Photo: Demonstrators protest over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare outside the offices of Republican congressman Darryl Issa in Vista, California, U.S., March 7, 2017. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
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Republicans announced a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It removes the requirement that you have to buy insurance – the individual mandate – and places restrictions on the number of people who can be covered by Medicaid. California has covered more people through the Affordable Care Act than any other state. What will the Republican plan mean for the five million Californians who get their coverage through the ACA?
The Republican healthcare plan says Medicaid cannot be used at Planned Parenthood for such things as contraception and mammograms. Since Medicaid is the single largest source of funding for Planned Parenthood, what will the impact of that be on California, home to more Planned Parenthood clinics than any other state?
Wikileaks released thousands of documents Tuesday claiming to show how the CIA can hack into personal devices such as smartphones, computers, even some internet-connected TVs. The documents are still being authenticated, but if they turn out to be real, their release could have major ramifications for Silicon Valley and the tech world at large.
One of the biggest thefts of American secret documents was carried out by Brian Regan, a dyslexic staffer at the National Reconnaissance Office. Why did he do it? For money and revenge. Regan’s story is told in the book ‘The Spy Who Couldn't Spell.’
With all the talk of secret Russian operatives, spies and espionage in the news these days, the television show “The Americans” seems incredibly timely today. The series, created by a former CIA officer, follows two Soviet spies who pose as a married American couple in Washington during the Cold War. The show returns to FX Tuesday night for its fifth season.
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
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