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GOP Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The emerging Senate bill, like the one approved narrowly by the House in early May, would end Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement program and replace it with capped payments to states, Republicans said. But starting in 2025, payments to the states would grow more slowly than those envisioned in the House bill. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Republican senators from states that have been hit hard by the opioid…

Video of Police Killing of Philando Castile Is Publicly Released – New York Times

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Before they meet The video opens at dusk on July 6, 2016, on a busy street near the Minnesota state fairgrounds. Officer Yanez is following a white Oldsmobile driven by Mr. Castile in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb. When Officer Yanez turns on his flashing lights, Mr. Castile, a longtime school cafeteria worker, quickly pulls to the side and stops his car. Ms. Reynolds is in the front passenger…

Judge Approves Wrongful Death Settlement in Ferguson Case – The Atlantic

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The family of Michael Brown will receive an undisclosed settlement from the City of Ferguson.

Prodigy, Rapper Who Helped Forge the Sound of New York Hip-Hop, Dies at 42 – New York Times

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Prodigy was born Albert Johnson on Nov. 2, 1974, in Hempstead, N.Y., on Long Island, to Budd Johnson Jr. and Fatima Frances Johnson. His family was a musical one: His mother was a member of the famous girl group the Crystals in its later years, and his grandfather, Budd Johnson, was a well-regarded jazz saxophonist. Photo Prodigy, whose real name was Albert Johnson, of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, in…

Music education must be properly funded – The Guardian

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s aspiration that every child should have the opportunity to learn an instrument (Why not put music at the heart of education?, 19 June). It is important to remember, however, that music education needs to be properly funded. Instrumental tuition needs specialist teachers, and these teachers have been seeing their terms and conditions eroded over the past 10 years, meaning that many of them are leaving…

Kamala Harris’ African-American Music Appreciation Month playlist is actually pretty tight – Salon

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Perhaps known best for her dogged, persistent pursuit of the truth during recent congressional hearings on the Trump administration’s possible connections to the Russian government, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif-D) also makes a pretty good DJ. In recognition of African-American Music Appreciation Month, the Senator’s office uploaded a Spotify playlist of 45 tracks that either she or her staff (or both) felt best represented the aims and ideals of the annual…

New Apple Music Subscription Will Save Users Cash – Fortune

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Sean Spicer’s off-camera, no-audio press briefing, annotated – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Unless you were in the White House briefing room on Monday, you could not watch or even listen to press secretary Sean Spicer answer reporters’ questions. So, we are offering the next best thing — an annotated transcript of the session. The Fix has marked up Spicer’s off-camera, no-audio briefing, using Genius. We’ll do the same if the White House restricts access in the future. To view an annotation, click on…

The Latest: Official: Georgia House voting going smoothly – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROSWELL, Ga. — The Latest on Georgia’s 6th District Congressional race (all times local): 3:35 p.m. An election official says voting has been moving smoothly at polling sites in Georgia’s closely-watched House election. Richard Barron, director of Fulton County’s registration and elections, says the state’s most populous county is on pace to have around 36,000 people come through when polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He says about 16,500 people…

Video footage shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year fired a volley of bullets within seconds of learning the driver was armed, according to a video recording released publicly Tuesday. When the traffic stop began, the two men interacted calmly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in the Twin Cities suburbs, greeted Castile and examined his insurance card. “Sir, I have to tell you…

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’ – BBC News

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US-led coalition troops on the ground, officials said. But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei…

Dems limited in their ability to slow ObamaCare vote – The Hill

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The options for Democrats are limited as they try to prevent Senate Republicans from passing legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Republicans are rushing toward a vote next week in hopes of passing legislation before the July 4th recess. Republicans will see a “discussion draft” of the bill Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems are limited in their ability to slow ObamaCare vote Health plans slam Medicaid cuts in emerging…

Suspect shot in Brussels Central Station terror attack – CNN

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Sean Spicer’s off-camera, no-audio press briefing, annotated – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Unless you were in the White House briefing room on Monday, you could not watch or even listen to press secretary Sean Spicer answer reporters’ questions. So, we are offering the next best thing — an annotated transcript of the session. The Fix has marked up Spicer’s off-camera, no-audio briefing, using Genius. We’ll do the same if the White House restricts access in the future. To view an annotation, click on…

Bruno Mars heads Music Midtown 2017 lineup – CBS News

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Apple Music adds a $99 annual subscription option – The Verge – The Verge

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apple Music has a new subscription option for you to choose from, as first spotted by TechCrunch, but you’ll have to dig a bit to find it. The music streaming service added a $99 annual subscription plan — a few months ago, according to Apple — to go along with the monthly, family, and student plan options. The yearly option can be a nice $20 discount if you’re planning on…

Status Audio’s CB-1 headphones are just $63 this week on Amazon – The Verge

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In the market for an inexpensive pair of headphones with studio-quality sound? One of our recent favorites is the Status Audio CB-1, and this week, the company is offering Verge readers 21 percent off. As mentioned in our review, CB-1 headphones are cheaper and better than the Audio-Technica M50, and they just might be the best headphones under $100 that we’ve seen. They usually retail for $79, but for the…

Taylor Mac brings 24 decades of delirium and music to Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The show features 246 songs. It’s 24 hours long, split into six-hour chapters. And, yes, you are expected to sit through all six hours. This is theater of the unexpected; it is theater of calamity; it is theater according to the gospel of Taylor Mac. Since the performance artist first staged portions of this delirious piece of experimental theater, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” at Joe’s Pub in New…

Georgia’s lesson: All politics is tribal. – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

As the runoff for Georgia’s sixth congressional district finally, finally comes to an end, the campaigns of Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are winding up in wildly different modes. Ossoff, whose campaign used the nine-week runoff to pitch him hard to swing voters, closed on a largely positive message. He even declined to attack a local Republican official for saying the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise…

The Health 202: Here’s what we know about the Senate health-care bill – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE PROGNOSIS Fireworks. EPA/MANUEL BRUQUE The blurry outlines of an Obamacare overhaul are slowly coming into focus as Senate Republican leaders prod their members toward a health-care vote next week. But the picture is fluid. And Democrats are blasting off fireworks in the background ahead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) July 4th deadline. McConnell is holding his plan unusually close to the vest, even for him. While leaks are…