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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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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