“The House has overwhelmingly passed the Mission Act to give our veterans real choice over their health care by allowing them to get care outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) system when they need it,” Bradley Blakeman writes in The Hill. “It is now up to the Senate to send this bill to President Trump to sign by Memorial Day.” The President has made the Mission Act a priority, calling on the Senate to put veterans care above politics.
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------------ Reuters reports that Gina Haspel has been confirmed as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agnecy. “Haspel, who will be the first woman director of the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director,” Patricia Zengerle writes.
------------ In The Daily Signal, Katrina Trinko breaks down how the media has created “a powerful new lie” about President Trump. “Between the tweets and the headlines, we have six of the biggest news outlets in the United States promoting the narrative that Trump called illegal immigrants ‘animals’ during a roundtable Wednesday,” Trinko writes. “There’s just one catch: The president was referring to MS-13 gang members.”
------------“Americans today are the most satisfied with the way things are going in the country as they have been since right before the 2016 election, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday,” Morgan Gstalter reports for The Hill. Gstalter cites North Korea’s announcement that it “would dismantle its nuclear testing site and engage in diplomatic talks” as a potential factor.
------------The Washington Examiner’s editorial board writes that “President Trump, like former President Barack Obama, campaigned on the promise of taking on high drug prices. Trump, unlike Obama, is actually trying to keep that promise.” The editors add that the Administration has “in recent days rolled out dozens of policies” to accomplish this goal.