What We’re Following
AHCA Fallout: As President Trump celebrates the passage of his party’s health-care bill in the House, his victory remarks haven’t included much detail on what its policies actually mean. So, how will AHCA affect people? Low-income households are likely to lose benefits, while the wealthy will gain a tax cut. Such effects are hard to square with Trump’s populist message, but one explanation might be found in the gospel of prosperity. For now, the bill faces the Senate, where there’s a good chance it will be rewritten. As for House Republicans, David Frum argues this choice could cost some of them their jobs.
World Elections: South Korea is preparing for a presidential election next week, and the outcome could complicate Trump’s strategy on North Korea: The front-runner supports diplomatic engagement with the communist state. In the U.K., Theresa May is rallying voters to support her party’s Brexit strategy in a snap election, but she might have trouble getting them to turn out. And these are just two of several elections where international politics are playing an important role in the vote. Here’s how.
Testimony on Trial: The Supreme Court is considering what kind of mental-health assessment—from a court-appointed expert, or from one who works with the defense—should be considered fair for defendants claiming to be mentally ill. It’s a high-stakes case: The answer could decide the fate of three people on death row now. Elsewhere, the state of Oregon has been using its professional licensing authority aggressively against critics of government agencies—and the resulting court case could have nationwide implications for speech.