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Week in Politics: Senate’s health care bill, travel ban case at the Supreme Court and more




US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, walks through the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 22, 2017, following the release of a draft of the Senate Republican's healthcare bill.
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, walks through the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 22, 2017, following the release of a draft of the Senate Republican's healthcare bill.
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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act replacement bill this week, even though five GOP Senators have publicly come out against it.

Passage would need the support of at least 50 Republican Senators. All Democrats in the Senate are expected to vote the bill down. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told ABC’s “This Week” over the weekend that the bill has “at best, a 50-50 chance” of passage.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear President Trump’s travel ban challenge, and rumor is swirling that Justice Anthony Kennedy is seriously contemplating retirement – a move that would bring on seismic changes to the makeup of the country’s highest court.

Guest host Libby Denkmann and guests Caroline Heldman and Charles Kesler discuss these topics, and more, in AirTalk’s weekly political segment.

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and author of the forthcoming book, “Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age” (Cornell University Press, 2017)

Charles Kesler, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books