Morning Briefing: Murkowski, Collins and McCain Saved Healthcare Last Night (Thank You)

Around 1:30 a.m., this morning, John McCain voted no on the Republicans’ last gasp effort to repeal Obamacare.

And that was it. The skinny repeal was dead. It was John McCain who put the nail in the coffin, but let’s never forget that it’s been Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins who have been standing over the coffin all along. As a constituent in Maine, thank you Susan Collins. Just fucking thank you.

Here’s how they reacted outside the Capitol last night:

And here’s how Donald Trump reacted:

I am not going to gloat about this, because I feel nothing but relief and gratitude this morning, and I also fear that gloating would just resurrect the corpse. My friend Pete, however, wrote this about Trump’s terrible, terrible day yesterday, and it’s worth repeating here:

Healthcare fails, Scaramucci explodes, Russian sanctions pass in the Senate and the House and sit on Trump’s desk to be signed AND the senate tells Trump that if he fires Sessions they won’t allow him to name a replacement.  What President has had a worse day? (No Kennedy or Lincoln jokes please.)

Seriously, it was a brutal day for Trump, who was mostly quiet on Twitter. I expect that will change this morning.

As to why McCain voted no? Here’s his statement:

«While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. The Speaker’s statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.»

Meanwhile, here’s Murkowski:

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Murkowski and Collins are probably going to continue to catch hell from their Senate colleagues, from President Trump, and from the far right, but they’re heroes in their states. She’s not on the ballot again until 2020, but if Collins runs again, I’ll remember this.

As for the other 49 Republicans, never forget what they voted for here. It’s worth pointing out — and I didn’t fully realize this until this morning — that the Skinny Repeal would have ended the individual mandate, but it would not have ended pre-existing conditions. Do you know what that means? It means that every person in the country could have terminated their health care coverage and simply waited until they got sick to purchase it. That is insane. I mean: I might have ended my own health care coverage? Why? Because my family pays for 80 percent of our health care, and family plans are expensive as hell. Barring a catastrophic illness, it would be cheaper to pay for wellness and sick visits out of pocket, and if something terrible happened, we could just pick up an insurance plan, and insurance companies could not reject us for preexisting conditions. That’s why premiums would have shot up 20 percent next year.

It would’ve obliterated the health care industry, and it would have been catastrophic not just for poor people, but for middle class people, too.

And that’s what 49 Republicans voted for last night.


Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Misha Collins

Oh how I’ve agonised over picking someone to present for your consideration in Pajiba 10. My celebrity crushes tend to fall into categories: long standing devotion (hello, David Boreanaz), shameless lechery (hey, Alexander Skarsgård) or embarrassing wrong’uns (I’ll never tell)…

The world’s got enough Bad Boys, and legions of groupies to sing their praises, so I’ve been focusing my efforts on damn fine specimens of Good Guys. What I’m aiming for is the noble and glorious Guilt-Free Perv. No shame, no embarrassment, no ‘ignore everything you know about his personal life and focus on the pretty’. No ‘is it still OK to like him even though….’ Nope. Beautiful and lovely, inside and out, that’s what I’m going for.

This brings me to the chaps in Supernatural. The only embarrassment here is the embarrassment of richness in the hot guy department. What’s the collective noun for hot guys? Let’s go with sploosh (thanks Jodi!). That’s what this show has: a sploosh of hotties. Plus a sexy car and some classic rock.

You could dedicate much of your list to the lovelies of Supernatural. Hello, boys. We could argue Jared vs Jensen vs J2 for hours; there are Bad Boys aplenty with Mark Sheppard’s Crowley (that growly voice? Hello.) and Mark Pellegrino’s mischievous Lucifer as notable mentions. Even Battlestar Galactica‘s Tahmoh Penikett made an appearance. But on this auspicious occasion, I’m championing the guy who brought us Castiel, aka your new God, aka Agent Beyoncé: Misha Collins.


Misha has it all. First up, he’s gorgeous.


He can do smouldering and mysterious. He can do goofy and silly. He can put on a deep gravelly voice for the best part of a decade, just for us. His smile is like sunshine.


You don’t get to see him smile very often, as Castiel usually has to look awkward and confused, but damn, he does that well, too.


But he’s also the epitome of a Good Guy. Take a look at GISHWHES, Random Acts of Kindness and his social media feed! He’s fighting the good fight there as well.

Join me (& some famous people) in helping to take down Trump! Go to #NopetoTrump

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He’s super cute with his wife and kids! He likes Wonder Woman!

Misha has it all, folks. Not only is he entirely sploosh-worthy, but you could take him home to your parents, and he’d charm the socks off them. He can save the world in a trenchcoat. He’ll make you laugh and give you a cuddle. He’s the ultimate Guilt-Free Perv. You’re welcome.



Trailer: Keanu Reeves And Lily Collins Headline Netflix’s Addiction Drama ‘To The Bone’

Writer/producer Marti Noxon has made a name for herself crafting shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, and UnReal. Now, she’s diving into film with her her directorial feature film debut, To The Bone. And this daring drama looks like it contains the intoxicating combination of the bracing and beautiful we’ve come to expect from this provocative writer.

Lily Collins stars as Ellen, a 20-year-old anorexic, who is pushing her body to the brink. When gentle urgings from her mother (Carrie Preston) and sister (Liana Liberato) fail to inspire change, Ellen’s unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) checks her into rehab facility where she’ll have to face her fears. According the official synopsis, «To the Bone subverts expectations at every turn with its razor-sharp script, and its undiluted look at what young women face in living up to both society’s expectations of beauty, and their own.»

The addiction drama won rave reviews out of Sundance for «Noxon’s sterling wit,» «Collins’s standout performance,» its «painful insights» and «unexpected moments of humor.» Look for our review next month.

To The Bone hits Netflix on July 14th.


Lily Collins Plays a Woman Struggling With Anorexia in Trailer for To the Bone

Marti Noxon has been a writer, producer, and sometimes director for so many great TV shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to UnREAL. Now she’s set to release her directorial debut with To the Bone, a new movie starring Lily Collins as a sardonic young woman named Ellen who is struggling with anorexia.

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Lily Collins Finds Love and Fights Anorexia in the Moving Trailer For To the Bone

Netflix has been killin’ it with its original content lately, and its latest movie seems like another big win. To the Bone (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year) stars Lily Collins as 20-year-old Ellen, who can’t seem to beat anorexia no matter how many times she goes to rehab for the eating disorder. With her life on the line, she’s sent to a treatment center run by a doctor with unconventional methods, played by Keanu Reeves, in hopes that she’ll find the strength to beat the disease. The dark comedy is helmed by writer-director Marti Noxon (who’s worked on UnREAL and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and also stars Carrie Preston and Liana Liberato.

To the Bone hits Netflix on July 14.

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Meet Angelica Payne — Girlfriend of Gonzaga’s Zach Collins

Gonzaga fans are probably bummed that star big man Zach Collins decided to go the one-and-done route (first player in school history to bail after a year), but you can’t blame the guy. Collins is one of the top centers in this year’s draft class — Chad Ford ranked him as the ninth-best player on his big board, while Draft Express is more bearish and ranked him 17th.

A snippet of Collins’ strengths and weaknesses via Draft Express:

Collins is a versatile offensive player, not particularly consistent in any one area, but showing a nice frame-work of skills to build off. He shows flashes of being able to do a little bit of everything at this early stage of his development, and was both highly prolific and efficient as a freshman, despite his lack of experience and polish.

Another question mark surrounding Collins’ transition to the NBA revolves around his passing ability and seemingly just-decent feel for the game. He does not appear to have great court vision or playmaking instincts, ranking as one of the worst passers in our Top-100 statistically. He’s not really a guy you want making decisions with the ball, which can be somewhat of an issue in today’s NBA operating at the power forward position, where he’ll be asked to read defenses in closeout situations, out of short rolls, and in dribble-handoffs.

Where the latest mock drafts have Collins:

Draft Express: No. 10 (Kings)
Chad Ford (In$ $ $ ider): No. 10 (Kings)
CBS Sports: No. 13 (Nuggets)
SI: No. 13 (Nuggets)

Basically we all need to pray for Zach, because experts seem to think he’ll end up in basketball hell (Sacramento).

Off the court, Zach is doing well for himself dating UCLA Alpha Phi Angelica Payne:

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Michelle Obama Continues to Inspire Women With a Beautiful Letter to Lily Collins

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Barack and Michelle Obama broke our hearts when they left the White House for good in January, but the two are still spreading love and hope throughout the world. Despite being on a well-deserved vacation with her husband after serving eight long years as the country’s first lady, Michelle recently made time to send actress Lily Collins a beautiful letter. After Lily sent Michelle a copy of her new book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, Michelle penned a heartfelt note about receiving the gift. Lily posted a video of her reaction to the letter on Instagram, writing, «Best way to start off my week! I can’t believe this letter I received from someone I deeply respect and admire. It’s absolutely epic. I’m in complete shock but just had to share!»

She then posted a photo of the letter in its entirety, complete with the envelope’s amazing Wonder Woman stamp. «Thank you from the bottom of my heart Michelle Obama for your encouragement and support,» she continued. «You have no idea how much this means to me. And that Wonder Woman stamp is everything. You truly are such an incredible inspiration. I’ll definitely be framing these!»

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Lily Collins Wrote An Open Letter To Phil Collins Forgiving Him For Not Being Around Much

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27-year-old Lily Collins recently wrote a book of personal essays called Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. I don’t know if there’s an essay in that book about her relationship with her most important and supportive lifelong companions (aka her eyebrows). But there is an essay in there about her relationship with her dad, Phil Collins. As it turns out, Philly wasn’t exactly going to daddy-daughter dances with Lily and letting her clip bows into whatever hair she could find on his head.

Phil and Lily didn’t have a great relationship after he split from his wife and her mom, Jill Tavelman, when she was five. Phil and Jill’s divorce was a bit of a mess. At the time of their split in 1994, there was a rumor that Phil asked Jill for a divorce via fax. Phil later denied that. Jill told People at the time that Lily would go months without seeing her dad, and that he never called her on the phone because he needed to save his voice for singing. Jill claims Phil and Lily spoke through fax machine.

Lily never really wanted to speak about her relationship with her dad until now. Billboard has a few quotes from that particular essay, titled A Letter to All Dads. Lily gets real about just how weird and sad it was. Like how she’d try to be on her best behavior during their visits in an attempt to make Phil want to come back and visit again.

“Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer. I became extra careful about what I said and how I said it, afraid he’d think I was angry or didn’t love him. And the truth is, I was angry. I missed him and wanted him there. I’ve realized that many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad. It’s taken me over a decade to resolve some of them (others I’m still resolving) and to finally build up the courage to speak my mind to him.”

Lily Collins also wants Phil to know she’s forgiven him “for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected.” She’s also willing to move on from those years.

“There’s still so much time to move forward. And I want to. I’m inviting you to join me. I’ll always be your little girl.”

This whole situation is an incredible bummer when you realize that in 1999, when Lily was 10, Phil recorded the song You’ll Be in My Heart for Disney’s Tarzan. You’ll Be in My Heart is written from the perspective of Tarzan’s adoptive gorilla mom about how she’ll always love and protect him. Why do I get the feeling that the original draft of that song was called You’ll Be in My Heart, and Sometimes in My Hands if there isn’t a Paper Jam in the Fax Machine.

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Landon Collins Says Giants DBs Turned Down Boat Party Invite


Odell Beckham Jr. and his fellow wide receivers received all of the blame for their Wild Card washout against the Packers, but it’s safe to say their secondary didn’t hold up their end either, allowing 362 yards and four touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers.

It’s almost like they were partying in Miami, too — but safety Landon Collins revealed on “SportsCenter” that the defensive backs turned down an invite:

Of course, Trey Songz made sure to let everyone know the Giants’ defensive backs weren’t part of the yacht party as they were getting torched and allowing Hail Marys:

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7th Heaven Creator on Including Confessed Abuser Stephen Collins in Potential Reunion: Sure, Why Not?

Brenda Hampton’s dumbest idea, it turns out, wasn’t 7th Heaven, but her thoughts on including Stephen Collins in the show’s potential reunion. In 2014, Collins publicly confessed to inappropriate sexual contact with three underage girls (all between the ages of 11 and 14) between 1973 and 1994.

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