5 overlooked politics stories that are worth your time

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is seen questioning Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch during Tuesday's hearing. On Wednesday, Cruz painted his Democratic colleagues as hypocrites for criticizing Gorsuch,. Photo by  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts,

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was one of several Republican senators who did not hold town hall events during the congressional July Fourth recess. Senate GOP leaders are still struggling to piece together a health care bill that can pass the upper chamber. File photo by REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The 24-hour news cycle is filled with politics coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.

  1. Trump administration may let California keep emissions standards — 7/9. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt quietly concedes his fight against California’s strict limits on car emissions.– San Francisco Chronicle
  2. Montana Insurers Say Medicaid Cuts Would Drive Up Cost Of Private Health Plans — 7/7. Two-thirds of Montana’s congressional delegation say that the Affordable Care Act is collapsing in their state, but healthcare experts in their state say the opposite is true. — Montana Public Radio
  3. A Secretaries of State Meeting Used to Be Friendly. Then the White House Asked for Voter Data. — 7/9. Usually a low-key, bipartisan affair, the controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity cast a shadow on this year’s annual Secretaries of State meeting. — New York Times
  4. Back home in Texas, Cruz confronts health care politics — 7/6. Like many of his GOP colleagues, Sen. Ted Cruz refused to hold any town halls during their July 4 recess. — Texas Tribune
  5. Seeking U.S. ties apart from Trump, Trudeau will be first PM to address governors’ meeting — 7/7. The Canadian Prime Minister is slated to speak at the National Governor’s Association meeting on Friday amid an effort from Canada to work with the U.S. while bypassing the Trump administration. — Toronto Star

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