter of President Trump, said on "The Fox News Specialists." “They are totally invested in that narrative, completely invested in it. The problem is their investment is going belly up. For six months, the liberal media has delivered what they call ‘bombshell after bombshell.'”
“Well, guess what?” he said. “'Bombshell after bombshell' has fizzled out like a wet bottle rocket.” (h/t The Hill)