Photo: Demonstration against the Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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The Senate Republicans’ health care bill mirrors much of what the House passed in May, which would mean overhauls to President Obama’s signature health law. It includes big changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled people, and repeals the individual mandate. Democrats were quick to criticize it. Republicans say the Senate bill could still change.
As Senate Republicans try to pass their health care bill, Democrats are growing frustrated with their own party leadership, especially after Democrat John Ossoff lost the special election in Georgia this week. Some Democrats are pinning that loss - in part - on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. They’re feeling doubts about winning more seats in the House with Pelosi at the helm. Some say it’s time for her to go.
The Wilshire Grand Center is the tallest building west of Chicago, thanks to its nearly 300-foot spire. The curved glass skyscraper will house a luxury InterContinental Hotel, offices, and several restaurants and bars. There’s a cocktail bar on the tower’s 73rd floor observation deck and a fancy steakhouse.
Architect Chris Martin spent 10 years designing the Wilshire Grand Center,
which opens June 23. (Photo by Gary Leonard/courtesy of Wilshire Grand Center)
Chris Martin, AC Martin Architects
Michael Frank’s mother and her brother married into the same family -- brother and sister married brother and sister. They all lived within three blocks of each other. Aunt Hankie ruled over them all. She called the family “The Mighty Franks,” which is the title of Michael Frank’s new memoir.
Michael Frank, Author
Ride-sharing giant Uber is making (mostly negative) headlines every week, and CEO Travis Kalanick just resigned. Is this just what Lyft’s been waiting for: Uber’s implosion? From its start, Lyft presented itself as different from Uber, and it’s been quietly growing.
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Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside the job of a border patrol agent The hardening of the U.S. border means more migrants taking dangerous paths from Mexico to the U.S., traveling through deserts -- sometimes with little water. We talk with a former border patrol agent about what he saw and why he quit.
LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
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