Photo: Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (C) greets Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) applauds during a White House event where the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced plans to build a $10 billion dollar LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The president’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is on hold. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is siding with an employer who fired an employee for being gay. We find out what is and isn’t protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Adam Romero, UCLA School of Law; Williams Institute
Republican senators are still debating various versions of the health care bill. Two years ago, Republican senators passed a complete repeal. The GOP’s continued inability to make good on its promise to repeal Obamacare is frustrating some of the party’s big financial donors.
The chairman of Foxconn announced a new $10 billion factory in Wisconsin to make flatscreens and other electronics. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple. But it has a habit of not following through with big announcements.
Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions has kicked off. It includes Voting Village, a place where hackers can carry out attacks on various voting machines to show how vulnerable our elections are. Also, the little vacuum robot Roomba is mapping your house.
We talk to robots like Siri and Alexa. But why can’t we use artificial intelligence to talk to real people, especially those who died? That’s what James Vlahos wondered as he watched his dad die of lung cancer last year. He tinkered with some readily available A.I. technology and came up with something he called a Dadbot. His dad would live forever through artificial intelligence.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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