Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones on the set of "The Shape of Water." Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
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The GOP tax bill would gut the individual mandate in Obamacare. While the individual mandate remains unpopular, health officials say it’s needed to make Obamacare work. California reduced the number of people living without insurance from about 16 percent three years ago to 7 percent now.
On January 1, you’ll be able to legally buy an ounce of pot for recreational use in California. Prop 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, also made it possible for people already convicted of a pot-related crime to petition to have their convictions expunged or reduced. As many as one million people could be eligible.
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is about a mute woman who falls in love with an amphibious creature, ala the 1954 film “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Actor Doug Jones and cinematographer Dan Laustsen talk about what it was like bringing the creature to life.
On August 31, President Trump ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate Building in San Francisco. It was retaliation for Vladimir Putin decreasing the amount of personnel working at US diplomatic facilities in Russia. Consulates are often thought of as bureaucratic offices that give out visas, but the story of this Russian building is more complicated.
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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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