California is about to be the first state to expand health care to young unauthorized immigrants

California is about to be the first state to expand health care to young unauthorized immigrants

138,000 young adults could be affected by this new proposal. California is on the verge of becoming the first state to provide Medicaid to young adults who are unauthorized immigrants — a big deal in a state where unauthorized adults make up the largest group of uninsured people. The state legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom agreed on a plan on June 9 to expand Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, to cover all eligible 19-…

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Police and protesters clash as mass protests escalate in Hong Kong

Police and protesters clash as mass protests escalate in Hong Kong

“If this doesn’t go well, if this doesn’t succeed, then we just don’t know if we will ever get a win again.” Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed the streets outside Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday, delaying a debate on a controversial extradition law as demonstrations escalated into violence. Riot police clashed with protesters as they tried to rush Hong Kong’s main legislative buildings and blocked traffic. Hong Kong’s legislative council was prepared Wednesday to…

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How ticket fees got so bad, and why they won’t get better

How ticket fees got so bad, and why they won’t get better

After an FTC workshop about the astronomical fees added on to most concert tickets, it is fairly clear that nothing is being done. For the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports, the magazine’s staff drew attention to what they called the “ticket fee frenzy” by dissecting the price of a floor-level seat at a Guns N’ Roses concert taking place that summer in Kansas City, Missouri. The ticket, which supposedly cost $250, would actually be…

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Trump claims California officials admitted he was “right” about wildfires. That didn’t happen.

Trump claims California officials admitted he was “right” about wildfires. That didn’t happen.

Trump took a victory lap for a claim that was easily debunked and widely mocked. President Donald Trump brought up on Tuesday the deadly wildfires that ravaged California last year and said, “we are finally starting to see some progress on better forest management,” during a speech in Iowa that was purportedly about renewable energy. “Remember I went to California [last November], I saw something that nobody has ever seen — it was like a…

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The Kylie Jenner Handmaid’s Tale controversy is part of a larger story

The Kylie Jenner Handmaid’s Tale controversy is part of a larger story

The show’s red Handmaid robes exist in a weird kind of limbo space where they are both pop culture icons and protest symbols. When Kylie Jenner posted pictures of her Handmaid’s Tale-themed party to Snapchat this past weekend, the outrage followed thick and fast. Jenner threw her party in honor of her friend Stas’s 22nd birthday, and her commitment to detail was extensive. As guests entered the party, they walked past a line of women…

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Ebola just spread into Uganda. This may be the start of an emergency.

Ebola just spread into Uganda. This may be the start of an emergency.

These are the first cases of international spread in an outbreak that’s raged for nearly a year. Ever since the second-largest Ebola outbreak began raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August, health authorities have feared that the virus might one day spill over DRC’s porous borders. That moment, unfortunately, has arrived. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization confirmed the first case of Ebola spreading from DRC to neighboring Uganda. A 5-year-old Congolese child…

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