Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. GTA home sales drop 56% in June
“‘It provides for a buyer this window because people who are selling now, they probably need to sell. There’s less people who are trying to catch that very bananas wave that was going on the last few months where people were just cashing in.'”
2. US Senate unveils health bill, deep cuts to health spending for poor
“The Senate bill — once promised as a top-to-bottom revamp of the health bill passed by the House last month — instead maintains its structure, with modest adjustments. The Senate version is, in some respects, more moderate than the House bill, offering more financial assistance to some lower-income people to help them defray the rapidly rising cost of private health insurance.”
3. Kellie Leitch buried for comments condemning Syrian refugee program
“Kellie Leitch, the firebrand who lost her recent effort to lead the Conservative Party, has ignited a bit of a firestorm with her online sharing of a column about a Syrian refugee who beat his wife with a hockey stick. ‘A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick. That’s the legacy of Trudeau’s Syrian refugee program,’ Leitch said on Twitter, quoting from the column in the Toronto Sun.”
“The response was swift and sharp, as many criticized her for using an isolated domestic violence case to condemn what is widely seen as a successful humanitarian effort.”
4. Why is the White House obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient Greek who wrote the original 300?
Understanding China through the lens of the Peloponnesian War.
5. Bill Cosby tattoos and the secret shame of the people who have them
“We all have them: mistakes, misjudgments, regrets—some more grave than others. Maybe you got drunk at your sister’s wedding and said something offensive. Maybe you married the wrong person or wrecked your dad’s car.
“But at least you don’t have a Bill Cosby tattoo. At least you never made that critical misjudgment—unless you’re Arthur Zitzka.”