The uninsured rate had been steadily declining for a decade. But now it’s rising again.

(Shutterstock) Census: the number of uninsured Americans is increasing for the first time since Obamacare passed  The number of uninsured Americans is rising again, according to the Census Bureau, an abrupt reversal of a trend of increased coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law. In 2018, the number of people in the United States without health insurance rose to 27.5 million, up from 25.6 million in 2017. The uninsured rate jumped from 7.9 percent…

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The rich live longer and the wealth gap among older households is growing

Tax cut protesters rally in front of Trump Tower to protest against the proposed Republican tax overhauls on November 21, 2017 in New York City.  | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Bernie Sanders commissioned a federal study in 2016 that showed that poorer Americans die younger. A new federal report puts the stakes of rising income and wealth inequality in terms of life and death: Poorer Americans are dying younger than richer Americans. While average life expectancy…

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex a massive part of the West Bank, explained

Benjamin Netanyahu announces plan to annex the Jordan Valley. | Amir Levy/Getty Images Israel’s prime minister wants to seize the Jordan Valley — a move that would bury the two-state solution for good. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex a part of the West Bank called the Jordan Valley if he wins Israel’s upcoming election on September 17. “If I am elected I commit to annex the…

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Senate Democrats are trying to end Trump’s national emergency at the border, again

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., conducts a news conference in the Capitol to call on the Senate to vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. | Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images They’re forcing a vote to put Republicans on the spot. Senate Democrats are trying to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency at the border, again. This week, Democrats plan to force a vote on a resolution terminating the emergency Trump first…

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Apple’s new streaming TV service: here’s everything we know

Apple’s new Apple TV+ service, set to launch this fall, will feature high-profile contributors including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and J.J. Abrams. | Art Streiber/Apple On Tuesday, Apple announced that its TV+ streaming service will cost $4.99 per month and will debut on November 1. Update: On Tuesday at its annual fall event in Cupertino, California, Apple answered several big questions surrounding its new Apple TV+ video streaming service. We now know the timing and…

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Wilbur Ross’s threat to fire NOAA officials over a tweet turns Sharpiegate into a real scandal

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks at NOAA’s 2019 Hurricane Season Outlook press conference in May. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Ross threatened to fire officials if they didn’t back an incorrect tweet sent by President Trump. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reportedly threatened to fire some of the nation’s weather officials if they refused to lie to the public about the projected path of Hurricane Dorian. Ross wanted top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

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Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman says she has to justify her company’s “right to exist” to male investors

Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman speaking onstage at Recode’s 2019 Code Commerce conference. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media “All I want is to be evaluated based on my data,” said the clothing rental executive. Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman runs a unicorn-status company with a billion dollar valuation in a rapidly growing industry, but she still finds herself explaining her business’ “right to exist” to venture capitalists — nearly 90 percent of…

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