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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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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