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- CBO released a revised estimate for Republicans’ health care plan. It somehow got worse.The new official analysis of the American Health Care Act, taking into account recent amendments from House leadership submitted late Monday night, still shows the number of uninsured would increase by an estimated 24 million people — but this time the bill will reduce the deficit by even less. “As a result of those amendments, this estimate shows smaller savings over the next 10 years than the estimate that CBO issued on March 13 for the reconciliation recommendations of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,” the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday afternoon, the same day the House of Representatives originally intended to vote on the bill. According to the analysis, the deficit savings reduced from $337 billion to $150 billion. The analysis also showed that the revised bill would not fix the 15 to 20 percent increase in premiums in… ..... Read More.15 mins ago
- London Parliament attack: what we know so farBritish authorities have identified the suspected perpetrator of Wednesday’s bloody attack outside the parliament complex in central London that left five dead, including one police officer and the assailant, and at least 30 wounded, some grievously. Law enforcement personnel said Khalid Masood, 52, carried out the assault, the deadliest terror attack in London in more than a decade. Masood was born in Kent, England, and police believe that is not actually his birth name. The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper is reporting that his birth name is Adrian Elms and that he was a Muslim convert, but that has not been verified by the police. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but police have said they believe Masood was acting alone. He was already known to MI5, the British intelligence agency, although apparently was not high on their list of concerns. The identities of some of the victims… ..... Read More.21 mins ago
- Examining Poor School Performance in the U.S.American teens spend far more time on sports than they do on their studies. At least that’s how international students see it, according to a report out Wednesday from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. In an effort to “shed light on what is peculiarly American about American high schools,” the report surveyed hundreds of foreign-exchange students for a “fresh perspective” on the U.S. educational system.And valuing sports over knowledge is distinctly American, according to these foreign students. Nearly two-thirds of foreign-exchange students in the United States view American teenagers as placing a much higher value on athletic success than teens in their home countries do. By comparison, only 5 percent of international students say American teens place a much higher value on success in mathematics than teenagers abroad. Around 65 percent of foreign-exchange students also feel that American teens spend less time on homework than… ..... Read More.33 mins ago
- An Oregon resident just made gender identity historyFILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)APA Portland resident was granted “agender” status by an Oregon judge earlier this month, in what is likely the first-such decision of its kind. Patch, the person’s mononym, is believed to be the first ever to be legally considered agender—that is, gender neutral, or without gender identity—in the United States. According to the Associated Press, Patch was born Patrick Abbatiello, and was granted agender status by Judge Amy Holmes Hehn on March 10. Judge Hehn’s decision also accommodated Patch’s genderless name change. “As a kid, probably starting… ..... Read More.41 mins ago
- Boston Puts a Better Map in the ClassroomFans of The West Wing might recall the infamous “Big Block of Cheese Day,” a fictitious day in which the show’s White House staffers honor the petitions of small interest groups. In the episode, Press Secretary C.J. Craig and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman enter a meeting fully prepared to dismiss a request from a group of cartographers to put new maps in public schools. But the pair soon becomes fascinated as they learn more about how the map they studied growing up distorts the relative sizes of the continents.“You’re telling me that Germany isn’t where we think it is?” Lyman asks.“Nothing is where you think it is,” the cartographer responds.This scene was more than plot device. It’s reflective of a real-life debate—one that is still going on in today’s public schools. The map familiar to most American students—the Mercator projection—has been a fixture of classrooms and world atlases… ..... Read More.45 mins ago
- Donald Trump’s truck moment tells us nothing and everything about his presidencyHonk honk. On Thursday, the president of the United States got into a parked truck, honked, and pretended to drive. The internet, of course, is having a lot of fun with the moment, which came right as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, continued to struggle to get enough votes to pass the House. This photo pic.twitter.com/v4Cy5QZpt9— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 23, 2017 The President is in the driver's seat the and the truck is, no, hm, struggling to complete this metaphor https://t.co/eiFHJFA4xT— Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) March 23, 2017 The truck is America https://t.co/eTrzOdO9BW— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 23, 2017 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) DP: John Seale | Dir: George Miller pic.twitter.com/EFz8LpQnBN— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) March 23, 2017 As health care vote gets scrapped for tonight, here's… ..... Read More.48 mins ago