Senate Republicans unveiled their revised health care bill today, which has big cuts to the Medicaid health program for the poor. There’s also a new lawsuit involving California’s Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal. The suit says the program is guilty of racial discrimination.
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Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions received a letter from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. They want to know why the Justice Department suddenly decided to settle a major money-laundering case two days before it was to go to trial in New York. The defendant in that case is represented by Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Donald Trump Jr.
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Emmy nominations came out this morning. Even without “Game of Thrones”, HBO scored 111 nominations, including 22 for “Westworld.” Netflix is giving them major competition, though. Some Netflix series nominated include “The Crown,” “House of Cards,” and “Stranger Things.”
Coral reefs support a quarter of all ocean life, but they’re disappearing at an alarming rate. Last year, a third of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef died. Conservationist Richard Vevers’ effort to document the death of the corals is the focus of “Chasing Coral,” a new documentary by the creator of “Chasing Ice.”
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News outlets need Facebook and Google to get their stories in front of as many eyeballs as possible. But the two tech giants soak up the bulk of online ad revenue. Now a group of newspapers wants to band together to negotiate a better deal. But they’ll need permission from Congress first.
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