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Friday, July 28, 2017

In health-care vote, John McCain finally takes revenge for Trump's stupid comment

Award-winning cartoonist Nate Beeler of The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio invokes the "dark days" before the Affordable Care Act became law.

The Record delivers old news to readers

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Today's clueless front page is yet another confirmation of second-class citizenship for readers of The Record since Gannett Co. bought the paper a year ago and put most of its resources into digital news.

The big black headline on Page 1 of the print edition this morning was so out of date it's laughable:

"U.S. SENATE CONTINUES
DEBATE LONG INTO NIGHT"

The Woodland Park daily completely missed a vote in the Senate after 2 this morning that effectively handed President Trump and GOP congressional leaders their biggest legislative humiliation so far.

The narrow defeat of a plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act "hobbles the seven-year GOP campaign to dismantle Obamacare, and deals a huge political setback to" the president, The New York Times reported.

McCain revenge

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona cast the deciding vote against repeal -- in a royal F.U. to Trump, who questioned McCain's heroism during the Vietnam War.

"I don't like people who were captured," the presumptive GOP nominee said of McCain during the 2016 presidential campaign, then expressed no remorse for the insult.

McCain's vote early today was fitting revenge.

Early deadlines

Few newspapers have deadlines that would have allowed them to report the Senate vote.

So, you have to wonder why the editors at The Record made themselves look like incompetent fools by printing a huge Page 1 headline that was such old news it stank to high heaven.

Plus, many readers must think Editor Richard A. Green of The Record is deliberately ignoring or downplaying the chaos in Washington since the inauguration on Jan. 20.