Photo: U.S. Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma (C) is joined by Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance (L) as she talks to reporters about President Trump's signing of House Resolution 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortion services, at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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Yesterday, President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
The Colorado River supplies water to 6 million acres of farmland and 36 million Americans, including Angelenos. Last week, it was named the most endangered river in America. We take a close look at the nearly 1500 miles of the Colorado with the author of “Where The Water Goes.”
David Owen, New Yorker magazine, Author
WHERE THE WATER GOES
Our critics review “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of the “Fast” franchise, which now includes Charlize Theron; “The Lost City of Z,” an old-fashioned epic about an explorer in the Amazon in the early 1900s; and “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” which stars Richard Gere.
New York’s Friar’s Club includes star-studded members like George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein. The club’s interior looks like it belongs in the Ivy League, with vaulted ceilings and gothic chandeliers. But the club is also at the center of a financial scandal and sexual harassment allegations.
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Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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