Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement on immigration reform accompanied by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) (L) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) (R), in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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President Trump and Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton announced a new push to cut the number of green cards in half over the next 10 years. Priority would go to foreigners who can speak English and have desirable job skills and education. They say the idea is based off the Canadian and Australian immigration systems. We look at how immigration works in Canada and how the new proposal compares.
Premiums on Covered California, the state-run Obamacare exchange, will jump by a statewide average of 12.5 percent next year. Rates could go up even more if President Trump ends federal subsidies. One of California's biggest insurers, Anthem Blue Cross, plans to drop out of most of the Obamacare markets where it offers individual plans.
Emily Bazar, California Healthline
A Fox News contributor says the network worked with the White House to make up a story about Democratic staffer Seth Rich leaking DNC emails to Wikileaks. Rich was murdered a year ago, just before those emails were published. The story was later retracted.
We all get voicemails from scammers trying separate us from our money. One podcast producer didn’t hit delete. He called back repeatedly until he had something close to a friendship with the man trying to scam him.
Alex Goldman hosts the Reply All podcast.
(Photo courtesy of Daniel Seung Lee for Gimlet Media)
“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” premieres Sunday. The weather phenomenon that lifts killer sharks out of the ocean once again threatens the world. The series is known for being so bad that it’s good, and for having C and D-list celebrity cameos. Donald Trump appeared as a fictional president before he announced his real campaign.
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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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