The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is near

– Yesterday, amid weeks of protests by individuals who will be negatively impacted by recent proposals to cut Medicaid funding and other programs, the Senate voted to begin debating the healthcare bill that will repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. (NYT, 7/25)

Senate Republicans still have no agreement on a repeal bill that they can ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.

The Senate is now moving ahead with debate, amendments and ultimately a final vote in the coming days on legislation that would have a profound effect on the American health care system — roughly one-sixth of the United States’ economy. But it is entirely possible that by week’s end, the senators will have passed nothing.

– Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses the underlying race-related issues in the healthcare policy debate that few are talking about. (CHF Blog, 7/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Foundations Are Deepening Racism Even as They Seek to Fight It (Chronicle, 7/25 – Subscription needed)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | The president announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Twitter. (WaPo, 7/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A federal appeals court has ruled that the District’s strict concealed-carry gun law violates the Second Amendment and can’t be enforced. (DCist, 7/25)

HOUSING | A promising new coalition in the District looks to rewrite the politics of urban housing (Vox, 7/24)

ENVIRONMENT | Due to efforts to promote less waste in the Greater Washington region, including a ban on Styrofoam, more people are recycling. (WTOP, 7/26)

INNOVATION | The Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland have come together to launch a competition for Maryland residents focused on sparking innovation to address some of Howard County’s social issues. (Baltimore Sun, 7/17)

IMMIGRATION | A judge has ruled against a Justice Department decision that nonprofit legal groups cannot provide “certain legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court.” (USNews, 7/24)

A look at 1960s to 1980s Urban Photography

– Kendra