Photo: Demonstration against the Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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The Senate Republicans’ health care bill mirrors much of what the House passed in May, which would mean overhauls to President Obama’s signature health law. It includes big changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled people, and repeals the individual mandate. Democrats were quick to criticize it. Republicans say the Senate bill could still change.
As Senate Republicans try to pass their health care bill, Democrats are growing frustrated with their own party leadership, especially after Democrat John Ossoff lost the special election in Georgia this week. Some Democrats are pinning that loss - in part - on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. They’re feeling doubts about winning more seats in the House with Pelosi at the helm. Some say it’s time for her to go.
The Wilshire Grand Center is the tallest building west of Chicago, thanks to its nearly 300-foot spire. The curved glass skyscraper will house a luxury InterContinental Hotel, offices, and several restaurants and bars. There’s a cocktail bar on the tower’s 73rd floor observation deck and a fancy steakhouse.
Architect Chris Martin spent 10 years designing the Wilshire Grand Center,
which opens June 23. (Photo by Gary Leonard/courtesy of Wilshire Grand Center)
Chris Martin, AC Martin Architects
Michael Frank’s mother and her brother married into the same family -- brother and sister married brother and sister. They all lived within three blocks of each other. Aunt Hankie ruled over them all. She called the family “The Mighty Franks,” which is the title of Michael Frank’s new memoir.
Michael Frank, Author
Ride-sharing giant Uber is making (mostly negative) headlines every week, and CEO Travis Kalanick just resigned. Is this just what Lyft’s been waiting for: Uber’s implosion? From its start, Lyft presented itself as different from Uber, and it’s been quietly growing.
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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.
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