• iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Less than an hour after White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that neither President Donald Trump nor his advisers had viewed a draft of Senate Republicans' health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that it will make its debut on Thursday.The announcement comes as Democrats, and some Republicans, on Capitol Hill have voiced concerns that the process to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in secrecy."I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the floor once we have a CBO score, likely next week," said McConnell Tuesday afternoon.The majority leader insisted that Americans will have "plenty of time" to review the bill, saying, "We've been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years. Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be about as transparent as it can be."Earlier Tuesday, in response to a question at the day's press briefing, Spicer told reporters that he didn't know if Trump had seen the bill."I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not," said Spicer. "I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed."Pressed whether the president's advisers had viewed a bill, Spicer again said that he was unaware and added that he himself did not know "where we are in terms of a final plan.""I know that they are up there working hand in glove with them," said Spicer, adding, "I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader's staff, with [the Senate Finance Committee] and others, so I don't want to get ahead of an announcement on Sen. McConnell saying when that final product is done."Earlier in the briefing, Spicer expounded upon a CNBC report from earlier Tuesday that Trump told a group of technology CEOs that the health care plan needed to have "more heart."“I mean, the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it,” said Spicer. “He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals.”McConnell declined to describe how the Senate bill will have more "heart" than the House bill, saying only that it will "speak for itself" and "be different."
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  • Ker-Fox Photography(COLUMBUS, Ga.) -- One mom's epic response to learning she had given birth to a baby boy was captured on camera in the delivery room.Dara Crouch, 29, of Columbus, Georgia, talked about the candid photos taken during the birth of her baby on April 25. She did not officially know the sex of the baby in advance."I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they're great," Crouch, 29, told ABC News. "We have something to look back on had we not have a photographer in the room we would've never seen that."Crouch, now a mom of two, said that she always thought she'd be having a girl."The last boy that we know was born on my side of the family is 50 years ago, but quite honestly it has little to do with the shock in the picture," she added. "I really just thought it was a girl, I really did. We already had a girl and I guess I kind of saw us as 'girl parents.'"Neely Ker-Fox, owner of Ker-Fox Photography, snapped the candid moment when Crouch found out she had a boy."All of our reactions were genuine that she thought it was a girl," Ker-Fox told ABC News. "We all saw that very vulnerable moment and we started crying when we heard it was a boy."Liam Crouch was born weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces.Liam joins big sister Neyland, 3.Crouch, who is a delivery room nurse, said she is glad she has the pictures to show Liam when he gets older."He'll know how excited we were and how shocked I was," she added.
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  • Laura Mazza/Mum on the Run(NEW YORK) -- Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the Facebook page of Laura Mazza, who blogs at Mum on the Run. It has been reprinted here with permission.Don't judge me.If I complain about my children, don't say I don't love them.If I say how perfect they are, don't tell me I'm too braggy. You don't see the hours I spend holding and loving them.If I'm honest about motherhood, don't say I'm ranting. You didn't see how many years I couldn't tell anyone how I felt because I was afraid.Don't judge the mother who is formula-feeding. Don't call her lazy. You don't know whether she struggled for months on end trying to make it work. You didn't see her go to lactation consultants, eat lactation cookies. Spend money on lip ties and a pediatrician. You didn't see her journey.Don't judge the mother who breast-feeds in public. You don't know whether today was the day she finally got the confidence to do it. You don't know how hard she has worked to keep that breast-feeding going. Don't belittle the act of a mother feeding her baby.Don't judge the mother who tells her kids off in public. You don't know whether she's the most patient woman in the world. You don't know that she is always gentle but today she lost her s--- because she's tired and worn out. Don't call her a bad parent when you don't see all she does.Don't judge the mother on her phone. You don't know whether she's replying to important work emails. Working from her phone, looking up recipes that her kids will eat for dinner or talking to her mom who lives a million miles away.Don't judge the mom who works; she's making a living for her child.Don't judge the mom who stays home; she's doing the job of 20 for no pay.Don't judge the single mom. She’s doing fine on her own, and is doing the job of both parents. She left a bad relationship, she stood up for herself, she's a role model to her children.Don't judge the mother eating fast-food with her kids. You don't know that she's too exhausted to cook, that she wanted to keep her kids happy and get out of the house for a treat. You don't know her struggles. She could grow an organic vegetable farm for all you know.Don't judge the mother who hasn't lost her "baby weight.” She's spent the year healing from birth, mentally and physically. Now isn't the time for her to give up cake and eat kale.Every mother has her own story. She has walked down a tough path. You don't know her challenges, her strengths, her weaknesses ... Her life, you don't know any of it. She judges herself every day, she strives for the best every day, so rather than judging, lend a smile to her, cut up her food when she breast-feeds, warm up the kettle for her formula, reassure her in her struggles and praise her victories. And remember before you criticize, accuse or abuse, you have to walk a mile in her shoes.
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  • Facebook/Olive Crest(LOS ANGELES) -- One deaf little boy’s magical visit to Disneyland became even more magical when the Disney characters started speaking with him in sign language.Mickey and Minnie Mouse kneeled down to the small child to sign “It’s nice to meet” and “I love you,” which prompted him to give them each big hugs.“The child was ecstatic after meeting the characters because he didn’t know they would speak ‘his language,’” a spokesperson for Olive Crest, a child abuse prevention agency that arranged the trip, told ABC News. “The child is typically not a hugger, so the fact that he hugged both Minnie and Mickey spoke volumes to the joy he felt.”Olive Crest, an agency that serves over 3,500 at-risk kids and families every day throughout California, Nevada and Washington, cannot disclose the name or age of the child, but said they “hope to send the message that with a little love and ‘magic,’ that you can truly make a child’s dream come true and provide them a bright memory that can last a lifetime.”The little boy’s family did arrange to have an ASL translator present during his trip to the park, but Olive Crest said the characters seen in the viral video “were not briefed” on his visit before he arrived."The family had a Disney translator with them, who was behind the boy telling the characters what/how to sign. The encounter wasn't planned, however," said spokesperson Steven Macias.The Disneyland video has amassed nearly 400,000 views since Olive Crest posted it to their Facebook page on May 23.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The first Bachelorette star, Trista Sutter, who had a seizure while she was vacationing with her family in Croatia, opened up about the scary medical emergency and how she is dealing with the unanswered questions about her health."All I remember was feeling very dizzy and nauseous, and the next thing I knew, I was in this dream. The only way I can describe it is was like a white euphoria," Sutter recalled in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America.Sutter was on a tour with her husband, Ryan Sutter, whom she met on the series in 2003, and their son Maxwell, 9, and daughter, Blakesley, 8, when she seized violently and landed on top of her daughter."I heard Blakesley screaming, 'Mommy, Mommy," Ryan recalled. "Trista had fallen onto Blakesley in a sort of convulsive state."Ryan, a trained EMT, said despite dealing with his share of emergencies, seeing his wife in this position was terrifying."I was checking her pulse. She was shaking and stiff. Her eyes were wide open ... rolled back in her head, looking sort of up. She wasn’t breathing. She was turning sort of blue," he explained.Sutter said that she's worried about how the incident may have affected her daughter."She was traumatized, I think she probably still is a bit," Sutter said of Blakesley. "She knows that something is wrong."Sutter was rushed to a hospital in the eastern European country where she underwent various tests. She told ABC News doctors did not find anything conclusively wrong with her, but warned her not to drive until she consults a neurologist in the U.S."It's changing my life, still is, to this day. I mean I got up this morning -- and I thought, 'I need to go to the grocery store' -- and then I'm like, 'Oh I can't drive.' Because God forbid, I have another seizure or event in the car. And I could kill someone, I could kill myself. I could kill my kids," she said. "I have to have a new perspective in order to keep me and my family and everyone around me safe."Now back home, Sutter said she plans to see a specialist.'Why me?'At 44, the former reality show star led a healthy and active lifestyle and said there were no signs of illness that she noticed besides an occasional headache."In this type of situation, you usually ask, 'Why me?' But then I thought right immediately after, 'But why not me? I’m human. This can happen to me ... this could happen to anybody,'" she said.For that reason, the couple decided to share the health incident with the world, in a post from the hospital on Instagram."We were rather conflicted to tell anyone about it, or to post about it," Ryan said. "We didn't want to come across as capitalizing off some sort of medical emergency."Sutter said she's received an outpouring of support from fans and people she's never met and wants to "be that voice for people who have gone through something similar.""A lot of people have shared that for them, [seizures are] an embarrassing thing that happened ... it's embarrassing to lose control of your body. And I think a lot of people feel alone out there, and I want them to know, they're not," she said.While she may never know what caused the seizure or if it'll happen again, Sutter believes that stress may have played a role and vows to make some life changes."You do tend to just get wrapped up in daily life. I wanna try my hardest to not let the impact of what happened disappear. I want to be able to live my life fully and as best as I can without getting caught up in the minutia, you know, and the drama and the negativity. If there's any negativity, I wanna instantly, you know, shoo it away," she said."Life is fragile. It's precious. And you need to take time and enjoy it and the people around you," Sutter added.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Courtesy of Michelle Neshin(NEW YORK) -- Meet 4-year-old Sophia, who absolutely stole the show at her pre-K graduation ceremony.Her passionate rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana” is completely glorious, equipped with jazzy arms flying in the air and several pops of the hip, and has already racked up 11 million views on Facebook.“She has a huge, huge personality,” Sophia’s mom, Michelle Neshin, told ABC News of her dynamic daughter. “She’s usually spunky and has a corky personality but that was something else even for her. And right before the graduation when it was just about time to walk, she said, ‘I don’t want to do it. I’m so scared. There’s so many people in the audience.’ On the way there she was super excited but when she lined up to get her diploma she was in tears. But she quickly got over that.”Sophia’s class performed two songs from “Zootopia” prior to this closing number from “Moana,” which definitely took the cake.“I had never seen them because they were a surprise for the parents,” Neshin of Miami, Florida, said of the performances. “At the end, the lady comes on stage and said, ‘The kids would like to come out and say goodbye and do one sweet number to thank everyone.’”And although “everyone else was sweet and calm,” her mother said with a laugh, Sophia, on the other hand, “was not.”Neshin, 28, said she was in “utter disbelief” at her daughter’s over-the-top emotion while singing.“It didn’t really hit me until after the graduation when all the parents went and found their kid and gave them flowers and people were coming up saying to me, ‘Is it awful I stopped videotaping my own kid to video yours?’”Little Sophia loved her time in the spotlight and said her favorite part of the ceremony was when she was “singing and dancing” because it made her “happy.”Needless to say, that’s now the internet’s favorite part too.The family congratulated their vivacious daughter with a bouquet of flowers and a trip to get hibachi food for dinner because she likes “when the guys cook in front of you.”But the best part about her newfound fame?“A family friend left her a cookie cake at the door with a little note thanking her for bringing joy and laughter today,” said Neshin. “That, to her, has been the biggest thing so far. It’s all about the cookie cake.”Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
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