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President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could weaken Obamacare. The order would open the door for cheaper health plans that don’t have to meet the standards required under Obamacare. Meanwhile, California’s health care exchange announced it would tack on an additional surcharge to next year’s plans. The head of Covered California says it’s because of uncertainty from the feds.
Ousted studio exec Harvey Weinstein is reportedly seeking treatment. This raises a lot of questions: What kind of treatment? Does it work? Is it a ploy to change the conversation?
During her trip to Washington, Sheryl Sandberg said Russian-linked ads would have been allowed on Facebook had they been posted by real people rather than fake accounts. The Russian government used anti-virus software Kaspersky to scan classified documents. After actress Rose McGowan spoke out against Harvey Weinstein on Twitter, her account got suspended.
It’s been 36 years since Depeche Mode put out their light and poppy debut “Speak & Spell.” After Martin Gore took over as primary songwriter, the band’s catchiest songs became political. Their songs have addressed corporate greed, inequality, and intolerance. Now the band is in the middle of a world tour for their new album “Spirit.”
Madeleine Brand with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore. (By Sarah Sweeney)
Martin Gore, singer-songwriter
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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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