The weekend in startling impeachment news, explained

President Donald Trump talks to reporters November 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One and departing the White House. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images What happened over the weekend will impact this week’s impeachment hearings. This past weekend served as a fitting cap to a dramatic week of public impeachment hearings — and set up this week’s sessions in riveting style. On Saturday, the House Intelligence Committee, which leads the impeachment process, released a transcript of the…

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The best-case and worst-case scenarios for Trump’s health care price transparency rule

(Shutterstock) | Shutterstock Trump wants to make health care prices more transparent. How much good will it do? The Trump administration has grand plans to make health care prices more transparent, hoping a little bit of sunlight will help disinfect the high costs of US health care. In new regulations, the administration is requiring hospitals to disclose for the first time the prices they negotiated with health insurers for a wide range of services, as…

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David Bazan talks about his music and watching Christianity be “co-opted by authoritarianism”

Strange Negotiations follows musician David Bazan on a solo tour — and during the 2016 election. | Brandon Vedder/Aspiration Entertainment The provocative Pedro the Lion frontman is the subject of the new documentary Strange Negotiations. David Bazan’s straightforward and bluntly honest brand of indie rock won him secular and Christian accolades alike starting in the mid-’90s, especially as songwriter and frontman for the influential band Pedro the Lion. Bazan was raised in a Pentecostal church,…

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Code Media 2019: News & updates

Adam Tow Leaders at Facebook, Verizon Media, Condé Nast, and more join Recode’s Peter Kafka in Los Angeles. This year, Recode’s annual Code Media conference is in Hollywood — where it’s all happening. Recode’s Senior Media Correspondent Peter Kafka hosts the tech and media conference each year. This year we will examine big-picture industry trends and what they mean for the entire media ecosystem. Peter Kafka and Recode’s expert reporting staff will discuss some of…

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Did Rand Paul betray libertarians?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaves the Senate floor after a vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call The senator was once dubbed “the most exciting figure in politics” for libertarians. Now he’s one of Trump’s biggest allies. Why? In 2014, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told an audience at an event in Florida that the Whistleblower Protection Act should be expanded to include government contractors like former National Security Agency…

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A Hong Kong university becomes a battleground in the latest round of protests

An anti-government protester extinguishes a fire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019. | Laurel Chor/Getty Images Police trapped demonstrators inside the campus in a standoff that lasted hours. The campus of a Hong Kong university transformed into an apocalyptic scene on Monday as riot police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets surrounded pro-democracy protesters. The standoff between authorities and protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University has turned into one of the…

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