Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) turns to House Speaker Paul Ryan (3rdL) as he gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan, in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican party leadership corralled just enough votes to pass the health care bill -- 217 to 213. All Democrats voted no, and 20 Republicans joined them. Some of California’s Republican delegation had been undecided until today, but in the end, all of them voted “yes.” The bill allows states to scrap a lot of the protections provided under Obamacare.
American University historian Allan Lichtman has been dubbed the “prediction professor.” He was one of the lone voices who called Trump’s win, using a set of historical factors that has helped him predict nearly every presidential election since 1984. Just days after Trump’s win, Lichtman prognosticated that the president would likely be impeached.
Allan Lichtman, American University; author of “The Case for Impeachment"
Allan J. Lichtman
Anyone who turns up at the U.S. border seeking asylum is supposed to be allowed in to plead their case. That’s U.S. and international law. But reports are surfacing that U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers are turning asylum seekers away. It’s a trend that’s picked up since President Trump came into office. Many of the rejected migrants end up stuck in Mexico. This is according to a new report by the nonprofit group Human Rights First.
J. Crew, the brand known for dressing the preppy young professionals of America, is $2 million in debt. Jenna Lyons, the company’s well known creative director, has stepped down after 26 years. Last week, the company laid off 150 employees at its New York headquarters. Meanwhile, the brand has launched a new collection to compete with Zara and H&M, but it’s not exactly taking off.
Part of Facebook’s anti-violence plan is hiring 3000 more people to monitor content and pull down harmful or violent posts. Families of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack are suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for knowingly supporting terrorism. And some companies are developing technology that can mimic any voice.
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Sen. Kamala Harris on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh: 'There is a lot to be concerned about' Democrats are waging an intense battle to block Judge Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. Moments after President Trump nominated him, California Senator Kamala Harris said she’d vote no. She tweeted that Kavanaugh “represents a direct and fundamental threat to the rights and health care of hundreds of millions of Americans.” She joins us to explain her concerns.
The future of HBO AT&T now owns HBO, since the Time Warner merger went through. AT&T has made it clear it wants from the channel: More subscribers watching more programming more hours of the day. That may not fit very well with HBO’s higher-end programming model, which emphasizes quality over quantity.
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