Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting with Republican Congressional leadership at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
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Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was no substance to the plan -- nothing to send to Congress. There’s not much to other splashy announcements, like tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Governor Jerry Brown is in China this week talking climate change and economic development. He’s focusing partly on electric cars. Brown says he’s pushing Chinese leaders to boost their efforts because California can’t do it alone.
Aaron Robinson, Hagerty Magazine
Will Congress repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Will it collapse, as President Trump warns? Dr. Zeke Emanuel says that what’s happening in Washington is just a sideshow. What really matters is that healthcare in America is still too expensive and doesn’t work well enough. Emanuel was an adviser to President Obama in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. He’s written a new book with ideas on how to fix healthcare.
Ezekiel Emanuel, National Institutes of Health; author, “Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations.”
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
From slang to quirky pronunciations of names, we Californians have a “hella” unique way of saying things that sounds foreign to most transplants. Prospect Park Books in Altadena has published “Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak.”
Colleen Dunn Bates, Publisher of “Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak”
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Justice Department indicts 12 Russians for election hacking The Department of Justice says it has enough evidence to charge 12 members of the Russian military with hacking the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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