Ed Sheeran Closes out Glastonbury Fest
Six years ago, Ed Sheeran performed at the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, one of the smallest venues at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Fast-forward to 2017 and the English singing sensation was headlining the entire event. As usual, Sheeran hit the stage with his loop pedal to layer his vocals and guitar lines before eventually bringing out the traditional Irish band Beoga on stage with him.
Sheeran proceeded to tell the audience, “I’d like to say it was a dream of mine, but I never thought I’d get to the point where I was playing on this stage, let alone headlining it.” Hits like the "A-Team" and "Shape of You" highlighted the performance. The Grammy winning artist encouraged the audience to join him as he captivated the crowd with his unique “singer with a flow” style of music.
Chinese Mudslide Leaves over 90 People Missing
Nearly 100 people are missing after a catastrophic landslide in the Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Authorities attribute the cause of the landslide to heavy rain loosening the top sections of a mountain near Xinmo Village at about 6:00 local time, forcing boulders and debris down to cause havoc. Locals reported that landslides were common in the area, but not of this magnitude.
Only fifteen bodies have been successfully recovered thus far, leaving over 90 unaccounted for. Emergency workers, volunteers and rescue dogs purged through the remaining debris searching for signs of life, but rescuers say they are not expecting to find any more survivors. Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed his rescue teams to “spare no effort” in finding those who haven’t been accounted for.
Senate Republicans Skeptical of Obamacare Repeal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and President Trump are in the process of gaining the 50 necessary votes to pass their Obamacare replacement health care bill this week. With all Democrats opposed to the legislation, Republicans can only afford to lose two votes. Unfortunately for them, five current GOP Senators have stated they will not support the bill as drafted.
Maine Senator Susan Collins’ concerns about the bill stem from the cost of insurance for the elderly with chronic illnesses and the effect of Medicaid cuts on state governments. “There’s no way we should be voting on this,” Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) told NBC’s Meet the Press. He pleaded to his fellow Republicans to “not rush this process.”
According to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, the President has been making constant phone calls in an effort to recruit Senators to his side of the GOP bill. Senator John Cornyn of Texas even mentioned, “We’re trying to hold him back a little bit.”