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Current Events o “The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan” Replacement for Obamacare (without tax) Objective: do away with individual mandate to require people to have insurance Replace it with alternative punishment or incentive to stay insured Gets rid of requirements for large companies to help its employees New plan for an aged tax credit program specific (age groups, 19-30) Increase in amount to charge old customers (before: 3, now: 5 times) GOP: Health savings accounts Allowing people to save more in their savings account Changes to Medicaid: GOP wants to phase out Medicaid expansion from last presidency Phase out from a matching grant to a program that matches a state per capital and their spending every year (cutting Medicaid funds) o Allowing new members into Medicaid until after 2020 Keeping ACA (some others) Ban on lifetime coverage rates Freezing funds for planned parenthood No longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursements Republicans want an answer and vote quickly, by the end of April (very fast) o New Immigration ban freeze Changes to original ban (March 16 th ) Iraq removed from list Will protect green card holders and other groups Syrian groups still banned (not indefinitely) Refugees will be allowed in again Republicans are trying to make it as easy as possible o International Women’s Day in world history Marry Curry: 1 st woman to receive Nobel prize on radio activity (Paris professor) Lise Meitner: worked in radio activity and nuclear physics Ada Lovelace: first programmer in the world (founder) Rosalind Franklin: discovered the double helix of DNA Janette Ragen: voted in the US House (1717-1919) Shirley Shizzle: first woman to run for president (pioneer) Rebecca Felton: first woman to serve in senate (only one day) Victoria Woodhull: first woman to run for president NO CURRENT EVENTS America First? The future of US-Mexico Relations o Will Hurd (99): U.S. Representative o Felipe Calderon: President of Mexico (2006-2012) o Dr. Laura Tyson: Director, National Economic Council (1995-1996) o Moderator: Steve Inskeep: Host of NPR’s Morning Edition NSA hearings of Russian interference in the 2016 election o Investigating claims of wiretapping on Trump from Obama for the Trump Building James Colmy denied any wiretapping
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Clear evidence of Russian interference between the 2016 presidency Confirmation hearings for the nominee for the Supreme Court soon: Neigh Burch Gerrymandering Update o 5 th circuit court (federal appeals court) 3 congressional were unconstitutional Violated the 14 th and 15 th amendment (equal voting rights) 2-1 decision overturned the 35 th , 23 rd , 25 th district Intentionally cracked and packed on the basis of using it as a proxy to dilute minority voter rule in Texas “Racial Gerrymandering” and partisan gerrymandering are very closely tied at this point o What’s going to happen? Re-drawing of gerrymandering lines (maybe after next census)
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