Photo: Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (C) greets Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) applauds during a White House event where the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced plans to build a $10 billion dollar LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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The president’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is on hold. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is siding with an employer who fired an employee for being gay. We find out what is and isn’t protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Adam Romero, UCLA School of Law; Williams Institute
Republican senators are still debating various versions of the health care bill. Two years ago, Republican senators passed a complete repeal. The GOP’s continued inability to make good on its promise to repeal Obamacare is frustrating some of the party’s big financial donors.
The chairman of Foxconn announced a new $10 billion factory in Wisconsin to make flatscreens and other electronics. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple. But it has a habit of not following through with big announcements.
Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions has kicked off. It includes Voting Village, a place where hackers can carry out attacks on various voting machines to show how vulnerable our elections are. Also, the little vacuum robot Roomba is mapping your house.
We talk to robots like Siri and Alexa. But why can’t we use artificial intelligence to talk to real people, especially those who died? That’s what James Vlahos wondered as he watched his dad die of lung cancer last year. He tinkered with some readily available A.I. technology and came up with something he called a Dadbot. His dad would live forever through artificial intelligence.
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The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
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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